Our History, Our Present, Our Future
"Mennonites share essential core beliefs with Christians of. . . Protestant, and Evangelical persuasions. We emphasize the connections between faith, words, and actions. We believe baptism and church membership should be voluntary".*
Our Mennonite origins go back to 16th century Europe and the early years following the Protestant Reformation. A Dutch priest Menno Simons and others (the majority in Switzerland) believed that the Reformation needed to go further. In an age filled with religious violence, they provided an example of peacemaking that was costly for some.
Carlock Mennonite Church is a member of the Illinois Mennonite Conference and is affiliated with Mennonite Church USA. We honor our world and local heritage. We believe the best way to do this is to look forward and step out in faith. We cherish our relationships with other Christian churches. We seek to be a church home and family open to those who have no church family.
For over a century the congregation has provided worship services, Christian education, mission and service to the local community and world community. The church celebrated its 100th anniversary in 2015.
The church and its leadership wish to build upon this heritage of faith in God and faithful living. We consider our mission statement "Serving Christ and Community" as defining our direction. The beautiful stained glass window in front of the sanctuary of Christ with his arms outspread represents what we believe we are about. We want to keep and make our church a community where people can be embraced by the love of God and leave better prepared to serve. We welcome all who come in faith, and those who come to seek.
* From: "Who are the Mennonites?" a document of the Mennonite Church USA.