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East Zorra Mennonite Church History 1837-2012 175 years


The long journey from Lorraine and Alsace of the Swiss-German people “Amish” Mennonists began in the 1820’s. These immigrants were following their desire to settle in a land that offered freedom to worship the God of their faith, desiring to live in peace with all people. Those who came to South Easthope Township in Perth County and East Zorra Township in Oxford County began services and formally organized in 1837. Worship services were held in homes until the first meeting house was built in 1883 with subsequent building projects in 1925, 1951 and 1997. Worship services were held every other Sunday with Sunday School beginning in 1903 and meeting on the off Sunday. In 1933 Worship services and Sunday school began meeting every Sunday.. The language changed at this time from German to English,  although the reason for Sunday School was originally to teach the young the ABC’s of the German language used in preaching. As the numbers grew and the meetinghouse overflowed, sister congregation were added. Cassel Mennonite began in 1935, Tavistock Mennonite in 1942 and Hillcrest Mennonite in 1964.

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