About the Carmel New Church

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The Carmel New Church has been a place worship in Kitchener for many years. In addition to Sunday worship services, we have weekly Sunday school classes, an elementary school for Junior Kindergarten to grade 8 children, a high school for students in grades 9 and 10, doctrinal class and morning study  class for adults, youth instruction  and activities, and social groups for young adults and young marrieds.  We are hosts to outside community  members and groups offering space for their programs, and welcoming  them into our school and other programs.

We  are located at 40 Chapel Hill Drive, just off of Caryndale Drive  on the  south side of the city, between Stauffer Drive and Huron Road  in the  region of Doon.  For access from HWY 401 take Homer Watson Road  at exit  #275 and go north a little and then west.

Telephone 519-748-5802, FAX  519-748-5875, or e-mail pastor@carmelnewchurch.org.


The First Carmel Church of the New Jerusalem

The First Carmel Church of the New Jerusalem

Earliest roots of the discovery of the New Revelation contained  in the Writings of Emmanuel Swedenborg in the Kitchener area(at that time named Berlin) began with Christian Enslin in 1833. From this   introduction, gradually followers of Swedenborg’s Writings grew in  numbers throughout the surrounding communities and the first Church of  the New Jerusalem was built in 1870. By September 1891 the first General  Church and school in Canada was begun in a rented house by Rev.   Frederick Waelchli. A new building went up eight months later with the  name “The Carmel Church of the New Jerusalem.”


Carmel New Church in 1960

Carmel New Church in 1960

In 1960 the congregation purchased the present day property from society member, John Evens, for the purpose of building a church community where families would be within close proximity to the church and school. This proved to be a worthwhile endeavor with many families building homes as lots were made available. To this day it remains primarily a New Church community and many children are still within walking distance of the school.

In 2002, forty years after the dedication of the Carmel Church building, a large new addition for the school was completed and  dedicated to serve the uses of New Church education. Then in 2007,   another addition was completed which now houses the Carmel New Church  Secondary School.

The congregation is working on a master plan to develop the   remaining parcels of undeveloped land. Currently a retirement home for  Seniors is in the advanced planning stage and also some new recreational  fields. At this point in time the Carmel New Church and School is  poised for growth and the spreading of the good news about the Lord’s  Second Advent.

The Carmel New Church is a New Church congregation and offers worship services, programs and activities.

The New Church, a new Christianity, teaches that there is one God who we know as the Lord God Jesus Christ. We believe that God created the universe and everything in it with an ultimately loving purpose and that religion is to be lived, not just believed. The New Church is based on the teachings of the Bible as illuminated by Emanuel Swedenborg, an eighteenth century theologian and scientist. Swedenborg provided an explanation of the Bible’s internal meaning, as well as writing many additional volumes which shed light on why we’re here and how to develop a functional relationship with God.  The teachings of the New Church are immediately practical and deeply spiritual and provide answers to many questions about God, love and life after death that make sense.

Do you need a fresh perspective for your spiritual life? If so, we would like to welcome you to a whole new way of thinking about religion and Christianity.

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