New Sunday Morning Service Format

About Fort Garry MB Church

New Sunday Morning Service Format

Worship Gathering

Sunday Morning Worship 

  • 10:00 a.m.  All Ages Praise & Worship
  • 10:30 -11:30 KidZone & Supervised Nursery
  • 10:30 - Worship in the Word
  • 11:00 a.m. - Faith Formation Classes/coffee fellowship

Fall Service Format Graphic

 

Service Times

  • 10:00 a.m. - In-person service masks are not required but are recommended.
  • We will also be continuing to live stream our service on our Youtube channel at 10:00 a.m.

Please continue to check our newsletter on our website for the most up-to-date Worship Gathering status and service times.

FGMB Youtube Channel Link

 

Watch on YouTube

Frequently Asked Questions

Who are the Mennonite Brethen?

Read the MB Confession of Faith

Learn more about who the Mennonite Brethen are at the Canadian Conference of MB Churches History page.

What Should I Expect at a Sunday Worship Gathering?

Our Worship Gathering is every Sunday at 10:00 AM in person or on-line.

What About Kids?

There will be individual activity packs available for children.

Children ages 2 - Gr. 2 will be dismissed from the servie to Kids Church. Starting September 18th, there will be KidZone for ages 2 to Gr. 6 as well as suprevised nursery.

When are your worship gatherings?

We are meeting at 10:00 AM on Sunday mornings. If you are unable to join us in person, we also live stream the service on our YouTube channel.

What should I wear?

When you come to one of our worship gatherings you will find people dressed in a wide variety of styles from as casual as jeans or shorts to a smaller number dressed more formally. Please feel free to wear what is most comfortable for you so you can be at ease while participating in worship together. Masks are required for all in attendance, so please bring your own. We have a limited amount on-hand.

What happens in a worship gathering?

Our worship gathering lasts from 45-60 minutes depending on what has been planned for each week. Each service includes times of worship through listening to music, corporate prayer, and relevant biblical teaching. Our worship ministries strive for 4 goals in our gatherings: Encounter God, Fellowship in Community, Bring an Offering, and Life Transformation.

How often do you celebrate communion?

Every 5-6 weeks.

Do I need to bring a bible?

There are Bible is the pews for your access. Apps like Bible Gateway are free to download on your phone as well. Does your church collect an offering? Do you expect me to give money? The offering is meant to honour Jesus with the resources, including finances, that God has placed in our care. Our members also offer their time and talents as a worshipful offering by serving others in the church and community. Please don’t feel any obligation to give when you visit.

I have a physical disability requiring a wheelchair. Is there accessible parking? Where should I sit?

We have designated parking spaces at the West entrance (rear parking lot door). There is also an accessible entrance for drop-offs and pick-up at our South entrance (side door). An elevator is provided for accessibility to both our upper and lower level areas. Our sanctuary is located on the upper level and has accessible seating areas at both sides and rear of the auditorium. Wheelchair accessible washrooms are located just off the upper level foyer next to the church offices and off the west foyer in the gymnasium.

Sunday Morning Logistics

The Vision of FGMB

Inviting Being Sending – The Vision of FGMB

Fort Garry Mennonite Brethren Church is a community of people committed to following Jesus in all aspects of life. As a community we live out this commitment through the vision of three defining actions – Inviting, Being, and Sending.

Through words and actions we share Christ with others, inviting them to join us in our journey. Newcomers are welcomed, celebrated, and included in our fellowship of faith. (Inviting)

We intentionally emphasize disciple-making by nurturing caring relationships, helping all to grow and develop towards maturity in their life in Christ. (Being)

We are a community with a mission that is both global and local. This commitment to sharing Christ permeates our thinking, planning and decision-making process. Through prayer, giving and service we impact our personal networks, our city and our world. (Sending)

Inviting – any and all

Members of Fort Garry freely invite friends, neighbours and associates to explore what it means to know and follow Jesus and to experience the transformation that comes from being in personal relationship with God.

