Events Around the Church

Christmas Eve Service

nativity scene

This year’s Christmas Eve service at the Elmira Mennonite Church will mark the 200th anniversary of what is probably the world’s most popular Christmas carol of all time, “Silent Night”.

A drama directed by Gord Davis will tell the story of how “Silent Night” was written and first sung in a little Austrian Church on Christmas Eve in 1818. The carol’s author, Joseph Mohr, was a priest in the Saltzburg area during the Napoleonic wars. He witnessed the withdrawal of troops in 1816-17 and the poverty and economic hardships which accompanied almost twenty years of war. Although, only the first three verses of Mohr’s poem are normally sung, this Christmas Eve service will include all of Mohr’s poem. Referencing the context of his day and our own, two verses decry the plight of human conflict and call for peace on earth through the gift of the Christ.

In addition to the drama, there will be a string ensemble, a choir, caroling and, of course, the singing of “Silent Night” in English and German. Everyone is welcome!”

Bible Challenge in a Year

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).

For more information contact the church by phone at 519-669-5123 ext. 2 or by email at Click here to download the Bible in a Year Challenge poster.

Throughout the Year at EMC

"Learn To" Events

  • Several times each year we offer one-time evening or afternoon events where you can try a new hobby or skill.
  • These opportunities are especially for people from the community who may not have any other experience with church.
  • Come for a friendly, welcoming time of refreshments, fun, and new experiences.
  • Events may include learning to make pickles, baking a pie, quilting a hot pad, etc.
  • Anyone is welcome, but registration is required to ensure enough space and supplies.

Musicians Night

  • Once every few months musicians from the community are welcome to join musicians from Elmira Mennonite Church for a casual night of playing music together.
  • Each night will have a particular focus (blue grass, classical, jazz) and sheet music will be provided for those who would like it.
  • Bring your own instrument and meet others who also share a love of music.
  • Watch the website for dates and details.