Anabaptist (literally "rebaptizers") and Mennonite ordinances differ from other Christian denominations in that baptism is a choice made by mature voluntary believers (not infants); the communion service sometimes includes foot washing as a symbol of humility and service.
During the 16th century, the Anabaptist movement spread through Europe under various leaders.
In 1536, he left his position with the Catholic Church and soon became the leader of the Anabaptists in the area.
In the 1870s, the Russification policies of the Russian government caused 18,000 Dutch Mennonites — one-third of the total in Russia — to leave for North America.
The promise of land, cultural and educational autonomy, and guaranteed exemption from military service, attracted about 7,000 of them to southern Manitoba.
The first Mennonites in Canada arrived in the late 18th century, settling initially in Southern Ontario. Mennonites date their separate Christian identity to the Anabaptist movement of the early 16th-century Reformation.
Mennonites are a religious-cultural group established in the 16th century during the Protestant Reformation when some Christians separated from the Roman Catholic Church.
Since Mennonites originated in German-speaking countries, the German language has been one of their defining characteristics.