We invite any and all to experience the worship, community and fellowship of our congregation life. We welcome newcomers of all ages and backgrounds into our small groups, our schedules and activities, our homes and our hearts.

Those who are unsure of belief are welcome to be a part of and participate in the activities of the faith community without pressure to express a public commitment to Christ. Our hope is that through finding a sense of belonging in the community of faith that they will be drawn to choose to follow Christ.

Being – the faithful church of Christ

Following Jesus means more than giving mental assent to a set of doctrinal statements or a confession of faith (believing). It means allowing God’s Spirit to completely transform our thinking, our values, and our lifestyle.

Together we engage in thoughtful communal worship, biblical teaching that is both relevant and engaging, developing world views that reflect the values of the Kingdom, and a global concern for the world God loves and Jesus died for – these are marks of a healthy community of faith.

We recognize that a life of faith is lived in the context of caring community. We share our lives through the humble sharing our authentic selves, our gifts and our needs, our strengths and our weakness with one another. We begin where people are, welcoming the broken, healing the wounded, nurturing children, youth and adults for maturity of faith in Christ and equipping them for effective ministry and service.

In our relationships, our ministry opportunities within the church and in our various “worlds,” we reflect the grace and truth of Christ. We respond to conflict with personal humility and a loving commitment to reconciliation.

Sending – “where we are and around the world”

Fort Garry MB Church is not a holding tank for Christians waiting to go to heaven; we are a community of “sent ones” engaged in our various “worlds” as reconcilers, healers, and agents of God’s agenda in the world. In addition to ministries offered on-site at FGMB, this happens at three levels:

  1. Missional Living: We are sent into our communities to share life, extend love, ask questions, offer personal experiences and perspectives, and help others grow in their spiritual journey, wherever they happen to be. Each one of us is a “minister of the gospel” to our neighbour, our co-worker, our friend, and to all whom we meet.
  2. Missionary Service: We call, equip, and send and support our members to serve in various short-term and long-term ministry settings. Our various ministries (youth, seniors, small groups) regularly serve as volunteers in local ministries as part of their scheduled activities. We continually send workers, whether they are families with young children or retired seniors and all in between, to serve as volunteers or vocationally with ministries in our city, our province, and around the world.
  3. Church Planting: We prayerfully, deliberately, and joyfully send out groups of members (including leaders) to develop missional communities and plant daughter churches. This is an on-going strategic plan to extend and multiply the ministry of our church, enabling us to be increasingly faithful and effective in living out our God-given mission.

 

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Our Team

Carl Heppner

Carl Heppner, Lead Pastor

Carl has been serving as Lead Pastor at FGMB since November 2013. Carl and Kathy were married in 1999 and have four fantastic children. Prior to coming to FGMB, Carl worked with Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) in an HR role supporting International personnel. Carl and Kathy also previously served internationally with MCC in Bolivia for several years.

Carl is a passionate teacher who loves mentoring young leaders. He always has a stack of books on the go and loves spending time working on renovating their family’s 100 yr. old home.

carl.heppner@fgmb.ca
Andre Vanderstoep

Andre Vanderstoep, Worship Director

Andre began serving as the Worship Director in January 2022, having previously served as the Youth Pastor at Willowlake Baptist Church (2015-2020) and the Children's Pastor at Soul Sanctuary (2020-2021). Andre and his wife Nicole married in August 2018, and are the happy parents of their three cats: Romeo, Dorito and Willow.

Andre is passionate about many things, most notable snack foods, running, hockey (Go Leafs), napping and reading. Andre holds a B.A. in Youth Leadership and Biblical & Theological Studies from Providence University College (2016), and is working towards his M. Div. from Carey Theological Seminary (2022).

worship@fgmb.ca
Ruth Schellenberg

Ruth Schellenberg, Community Life Pastor

Ruth has been on staff at FGMB since July 2006 in the role of Children’s Pastor.
Since Aug 2022 she is now in the role of Community Life Pastor.
This role encompasses all ages of the church community-family ministry, intergenerational ministries and seniors caregiving.

