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Last updated 09 April 2015
Title: Zion Mennonite Church (Swift Current) fonds
Dates: 1960-2010, 2012-15
Extent: 44 cm of textual records
Mennonites from Manitoba first settled in the area south of Swift Current, Saskatchewan around 1905. More settlers came when the railway was built in the area after 1911. In 1913 the Conference of Mennonites in Canada began a work in the area to serve the families in the Wymark, Blumenhof, and Neville areas. The first baptisms occurred in the following years. In 1928 a congregation was officially founded with about 75 charter members. This was a multi-congregation church (Gemeinde) with a meeting place near Wymark and another in Swift Current. It was called the Emmaus Mennonite Church. By 1940 the membership had reached 224. In 1959 the membership was 270. It was then decided to form two churches so in 1960 the congregation in Swift Current was called the First Mennonite Church. In late 1960 it changed its name to the Zion Mennonite Church. In 1963 it had 191 members. The membership stood at 286 in 1976 and in 1986 it was 215. In 2000 it was 210. The leaders of the congregation were: Abe Neufeld (1960-1969), David Wiebe (1970-1971), Edwin Brandt (1972), Abe Hiebert (1973-1976), Barry Lesser (1979, 1983-1991), Ken Schrag (1980-1982), Ray Friesen (1992-1993), Dennis Fehr (1994-1996, Sylvia and Ray Friesen (1997-2005).
The fonds contains bulletins (1960-2002), annual reports (1972-1993), congregational meeting minutes (1973-1977), church council meeting minutes (1973-1975), programmes (1973-1984), newsletters (1989-1990), a 1990 membership list, and a 1992 directory. The records go back to the beginning of Zion Mennonite Church as independant and separate from the Emmaus Mennonite Church. They document the activities and development of this congregation, its leaders and participants.
Inventory file list available.
No restrictions on access.
Textual records have been deposited by the congregation on a regular basis at the Mennonite Heritage Centre. Described by Bert Friesen 5 March 2002.
1. Zion Mennonite Church bulletins (2003)
2. Zion Mennonite Church bulletins (2004)
3. Zion Mennonite Church bulletins (2005)
4. Zion Mennonite Church bulletins (2006)
5. Zion Mennonite Church bulletins (2007)
6. Zion Mennonite Church bulletins (2008)
1. Zion Mennonite Church bulletins (2009)
2. Zion Mennonite Church bulletins (2010); annual reports (2010)
3. Zion Mennonite Church bulletins (2012); annual report book (2012)
4. Zion Mennonite Church bulletins (2013); annual report book (2013)
5. Zion Mennonite Church bulletins (2014); annual report book (2014)
6. Zion Mennonite Church bulletins (2015)