Whether you are brand new to the church thing
or you’ve been around church for a while, welcome!
We hope you will find Bashford a welcoming place where we can experience God's love together.
As people of faith, we believe strongly in Christ's commandment to "love one another as I have loved you" (John 15:12) and are striving to be a community of faith where all are welcomed and affirmed for who they are.
We know this is an ongoing process, and we recognize there are those who've historically been left out, excluded, or hurt by the church in the past. Therefore, we are making a special effort to grow in our welcome of these persons by living more fully into our identity as a reconciling and dementia-friendly congregation.
To learn more about our efforts to be a welcoming congregation, click here.
Yes, the entire church building is located on one floor at ground-level. There is easy drop-off near the main parking lot door and designated accessible parking spots. Wheelchairs are also available for those who may need them.
Bashford UMC currently offers three worship opportunities each week: in the sanctuary, online, and by phone. Each has its own distinct flavor, depending on the medium, but all are rooted in celebrating God’s presence among us together.
Our current Sunday morning worship schedule is:
You can also worship with us by phone at (608) 237-1530 (audio available Mondays after noon).
It is more important that you are present than how you look. That said, you will see some suits and ties, but also jeans and a lot of business casual. Just be yourself and be comfortable. (The weather in Wisconsin is varied, so please dress accordingly for parking lot services.)
Children are an important part of our worship and ministry together! For this reason, there is a time in the service (online and in-person) specifically for all God's children. If your child feels comfortable participating, we would love to have them join us.
Due to COVID-19, we are not currently providing childcare. Stay tuned to our website, social media, and email updates as things develop.
Bashford UMC is located in the Eken Park neighborhood of Madison, on North Street just east of Hwy 151/E Washington Avenue and north of E Johnson Street.
Parking is available in the lot behind the church, which can be accessed from North Street and also from Maywood Street.
Our leadership team meets regularly to assess our situation, review guidance from Wisconsin Council of Churches, and find ways of safely being in mission and ministry together. For more information about our current policies and practices, click here to visit our COVID-19 page or contact the church office.
After over 100 years of ministry in the Eken Park neighborhood of Madison, Wisconsin, the people of Bashford UMC made the difficult decision to close the congregation and invest their resources in work being done elsewhere in the Madison area community.
For more information about the UMC in Wisconsin, visit the WI Conference at https://www.wisconsinumc.org/ or contact the SW District Office by calling (608) 837-0056.