4 cm of textual material, and 4 photographs.
The Christian Fellowship Church in Lanigan, Sask., held it’s first service on the morning of Nov. 5th, 1972, in St. Patricks Catholic Church with 13 in attendance. This was a project of the Mennonite Brethren Mission of Saskatchewan. The building itself was soon moved to Lanigan from 7 miles West of Leroy by the Christian and Missionary Alliance and was purchased by Mennonite Brethren Missions in 1972.
Lawrence and Martha Redekopp were asked to serve as Interim Pastors. They agreed and spent the first nine months driving in from Saskatoon to hold 2 services each Sunday. By spring of 1973 they had accepted the invitation to become full-time pastors, and moved to Lanigan.
In 1975 the church was accepted into the Mennonite Brethren Conference and in 1976 it became self-supporting. It is affiliated with the Saskatchewan Conference of Mennonite Brethren.
One thing that influenced the life of the church was the ministry of the Messenger Quartet. Upon the invitation of the church they visited the community three different times. People responded to the gospel message through their ministry and church growth resulted.
By their 10th anniversary, the little church, with seating capacity of 100 was full. The Sunday School facilities were taxed to the limit. After much prayer and discussion a decision was made to build a new building to seat 250 people. The first service in the new sanctuary was held on September 1982.
Pastors of the church have been: Lawrence Redekopp 1972-1985, Mel Konkel 1985-1992, Interim Pastor Abe Mary Unrau 1992-1993, Abe Kathy Klassen 1993 – 2000, and Steve White 2000 – present.
The language of worship is English.
SCOPE AND CONTENT
This fonds consists of historical notes about Christian Fellowship Church and the bulletins from worship services.
Historical material and photographs were collected ca. 1985 by the Centre for Mennonite Brethren Studies. The material was used to produce a special issue of the Mennonite Brethren Herald. Bulletins are sent regularly from the church indicating the current worship and events of the church.
Described by Tamara Dyck, November 9, 2007. Updated by Kate Woltmann July 18, 2013.
Title based on contents of the fonds.
Location: Volume 616, NP176-01.
Formerly classified under the Canadian Conference of Mennonite Brethren Churches inventory number BF518.
Finding aid consists of a file list and photograph list.
Related material: Vol. 148, Canadian Conference of MB Churches – Board of Evangelism.
No restrictions on access.
Christian Fellowship Church, Lanigan, Sask., fonds textual file list:
1.Papers outlining the history of Christian Fellowship Church. – ca. 1985.
2.Bulletins. – 1993.
3.Bulletins. – 1994.
4.Bulletins. – 1995.
5.Bulletins. – 1996-1997.
6.Bulletins. – 2000-2001.
7.Bulletins. – 2005.
8. Bulletins. - 2008, 2010.
9. Financial report. - 1995.
Collection Number:NP176-01Christian Fellowship Church, Lanigan, Sask.
NP176-01:1A Church in a field. - . - 4.5" x 3.5".
This photo is of the new Christian Fellowship Church in Lanigan, Sask., built next to the old church in 1892.
NP176-01:2Assistant pastor and wife. - . - 1.5" x 1.75".
This photo is of Assistant Pastor Harold Berg and wife Edna. It is a posed photography [possibly for the church directory].
NP176-01:3Pastor and his wife.. - . - 1.5" x 1.75".
This photo is of Pastor and Mrs. Lawrence Redekopp. It is a posed photo [possilby for the church
NP176-01:4A pastor and his wife.. - . - 1.5" x 1.75".
This photo is of moderator Larry Speiser with his wife Marie and their children Greg and Val. This is a posed photo [possibly for the church directory].