2015 World Fellowship Sunday: What in the World is the Kingdom of God?
Our global Anabaptist family of faith is called to live according to the values of this Kingdom of God, regardless of what country, language, culture or tribe we come from. As a community of nearly two million Anabaptists in more than 80 countries around the world, we need each other to strengthen and support each other in times of persecution and suffering and in times of joy. Mennonite World Conference is called to be a communion (Koinonia) of Anabaptist-related churches linked to one another in a worldwide community of faith for fellowship, worship, service, and witness. Together we share a witness to Kingdom ways of following Jesus here on earth.
This year’s regional focus is on the Anabaptist churches in North America. There are nine member churches in North America: Brethren in Christ in both Canada and the United States, Mennonite Brethren in both Canada and the United States, Mennonite Church in both Canada and the United States, Evangelical Mennonite Conference in Canada, Evangelical Mennonite Mission Conference in Canada, and the Conservative Mennonite Conference in the United States – all together with about 223,000 baptized members. There are about another 300,000 Anabaptists in North America who are not members of MWC. Most of them are Anabaptists who live very separately from the world, such as the Amish, Old Order Mennonites, Old Colony Mennonites, Plain Mennonites, Hutterites, Bruderhof, and more.
We encourage each MWC member body to choose and adapt materials that fit their context, and to translate (if necessary), copy and distribute the materials to all local churches.
Please have someone from your church record how you celebrated the day. MWC would be grateful to hear from you after World Fellowship Sunday so that we can share your experiences with others in the worldwide family of faith.
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