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During Rumspringa, rules and restrictions are eased up on to give the adolescent room to discover and explore.While the meaning of “eased up on” changes from community to community, some are allowed to dress in “English” clothes and spend extended periods of times away from home, involving themselves in activities unavailable within the Amish community.Sunday worship services resemble those in evangelical churches, with singing, a minister leading prayers, soliciting testimonies, and giving a sermon.Many Mennonite churches feature traditional four-part a cappella singing, although organs, pianos, and other musical instruments are common.Church members are active in serving in the community, and a large number participate in missionary work.In some churches, communion consists of foot-washing and distribution of bread and wine.
While the large majority (about 90%) chooses to be baptized at the end of their Rumspringa, there are still some who decide to leave the community behind and start a new life.The largest concentration of Mennonites is in the United States and Canada, but great numbers are also found throughout Africa, India, Indonesia, Central and South America, Germany, the Netherlands, and the rest of Europe.The largest assembly is the Mennonite Church USA Assembly, which meets on odd years.Communion, or The Lord's Supper, is a symbolic act, done as a memorial of Christ's sacrifice.
Some practice the Lord's Supper quarterly, some twice yearly.
Mennonites number more than 1.5 million members in 75 countries.