About First Mennonite
This congregation began in 1941 with 25 members organizing to provide a spiritual home for southern Colorado health workers doing affiliations with Denver area health institutions. During the war years, the church grew as a number of Mennonite men came to Denver for alternative service to war. Many of these men were employed in medical and mental health capacities. Over the years, First Mennonite has continued in its mission by providing a church home for Mennonites in the Denver area, and for others who are attracted to the Anabaptist-Mennonite heritage and way of life. The church also supports and is involved in a variety of missions to give aid to those in need locally and abroad. These include the Ten Thousand Villages store in Cherry Creek which sells products that bring fair wages to third-world producers, direct assistance for rent and utilities, housing and meeting space for a number of urban organizations, and supporting the Denver Victim Offender Reconciliation Program. This congregation enjoys celebratory worship, Biblical and contemporary preaching, and a wide variety of music, including youth and adult choirs, a cappella singing, and a range of instrumental participation. Social interaction opportunities in this congregation include small group meetings, carry-in meals, special interest groups, Sunday morning education classes for all ages, Sunday morning œcoffee fellowship, committee work and various special events from week to week and throughout the year.
Congregational Vision Statement
We commit ourselves to community, simplicity, peace and service in the Spirit of Christ. “…God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit that has been given to us.” – Romans 5:5
Congregational Mission Statement
We are transformed by love through God our creator, Christ our savior, and the Holy Spirit who lives and moves among us, and as a Biblical people of the Mennonite tradition and denomination, we seek to live lives of God’s justice and God’s peace.
First Mennonite Church of Denver Commitments
Guided by the Vision and Mission Statements, and by God’s love and grace, we commit ourselves to:
- Community: to love, offering repentance and forgiveness, and seeking new life and hope in all our relationships; and to joyful and transforming participation in the worship and fellowship of this congregation that, as one body with many members, invites and welcomes all people because all are created in God’s image.
- Simplicity: to generous stewardship of our time and resources because we know we are connected to all people both in abundance and in need, and to living intentionally so that the ways of God’s economy may be realized here and in all the earth.
- Peace: to creating nonviolent and loving responses to conflict in our own hearts, with our friends and families, in our places of work, and in all the world.
- Service: to offering heartfelt and dedicated expressions of God’s love so that here and wherever we may go the world will be restored, as we put our faith into practice. We offer these commitments freely, joyfully, and without compulsion, because of the love of God that has been poured into our hearts by the Spirit of God.