Hamilton Mennonite Church is part of Mennonite Church Eastern Canada. We are one of 106 congregations that bring an abundant tapestry of gifts to our shared table. At our 2022 Annual Church Gathering, delegates and MCEC staff were grateful that so many of us could gather together in one space after so many online-only connections. Lots happened that weekend. We approved a budget, we welcomed 6 new congregations to our MCEC community of faith, we worshipped and we learned. As a delegate body, we also approved a new Identity Statement and Priorities for us to live into as a regional church. Read it below (or at this link), consider, and name: What could it look like to live into these new statements?
Mennonite Church Eastern Canada is a diverse community
Transformed by the love of God
Inspired by the hope we find in Jesus
Called to action by the power of the Holy Spirit.
We believe that God is calling Mennonite Church Eastern Canada to be an Anabaptist Mennonite church; a covenanted partner in Mennonite Church Canada and Mennonite World Conference. This is a continuation of a historic tradition that emphasizes: Jesus is the centre of our faith; community is the centre of our life; and reconciliation is the centre of our work. As a community of congregations, we seek to join God’s mission in the world, encouraging all to respond to God’s gift of love revealed in Jesus, as described in scripture.
We come together as a regional church to:
Beloved-ness – All people before God are equal and have dignity, created in God’s image.
Spirituality – Worship and prayer ground us in God's love and connect us to the Spirit’s movement.
Transformation – We are curious to see what God is doing in our lives and in the world. We are open to change.
Community – We grow, learn and serve best in relationship with others, listening for God together.
Hospitality – Everyone is welcome at God’s table of grace.
Peace and justice – We are living into God’s Shalom for all creation.
Our identity, purpose and values come together in the vision we hold nationwide as Mennonite Church Canada:
God calls us to be followers of Jesus Christ and, by the power of the Holy Spirit, to grow as
communities of grace, joy and peace so that God’s healing and hope flow through us to the world.