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International activity

"He led them by a straight way to a city where they could settle." - Psalm 107:7

Everyone is warmly welcome to join in the activities of the Evangelical Lutheran Church. Membership of the church is not required for participation in parish activities.

If you would like to become a member of the church as an adult, you will need to take part in adult confirmation instruction. After completion, you will be confirmed and also baptized, if you have not been baptized earlier. A person becomes a member of the Christian church through Holy Baptism. Baptism is a sacrament of the church.

Activities, spring 2017
  • Worship Services
  • in English at the Church Hall, Kirkkokatu 28 at 5 p.m.
    • 17th of Feb, 17th of March and 12th of May. Soup and tea will be served after the service.
    • 16th of April Easter Sunday Night Service in English and Finnish at 11 p.m. In Joensuu Church, Address: Papinkatu 1 B, JOENSUU
  • Sunday service
  • Noljakka Church at 12:00. Simultaneous translation in English
  • Joensuu, Pielisensuu and Rantakylä Church at 10:00 in Finnish. There are some parts translated into English at Rantakylä Church.
  • St Thomas Mass at Rantakylä Church at 18:00
  • 19.2., 19.3., 15.4. at 22:00 Easter eve and 7.5.

St. Thomas Mass welcomes non-Finnish speaking visitors and participants. Mass is held in Finnish but there is some parts, songs and texts in English.
Thomas Mass is Finland's most popular ecumenical service. It invites doubters and seekers to celebrate, worship God, serve their neighbor, and grow together. Those who feel sinful and weak in faith are especially welcome.
The St. Thomas Mass is a Lutheran worship service, which has been influenced by ancient liturgical traditions of the Church, as well as by the spirit of ecumenism. It has been named after the Apostle Thomas, who seemed to have more questions than answers in his faith.
The St. Thomas Mass is a celebration. Its starting point is the biblical story about the dinner celebration in the house of a Pharisee, with Jesus, the host, a prostitute and village folk all present.

  • Taizé -mass at Pielisensuu Church at 18:00
  • 8.1., 22.1., 12.2., 26.2., 12.3., 26.3. ja 9.4.2017

Taizé mass is a beautiful ecumenical service (in many languages) with Taizé-songs, Bible texts, meditative silence and the mood is set by candlelight. After the prayer we drink tea together. The mass is open for everyone. If you want to practice Taizé hymns or join to the lead singers it's able an hour before the mass at 5 p.m. in the same place.

  • Other activities:
  • Family clubs, camps for the families and kids, day clubs for children, day trips etc.
  • Toimentupa, place for crafting, sewing and meeting people at the parish hall’s basement open during the week 9-16:00.
  • BURNING HEARTS CHRISTIAN FELLOWSHIP
    starts again at the youth hall of the Pielisensuu church (Tikkamäentie 15) on the 16th of September at 4 p.m.
    More information: Ms Arja Ryynänen, arja.ryynanen@evl.fi, coordinator of the international work.
  • The Woman’s words – Free Finnish language discussion group for immigrants women (Let’s read together -project). Place: Noljakka Church. Address: Noljakantie 81, takkahuone, ground floor. 4.1./18.1./1.2./15.2./1.3./15.3./29.3./12.4./26.4. at 10-12.
  • Music groups
  • Youth choir Tikva
    Choir Director: Mikko Juntunen, mikko.juntunen@evl.fi, tel. +358 50 3755 386
  • Gospel Group Arepa
    Director: Janne Piipponen, janne.piipponen@evl.fi, tel. +358 50 408 8620
  • Noljakka Gospel
    Director: Matti Turunen, matti.turunen@evl.fi, puh. 050 4311 627