Manchester Anabaptist Group

The Manchester Anabaptist Study Group plans to meet at The Friends Meeting House, 91 Station Road, Cheadle Hulme at 7.30pm on the following Mondays in 2010: 25 Oct, 15 Nov, 13 Dec and in 2011 on 17 Jan, 21 Feb, 21 Mar, 18 Apr, 16 May, 20 Jun and 18 Jul.

We hope to read our way through Alan and Eleanor Kreider’s new book, Worship and Mission after Christendom (Paternoster Press, 2009).

We are delighted to welcome visitors and new members.

For further details contact Brian Haymes: brian.haymes@ntlworld.com

Resident but Alien - how the early church grew (DVD)

A DVD presentation by Alan Kreider

The early church was growing rapidly. For three hundred years, despite discrimination and persecution, people took the risky step of being baptized and entering into the life of an exciting but despised religious minority. What was it that attracted people to become Christians? How did the Christians share their message with others? How did worship make Christianity attractive? Did the emergence of emperor Constantine I in the early fourth century change things?

New Anabaptist Network to serve wider Christian church in South Africa

A new initiative in South Africa is gathering people, churches and other Christian organizations into a web of mutually beneficial relationships. The Anabaptist Network in South Africa (ANiSA) seeks to apply the teachings, experiences and perspectives of Anabaptism to contemporary issues of Christian faith and practice in Southern Africa.

My Anabaptist Story

By Ros Parkes

In September 2004, I heard the word Anabaptist for the very first time. Noel Moules (of Workshop) and Stuart Murray Williams (of the Anabaptist Network) were contributing to a gathering of the Speak Network, which I was at.

Crucible course 2009-2010

Christians across western culture are facing profound challenges and fresh opportunities. The long era of ‘Christendom’ is coming to an end. We now live in a plural society, with multiple religious options alongside the prevailing secular assumptions, in which Christianity has lost its position of dominance and privilege and churches are on the margins of society. Although we seem to be declining in numbers and influence, this context offers many new possibilities – if we have the courage and imagination to grasp them.

Holding on to shoo-fly pie

Krista Ehst, a young Mennonite from Pennsylvania, recently spent some months in the UK as an intern. On her return to the USA we invited her to write down her reflections.

I am deeply tied to my Mennonite heritage. I love going to four-part hymn sings; I cherish memories of learning to bake shoo-fly pie1 with my grandmother; I love walking across the acres that have been farmed by my Mennonite ancestors for ten generations. I return from the UK, however, wondering if these Mennonite traditions are connected to the Anabaptist faith I also claim.

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