Mennonites and dating

Some practice the Lord's Supper quarterly, some twice yearly.

Worship Service: Sunday worship services resemble those in evangelical churches, with singing, a minister leading prayers, soliciting testimonies, and giving a sermon.

In some churches, communion consists of foot-washing and distribution of bread and wine.

Communion, or The Lord's Supper, is a symbolic act, done as a memorial of Christ's sacrifice.

In 1536, Menno Simons, a former Dutch Catholic priest, joined their ranks, rising to a leadership position.Ordinances: Mennonites refer to their practices as ordinances or acts, instead of the word sacrament.They recognize seven "biblical ordinances": baptism on confession of faith; the Lord's Supper; washing of the saints' feet; the holy kiss; marriage; ordination of elders/bishops, ministers/preachers of the Word, deacons; and anointing with oil for healing.Mennonites believe "organized religion" is important in helping individuals understand their purpose and in influencing society.Church members are active in serving in the community, and a large number participate in missionary work.This view prevailed in many circles till late in the 19th century.To the Anabaptists, however, marriage like all other human decisions and behavior must conform to the express teachings of the Holy Scriptures.Salvation: The Holy Spirit is the agent of salvation, who moves people to accept this gift from God.The believer accepts God's grace, trusts in God alone, repents, joins a church, and lives a life of obedience.Many Mennonite churches feature traditional four-part a cappella singing, although organs, pianos, and other musical instruments are common.In conformity with general medieval practice Anabaptists expected to supervise and direct the marriage arrangements for their young people.

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