Who We Are
First Mennonite Church is a vibrant, warm, inter-generational, multi-cultural and bilingual congregation. Looking forward to a time when people from all nations will join together, and stream towards God’s holy mountain (Isaiah 2:2), we strive to be a community that works at peace, reconciliation and meaningful friendship across boundaries of language and culture.
In our vision statement, we’ve recognized that we are “Called to be God’s people of healing and hope.” We’ve identified 4 primary ways we’re working at this. We aim:
- to be strengthened at our core (Ephesians 3:16)
- to receive the stranger with generosity (Matthew 25:31-43)
- to attract and invite people to a life of faith in Christ (Matthew 28:19-20)
- to engage in the task of reconciliation in the world (2 Corinthians 5:18)
(Click here, if you like Vision Statements, and want to read more about ours)
All this means that, at FMC, we hope you’ll find yourself at home among a welcoming, caring, group of people, who come from diverse cultural, racial, socio-economic and religious backgrounds, including many who did not have a Mennonite upbringing.
You mean … I don’t have to be Mennonite to come to FMC?
Absolutely not! We welcome people from all walks of life, whether you have been attending church for many years, or whether you are just beginning to explore your relationship with God.
Many people think of the Amish, or Old Older Mennonites, who dress and live in visibly distinct ways, when they hear “Mennonite,” and assume that Mennonite churches are closed to newcomers. But there are people from many countries, cultures, and walks of life who call themselves Mennonite.
Our beliefs are laid out in a lot of detail in the Confession of Faith in a Mennonite Perspective. Check out this video clip for some information about Mennonites and Mennonite beliefs in a nutshell: