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Inspired by people who made beautiful decisions and served from their hearts, we are a friendly welcoming place that wants to keep alive the spiritual history of the chapel. 

Boehm’s Chapel has events throughout the year that offer family fun and educational experiences for all. Special events include a Midnight Christmas service, Heritage Sunday, weddings, private tours, special services with historical actors, cemetery tours, and even music recitals or small concertos. 

Contact us for more information on upcoming events at the chapel or to schedule a visit!

Upcoming Events

Join Us for the Fall Festival!

Ladies helping out at last year’s Festival.  Don’t miss the goodies!

On Saturday, Oct. 14, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Boehm’s UMC will host a community festival.  Vendors will be selling crafts, antiques, & flea market items. Food, food, food! Colemanville UMC will be selling mincemeat pies. There will be smoked chicken legs & burgers served outside.  Inside Fellowship Hall will be chicken corn and ham & bean soups (available by the bowl or in quart containers), cakes, pies, breads, apple dumplings, hot dogs & sauerkraut. There will be a healing & prayer tent. Hayrides (from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m.) & children’s activities will be available. Tours of the historic Boehm’s Chapel & the Tying Shed will be given. Bicentennial prints of the Chapel & other items will be available by donation. Apple butter will be made on site, the old-fashioned way, in copper kettles over fires, and will be available for purchase soon after it comes out of the kettles and is jarred. Proceeds will benefit the Chapel’s fund to replace the roof. Music will be provided by Boehm’s pianist & choir director, Oksana Reedy. There will be opportunities for the young to experiment with an assortment of musical instruments. Come join us for a fun day!

November 17, 2023

This year on November 17 we are again partnering with ExtraGive to be part of Lancaster County’s community-wide celebration of giving.  Our efforts this year will be to raise money for the replacement of the cedar shake roof on Boehm’s Chapel. Maintaining the roof is the Chapel’s biggest maintenance challenge as it sits prominently on the hill, exposed to the wind, rain, snow and sun.

The estimate to replace the roof is at least $60,000.  A square for a new roof will cost $3,000.  A square covers 100 sq ft of roof. You can split that cost by donating half of a square, a quarter square, or any amount that we can toward the replacement of the roof.  Anyone donating $500 or $1,000 will receive a Society Life Membership.                     
Raising funds for a new roof will require a lot of prayer and effort.  We appreciate your help to keep the legacy of Boehm’s Historic Chapel alive.

December 3, 2023

Vespers Service

Celebrate the season at Boehm’s Chapel! 

The Boehm’s Chapel Society will hold their annual Vespers service for friends and family to come together and experience the true meaning of the season.

The program will be “Lessons and Carols” with the reading of scriptures and the singing of seasonal hymns.

Recent Events

The Boehm’s Chapel Society held its annual Heritage Sunday event on Sunday, June 25, 2023 in the historic Boehm’s Chapel.

A worship service started at 4 p.m. A Society business meeting was held at 3 p.m. 
Dale Mylin, a Society board member and a member of Byerland Mennonite Church where Martin Boehm was the pastor and bishop, brought us a message titled: “Keeping your hand to the plow: On being an influencer.” Following the worship service, Jeff and Sue Frey who own the Boehm family homestead, offered a hayride to the farm. It was a special opportunity to see the Chapel from a different perspective.

Placing Flags for Memorial Day

Dennis Myers, a life member of the Chapel Society, and his daughter, Beth Railing place American flags on the graves of military veterans at the cemetery near Boehm’s Chapel. Mr. Myers served in Vietnam with the 101st Airborne Division. His family does this every Memorial Day at Boehm’s, plus covers two other cemeteries.

Strasburg Historical Society Meets at the Chapel

The Strasburg Historical Society met at the Chapel on May 15, 2023.  Marv Adams, Boehm’s Chapel Society President spoke on the influence of Martin Boehm on early Methodism, and on other denominations he founded or influenced.  Also covered was the history of the Chapel and the restoration that brought it back to how it appeared in 1791 when it opened as the first church in PA built for Methodist worship.  

The Strasburg Historical Society owns the first church built for Methodist worship in Strasburg. It is currently a private residence.

Meet Boehms UMC's New Pastor!

Boehm’s United Methodist Church will get a new pastor in July and the church will become part of a two-charge circuit.

The Rev. Manuel “Manny” Paz Cruz will fill pulpits at Boehm’s UMC and Colemanville UMC as the two churches are joined in a circuit.  
The Rev. Joan Trout, who has been at Boehm’s for six years, is retiring.  We thank her for her dedicated service to the Chapel Society over the past few years!

Future Events

In the Near future

A roof replacement for the chapel will be needed in the next few years, maybe sooner. 

Read more about how you can help preserve a piece of history.

Plan your visit!

Contact us to schedule a time to explore the rich history of the chapel.

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