If you come to Tolono United Methodist Church, you can expect a congregation full of smiling faces, and an experience similar to a family reunion. We have a predominately older congregation but there are younger families who will tell you how much they and their children enjoy having so many grandparents! But we would really enjoy more Grand Children of all ages. Some of us still thing we are children we have pictures to prove it.
Worship Time: We worship at 10:30 a.m. every Sunday.
Dress: You will see a variety of dress on a Sunday morning, but it is generally casual. Very few men wear ties, even fewer wear suits. Whatever the case, please just come as you are, come as you are comfortable.
Kids: All churches say that they like kids, but some actually only like the idea of kids. At Tolono UMC, we like actual kids – the kind that make noise, that don’t sit still, that ask peculiar questions. There are activity bags available for kids, and if you feel like you want to leave with a child, you can still view and hear worship from the ??????. There is a nursery off of the fellowship hall.
Handicap accessibility: Tolono UMC is fully accessible, with unisex handicap restrooms, we are all on one level.
Communion and Baptism
Communion: We celebrate Holy Communion on the first Sunday of every month. We, as United Methodists, believe in an open table. This means that all are welcome to partake of the bread and cup. Another interesting note is that our cup will be filled with unfermented grape juice. This is further evidence of the open table, because we would not want alcohol to keep anyone from experiencing Communion. Typically, ushers will direct persons to the front by the center aisle where they break off a piece of bread from the loaf. They also take an individual cup where they can take the two elements together. Persons can kneel at the front and pray if they wish and then return by one of the outer aisles. The open table extends to all people. You do not have to be a member of the church or of any church to partake in the sacrament. Even our toddlers look forward to sharing in the Lord’s Supper.
Baptism: Baptism is a work of God and the Holy Spirit. It is marking a person as God’s and entering them into the family of Christ. For this reason, all ages are welcome to be baptized. If you are an adult seeking baptism or if you are wanting to have your infant baptised, please contact the pastor. He will want to meet with you a few times. If you were baptized once, and are wanting to be baptized again, we want to remind you that the work of baptism is God’s work. Once is enough. It counts regardless of what you have done since your baptism. And we accept your baptism whether you were sprinkled, immersed or poured.
Confirmation and Membership: The process of confirmation and membership is really a three-step process. Baptism is the acknowledgment of professing the Christian faith; and then confirmation is a declaration that a Christian’s expression of faith is best lived out in The United Methodist Church. The final step is then to be received into membership of a local congregation.
Persons who have never been baptized would go through all three steps. Persons who transfer their membership from another Christian denomination would go through steps two and three and persons transferring from another United Methodist Church would merely be received into the Tolono UMC.