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Once a person is baptized with the church, he or she may marry only within the faith.
Church districts average between 20 and 40 families, and worship services are held every other Sunday in a member's home.
The Anabaptist movement, from which the Amish later emerged, started in circles around Huldrych Zwingli (1484 – 1531) who led the early Reformation in Switzerland.
In Zurich on 21 January 1525, Conrad Grebel and George Blaurock practiced adult baptism to each other and then to others.
The Emmentalers (sometimes referred to as Reistians, after bishop Hans Reist, a leader among the Emmentalers) argued that fallen believers should only be withheld from communion, and not regular meals.
The first division between Swiss Brethren was recorded in the 17th century between Oberländers (those living in the hills) and Emmentaler (those living in the Emmental valley).Those who leave the Amish fold tend to join various congregations of Conservative Mennonites.Amish Mennonites began migrating to Pennsylvania, then known for its religious toleration, in the 18th century as part of a larger migration from the Palatinate and neighboring areas.This migration was a reaction to religious wars, poverty, and religious persecution on the Continent.Many eventually settled in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania.