Jim Halteman introduced the pledge process for the 2016 budget year on Sunday, November 15, during worship.
Pledge packets were distributed to church mailboxes that morning. If you don't have a mailbox or missed your packet, just click below for an online version.
Usual Sunday Morning Schedule
Worship service 9:30 a.m.
Coffee/GAP time for kids 10:45 a.m.
Formation Hour (what many churches call "Sunday School" for all ages) 11:00 a.m.
We regularly have fellowship meals—watch for announcements & join us.
Everyone is invited to fully join in our worship services—singing, reading Scripture, listening to the sermon, sharing prayer concerns, and more.
Our dress code casual. You will see people in jeans, T-shirts, sweaters, shorts, and skirts. No one wears the plain dress of Amish and more conservative Mennonite groups that you may have seen in other Indiana counties or photographs. Come join us in whatever outfit suits you.
Most services have a similar order, though each service varies in music style, sermon content, sharing time, special components, and theme.
Each service begins with an invitation to gather together in worship. This is usually followed by a time of singing and praising God, where you may hear folk, four-part á cappella hymns, instrumental, jazz, chorale, gospel, contemporary, spirituals, international, and Taizé music.
Next, we focus on hearing God’s Word to us, through scripture readings, stories or dramas, and a sermon, delivered by one of our pastors or sometimes guest speakers. Our response to God’s Word most often includes singing, congregational prayers and sharing, and offering our gifts of money.
The offering is free-will. As a visitor, there is no expectation for you to give, but we invite any person who wants to give generously to do so out of their response to God’s grace in their lives. Electronic giving is also an option.
Children age 4 to 2nd grade are sometimes dismissed early in the worship service to participate in Young Children in Worship. Watch for the shepherd banner and follow the leader for this child-oriented worship time that introduces children to worship in a setting that is meaningful to them.
Childcare is available for children through age 3 in our nursery.
We share communion once a month, usually on the first Sunday of the month.
All who have publicly proclaimed their desire to follow Jesus may come to receive the bread and cup at one of the tables.
A gluten-free option is available at the table closest to the library.
Anyone, including children, may come to the Welcome area to receive bread and a blessing.
If you prefer, raise your hand to be served at your seat.
After the worship service and before the Education Hour begins at 11:00, we invite you to join us in the foyer for coffee (or tea). Meet a member of our leadership team for conversation in the foyer near the main entrance—we'd like to get acquainted with you! During this time, children attend GAP, a less structured time to stretch and have fun. GAP stands for Games, Activities, and Praise. Parents can find GAP for ages 4 to 5th grade in the chapel at the west end of the building. GAP leaders take children to Sunday school as needed at 11:00.
Education/Formation Hour (Sunday School)
At 11 a.m., you are invited to participate in our “second hour” every Sunday from September to June. During this hour, we provide experiences intended to help all ages to become more fully formed into the likeness of Christ. Children attend Sunday school and adults choose from a variety of classes or occasionally attend geographically-based Area Groups.
Adult education options are listed in the printed worship bulletin, and you can usually find a more detailed description of each class at the Welcome Counter. All classes seek to be biblically grounded. We typically offer topics in the following areas: Bible Study, Inward Journey, Outward Journey, and Our Beliefs and Practices.
For help with finding a class, please stop by the Welcome Counter or simply ask someone who is seated near you. Note that children’s classes typically dismiss at 12 noon, while adult classes may run a few minutes longer.
During the worship service, child care is available for ages 0-3 in the nursery. Child care is also available during Sunday school for ages 0, 1, and most two-year-olds. Children who turn 2 by September 1 attend Sunday school.
A hearing assistance system, large-print hymnals, and a handicap-accessible building help make our services available to all. If you require special assistance of any kind, please alert an usher or a greeter at the door, or contact the church office at 574-291-0924.
We are glad you found us!
