Visit to Mennonite Markets at St Jacobs
May 08, 2013
May 28, 2013
Today David, James and I visited the Mennonite Markets, the Mennonites are part of the Anabaptists. The old order of them live very separate lives,including living off the land, using horse and carts for their means of transport and for plowing their fields etc. They then sell their veggies,meat, hand crafts etc at the markets. The markets are quite large and very busy. Went through the Mennonite museum, was funny the were playing same hymns as we sing. There is only 320 Mennonites in Australia, all I think in NSW. You will see from the picture of the Mennonite man with his cart on the side of the road how they dress. They are very similar in a lot of ways to how we do our ecclesias, they have no paid ministry, they use same sort of voting system. One thing that I noticed in going through the museum is it was all about their lifestyle, we came out at the other end none the wiser as to what their beliefs were. We asked the man at the desk whether the do full immersion or sprinkling for baptism, his reply was, it is a personal thing you can have either, but must be an adult, it then quickly changed the subject and we got the impression he really did not want to talk about their religion. Their is 137208 of them in Canada and 392000 in US so it is fairly large movement. It was very interesting.