Come and learn to love your neighbours close at hand and around the world! Enjoy Bible-based songs, dramas, games, crafts and stories offered for free!
**For children entering Junior Kindergarten (born in 2015) to those who completed Gr. 8. Invite a friend! ** Junior Youth (Gr. 6, 7 & 8) will participate in service projects around town.
EXTRA:Join your children to make and eat a healthy lunch on Wed. at 11:00 am Plan to come for our Open House and Family BBQ on Thurs. evening at 6 pm.
Registratin by Monday, July 8th by contacting Elmira Mennonite Church at 519-669-5123 ext. 2 or Floradale Mennonite Church at 519-669-2861.
Click here to download the Vacation Bible School 2019 poster.
Elmira Mennonite Church is one of six community churches partcipating in the 2019 Heavenly Eats Food Truck which operate each friday from 4:30 pm to 8 pm starting May 3 and running to September 27. The food trucks rotate each week between the following churches: Trinity United, Gale Presbyterian, St. Teresa of Avile, Elmira Pentecostal, Elmira Mennonite and St. Paul's Luthern.
The food trucks will be at Elmira Mennonite on the following Fridays:
Give the cook the night off! Eat on location or take your meal home. Invite your family and friends to this weekly community event!
Click here to download the Heavenly Eats Food Trucks Friday poster.
Join EMC in Reading through the Whole Bible in a Year! Download a copy of our plan to start your journey through the Bible!
To dig deeper into what you read, join a BFG (Bible Focus Group) that meets bi-weekly on Wednesdays (7 pm) or Sundays (11 am).
The Creation story in Genesis tells that human beings have been made in the image of a Creative God. As God’s nearest relatives, it’s not surprising that we carry in our DNA the yearning to create and something of God’s love of the creative.
On a recent Sunday morning the Elmira Mennonite Church gathered to celebrate that God is the great Creator and has built into the DNA of people the impulse to create. Simply called “Arts Appreciation Day”, the day was designed as a multigenerational, multisensory, experiential time of worship and learning.
After beginning with a time of hymns and prayers, the congregation was divided into three large, intergenerational groups. These groups rotated through the building to different learning centres. In each centre, an artist introduced a different form of art or creative expression and helped the group understand how faith and values are expressed through their art.
Eugene Gostikov introduced us to the art of working with clay. As we passed around samples of clay and some of his finished sculptures, Eugene talked about the challenges and rewards each piece. Eugene is a self-taught sculpture whose love for working with clay grew out of a time of childhood illness when his parents gave him a gift of molding clay as a past time.
Drawing on his experience as a long time high school drama teacher and congregational song leader, Gord Davis led a workshop which incorporated poetry, singing and movement. First, Gord told about the long and rich history of drama in the church. He walked us through the theology of the song, “And I will raise you up on eagle’s wings” (HWB # 596) and taught us to sing it. Finally, we stood and added movement to the words.
In a more meditative setting, retired teacher, Betty Dyck, and elementary school art teacher, Jennifer Phillips, led a session on appreciating the fine arts. Drawing upon their skills as art critics and art historians, Betty and Jennifer invited us to reflect on how the artist expresses their message through perspective, colour, light and darkness.
After the formal time of worship and learning, all generations moved to the church fellowship hall for the “Festival of the Arts”, organized by Brenda Snider. Here more than two dozen painters, woodworkers, fabric artists, collectors, writers and photographers displayed their creations and gladly interacted with inquisitive friends.
Although it took many outside of their Sunday morning comfort zones, there was strong affirmation for the experience. It was a great opportunity to experience multisensory, intergenerational worship. Surprisingly, the easiest piece of the day to organize was the “Festival of the Arts”. As word spread, people with creative gifts which had largely been hidden from public view volunteered to participate. Those things about which we are passionate and from which we derive both challenge and reward, we gladly seek to share.