About Christ Evangelical Lutheran Church
We are a neighbourhood faith community, justice-oriented, socially aware, and eager to serve others in life-giving ways. A community garden, an outside meditation space, and prayer labyrinth sit on the sprawling multi-acre, treed lot.
Sunday Worship Time 10:00 a.m.
Holy Communion every Sunday
We have a fully equipped nursery.
Yes, we are fully accessible.
- 16 October 1966 – The prospective congregation holds its first public service at Winston Churchill Public School, Waterloo.
- 19 February 1967 – Charter Sunday. Prospective congregation members enrol as charter members.
- 9 April 1967 – Organization Sunday. The charter congregation of 132 confirmed members and 91 baptized children (223 baptized persons) is recognized as Christ Lutheran Church.
- 1968 – The Board of American Missions purchases five acres of land on Anndale Road at Lexington Road.
- 6 April 1969 – Easter Sunday. The congregation holds its first service at Waterloo Lutheran Seminary.
- 12 March 1972 – The congregation votes to build on the Anndale site.
- 28 October 1973 – Reformation Sunday. The congregation holds a cornerstone service.
- 24 March 1974 – The congregation holds its last service at Waterloo Lutheran Seminary.
- 31 March 1974 – Hallelujah Day. The congregation holds its first service in the new church building.
- 26 May 1974 – The new church building is dedicated to the glory of God.
- 1978 – The congregation adopts the Lutheran Book of Worship as its new hymnbook.
- 30 October 1983 – Reformation Sunday. The congregation burns the mortgage.
- September 1987 – The congregation moves to two Sunday worship services.
- 1990 – The congregation sponsors its first refugees, families from El Salvador and Namibia.
- 1992 – The congregation celebrates its 25th anniversary with Founding Pastor Roy Grosz.
- 1994 – A pipe organ is reconstructed and restored.
- 1996 – The congregation adopts With One Voice as a hymnbook supplement.
- 1999 – The congregation establishes a Community Garden.
- 28 January 2001 – Ground is broken for a new sanctuary.
- 15 July 2001 – The congregation holds its first service in the new sanctuary.
- 30 September 2001 – The new sanctuary is dedicated.
- 2004 – Worship returns to one Sunday service.
- 20 November 2005 – Founding Pastor Roy Grosz’s Born to Prevail: Twenty Years of Lay Ministry is dedicated.
- November 2006 – The congregation adopts Evangelical Lutheran Worship as its new hymnbook.
- 8 April 2007 – A new baptismal font and paschal candle stand, made by congregation member Jerry Binkley, and a new bowl and ewer, made by potter Barbara Murphy, are dedicated.
- 29 April 2007 – New stained glass windows, designed by stained glass artist Sarah Hall and made at Studio Glasmalerei Peters, in Paderborn, Germany, are dedicated.
- 6 May 2007 – 40th Anniversary Homecoming Sunday. Former Pastors Roy Grosz and George Mayer are guest preachers.
- 18 November 2007 – Pastor James Brown’s Parables of Light, a study of the stained glass windows, is dedicated.
- 15 February 2009 – Eight congregational couples renew their wedding vows.
- 29 May 2011 – The congregation records its first service live.
- 6 May 2012 – The congregation votes to ratify the ELCIC’s motion for full inclusion of gay and lesbian Lutherans in congregational life.
- September 2013 – The congregation holds its first Community Barbecue.
- 24 May 2016 – Phase I of the Sanctuary Garden is dedicated.
- 2017 – The congregation adopts Inshallah’s Sing the Circle Wide as a new hymnbook supplement.
- 2017 – The congregation celebrates its 50th anniversary and the 500th anniversary of the Reformation.
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Our many ministries of hospitality and support grow from Eucharistic worship each Sunday.
- We host educational events, most recently focused on how better to live in right relations with Indigenous neighbours on the Haldimand Tract (1784).
- We host a meditation group.
- We host a Prayer Shawl Ministry.
- For many years, we enjoyed a partnership with Martin Luther University College (formerly Waterloo Lutheran Seminary) as a site for students’ supervised field placements.
Christ Church is also home to other organizations:
- AM Achievers.
- Brain Tumour Foundation of Canada, Kitchener and Waterloo
- Club Willowells.
- 2nd Waterloo Girl Guides
- Kitchener-Waterloo Chamber Orchestra
- KW Glee
- Music Together of Kitchener-Waterloo
- Nia Fitness
- Omas Siskona of KW
- Optimist Club of Waterloo North, Bicycle Rodeo
- Parents for Community Living
- Renaissance School of the Arts, Summer Flute Camp
- 1st Lexington Scouts, Apple Day
- Sri Abiramy Dance Academy
- Tamil Cultural Association of Waterloo Region
- Fung Loy Kok Taoist Tai Chi
- WB Condos
- Zhanna’s Music School
Our community involvement and outreach grow from an earnest desire to embody the gospel of Jesus Christ.
- We host community events, such as our Annual Community BBQ, our Annual Christmas Craft and Bake Sale, and our Annual Play.
- We host a Community Garden.
- We support The Food Bank of Waterloo Region, the Working Centre, and other community organizations addressing poverty and homelessness.
- We support the resettlement of refugees in Kitchener and Waterloo.
We are committed to good communication.
- Our Sunday services are livecast on Facebook Live for those who are shut in or travelling or for those who simply want to follow the service remotely.
- In addition to this website, we have an active Facebook page. Recently we have started putting our services on our YouTube Channel as well.
- Christ Lutheran Pastor David Malina and team welcome requests for conversation and discussion.
Christ Lutheran Church is guided by a Council of members elected by the congregation and led by Pastor David Malina.
We share the Eastern Synod’s Vison for Mission (2016 – 2018) to be a “church in mission for others which includes practicing spirited discipleship and pursuing compassionate justice”