Welcome To Our Church
If you are new to Douglas or have only recently started to worship with us, welcome here. We would love to get to know you better. Here is a little bit about our congregation:
Douglas Mennonite Church is a mid-sized congregation with about 300 people attending on a typical Sunday morning. Located in northeast Winnipeg, Douglas is an inter-generational congregation with a mixture of children, young people, adults and seniors. We worship together on Sunday mornings at 10:00 am. Music is very important to how we worship and our singing features a mix of hymns and choruses, both old and new.
Our congregation has its roots in the early 1970s when Springfield Heights Mennonite Church bought a lot at the corner of Douglas and Rothesay with the intention of planting a daughter congregation. In 1979, a sanctuary was built and in 1980 Douglas became an independent congregation.
Today, Douglas is an active member of both Mennonite Church Manitoba and Mennonite Church Canada and has close ties with the Mennonite Central Committee.
What You Can Expect
All children attend the first fifteen minutes of our worship service. After some singing, children grade eight and younger go to Sunday School. Toddler care is provided during the worship service for children 18 to 36 months. Sunday School is offered at 9:15 for children who are in grade nine and older. We hope you will join us for worship and stay afterwards for coffee and fellowship.
Douglas Mennonite Church is guided by the Mennonite confession of faith.
Along with many other Mennonite congregations, Douglas Mennonite Church is guided by the following confession of faith:
1. We believe that God exists and is pleased with all who draw near by faith. We worship the one holy and loving God who is Father, Son, and Holy Spirit eternally. God has created all things visible and invisible, has brought salvation and new life to humanity through Jesus Christ, and continues to sustain the church and all things until the end of the age.
2. We believe in Jesus Christ , the Word of God become flesh. He is the Savior of the world, who has delivered us from the dominion of sin and reconciled us to God by his death on a cross. He was declared to be Son of God by his resurrection from the dead. He is the head of the church, the exalted Lord, the Lamb who was slain, coming again to reign with God in glory.
3. We believe in the Holy Spirit, the eternal Spirit of God, who dwelled in Jesus Christ, who empowers the church, who is the source of our life in Christ, and who is poured out on those who believe as the guarantee of redemption.
4. We believe that all Scripture is inspired by God through the Holy Spirit for instruction in salvation and training in righteousness. We accept the Scriptures as the Word of God and as the fully reliable and trustworthy standard for Christian faith and life. Led by the Holy Spirit in the church, we interpret Scripture in harmony with Jesus Christ.
5. We believe that God has created the heavens and the earth and all that is in them, and that God preserves and renews what has been made. All creation has its source outside itself and belongs to the Creator. The world has been created good because God is good and provides all that is needed for life.
6. We believe that God has created human beings in the divine image. God formed them from the dust of the earth and gave them a special dignity among all the works of creation. Human beings have been made for relationship with God, to live in peace with each other, and to take care of the rest of creation.
7. We confess that, beginning with Adam and Eve, humanity has disobeyed God, given way to the tempter, and chosen to sin. All have fallen short of the Creator’s intent, marred the image of God in which they were created, disrupted order in the world, and limited their love for others. Because of sin, humanity has been given over to the enslaving powers of evil and death.
8. We believe that, through Jesus Christ, God offers salvation from sin and a new way of life. We receive God’s salvation when we repent and accept Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord. In Christ, we are reconciled with God and brought into the reconciling community. We place our faith in God that, by the same power that raised Christ from the dead, we may be saved from sin to follow Christ and to know the fullness of salvation.
9. We believe that the church is the assembly of those who have accepted God’s offer of salvation through faith in Jesus Christ. It is the new community of disciples sent into the world to proclaim the reign of God and to provide a foretaste of the church’s glorious hope. It is the new society established and sustained by the Holy Spirit.
10. We believe that the mission of the church is to proclaim and to be a sign of the kingdom of God. Christ has commissioned the church to make disciples of all nations, baptizing them, and teaching them to observe all things he has commanded.
11. We believe that the baptism of believers with water is a sign of their cleansing from sin. Baptism is also a pledge before the church of their covenant with God to walk in the way of Jesus Christ through the power of the Holy Spirit. Believers are baptized into Christ and his body by the Spirit, water, and blood.
12. We believe that the Lord’s Supper is a sign by which the church thankfully remembers the new covenant which Jesus established by his death. In this communion meal, the church renews its covenant with God and with each other and participates in the life and death of Jesus Christ, until he comes.
13. We believe that in washing the feet of his disciples, Jesus calls us to serve one another in love as he did. Thus we acknowledge our frequent need of cleansing, renew our willingness to let go of pride and worldly power, and offer our lives in humble service and sacrificial love.
14. We practice discipline in the church as a sign of God’s offer of transforming grace. Discipline is intended to liberate erring brothers and sisters from sin, and to restore them to a right relationship with God and to fellowship in the church. The practice of discipline gives integrity to the church’s witness in the world.
