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 Family Ministry 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.
Pre-School Sunday School
All children under 5 years old meet in the Green Room on the 1st floor of the Williams Building. The morning begins at 9:30am with some gathering play time. Following play time, the children are led in a Bible story followed by story-related activities. The pre-school class is led by Jessica Corbitt, Kristen Koger, and Kathryn Long. We look forward to seeing your pre-school age child on Sunday mornings!
Elementary Sunday School
All children in Kindergarten-6th grade meet for Sunday School on the 2nd floor of the Williams Building. The children gather at 9:30am to begin activities/word puzzles that introduce them to the Bible story for the day. The children are then led through the Bible story for the day followed by a video that reinforces the key themes from the story. The younger elementary children (K-3rd grade) meet in the “Children’s Sunday School classroom” at the end of the hall, and they are led by Andy and Heather Rose. The older elementary children (4th-6th grade) meet in the “Older Elementary Sunday School classroom” located across from the Coke machine, and they are led by Dick and Jane Denzler. All children are welcome in these classes!
Sundays, 9:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
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-3rd 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!
****NOTE: Our Wednesday Evening activities will resume in September 2013
Wednesdays, 5:00 – 7:30 p.m.
Homework Assistance (****resumes in September 2013)
5:00 – 5:45 p.m (weekly)
Reading, Science, History, Algebra, Chemistry… the list goes on and on! We know you have a lot of homework! Your church family wants to help you get it done and build great new relationships in the process!
We offer a homework time prior to our Wednesday night suppers. This is a time for students of all ages to bring their daily homework and projects to work on with caring, dedicated adults. The program aims to empower students to become confident and competent in their studies. In addition, this homework time will encourage strong, lasting relationship between students and adults.
Students: We hope that you will bring your homework and join us for a great time of laughing and learning together!
Parents: Please consider bringing your students and, alongside other adults and students, work with them on their homework!
Contact Julie@tbcrichmond.org for more information.
Pre-School + Kindergarten Music Activities
5:00 – 5:45 p.m (weekly) (****resumes in September 2013)
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.
Wednesdays, 5:00 – 7:30 p.m.
Fellowship Meal (****resumes in September 2013)
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. The suggested donation is $4.00 per adult, $1.50 per student over 12 and $1.00 per child. Please never allow the suggested donation for the food prevent you from coming and enjoying this fellowship meal.
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Godly Play: A Way for Children to Wonder Together (****resumes in September 2013)
6:30 – 7:30 p.m. for younger children, 6:30-7:00 for older 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 older school-age children will have the opportunity to participate in Godly Play. Our preschoolers will have a full hour to engage in Godly Play. Our older children will spend a half hour in Godly Play and then another half hour in Children’s music/choir.
Our older children will also begin working on the annual Christmas pageant later in the Fall. They will have a chance to hear and wonder about the stories in Godly Play and then will experience and participate in them as they rehearse for the pageant. The Christmas pageant has become a much-loved tradition among our congregation and particularly among our children. The pageant, along with Godly Play, offers children the opportunities to hear and wonder about stories of our faith. Consider joining us for an evening to experience the joy of Godly Play.
Megan Strollo, Anna Tuckwiller and Christen Schumacher, our Godly Play leaders, can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Children’s Music Program (****resumes in September 2013)
7:00 – 7:30 p.m. (weekly)
The Older Children’s Choir will learn songs that enhance the stories they will be exploring in Godly Play. They will begin with songs about the creation and other stories from Genesis. They will move to working on the music for the Christmas Pageant as the fall moves toward Advent. Julie Gaines will lead the Older Children’s Choir and Jessica Corbitt will be directing the Christmas Pageant.
contact Julie@tbcrichmond.org for more information.