An Amish wedding service lasts
approximately 3 1/2 hours. After the ceremony, a huge feast is served for as many as
Youth enter adulthood when they
make a formal confession of their faith, receive baptism, and make a lifetime vow of
obedience to the Ordnung.
A district is a group of
families usually living close to one another and are members of the same fellowship.
Also called a church district.
The average Amish district has
Church services are usually
held every fortnight.
Ministers, Deacons, and Bishops
are chosen by lot. Candidates are selected by church members. These candidates
select a book. If the book has a sheet of paper in it, that person is chosen and
Services are held in members
homes. They take turns hosting the services. Some sects do have meeting
To achieve order, the Amish use
Rumspringa - a time of running
around before joining church
Meidung stands for shunning or
excommunication. This is based on Matthew 18:15-17; Romans 16:17; and 1 Corinthians
Shunning was introduced n 1897
in Maple Glen Church in Somerset County, PA. This eventually led to a division of
the church which took place in June 1927.
Care of the elderly is seen as
a responsibility of the family and community.
Once a couple has raised their
children and needs help with the farm, they will build a smaller house attached to the
original home. This house is sometimes called a dowdy house. They will move
into the dowdy or dody house and one of the children will move into the original home.
This child will take over the major part of the farming. The older
couple will still help out as much as possible.
DISABLED AND UNEMPLOYED
The Plain people have a zero
percent unemployment rate for both disabled and nondisabled alike. They take care of
their own without government or state help.
Amish farmers were asked by the
U.S. Government to cut back on planting on their farms one year and complied. The U.S.
Government came back in the fall, giving farmers money for cutting back their production.
The Amish farmers would not accept the money.
The U.S. Government won billion
of dollars in law suits from tobacco companies for deaths and sickness caused by using
tobacco. An emergency farm bill passed in Washington in the middle of November 1999 giving
tobacco farmers another $328 million because of failing cigarette prices. The dairy
farmers got $125 million in subsidies while milk is at an all time high around $3.50 a
Depending on the area, farmers
either grow food or raise cattle. Here is just a few of things they raise:
Usually the wife has a family
garden using the harvest for daily meals and canning for the winter months. If there
is a surplus, they will sell it to the English. The Amish grow or raise much of what
they eat. There usually is a large storage cellar in their home.
They might use gas heat
Might use an air compressor to
pump water into his store
They might use a car battery
hooked up to their cash register
The Amish owned business may
accept credit cards. They will use the old style imprint machine.
They may hire an English
company to build them a website, although they will not own a computer.
About half Pennsylvania's Amish
either work for nonAmish business or operate their own small business
The only know Amish-on-Amish
slaying was in Pennsylvania in 1993. The husband beat his wife to death and then
gutted her deer style. The husband had stopped taking his medication for
The Amish asked for exemption
for military service during the civil war. A civil war military exemption paper signed by
Abraham Lincoln, Secretary of War cost the Amish family or church $300.00. A lot of money
at that time.
Buying commercial insurance to
the Amish in not trusting in God. They do not buy it.
When they need to help a member
who has a large hospital bill or a family that has lost a barn or house to fire, they will
hold an auction or dinner to raise funds.
The dead are laid out at home
usually no longer than 24 to 48 hours. Funeral services our held at the home before
going to the cemetery.
The Amish usually do not bury
their dead family members in the same plot. The community usually buries their dead
in order they died. Amish believe one's physical remains are unimportant because all
souls will be reunited in heaven. Headstones are all uniformly sized.
Amish pay the same taxes as
English do including real estate taxes. They do not collect social security,
unemployment, or welfare.
Central heating units are
banned from most Amish homes. Kerosene or coal and wood burning units are used.
Farm house lights may run on
Electric appliances may run on
battery or compressor power.
They may have an air compressor
to pump water from the well.
The first floor rooms usually
have a type of divider that can be opened when the family is hosting church for their
district or is having a family wedding or funeral.
Their homes are usually
They often have a home or farm
Usually the Amish give the
first initial of the father's name as a middle initial for their children's names.
This is done out of respect for the father.
The Mennonites use the first letter of the mothers last name when
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Plain living and simple deeds.
The mainstay is obedience to
When a tornado hit a rural area
near Honeybrook in November 1999, numerous English homes were damaged and demolished.
Help can almost instantly in weathered pickup trucks and Amish buggies. An
Amish man cut fallen trees with a chain saw while his wife dispensed bread and juice from
BIBLE REFERENCED FOR
Amish people interpret the
Bible literally and directly in their lives.
Be not conformed to this world,
but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind that ye may prove what is that good and
acceptable and perfect will of God. Romans 12:2
Be ye not unequally yoked
together with unbelievers; for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness?
And what communion hath light with darkness?
11 Corinthians 6:14
Train up a child in the way he
should go: and when he is old, he will not turn from it.
Amish women do not cut their
hair and cover their heads while praying because of the following Bible passage:
But every women that prayeth or propesieth with her head uncovered dishonoureth her head:
for that is even all one as if she were shaven. For if the woman be not
covered, let her also be shorn: but if it be a shame for a woman to be shorn or shaven,
let her be covered......but if a woman have long hair, it is a glory to her: for her
hair is given her for a covering.... 1 Corinthians 11:2-16
Men wear beards in some Amish
sects because Jesus had a beard. When Jesus was crucified, they pulled on this
For the wisdom of the world is
foolishness with God. For it is written, He taketh the wise in their own craftiness.
1 Corinthians 3:19