Amish & Mennonite trace their origins back to the Anabaptist movement in Zurich,
Switzerland in 1525. This was during the time of
the Reformation. Anabaptists preferred to remain
apart from other groups that might try to change
their ways. Other religious groups at that time
considered them heretics.
Anabaptists held meetings in their own homes and
during that time many were put to death because
of their religious beliefs. In the 1600ís a
man called Jacob Ammon formed a group we now call the Amish. By the
late 1800ís they had all migrated to the U.S.
then agreed to keep their old ways to remind
them of the persecution they had escaped.
Today the Plain People wish to set themselves
apart from the world and live a simple life, 1)
to display a Christian life before the world,
and 2) to keep the temptations of sin from in
front of them and their children.
Amish & Mennonite Church is a religious
denomination and a lifestyle. They deeply
cherish their heritage and will go to great
lengths to protect & keep what was handed
down to them by their forefathers.
the Land ...
Today the Amish still honor and live
according to the traditions of their
forefathers. Farming to provide an
income and food for the family is the
most important skill that the man of the
house can attain.
by the Amish is plain and simple.
The most precious time is spent not
getting in a hurry to get
somewhere. But riding in a buggy
listening to the clippety-clop of horses
hoofs on the pavement while enjoying the
beauties that God has so richly blessed
us with. Many Amish use retired
race horses to pull their buggies and
wagons. For race horses are very
healthy and very well disciplined.
is very common to see folks walking to
visit or to church or to town.
Amazing how the rest of the world can't
get somewhere quick enough and miss so
many wonderful moments along the way.
Mennonite and Plain communities have
automobiles for transportation. In
some locations, an automobile is a must
due to the fact that doctors, stores etc.
are too far for a horse and buggy or to
Folks farms are simply breathtaking. The
gardens are laid out with great
detail. You usually can't find a
single weed growing amidst the gorgeous
vegetables that will be harvested and
preserved to feed the family through the
winter. And you will be awed at the
vast beauty of the flowers along the
gardens and yards. You will see
clothes lines with lots of clothes swaying
in the breeze.
windows will be plain and simple ... some
districts of the Old Order Amish require simple green shades
while other districts will allow simple
curtains adorning the windows.
times there will be several additions on
to a home where grandparents and great
grandparents live while the younger family
farms the land and raises offspring.
gentle breezes and hush that comes over
you while gazing at an Amish home brings
you to where God intended for us to be ...
at home ... raising our families ...
growing our own foods ... and helping our
friends and neighbors.
Church Services ...
Amish church is organized into church
districts. Each congregation is
comprised of 25 to 35 families or more living in a
specific geographical area within a
settlement. Each church district has
a bishop who is the head of the district
along with several ministers and deacons.
The ministers and deacons assist the
bishop in monitoring and interpreting
church doctrine and in solving disputes.
Church districts are split when the
communities grow larger than 30 to 35
families. Preaching services are
held every other Sunday in the home of a
family within the church district and
followed usually by a common meal and
visiting. Sundays with church
service are greatly anticipated and are
cause for a flurry of preparation and
celebration. Sundays without local
church service are observed by resting at
home, attending a neighboring church, and
visiting friends or relatives. Only
the necessary chores are performed.
bench buggy is at this home
consisting of benches, songbooks,
and dishes for Sunday Services.
Membership in the Amish church is attained
when a young adult (16 to 24) receives
instruction and baptized. Joining
the church means total commitment to the
Amish church community and its doctrine
and practices. No one can be married
in the Amish faith without first being
baptized into the faith. Amish
members can be "shunned" for
leaving the church or for not following
church practices. The threat of
shunning helps keep the Amish church
members from straying too far from church
doctrine and keeps the community together.
and other Plain groups meet at a Meeting
House (a church building) for
worship. God's House is to be
respected and reverenced. You won't
find contemporary music and pool tables in
their buildings or services. For we
believe in attending the House of Worship
to thank God for his blessings upon us and
learn from His Word.
Amish clothing is very plain and
simple. They do not believe in drawing attention to one's
body. Mostly, the women and girls wear dresses of beautiful
jewel tone colors. In some areas, pastels and fabrics with
small prints are allowed. Some districts allow snaps as closures
for dresses, however many still fasten their clothes with straight
pins. The men and boys wear homemade pants and shirts as
well. Broad fall pants and suspenders are very common among
the People. Straw hats to keep the sun off the head in the
summer and black felt hats for winter are worn. Clothes are
made at home on treadle sewing machines. Even though they do
not have electricity, the Amish are spectacular
and Plain clothing is made very similar, with women adorning
themselves with modest dresses hand made. ("In like manner
also, that women adorn themselves in modest apparel, with
shamefacedness and sobriety; not with broided hair, or gold, or
pearls, or costly array;"
I Timothy 2:9) The men sometimes have neat, trimmed beards but it
is not mandatory by the church. A clean cut man is a sign of
a Christian's Walk with Christ.
Mennonite Quilts ...
The Amish are most popular for the
exquisite eye for detail and creativity in making the most beautiful
quilts. Since their clothing and homes are very simple, women
express their individuality as well as their love for color in designing
masterpieces in their quilts while keeping their families warm.
Quilts of the Plain People are a uniquely American folk
art form, and quilting traditions vary from region to region. These
quilts display the saturated colors, bold geometric patterns. The
tiny stitches in each inch of quilting in Amish Quilts bring to mind a
visual picture of friends and family gathered around a quilt frame on a
cold snowy afternoon chatting about their lives and loved ones.
... if today's world could only stop for a little while ... and see what
they are missing!
A many of child played
under a Quilt frame while friends and neighbors stitched
with hours of love.
make a living ...
Since Plain People believe in living off the
land, gardening and farming is what is desired of the church to
support the family. However, as families expand and the economy of
today's society puts such a demand on prime farming land, many have
to look for other means to help pay for their homes and basic needs for
Many women bake goods and make quilts to
sell at their home shops or tourist locations.
The men and boys are avid craftsman and
usually turn to wood working, creating the most beautiful furniture and
outbuildings you could imagine. A strong work ethic and precision
work makes the outside world go to any lengths to purchase an Amish
For this reason, this website has been
created to help bring in an income for my family and to help my friends
and neighbors bring in an income to support theirs.
& Cooking ...
Just as the last frost has made it's last
show for the year, gardens are started and summer and fall days are filled
with picking, snapping, shelling, pickling, chopping and canning fruits,
vegetables and meets for the winter's rest.
How could we share so much with you and
leave out what everyone loves so much ... Amish & Mennonite Cooking.
Many today enjoy good old fashioned home
cooking. And that's what we do on a daily basis! So for
those of you who love to cook, we would like to share a few recipes with
you on the left. Enjoy!