If you live in South Bend, IN, and are looking for a place to worship or, perhaps, simply somewhere to belong, you have come to the right site! Through the formation, community, and outreach happening every day at our church, you will see God making the world a better place. You are invited to share in our vision of peace, healing, and hope for the world.
If this is what you are looking for, join us each Sunday for worship at 9:30am, for coffee time at 10:45am, and formation hour, a time of study and reflection on the Bible and other topics, at 11am.
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A Congregation of Mennonite Church USA in South Bend, IN.
Pastor of Vision, Outreach, and Leadership
Janice Yordy Sutter
Pastor of Preaching and Community Life
Pastor of Worship and Formation
Jr. High Ministries
Kern Road Mennonite Church
Phone: (574) 291-0924
Our church meets regularly on the south side of South Bend, but our members and attenders live, work and interact in many neighborhoods across northwest Indiana and southwest Michigan. We are a regional community of Anabaptist Christian believers who gather regularly for Christian worship, formation, community, and outreach as we seek to live God's dream for the world in our everyday lives and relationships.
Kern Road Mennonite is a member congregation of Mennonite Church USA. Though we share an Anabaptist Christian identity with more conservative Mennonites and Amish who wear plain clothes, Kern Road attenders come from diverse faith experiences, backgrounds, and cultures. We are confident, once you experience our authentic community and down-to-earth, relevant worship services and teaching, you'll consider joining us as well. You might even consider becoming one of us!
We believe you, too, are part of God's dream. We’d love to get to know you better. We invite you to join us on the journey.
For more about who Mennonites are…and are NOT, click on this link to the Mennonite Church USA website: Who we are...and are not
Our Mission Statement:
God is bringing forth a new heaven and a new earth, uniting all things in Christ. The Spirit calls us to be and proclaim God’s new creation in the world. We commit ourselves to:
· Reconciling with God and being formed into the likeness of Jesus Christ
· Being a community of worship, fellowship, and discipleship
· Living a life of outreach through service, witness, and peacemaking
Our Congregational Practices
As members and attenders of an Anabaptist Christian congregation, we:
- Open ourselves daily to be transformed followers of Jesus Christ:
- Acknowledging brokenness and confessing sin in our lives, opening ourselves to God’s grace,
- Reading and discerning the stories and wisdom of the Bible as the primary guide for living,
- Watching for God’s activity in the world and seeking to join it, and
- Expecting the power of the Holy Spirit to guide and direct our lives.
- Participate together in biblically-focused and celebrative worship centered on thanks to God and the life and teachings of Jesus Christ.
- Invite friends to the joy, commitment, challenges, and spiritual growth that come through following Christ in life.
- Seek peace with justice actively in all our relationships: in our homes, communities, and world, especially where there is conflict.
- Give generously of our time, gifts, money, and physical resources in service and in witness as a response to God’s love, generosity, and goodness.
- Welcome and celebrate the gathering of God’s diverse people in our church and community (intercultural, intergenerational, and interchurch).
- Nurture authentic relationships with God and one another in Christian community so that we might stretch and grow in Christ individually and collectively.
- Celebrate the gift and beauty of God’s creation through:
- artistic expression,
- well-being and wholeness,
- environmental stewardship, and
- simple living
- Organize our community life through stable, yet flexible, structures that enhance and empower God’s people to learn, love, and live God’s dream for the world.
To learn more about Mennonites and their various ministries, visit these resource pages:
Indiana-Michigan Mennonite Conference – An area conference covering Indiana, Michigan, Kentucky, and Tennessee, this denominational group is made up of over 80 congregations. As part of this conference, we relate in a special way with 6 other congregations in our region.
Mennonite Church (MC) USA – We are one congregation connected to about 900 others within 21 area conferences, with over 100,000 members across the United States.
Mennonite World Conference – Connects MC USA to 95 other Mennonite and Brethren in Christ Churches from 52 countries on six continents. The world total is now almost 1.3 million members, with Africa being the leader in numbers of Mennonites worldwide.