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Historic Sites of Manitoba: Mennonite Brethren Church / Blessings Church (621 College Avenue, Winnipeg)

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This church on College Avenue in Winnipeg was built by the North End Mennonite Brethren congregation in 1929, with the congregation commissioning this $8,000 structure to replace their former quarters at 533 Burrows Avenue. Opened in 1930, their outreach included a site on Maple Street, another in North Kildonan, and a Sunday School in Brooklands. In time, the congregation outgrew this location and, in 1954, completed the construction of Elmwood Mennonite Brethren Church at 145 Henderson Highway. The building was used by several church organizations and is presently (2019) occupied by the Blessings Church.




Before 1930

See North End Mennonite Brethren Church


Cornelius Nikolai Hiebert (1881-1975)


Franz F. Isaak


Franz C. Thiessen (1881-1950)


B. B. Fast


David K. Duerksen


I. W. Redekopp

Photos & Coordinates

Blessings Church

Christian Reformed Church (c1970)
Source: Archives of Manitoba, Archives of Manitoba photo collection, Architectural Survey -
Winnipeg - College Avenue - Sheet 1 - No. 12/70

Blessings Church

Blessings Church (January 2019)
Source: George Penner

Blessings Church

Blessings Church (October 2019)
Source: Nathan Kramer

Site Coordinates (lat/long): N49.92360, W97.14466
denoted by symbol on the map above

See also:

Historic Sites of Manitoba: North End Mennonite Brethren Church / European Meat and Sausage Building (533 Burrows Avenue, Winnipeg)

Historic Sites of Manitoba: Elmwood Mennonite Brethren Church (145 Henderson Highway, Winnipeg)


City of Winnipeg Building Permit 5155/1929, City of Winnipeg Archives.

“Permits issued today for dozen new dwellings,” Winnipeg Tribune, 15 October 1929, page 3.

“Mennonites to hold Bible-reading session,” Winnipeg Tribune, 12 December 1930, page 3.

“Mennonite Brethren have new church,” Manitoba Free Press, 13 December 1930, page 30.

Elmwood Mennonite Brethren Church, by I. W. Redekopp and Richard D. Thiessen, Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online, March 2022.

Henderson’s Winnipeg and Brandon Directories, Peel’s Prairie Provinces, University of Alberta Libraries.

This page was prepared by George Penner and Nathan Kramer.

Page revised: 30 April 2023

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