15. We believe that ministry is a continuation of the work of Christ, who gives gifts through the Holy Spirit to all believers and empowers them for service in the church and in the world. We also believe that God calls particular persons in the church to specific leadership ministries and offices. All who minister are accountable to God and to the community of faith.
16. We believe that the church of Jesus Christ is one body with many members, ordered in such a way that, through the one Spirit, believers may be built together spiritually into a dwelling place for God.
17. We believe that Jesus Christ calls us to discipleship, to take up our cross and follow him. Through the gift of God’s saving grace, we are empowered to be disciples of Jesus, filled with his Spirit, following his teachings and his path through suffering to new life. As we are faithful to his way, we become conformed to Christ and separated from the evil in the world.
18. We believe that to be a disciple of Jesus is to know life in the Spirit. As the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ takes shape in us, we grow in the image of Christ and in our relationship with God. The Holy Spirit is active in individual and in communal worship, leading us deeper into the experience of God.
19. We believe that God intends human life to begin in families and to be blessed through families. Even more, God desires all people to become part of the church, God’s family. As single and married members of the church family give and receive nurture and healing, families can grow toward the wholeness that God intends. We are called to chastity and to loving faithfulness in marriage.
20. We commit ourselves to tell the truth, to give a simple yes or no, and to avoid the swearing of oaths.
21. We believe that everything belongs to God, who calls the church to live in faithful stewardship of all that God has entrusted to us, and to participate now in the rest and justice which God has promised.
22. We believe that peace is the will of God. God created the world in peace, and God’s peace is most fully revealed in Jesus Christ, who is our peace and the peace of the whole world. Led by the Holy Spirit, we follow Christ in the way of peace, doing justice, bringing reconciliation, and practicing nonresistance, even in the face of violence and warfare.
23. We believe that the church is God’s holy nation, called to give full allegiance to Christ its head and to witness to every nation, government, and society about God’s saving love.
24. We place our hope in the reign of God and its fulfillment in the day when Christ will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead. He will gather his church, which is already living under the reign of God. We await God’s final victory, the end of this present age of struggle, the resurrection of the dead, and a new heaven and a new earth. There the people of God will reign with Christ in justice, righteousness, and peace for ever and ever.
Don Rempel Boschman - Senior Pastor
Don has been a pastor at Douglas since 1997. In the decade before that he worked as a Bible teacher in Botswana, Africa. His areas of responsibility include preaching and working with lay leaders and staff to provide leadership for the congregation. Don is married to Kathleen and they have two adult children. firstname.lastname@example.org
Adam Robinson - Associate Pastor
Adam has been the associate pastor at Douglas since December 2009. He greatly enjoys the mix of pastoral visiting and other responsibilities, which include work with the deacon ministry, adult Sunday school, and worship and preaching duties as these arise. Prior to coming to Douglas, Adam served a small congregation in north-end Winnipeg as their pastor for several years, and his training was at Associated Mennonite Biblical Seminary, IN. His wife Karen and his two children keep him busy at home with bicycle riding or cross country skiing, if he’s not at work or playing squash. email@example.com
Dale Friesen - Youth Pastor
Dale has been the Youth and Young Adult Pastor at Douglas since August 2017. His responsibilities include youth and young adult programming, as well as some involvement in Sunday morning services. Prior to coming to Douglas, Dale served two small rural Manitoba congregations as both pastor and youth pastor. Dale is passionate about walking alongside young people on their faith journey. Dale and his wife Tammy keep busy with their two sons, who he describes as “blenders without lids.” In his free time, Dale can be found cheering on a plethora of sports teams. firstname.lastname@example.org
Paul Loewen - Youth Pastor
Paul has been working as Youth Pastor since 2008, and he graduated from Canadian Mennonite University in 2009. His responsibilities include Youth programming, Sunday School, and an after-school drop-in, as well as some involvement in services on Sunday mornings. Paul and his wife Jeanette have three young sons. Paul’s current record for consecutive days of eating at least one piece of pizza is 11, but he is always open to beating that record. Paul enjoys writing fiction. You can find his books and blog at www.paulloewen.com. email@example.com
Heidi Schartner - Children's Ministry Leader
Heidi began as the church’s Children’s Ministry Leader in January 2017. She is involved with the programs that include the youngest Douglas Mennonite attendees. These programs include: Boys and Girls Clubs, Sunday School and Morning Out for Moms. She and her husband Randy have two young children and have been members at DMC since 2007. Heidi loves telling stories, savoring dark chocolate (really, it’s the only type of chocolate that counts) and traveling with her family. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
Debbie Publicover - Administrative Assistant
Debbie has been working as the Administrative Assistant since May 1, 2000. Debbie’s responsibilities various office duties including accounting, data entry and as occasional ‘heart-tender’. Debbie is married to Mike and they have a son, a daughter and a football with legs a.k.a Nikki the dog. She loves to teach Sunday school to ‘her little ones’ and bake for staff meetings . email@example.com
Herta Doerksen - Custodian
Herta has been the church custodian since April 1, 2013.