Celebrating the Resurrection

 

Welcoming all

Growing in faith

Working for a just & peaceful world

Learning together from scripture

Nurturing kids & teens

Building a sharing community

Sharing the light of Christ

TUMC is 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 contex.

 

This Sunday

Come as you are this week, even with dirt under your fingernails! As gardeners get busy and spring struggles to take hold in Toronto, it’s a day of holy longings for Creation as Pastor Michele speaks during the 11 a.m. worship service on our ongoing spring theme of Mother Earth. Come early (10 a.m.) for Sunday School (nursery to senior youth) on the lower level or, for adults, On the Way Cafe on the second floor, where TUMC farmer Dora Alexander shares her vision for “Getting Up Close and Dirty with the Land.” In the afternoon, weather permitting, the BYOB (Beyond Youth Opportunities for Bonding) crowd will be going for a hike! (And the Junior Youth return from their weekend retreat on the Bruce Peninsula.)

 

TUMC is a friendly community that welcomes people of all cultural and ethnic backgrounds, sexual orientations, gender identities, generations and abilities to full participation. 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. You can also follow us on Facebook for regular updates.

Working toward reconciliation

As part of our ongoing commitment toward reconciliation with our Indigenous brothers and sisters, TUMC is offering several opportunities to think more deeply about how we can “decolonize” our thinking. An online book/Bible study Tuesday evenings is using the book “Unsettling the Word” as we explore decolonising our reading of scripture. It’s easy to tune in via Zoom on Tuesdays at 9 p.m. To join, talk to Tobi T; to buy a book (not essential to taking part), talk to Tim Schmucker. On Saturday, May 4, our own Diem Lafortune offers a Decolonizing the Heart Workshop: Deep Learning for Deep Change. The 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. workshop is being offered free only at TUMC. More information, and registration, are online at http://bit.ly/2IYqksG

Coming soon: TUMC’s all-church retreat!

Save the date! TUMC’s annual retreat at Silver Lake Camp on the beautiful Bruce Peninsula takes place this year June 7-9. This wonderful event for all ages will include lots of time to relax, swim in the warm pond, paddle a canoe across the lake, clamber up the climbing wall, take a quiet walk in the woods, laugh at skits at a campfire sing-along, and enjoy delicious food in the dining hall, all the while getting to know each other better and reflecting on faith and Creation. Watch for details, coming soon!

Supporting our mission

Two of TUMC’s ongoing missions need your support! The photo above is of Eritrean refugees being airlifted to Niger by the UNHCR. TUMC, with a 40-year legacy of supporting refugees, is expecting to receive four young women and a couple of children from Eritrea (by way of Niger) in mid-May. The refugee committee is still looking for a small dining table and chairs, twin sized beds and bedding, towels, plates, bowls, cutlery, cell phones and laptops. (Call Ashton W. if you can help.) And then there’s Aurora House, our ministry to victims of human trafficking. Support this important ministry and have lots of fun too, by attending a Spring Ceili on Saturday, May 4, at 6:30 pm, with caller and live band. Admission is $10 for adults, $5 for students, with proceeds to Aurora House. No experience necessary! Lessons are included. Please bring a water bottle, indoor shoes, cash for snacks, and a joyful heart to Pegasus Dance Studio (361 Glebeholme Blvd). For more information, check Facebook or contact Lara M. or Kathryn G.