Sharing the light of Christ

Working for a just & peaceful world

Learning together from scripture

Growing in faith

Building a sharing community

Nurturing kids & teens

Welcome to TUMC, a Christian community in the Mennonite-Anabaptist “peace church” tradition. We aspire to be a family of faith  that welcomes people with diverse backgrounds and stories, worshipping together and supporting one another, while following Christ’s example in working for peace and justice in our urban context.


This Sunday

Advent begins this Sunday. We’ll mark the beginning of this time of watching and waiting for the coming of Jesus with Communion at our 11 a.m. worship service. (Come early for Sunday School at 10 a.m., and On the Way Cafe, with a wrap-up session on Excavating our Congregational Narrative.) Senior youth meet for a potluck after church; Venture Club and junior youth will be going to St. Clair O’Connor Community to sing carols; and the BYOB crowd (young adults) meets for dinner at 4 p.m. However you spend the afternoon, come back at 6:30 p.m. to enjoy a wonderful TUMC tradition, our 50th annual Advent Carol Sing! Friends, neighbours and family of all ages are welcome to join us for hearty singing of carols old and new – in English, German and whatever other language we care to sing – with lots of fun and laughter, finishing up with the Hallelujah Chorus! And, of course, Christmas goodies to follow.

TUMC is a friendly community that welcomes people of all cultural and ethnic backgrounds, sexual orientations, gender identities, generations and abilities. We are wheelchair-accessible and offer large-print hymnals and hearing assistance devices. We’re always glad to welcome newcomers. Whether you’re new to the city, visiting or simply curious, please feel free to check us out! For more information, check out the About Us tab.

 


VIdeo of the month

Here it comes again. Sick of the whole business of Christmas, that first-world pressure to buy, buy, buy, when people around the world can barely eat? Want to feel good about giving this year? Ten Thousand Villages, the fair-trade organization begun by one Mennonite woman selling handcrafts out of her car half a century ago, has several stores in the GTA selling beautiful handmade goods that you’ll be proud to give, and best of all, your purchase will make a huge difference in the lives of artisans in some of the world’s poorest communities. This video explains how.

Newcomers Breakfast

If you’re new to TUMC, you’re invited to join Pastor Michele Rizoli and other regulars at a Newcomers Breakfast on Sunday, Dec. 10, at 9 a.m. If you’ve got questions you’ve been wanting to ask, are wondering how to plug in, or just looking to make connections, you are welcome to join us downstairs for a simple breakfast and conversation before the day’s activities begin. Please RSVP to pastor Michele to let her know you’re coming and if you have any food allergies. mrizoli@tumc.ca

50th Annual Advent Carol Sing

For an astounding half a century now, TUMCers have gathered on the first Sunday evening of Advent to sing, laugh and celebrate the coming season at our annual Carol Sing. There will be songs old and new, some sung in German (the first language of our congregation’s founders) and Spanish as well as English, some familiar and others not so much, but all of them joyous reflections of the Advent season. Come mark 50 years of this splendid tradition, with Christmas sweets to follow, at 6:30 p.m. Dec. 3. Friends, relatives and neighbors are heartily welcomed!

Advent at TUMC

Advent is a season of mystery and waiting, all too often forgotten in the commercialized hubbub of Black Friday sales, frantic preparation and sometimes deep sadness in the face of loneliness or grief. Join us for an hour of worship and reflection each week, as well as some special events, to remember what and why we celebrate! We will be worshipping as usual every Sunday, including Dec. 24 and Dec. 31. We will celebrate Communion together to mark the start of Advent on Dec. 3, and will mark Christmas Eve with a beautiful candlelit service of Lessons & Carols at 7 p.m. Dec. 24. Watch the calendar for other special events for junior and senior youth, and young adults.