2009-07-23 / Church News

Service At Tonoloway Sunday

Tonoloway Primitive Baptist Church Tonoloway Primitive Baptist Church SPECIAL TO THE NEWS

The Friends of Tonoloway Primitive Baptist Church will hold an afternoon service this Sunday, July 26, at the historic Tonoloway church near Warfordsburg, Pa.

The 2 p.m. service includes scripture readings and a sermon delivered by Pastor John Godissart of the McConnellsburg United Methodist Church.

Inspirational music will be performed by the United Methodist Church Choir, which will also lead the congregation's singing of familiar and favorite hymns, including "Blessed Assurance" and "Oh How I Love Jesus."

Tonoloway Primitive Baptist Church is the oldest church in Fulton County and the 10th oldest Baptist church in the United States. The present church building was completed in 1836 and remains much like it was when first built. Signatures of Union troops hospitalized at Tonoloway during Stonewall Jackson's bombardment of Hancock, Md., can still be seen on the church's interior walls.

The Friends of Tonoloway Primitive Baptist Church is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to restore and preserve the church building as a place of worship and as an historic site. Services take place at Tonoloway two to three times a year. The Friends welcome the public to this Sunday's special summer service.

Tonoloway Primitive Baptist Church is located about two miles north of Hancock, Md., on Thompson Road (Route 655) in Fulton County.

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