Welcome to Bonneyville Mennonite Church
The Latest and Greatest Happening at Bonneyville
As a community, our health is a priority, whether it is physical, emotional, mental, or spiritual. We are gathering for "social distanced services" at our regular time of 9:30am. We encourage everyone to wear a mask and stay six feet apart in family groups. If you have pre-existing health conditions, we encourage you to join via zoom or watch the sermon via Facebook live on the Bonneyville Facebook page on Sunday afternoon. Contact pastor Mariah for the zoom link or if you have any questions.
Meet Our Pastor!
Mariah Martin started pastoring at Bonneyville November 4th, 2018. Mariah grew up in Glenwood Springs, Colorado where she experienced her calling to ministry in the shadow of the Rocky Mountains. She studied Bible and Religion at Hesston College, Goshen College, and went to Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary in Elkhart, Indiana for graduate studies.
Mariah and her husband Nick Bouwman live in downtown Goshen at “Hope House” a hospitality house started by Faith Mennonite Church designed to provide short-term, emergency housing for local people trying to get on their feet. Nick and Mariah serve as the “hosts” of the house.
Mariah usually has her nose in a book or is staring out the window at the squirrels she finds so entertaining! Her other passions include good coffee, listening deeply, and experiencing God in the simple joys of life.
About Our Church
Bonneyville Mennonite Church is a small community tucked away in the woods of Bristol, Indiana. Visit us at 9:30am on Sunday for worship, coffee, and conversation.
We are right across from Bonneyville Mill on state rd 120. When you see the sign for the Mill, turn on the road directly across from it. Your next left will bring you to our parking lot.
Come Worship with Us!
What to Expect When Attending Bonneyville Mennonite Church
Worship begins at 9:30am on Sunday. Often people will arrive 15 or so minutes early to chat and catch up. Worship begins with a welcome and a prayer. Next we sing songs and take offering. Our singing is usually acapella, once a month a pianist joins us. Singing acapella allows us to focus on the words we are singing, using our voices as prayer. We would of course welcome any musical talent that would like to join us!
After offering we have children's time, sing a bit more, and then someone from the congregation will read scripture. Then pastor Mariah will preach. One Sunday a month we have a guest speaker or a unique worship experience, possibly involving more of an informal group conversation experience or a time to immerse ourselves in various spiritual practices (various types of prayer, a teaching seminar, art, music, etc). This "miscellaneous" Sunday helps our congregation open our minds to learn about other ways to seek God and be a disciple of Jesus.
After the sermon we will have time for announcements and prayer requests. Congregants find this time helpful to hear about the joys and sorrows in one another's lives. It allows us to become closer and grow in community. Finally, we end the worship service with a sending song and benediction.
Right after worship we have a coffee and snack time. A number of Bonneyville folk stay long after the service in the fellowship hall enjoying their coffee and spending time together.
Sunday school begins roughly at around 11:00am. Recently adult Sunday school has been a time of sermon response where we dig deeper into the text for the week and ask hard questions. There is children's Sunday school provided. Middle schoolers, high schoolers, and college age students are more than welcome to join the sermon response group.
"Have hope. Let it fill you, sustain you, focus you, so that this life will not be consumed with distraction and worry—but be one of growth and courage as you savor all the delightful flavors, surprises, relationships, and wisdom that light up your life."
"But I know, to the core of my being, that no matter what choice we will make, God will be right there with us. Finding the light in the darkness. Mending what has been broken. Teaching. Consoling. Crying. Supporting. Transforming."
"My deepest prayer for you is that when you turn to God with your objections to God’s calling on your life, when your insecurities and excuses well up and threaten to overwhelm you, that you hear God's words of grace saying, 'Yes, you, I am calling you, as you are. You are enough. You are my beloved child. I knew you before you were born, I am a part of you. I am always with you and you are enough.'”