11 responses to What’s the difference between Beachy Amish and Old Order Amish?
  • I attended a Gaither Homecoming Concert in State College, PA, last year. There were a large number of people who attended the concert who were either Mennonites or Beachy Amish. Can you tell me which group it was who attended? I would think they must watch TV. How else would they be familiar with the Gaithers? I also see a number of the teenage girls who wear light colored dresses with white sneakers.

  • Could you tell me, what`s a difference between Beachy Amish and New Order Amish? Or maybe this is the same?
    Thanks for response!

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      New Order (May 1st, 2013 at 12:12)

      New Order

      Horse and Buggy vs the use of cars. New order services are in German vs Beachy are in English. Not much else.

  • I guess now my question is: what order of Mennonites dress somewhat similarly to the Beachy Amish, but listen to Christian music & will attend Gaither concerts? The girls wear dresses in pastels of yellow, pink, blue, or lavender, and wear white sneakers & white socks. The men seem to not have beards.

  • John, “attending Gaither concerts” is not a defined practice of any particular religion. Perhaps you saw nonbaptized Amish young people, perhaps they were Mennonites, perhaps just ordinary folks who dress plainly. If you really want to know, you’d have to ask them directly.

    • Most likely the girls at the concert were a type of Mennonite. Just because they were at a Gaither concert doesn’t mean they watch TV or that they aren’t church members. There are groups of Mennonites that allow computer and Internet access and that also are okay with Christian music. They could easily have found out about the concert online or something.

  • Does anyone know in what areas of the country the Beachy Amish reside?

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      sarah alman
      harrison ar (August 5th, 2014 at 15:32)

      harrison ar

      our beachy amish community is in Harrison,ar called Little Flock Church

  • There are Beachy churches in about 26 states.

    Gameo stands for Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. This article is about Beachy Amish Mennonite Fellowship.

    www.beachyam.org may also have information.

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    mennonites (December 28th, 2012 at 23:15)


    there are many types of mennonites, alot of which you wouldn’t know it if you didn’t know them. Holdemans are alot like the beachy’s as far as beards bonnets and electronics and beliefs. they even practice a very weak type of shunning. if a member marry’s outside the church then the spouse is welcome to the family table but not the family member. i have many friends this has happened to. there are more than 100 branches of amish and mennonites, and they all vary somewhat

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