Our building is located just off Business Route #30 in Frazer, PA on 57 Maple Linden Lane, Frazer, PA 19355. We are in the middle of a busy business district with a residential community to the north of our building. When you drive up Maple Linden Lane, the first thing you will notice is our Ploughshares Community Garden in front of the church. This is both a community garden and a garden in which we are partnering with the Chester County Food Bank to grow fresh food for the poor of Chester County.
Today a congregation of about 90, Frazer Mennonite Church began in May 1910 in a little schoolhouse along what is now Route #30. It was started by several Mennonite families who had moved to the Malvern area for job opportunities, in collaboration with a Missions Committee from Weaverland Mennonite Church (Lancaster Conference) and members of Vincent Mennonite Church (Franconia Conference). One of Frazer’s defining characteristics from its earlier beginnings is the incorporation of people of diverse backgrounds without any ethnic Mennonite connections. The first pastor, Mark Swanenburg, called from within the congregation and ordained in 1924, was the son of Christine Swanenburg, a Dutch Reformed immigrant from Holland receive into membership at Frazer in 1914. The leadership of Milton and Harry Brackbill, who grew up in Philadelphia, significantly shaped the life of the Frazer congregation and its mission. For more information, read “An Experiment in Grace: The Centennial History of Frazer Mennonite Church” written by Darvin L. Martin (available at www.frazermennonite.org).
Today, it is important for Frazer Mennonite Church (FMC) to be a compassionate community walking with Christ toward peace and wholeness. It is also important that FMC be a grace-filled place where people of diverse backgrounds and stories can join us in walking following Jesus and seeking to live by his ways. We seek to be witnesses of Jesus and his life-giving ways in the communities in which we live.Over the last few years, we’ve discerned the Spirit of God calling us to embody and give witness to practicing our unity in Jesus Christ in the midst of our diversity within the congregation, in our conference/denominational relationships, and in the world.
- Ploughshares Community Garden and growing food for the Chester County Food Bank.
- Book Buddies – a summer reading and literacy program with Hispanic children living in Frazer.
- Providing meals for Safe Harbor shelter in West Chester.
- Providing meeting space most nights of each week for several Alcoholics Anonymous groups, an Overeaters Anonymous group, and a community quilter’s guild once a month.
- Providing worship space and meeting space for an Hispanic Pentecostal congregation.
- A partnership with our sister congregation in La Ceiba, Honduras, La Iglesia Evangelistica Central.
We meet on Sunday mornings:
9:30 a.m. Worship
10:30 a.m. Coffee/Fellowship
11:00 a.m. Christian Education
Come join our Fellowship Meal, held every third Sunday of the month or stop by anytime and visit with Pastor Brenda Martin Hurst when you are in the area.
Brenda Martin Hurst, Pastor
Kim McNamara, Administrative Assistant