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St. Jacobs Mural

Mural in St. Jacobs, Ontario

Written by Ruth

October 5, 2010 at 12:02 am

Silage

This Old Order Mennonite farm is located near St. Jacobs. The men were putting corn into the silo using gas-powered equipment. This family has a horse and buggy for personal use but a tractor for the farm.

Written by Ruth

October 1, 2010 at 12:05 am

Autumn Garden

This garden is on an Old Order Mennonite farm just outside the village of St. Jacobs. If you drive up the long lane way you will find fresh produce for sale by the house. (No Sunday sales) . The farm is located at Wagner’s Corners just north of the corner of King Street North and Lobsinger Line. (map)

Written by Ruth

September 21, 2010 at 12:05 am

Linwood Old Order Mennonite Meetinghouse

If you drive along Ament Line between Linwood and Hawkesville, you will see several signs like this.

This Old Order Mennonite meetinghouse is just outside the town of Linwood. Here is information about the congregation from the Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online.

“The Linwood Old Order Mennonite meetinghouse is located in the Region of Waterloo, Wellesley Township, on Ament Line, about 0.8 km east of the village of Linwood.

The meetinghouse was built in 1962, with an addition to the west end of the building constructed in 1987.  In 1982, the meetinghouse received a new roof and chimney, and in 2001 it again received a new roof as well as a new outhouse and shed.

When the Weaverland meetinghouse was built in 1976, approximately 5 km north of Linwood, some families from the Linwood district joined this congregation. Old Order Mennonites automatically “belong to” the congregation whose meetinghouse is closest to their home.  No official membership transfer takes place from the former location.

By 2002 the Linwood district had grown large enough to be divided into East and West districts.  At this time, there were around 74 families in the district. An accurate count of members is not always available because Old Order Mennonites think of themselves as members of the church at large and not just the immediate congregation. The Old Order also do not see the quantity of members as indicative of the congregation’s importance.

The Linwood congregation has held regular signing for the deaf since 1981.”

Written by Ruth

August 22, 2010 at 12:00 am

Barn Raising on the New Jerusalem Road

I took this picture on Saturday, August 7, 2010 just 12 days after a fierce fire destroyed the Old Order Mennonite barn that stood here at the corner of Scotch Line and New Jerusalem Road between Conestogo and Elmira. All the rubble is cleared and the new barn is well on its way to completion. The Mennonite community comes together very quickly to rebuild after a barn fire. I should have come sooner to see the structural work in progress.

Here is the link to the story about the fire in The Record.

Written by Ruth

August 9, 2010 at 12:00 am

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