Eighth Street Mennonite Church is a Christian community rooted in Anabaptism that appreciates diversity and is devoted to worshiping God and to extending God’s love to the congregation, to Goshen, and to the world.
We extend God’s love through our worship, study, congregational care, stewardship, mission, service, care for our facilities, and fellowship within the congregation and with other Christians. As part of Central District Conference we relate to the larger Mennonite Church USA, to the global Mennonite church, as well as to the global Christian church, seeking to affirm our common commitments and to exercise our unique calling and gifts as a congregation.
During the 1950’s and 1960’s the congregation was heavily involved in the development of the ministries of Camp Friedenswald, Greencroft Retirement Communities and Oaklawn, a mental health facility. The first chair of the board of directors of Greencroft and Oaklawn were from Eighth Street. In the 1970’s the congregation joined other congregations in organizing LaCasa of Goshen to provide housing and other human services for the benefit of Goshen’s low- to moderate-income households. The congregation continues to support these ministries with congregational members on the board of directors, as employees, volunteers and through financial support.
In 1973 Eighth Street Preschool was started with the purpose of offering a quality preschool program for three and four year olds. The preschool continues serving approximately 70 students, ten per cent (10%) with disabilities sent by The Elkhart County Special Education Cooperative (ECSEC). Twenty per cent (20%) of students receive scholarships provided by the congregation.
Current Eighth Street ministries include: hosting overnight guests of Goshen Interfaith Hospitality Network, annually sending volunteers to Meridian MS and Jubilee Mennonite Church, developing supportive relationships with the staff and families of neighboring Chandler elementary school, and initiating and maintaining a community garden on the front property.
In addition, volunteerism in the congregation is high as many members serve and volunteer in ministries in Goshen and around the world.