Where are you located?
Rossmere is located just north of the city of Lancaster at 741 Janet Ave. We are behind Lancaster Catholic High School and about half a mile west of New Holland Ave. Our main entrance and parking lot is behind the building.
Describe a typical Sunday morning.
Our opening kicks off at 9:00 with a time for singing and the sharing of our Sunday School lesson. About fifteen minutes later we are dismissed to get coffee and hot drinks before going off to our age-based Sunday School classes. Our second hour of worship begins at 10:30 and includes singing, sharing & prayer, a children’s story, and a sermon. Worship is inter-generational with an effort to include a variety of voices. Services typically last about one hour. Regardless of where you are on your spiritual journey, you are welcome to join us for worship.
How do parishioners dress on Sunday?
People come to Rossmere in a variety of attire. Some might wear jeans and a t-shirt. Others dress more formally. You are encouraged to dress however you feel comfortable.
Is Nursery Available?
A nursery for young children is available during your visit to Rossmere. There is space for feeding and for children to rest, as well as a play area for toddlers. The nursery is fully staffed during the Sunday School hour only. All of our nursery volunteers are fully compliant with child protection laws.
What is Congregational life like?
In addition to Sunday School and the worship hour, we gather for frequent fellowship meals and community building activities. Sunday School classes gather for meals, retreats, and other activities. As a congregation we gather for hikes, an annual off-site weekend retreat, baby and wedding showers, and other spontaneous events.
Do you have activities for youth?
Along with age appropriate Sunday School classes we currently have a youth group for middle school aged youth. The youth group gathers monthly for Bible study, service, and fun.
How are you connected with the wider church?
Rossmere connects with other churches both locally and globally through formal and informal relationships. We connect to the local and national Mennonite community through our membership and participation in the Atlantic Coast Conference and Mennonite Church USA. Rossmere relates to other churches in our community as well through shared worship experiences and service opportunities. Globally, we support the work of Mennonite World Conference, Eastern Mennonite Missions, Mennonite Mission Network, Mennonite Central Committee, and Wycliffe Bible Translators.
What is an Anabaptist?
The Anabaptist movement goes back almost 500 years to 16th Century Europe. The early Anabaptists were part of the reformation of the church in that time. While many of their beliefs echoed those of other reformers of the time, they also believed scripture taught believer’s (adult) baptism and that the church should not be involved in the matters of the state, particularly when it came to military force. As a result many Anabaptists were persecuted.
Today Anabaptists can be found around the world in many different lands and cultures. Along with holding to believer’s baptism and an aversion to violence, Anabaptists also typically center their view of the Bible through the life of Jesus and thus have a strong calling to acts of service and mission. Many faith traditions follow Anabaptism, including Mennonites, Amish, Hutterite, and Brethren.
Who are the Mennonites?
Mennonites get their name from Menno Simons, an early leader in the Anabaptist movement. Like other Anabaptists, Mennonites value believer’s baptism, a commitment to nonviolence, an emphasis on social justice and service, and seeing the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus as foundational to how we look at scripture, our lives, and the world.