Beginnings

Arnold Mennonite Brethren Church was established in 1943 when Mennonite immigrants settled in the area to begin farming land on Abbotsford’s Sumas Prairie.  The church thrived as the area continued to be settled.  Baptisms took place in Stewart Creek in Yarrow (pictured above) and weddings were community events.

Through the 1960’s and 1970’s  the community saw numbers decline as families moved away from farming and into the nearby cities.  A crucial meeting took place in 1990 where the remaining members determined that God still had a desire for a church body in Arnold and they decided to seek God for a new vision and purpose.

Rebirth and growth occurred in the 1990s and in the early 2000’s the church family sought God again as ministries were expanding and the existing building had reached its maximum capacity and life-span.  A building project was embarked on in 2007 where the congregation relocated for that season.  Since returning to the renovated building in September 2008, God has continued to expand and grow the ministries that happen under our roof as well as the lives of the people who call ACC ‘home’ as His people have desired to seek Him with their whole hearts.

Today

Arnold Community Church is 73 years young enjoying the dynamic and vibrant work of God’s Spirit among us!  Located in rural Abbotsford on the Sumas Prairie, our faith community has grown in diversity and developed a strong ministry to children, youth, and their families to the point where we touch the lives of nearly 400 people of all ages each week. Bible-centred preaching and teaching, contemporary worship, warm relationships, a strong sense of community, and a dynamic army of servants are at the heart of our ministry.

With our current vision statement of “Knowing Jesus and Making Him Known”, we anticipate that God will call us to bigger things, to sacrifice more and to see the people of our community and city brought into a transforming relationship with Himself.