Christmas Eve Service

All are welcome to join us for a Christmas Eve service on December 24th at 6:30 pm. A service of carols, readings, and reflection on the birth of the Christ Child.

“And she gave birth to her firstborn son and wrapped him in bands of cloth, and laid him in a manger, because there was no place for them in the inn.” Luke 2:7

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No Service Today

Hello Friends,

Due to the ice storm there will be no church service today.  Many of us had a chance to celebrate the season together last night and today we can focus on staying safe.  See you again soon!

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Persons of Interest

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Today the Jr Youth Sunday School Class delivered the message in our service.  They worked hard on this for many weeks and the feedback on their efforts has been very positive.  They each shared a character or story from the Bible that grabbed their interest, and spoke about something they liked, or that made them wonder.  Their topics were as follows:

  • The Sneaky Snake (Genesis: 3)
    • On one hand it seems good that people gained awareness and knowledge, but we also see that this was the result of being tricked.  Also interesting to note the connection between this story and the Apple Computers logo.
  • The Creation Story (Genesis: 1/2)
    • What would the world be like today if Adam and Eve had not been tricked into eating the apple?
  • The Thief on the Cross (Luke: 23)
    • This person is interesting because we don’t know very much about him.  The story is powerful because it shows a path to forgiveness.
  • Jacob and Esau and the Blessing (Genesis: 27)
    • This story is interesting because of the way Jacob tricks his father.  It is not fair for the oldest sibling to get the whole inheritance of a family.  I would not like it if my older sister got everything.
  • Jonah and the Whale (Jonah: 1)
    • I was interested in this story because it seems outrageous.  It is hard to believe that a whale could hold a person in its mouth for 3 days.  Jonah ran from God at first but later trusted God.
  • David and Goliath (1 Samuel: 17) and Noah and the Ark (Genesis: 6)
    • These stories share a common theme of faith and confidence in God.  In both stories a person does something that others around him would not think possible.

All the children in our church are such a blessing.  Our younger kids are also getting involved as they collect coin offerings to raise money to buy goats for families in need.  Thank you kids!

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Summer Worship Schedule

This summer we are trying something new at The First Mennonite Church. Three of our services will be held at the church, and the remaining Sundays will be focused on worshiping together in outdoor spaces provided by hosts from within our congregation. If it rains, hosts will provide a sheltered space in which we can meet.

All services will start at 11:00.  Please bring:

  • lawn chairs or blankets to sit on
  • food and dishes for a shared noon meal (cooler, corkscrew, and bottle opener supplied by the host)

Visitors are welcome as always!  If you are interested in joining us and need more information about where to meet please contact the church.

Dates and locations are as follows:

Date Location
June 30th First Mennonite Church
July 7th Kaethe and Randy’s Home
July 14th Mary Anne and Tom’s Home
July 21st First Mennonite Church
July 28th Helen and James’ Home
August 4th Jeanette and Tony’s Home
August 11th First Mennonite Church
August 18th First Mennonite Church (Outside)
August 25th Jane and Harold’s Home

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Theatre of the Beat in Vineland!

Saturday, May 11, 7:30pm – mark your calendars! The Theatre of the Beat, a theatre company from Kitchener Waterloo, is coming to First Mennonite, to perform their production entitled, “Yellowbellies”. It is a drama that details the struggles of conscientious objectors during WWII. This is a relevant topic for us as Historic Peace churches and we, together with Grace Mennonite and Vineland UM, are hosting the evening. Tickets are $15. Please contact us at thefirstmennonitechurch@bellnet.ca if you are interested.

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A great chance to worship outside

Please note that our church service for January 20 is cancelled due to the snowstorm.  Hopefully we can find our own ways to worship, and maybe even make the best of the weather!

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Merry Christmas from The First Mennonite Church!

We recently held our annual Christmas dinner and once again the entertainment program was thoughtful and fun.  Thanks to the wonder of the internet you can share in the event with a video clip of some Christmas Karaoke:

Merry Christmas!

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