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Zooming with The First Mennonite

Hello Friends,

Our worship services until the end of June will be held remotely, and you can join at the following link:

You may also join by phone if you prefer.  The phone number and meeting ID are as follows:

1-877 853 5247 (Toll-free)

Meeting ID: 787 8561 5600

This applies to the following dates and times:

Apr 19, 2020 11:00 AM
Apr 26, 2020 11:00 AM
May 3, 2020 11:00 AM
May 10, 2020 11:00 AM
May 17, 2020 11:00 AM
May 24, 2020 11:00 AM
May 31, 2020 11:00 AM

Stay safe in the meantime and we will see you soon!

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Gathering Safely

Hello Friends,

Our April 5th service will be held via Zoom video conference.  We have also arranged for people to join using their regular phone in case they do not have another option, or in case the phone option provides better sound quality.  Details for joining are as follows:

Time: 11:00am
Call-in number for phone attendees: 1-877-853-5247 (Toll Free)
Meeting ID: 982 954 622

The order of service will be as follows:

  • Welcome and announcements – Nathan Scott
  • Opening Prayer
  • Old Testament Reading
    • Psalm 119:1-8
  • Children’s Story – Lori Pauls
  • New Testament Reading
    • Mark 11:1-11
  • Message – Jason Dyck
  • Joys and Concerns with Congregational Prayer
  • Benediction

Talk to you soon!

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Church Cancellations

After consultation with various leadership persons at First Mennonite, we have decided to suspend church services starting March 15 (this Sunday) and including March 22 and March 29th. We hope to support community wide efforts to slow the spread of COVID-19.

At this time of heightened anxiety in our society, may we draw on God’s love to be a supportive and generous presence to those around us. Consider setting aside time in lieu of our gathered services for personal reflection, study, and prayer. You will find the texts for each week here.

For up-to-date, accurate COVID-19 information visit the Niagara Regional Public Health site and the World Health Organization.

Our support pastor, Laura, can be contacted for pastoral support during this time by email at


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Soup & Spirituality – February 26

Join us on February 26 from 6 – 9 pm for our second evening in a series on Contemplative Prayer. We will share a simple soup supper (all are welcome to contribute bread, cheese, or desserts) followed by a time of learning and spiritual practice. We will continue to learn about contemplative prayer in general, and will practice Lectio Divina, an ancient form of prayer with scripture. Please fill out the form below to let us know you plan to attend!

Future dates are: March 25 (Centering Prayer); April 22 (Examen); May 20 (Pilgrimage)

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Soup & Spirituality Series

Join us for ‘Soup & Spirituality’ on January 29, 2020.

Looking for ways to connect more deeply with your self, your community, and God? Wondering how to strengthen your spiritual muscles? Longing to engage prayer in a fuller way?

Our support pastor, Laura Mullet Koop, will be offering one ‘Soup & Spirituality’ evening a month (6-9 pm) from January to May as an opportunity for connection with community and to explore different forms of contemplative prayer. Each week we will focus on a prayer practice that is rooted in Christian tradition (see below).  A simple meal of soup and bread will be catered – there is no cost and no prep that you need to do. Please register by filling out the form below or by emailing Laura directly at

January 29 – Introduction to Contemplative Prayer

February 26 – Lectio Divina (Scripture as Prayer)

March 25 – Centering Prayer

April 22 – Prayer of Examen

May 20 – Pilgrimage (Walking as Prayer)

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Join us for Epiphany Sunday

It’s a new year! On the first Sunday in the new year, we celebrate Epiphany Sunday. This is the final Sunday in the Christmas season and traditionally when we consider the journey of the Magi, or Wisemen. Laura Mullet Koop, our support pastor, will be reflecting on the vivid story of the Wise Men found in Matthew 2:1-12, their journey to the Christ child, and particularly on the way they “left for their country by another road”.

For reflection: Do you have a touchstone moment that changed the direction of your life? Sometimes in life, we have touchstone experiences that change the direction of how we live our lives and we simply can’t go back the way we came. How are our lives changed by an encounter with the Christ child?

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Merry Christmas from The First!

At our Christmas Banquet this year we had a visit from Western Inclusion Santa.  He called up a number of us and advised whether each was naughty or nice.


A surprising number of people had been naughty! However, the spirit of forgiveness was in the air as we anticipated the celebration of Jesus’ birth.  Special thanks to all involved in planning and running the banquet.

Merry Christmas and a blessed new year from The First Mennonite Church!

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