CHILDREN’S MINISTRY TEAM REPORT: Rev. Dr. Jerusha Moses & Jessica Corbitt
It has been an exciting year for the Children’s Ministry at Tabernacle.
In the beginning of 2018, we began work to create and approve a new Part-Time position of Minister to Children and Families. The search team consisted of Jessica Corbitt, Mark Snipes, Karen Herman and Patrick Braford. We were thrilled to welcome the Rev. Jerusha Moses into our fold in September of 2018.
Our Sunday School classes have been faithfully led throughout 2018 by wonderful teachers. We continue to use the Deep Blue Kids Sunday School Curriculum. Our preschool class was led by Sara Anne Burgess and Mark Snipes. For our Elementary students, we have continued to use a rotation of teachers. The teachers included: Maria McGraw, Hope Nycum, April Kennedy, Katye Snipes, Laura Severns, Jonathan Barton, Emily Ball and Helen Davidson. We are grateful for their weekly leadership with our children. We continue to have paid nursery workers that support our weekly volunteers in the handling of our littlest ones. Dianna Faison and Kara Faison have done a wonderful job with their presence of consistency. It has been extremely helpful in guiding both the children and leaders in the nursery.
We have continued with our Worship Explorers curriculum for children in Kindergarten through 2nd grade. These children leave the worship service during the sermon for a short lesson focused on the Narrative Lectionary passage for the day. In the fall, we initiated our 6-week Everyone Worship curriculum, once again led by Penny Jenkins. This is a wonderful 6-week curriculum for children that are entering 3rd grade to help prepare them in engaging during the worship service. They study the various elements of worship as well as learn about the liturgical seasons.
Wednesday evenings have continued to be a busy time at Tabernacle. We continue to average about 40-50 children each week. We have Preschool Choir led by Helen Davidson, Charity Roberson and Larry Allen. The 1st and 2nd graders are led by Judy Fiske, Susan Braden and Kathy McGraw. Jessica Corbitt and Terry Witt lead the 3rd-5th graders. We have been incorporating both crafts and bible study into the choir time.
The Children’s Leadership Team planned various Fellowship Events throughout the year so that families could get to know one another as well as have fun together. These included things like Family Game Nights, Annual Easter Egg Hunt hosted by Judy Fiske, a Chili Cook Off, and a Breakfast in Bethlehem event.
We are grateful to each person that helps to support the blossoming children’s ministry at Tabernacle from nursery volunteers to drivers and everyone in between that are helping to guide our children. It is a blessing to see the halls full of children scurrying around and we continue to look for additional leaders to support this vibrant and vital ministry!
Minister to Children and Families
The Children’s Ministry Team