We believe that children’s ministry is family ministry! A holistic approach to education, spiritual development, missions, and worship strengthens a family and builds a healthy congregation.Our gifted Children’s Leadership Team directs a regular program of education and activities for all children and family members. We have a Bible based program with goals and objectives concerning the spiritual growth of our children. We also have a wide assortment of small groups, classes, and outings for parents and grandparents.
Sundays, 9:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Pre-School Sunday School
All children under not yet in Kindergarten meet in the Green Room on the first floor of the Williams Building. The morning begins at 9:30 a.m. with some gathering play time. Following playtime, the children are led in a Bible story followed by story-related activities. The pre-school class is led by Heather Rose and rotating team of assistants. We look forward to seeing your pre-school age child on Sunday mornings!
Elementary Sunday School
Each Sunday, our children gather together to explore, play, and learn about various bible stories. Children are divided based on grade (K-2, 3-5) and are taught by a team of teachers. All of our children will be using Cokesbury’s Deep Blue curriculum this fall. The younger elementary children (K-2nd grade) meet in the “Children’s Sunday School classroom” at the end of the hall, and are led by Andy Rose and a rotating team of assistants. The older elementary children (3rd-5th grade) meet in the “Older Elementary Sunday School classroom” located across from the Coke machine, and they are led by a rotating team of teachers. All children are welcome in these classes!
We welcome all children in Kindergarten-3rd grade to join us for Worship Explorers during part of the 11am worship service. When indicated in the bulletin, the children will join one of our Children’s Ministry Leaders at the front door of the Sanctuary. They will leave the Sanctuary to engage in a child-friendly lesson and activities that are based on the focus passage for the day. After the sermon, the children will rejoin the congregation in the congregation. We look forward to seeing your K-2nd grader in Worship Explorers on Sunday mornings!
The nursery is open for all pre-school aged children (birth-4yrs old) in the 1st floor of the Williams Building. During the 11am worship service, the children are led in activities based on the pre-school Sunday School lesson taught earlier in the morning. If your child needs your attention during the worship service, one of the nursery workers will notify you via the pager system in the nursery. We welcome your pre-school aged child in the nursery on Sunday mornings, and we look forward to ministering with them during this special time!
Wednesdays, 5:00 – 7:30 p.m.
Pre-School + Kindergarten Music Activities
5:00 – 5:45 p.m (weekly)
Music is a central part of the lives of most children. Often they will sing as much as they talk, making up simple songs to express themselves. Words that are put to music and sung will remain in our memories much longer than words that are simply spoken to us. Our children learn much about Christianity and about community by participating in choirs and musical ensembles at church. The music program at Tabernacle strives to give children the tools they need to express themselves through various musical activities from singing to playing instruments.
Pre-school and Kindergarten children love to sing and play music. The songs they learn at this age will stay with them for the rest of their lives. These songs will lay the groundwork for both their spiritual and musical development. Music activities will take place from 5:00 – 5:45 PM on each Wednesday. As the older children are working on homework, the children will be involved in music activities that will include singing, dancing, and playing rhythm instruments. The children will be learning traditional children’s songs as well as age appropriate Christian songs.
Helen Davidson will lead this activity. Contact Judy@tbcrichmond.org for more information.
5:45 – 6:30 p.m. (weekly)
Fellowship is one of the core values of the Tabernacle Baptist Church. Please join the Tabernacle Baptist Church family for a simple supper each Wednesday evening between the children’s and youth homework time and our Wednesday evening classes. This community meal will allow time for both children and adults to get to know one another while they share in food and fellowship.
The suggested donation for the meal covers the cost of the food that is served. Volunteers from the church family lovingly prepare dinner each Wednesday. We ask for $5.00 per adult, $3 for students of all ages and a family maximum of $15. Please never allow the suggested donation for the food prevent you from coming and enjoying this fellowship meal.
Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information or to make a reservation. If you are planning on coming to Wednesday night supper, but know that you will be arriving after 6:15, please let the church office know by Wednesday at 3:00 so we can hold a meal for you.
Godly Play: A Way for Children to Wonder Together
6:30 – 7:30 p.m. for preschool children, 6:30-7:30 for younger elementary children
“Godly play” is a term coined by Jerome Berryman to describe an approach to children’s spiritual formation that is based on creating a sacred space in which to present the stories of our faith, wonder about them together, and then allow the children open-ended opportunities, usually with art supplies, to engage the story on their own terms.
The stories are told very simply, with simple props, and without interpretation or moral instruction. After a story is presented, the children and the storyteller wonder together about aspects of the story that draw their interest. For instance, with the parable of the Good Shepherd, they might wonder together how the sheep felt as they followed the shepherd. Or whether the sheep have names. Or how it might feel to be inside the sheepfold. Finally, the children choose art supplies and create pictures, sculptures, or other projects that represent what they most related to in the story during a time of personal reflection and response.
This is play. It is Godly. It is meeting God along with children rather than teaching them what we adults think they ought to know. Our faith stories are very powerful and offer plenty to think about even without our elaboration on what they “mean.” Godly play is often deeply satisfying for the adults who engage the stories along with the children. What a gift for parents to bring to our families!
This year, both our younger preschool children and our early elementary children will have the opportunity to participate in Godly Play. Both will have the opportunity to participate in Godly Play for a full hour.
Consider joining us for an evening to experience the joy of Godly Play.
Children’s Music Program, grades 3-5
Children grades 3-5 will spend Wednesday evenings developing their gifts in the areas of music. These children are incredibly talented, and will learn choir and bell pieces that will be shared with the larger community in worship. This group is led by Judy Fiske, Terry Witt, Jessica Corbitt, and Graham Grinnell.