She has been married to David Sawatsky for 34 years. They have 2 sons and 1 daughter-in-law; Jordan, married to Sydney, and Caleb. Ruth and David love to travel, hike, cycle and take walks in their neighbourhood. They also love to watch NFL football.

Ruth has degrees in Criminology and in Family Studies, plus several Master’s level courses in Theology. Prior to coming on staff at Fort Garry she worked for 15 years with Youth for Christ in Winnipeg serving with Teen Moms and the drop-in ministry.

ruth@fgmb.ca
Janessa Giesbrecht

Janessa Giesbrecht, Youth and Young Adults (currently on maternity leave)

Janessa Nayler-Giesbrecht has been serving as the Pastor of Youth and Young Adults since June 2013. Janessa grew up at Fort Garry MB and spent 7 years volunteering with the youth ministries before taking on the pastoral role. Her passions in ministry include mentorship, leader development, and preaching. Her vision for youth and young adults is to see each of their lives transformed as they learn to recognize, live into, and share their God-given identities in Jesus Christ.

Janessa is married to Andrew and they welcomed their son Lincoln into their lives in 2018. She enjoys reading, cycling, music, and cheering for the Montreal Canadiens. Janessa holds a BA in International Development Studies and is currently working towards a Master of Arts in Christian Ministry at Canadian Mennonite University.

janessa@fgmb.ca
Darryl Wylie

Darryl Wylie, Facility Manager

Darryl and his wife Candace have been attending Fort Garry since roughly 2008, and Darryl has been Facility Manager here since late 2011. They have been blessed with three children.

Darryl loves to be active which fits well with his current position at FGMB. Sports have always been a passion for him, and leading the Men’s Night Out here at church has been rewarding!

Prior to FGMB, Darryl worked for 22 years in the hotel industry and is dedicated to working for those around him. Whether it is a wedding, funeral, or a meeting that the church is rented for, he truly enjoys making that event “special”.

darryl.wylie@fgmb.ca
Benita Unrau

Benita Unrau, Office Administrator

Benita has been attending FGMB since 1989. Benita was a youth sponsor as well as a member of a music worship team for many years. She is excited to have joined the staff here at FGMB as of August 2021.

Benita enjoys making people feel welcome and valued. Prior to FGMB, Benita worked for 19 years at WMEM-KF Campus as an administrative assistant. She also enjoys organizing, scheduling and paperwork which fits quite nicely with her current position at FGMB.

She is married to Dale Unrau and together they have 2 adult children who both have recently married. When not in the office she likes to go for walks, read, dabble in watercolour and spend time with her family.

info@fgmb.ca
Jesse Yoder

Jesse Yoder, Interim Director of Youth and Young Adult Ministries

Jesse has been attending Fort Garry since September of 2020 and started as the Interim Director of Youth and Young Adult Ministries in March of 2022. Jesse enjoys making Scripture accessible and applicable to all people, whether that is in a sermon on Sunday morning or in curriculum for youth ministries. Before coming to Fort Garry, Jesse served for several years as a youth pastor at a church in the United States and spent a year serving with Mennonite Disaster Service. Jesse holds an undergraduate degree in youth ministry from Messiah College and will be graduating in April with a Master of Arts in Christian Ministry from Canadian Mennonite University.

Jesse and his wife Kelsey were married in July of 2021 and the two of them currently live in the south end of Winnipeg. In his free time, Jesse enjoys reading, playing guitar, cheering for Philadelphia sports teams, and spending time outdoors.

jesse.yoder@fgmb.ca

Worship Gathering

Sunday Morning Worship 

  • 10:00 a.m.  All Ages Praise & Worship
  • 10:30 -11:30 KidZone & Supervised Nursery
  • 10:30 - Worship in the Word
  • 11:00 a.m. - Faith Formation Classes/coffee fellowship

Fall Service Format Graphic

 

Watch on YouTube!