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Our History

In the years immediately following the Second World War, the migration of Mennonites from Europe to Canada resulted in a rapid increase in membership at the Mennonite churches in North Kildonan. In addition, there was an influx of people moving from the country to the city of Winnipeg, and other new immigrants from Germany and Paraguay. This created a real space problem for the Mennonite community in North Kildonan. These factors and others led to the decision to plant a new congregation in January, 1964. Initially, this new congregation met at the Springfield Heights School.  When a group of people transferred in from the Sargent Avenue Mennonite Church, the decision was made to build, and on March 14, 1965 the dedication service for their new home of the Springfield Heights Mennonite Church at the corner of Sharron Bay and Defehr Street took place.

 

The congregation’s growth twice necessitated the establishment of daughter churches. Jubilee Mennonite Church began its ministry as Northdale Mennonite Fellowship in January 1, 1975 and on January 1, 1980 Douglas Mennonite Church opened its doors. Somewhat later, a number of members from SHMC also joined the newly created River East Mennonite Church.

 

Since its inception in 1964, SHMC has been a member of the provincial and national Mennonite church bodies, now known as Mennonite Church Manitoba and Mennonite Church Canada. Our congregation has also had strong ties to, and been actively involved in service through the Mennonite Central Committee.