Growing in faith

Welcoming all

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.

 

Good Friday

This Friday, Christians around the world remember the crucifixion of Jesus, God “made flesh” among us, who through his suffering love revealed the grace of God to all humanity. As we ourselves experience suffering and pain, we know that this loving God walks with us. At TUMC, we’ll mark the day with two services.

Intergenerational Service 10:45 a.m. This active family service will allow kids and adults alike to interact with stories about Jesus’s life and the events leading up to the Crucifixion, while moving around the church building.

Adult/Youth Service 7 p.m. This bilingual service, held jointly with Toronto Mennonite New Life Church will include a symbolic meal of pita and hummus, as a remembrance of the Last Supper. Visitors and guests are welcome to participate.

Easter Sunday

You are heartily welcomed to join us for the most joyous Sunday of the year as we celebrate the Resurrection!

6:45 am at Ashbridges Bay. Easter Sunrise Service hosted by Toronto Mennonite New Life Church, Head straight towards the lake from the parking lot by the marina, and keep walking to find the group along the lakeshore.

11 am at TUMC: Our main service will feature lots of great music, with Peter Haresnape bringing the message. Come celebrate with us, and stay later to enjoy traditional Easter breads, coffee and tea. (There is no Sunday School or On the Way Cafe this week.)

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.

Lent at TUMC

Lent at TUMC isn’t about “giving up” things, but about taking the time to reflecting deeply on the meaning of Jesus’s life, death, and resurrection. During the six Sundays (March 10-April 14) our worship services are following the theme of “Blessed Hunger, Holy Feast” and will include an opportunity for short responses from people in the congregation: poems, art, music, symbolic objects. A Lenten Guided Prayer resource is available for March 6 to April 21. For personal reflection, you may access weekly prayer suggestions and scripture readings online in our Lenten Guided Resources page. (A log-in is needed to access this section of our website. You may also ask the church administrator for a hard copy.) This year’s theme, “Prayers of Grit & Grace”, invites you to consider how God is present in the gritty or difficult places in life in order to find grace and hope.

Pax Christi presents Miziwe (“Everywhere”)

In keeping with TUMC’s commitment to working toward reconciliation between Indigenous and settler peoples, you are invited to take part in a special choral event featuring Toronto’s “Mennonite choir”: the Pax Christi Chorale, which includes several TUMC members. On March 31, they will participate in the premiere of Miziwe (“Everywhere”), the first oratorio ever written in the Ojibwe Odawa language (with English/French surtitles), by composer Barbara Croall. The performance of this commissioned work at 3 p.m. March 31 at Koerner Hall will feature soloists Krisztina Szabó, Justin Welsh, Rod Nettagog (singer, dancer, drummer) and Croall (voice, cedar flute). For more information, click on the photo above.

Shrove Tuesday Pancakes & Biblical Storytelling

On March 5, come enjoy an old tradition of eating pancakes on the eve of Lent. This is an early evening event for the whole family. Supper starts at 6:30 p.m., followed by a one-hour concert of biblical storytelling, wending our way through the action-packed book of Acts, starting around 7 p.m.! Bring a favourite topping if you like (pancakes and syrup will be provided) and invite friends and neighbours to come along! Please RSVP to Doreen M. to give us an idea of how many pancakes to flip! (Not essential, but helpful.) Sorry, there won’t be boy choristers doing the flipping, but you get the idea.