2012-09-27 / Church News

Tonoloway Church Service Set For October 7

Annual fall worship at county’s oldest church


Tonoloway Primitive Baptist Church Tonoloway Primitive Baptist Church The Friends of Tonoloway’s fall worship service held annually at Tonoloway Primitive Baptist Church takes place Sunday, Oct. 7, in the historic brick church near Warfordsburg in Thompson Township, Fulton County, Pa.

Guest minister for the 2 p. m. service is Rev. David E. Ford of the First Baptist Church of Three Springs, Pa. The order of service includes a selection of sacred music performed by the Sharon Singers of the Sharon Mennonite Bible Institute, Harrisonville, Pa., and congregational hymns, all to be performed a cappella in the tradition of the Primitive Baptists.

Refreshments will be served in the churchyard following the service.

Organized circa 1745, Tonoloway is Fulton County’s oldest church. More than 20 of its early members served in the Revolutionary War, including its first permanent minister, Rev. Joseph Powell, a colonial delegate to state and national constitutional conventions. Powell is buried at Tonoloway as are the forefathers of many Fulton County and Hancock, Md., residents. The cemetery is still in use today.

Signatures written on the walls of the church by Union troops hospitalized there during Stonewall Jackson’s bombardment of Hancock, Md., in 1862 can still be seen.

A nonprofit organization, Friends of Tonoloway Primitive Baptist Church was organized in 1979 to restore and preserve the church that was completed in 1835 as a place of worship and as a historic site. Services at Tonoloway are held just twice yearly, the third Sunday in May by the Tonoloway Cemetery Association and the Friends’ fall service, the first Sunday in October.

The Oct. 7 offering will go toward the continued upkeep of the now fully restored church and its grounds.

Tonoloway Primitive Baptist Church is located on Thompson Road ( PA Route 655) just a few miles north of Hancock.

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