Parkview Mennonite Church
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" Parkview Mennonite Church is a joyful and caring Fellowship, sharing the love of God."

 



Below are a few sites, with links, which have information about Mennonites, beginning with those with a brief description, to those that have a more in depth look at the Mennonites, our history and what we believe.


Mennonite Church History click here


Third Way Cafe click here


Mennonite Church USA  click here


Mennonite Confession of Faith    click here






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Dirk Willems was born in the Netherlands, and was baptized as a young man, thus rejecting the infant baptism practiced at that time by both Catholics and established Protestants in the Netherlands. This action, plus his continued devotion to his new faith and the baptism of several other people in his home, led to his condemnation by the Roman Catholic Church in the Netherlands and subsequent arrest. Willems was held in a residential palace turned into a prison, from which he escaped using a rope made out of knotted rags. Using this, he was able to climb out of the prison onto the frozen moat. A guard noticed his escape and gave chase. Willems was able to traverse the thin ice of a frozen pond, the Hondegat, because of his lighter weight after subsisting on prison rations. However the pursuing guard broke through the ice yelling for help as he struggled in the icy water. Willems turned back to save the life of his pursuer, thus being recaptured and held until he was burned at the stake near his hometown on 16 May 1569.

Dirk Willems, Anabaptist Martyr

(see story below)


Mennonites come from the Anabaptist (Re-baptize)

movement that started in 16th century Switzerland. 

The  Anabaptists  were  distinct   because  of  their

assertion of the necessity of adult baptism,rejecting

the infant baptism practiced by the Roman Catholic

Church. They believed that true baptism required a

public confession of both sin and faith, which could

only be  accomplished  as an  adult exercise of free

will.  Many Anabaptists were  persecuted in Europe,

by  both  Roman  Catholics  and  other   Protestant

groups, and most Anabaptist leaders were executed

by  the  end  of  the  16th  century C.E.  However, in 

northern  Germany  and  the  Netherlands,   pacifist

Anabaptists rallied under the leadership of a priest named Menno Simons and survived the persecution. Menno's followers would eventually form the Mennonite tradition.Other beliefs stemming from Jesus teachings, central to Menno Simons and his followers were, separation of church and state, pacifism and refusal of military service, not swearing of oaths, simple living, and believing that decisions within the church should be made by the entire local assembly, not by a hierarchical leader.


Today there are many different branches of the Mennonite Church, but these beliefs are still central to most all of them.


Mennonites are sometimes confused with the Amish, with whom they share Swiss Anabaptist origins. The Amish, however, broke away from the Mennonites in 1693, reluctant to accept many of the conveniences of the modern world. While the Mennonites and the Amish are two distinct groups, many of our beliefs are held in common.




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