Get Plugged In

Have you ever wanted to help out but was not sure where to start?  The church ministries invite you to look at the following opportunities to see if something interests you.  Check it out and see if your gifts and graces fit in with one of the opportunities.  This would also be a perfect chance to step out your comfort zone and try something new.


Children's Ministries Planning Meeting July 31st

On Monday, July 31st at 7:00 p.m. in Room 402, we will be holding a Children's Ministries Planning Meeting.  If you love children and would like to be part of helping them experience the love and joy of Jesus, please join us at the meeting.  We are looking for new ideas and volunteers to be part of this important ministry.  It's already time to be planning Trunk or Treat and the Christmas Pageant!  Vacation Bible School was a perfect example of how much the children love the programs we offer and how meaningful they can be.  We want to continue to be God's Superheroes to our children.  For more information, please contact Judy Schrader at or at 540-847-8243.  All are welcome!  We look forward to seeing you!


School Dressing Days  August 11th and 12th

Tabernacle is a member of the Interfaith Community Council, which consists of over 20 churches representing 12 religions.  School Dressing Days is their main mission.  Tabernacle has supported this mission for many years.  This year we have been asked to collect boys and girls short sleeved casual shirts, sizes 5 through 16 and girls underwear, sizes 4 through 16.  Collection bins will be located outside the Fellowship Hall and in the Multi Purpose room.  Sign-up sheets will also be out if anyone would like to volunteer to help.  Thanking you in advance for your support of this mission.


Volunteer to be a Moppet

Tabernacle's MOPS is currently seeking volunteers for our MOPPETS programs.  We are able to provide child care for our meetings free of cost to members because of the generous volunteers who give their time each month to care for our children in a loving and Christian environment.  We currently need volunteers for meetings.  MOPS meets on the second Monday of the month beginning in September and ending in May.  We need volunteers to assist in the nursery from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. and the night meetings that we hold a few times throughout the year.  This is a wonderful opportunity to support mothers in our church and greater community and spend time with some really cute kids!  If you are able to volunteer, please contact Melissa Keylor at


Mission Partners

Would you like to help with Missions at Tabernacle but have limited time?  If so, you could become a Mission Partner and plug in when you are able.  There are many ongoing activities needed to keep Missions going.  Examples include making phone calls, packing zip lock bags with soaps and lotions for Micah, delivering donations to Micah or SECA, making informational posters for mission projects, helping to host a Red Cross Blood Drive at Tabernacle, designing or putting together displays, making announcements at worship services, and much more.  Mission help is needed throughout the year.


Volunteers Needed For SECA 

Volunteers are needed at SECA for approximately one hour on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday.  SECA needs volunteers to pick up food at the Courtland Food Lion at 9:00 a.m. to 9:15 a.m. and take it to SECA.  Choose a day and come and volunteer!  For more information or to volunteer, please call Robert Newton at 786-6447.


Worship Committee Invitation
The Worship Committee would like to extend an invitation to Tabernacle members who would like to share their talents in the following areas:  Communion Steward and Lay Reading at the Traditional services.  We are currently looking for those who would like to be Lay Readers.  On average, a Lay Reader takes part in four services a year and assists the Pastor in the opening of Worship Service.  Please contact Donna Jones to volunteer or to find out more information.  540-455-3209 or fdesigns2000@icloud


Contemporary Service Volunteers
The Contemporary Service is in need of volunteers to be Greeters, Ushers, and Communion Servers.  Sign up sheets will be located by the entrance to the MPR.  You can sign up for just one Sunday or multiple Sundays.  We are also looking for volunteers to set up and take down coffee time for the Contemporary Service.  There will be a sign up sheet for those who are interested in helping with that.


An Opportunity to Serve Once a Year
You may have wondered who puts the bread and grape juice on the communion table for the 8:15 and 11:00 communion services.  There are twelve faithful communion stewards-one person for each month.  We currently need volunteers to fill upcoming vacancies.  If you have questions, please contact Janet Craig at 757-784-5354 or Margaret Kackley.


Micah Ministry
On the 3rd Friday of each month, volunteers from Tabernacle provide a meal for Micah Ministry.  Sign-up sheets are out for the next Micah Meal scheduled for Friday, July 21st at Shiloh Baptist Church.  If you can help with donations of food or supplies, please stop by one of the sign-up tables outside of the Fellowship Hall or in the MPR and indicate what you plan to provide.  The main menu items will be hamburgers, cheese burgers, hot dogs, potato salad, macaroni salad, and deviled eggs.  This month we will not be asking for desserts as everyone enjoys the fresh watermelon.  For those who would like to help prepare and serve the meal, please meet at Shiloh Baptist Church, 525 Princess Anne Street at 4:00 p.m.  Many thanks for your support of this monthly meal; for your donations, your time, and your talents.  For more information, contact David or Janet Craig at 757-784-5353 or


Children's Church
Leaders needed for Children's Church at 8:15 and 11:00 a.m. services.  This is a worship time designed specifically for three to six year olds.  Curriculum and supplies are provided.  There is no preparation necessary other than reviewing the lesson beforehand.  Beginning in June, our children will experience Children's Church with Hands On Worship from Group Publishing.  Our kids will be encountering God with new music, Bible adventures, and prayer.  We are excited to bring a fresh new experience to Children's Church and to worship with our kids in a fun and meaningful way!  Each volunteer working in Children's Church must complete a background check prior to working with the children.  For more information on how you can become involved, contact Judy Schrader at or 540-847-8243.


Volunteers Needed--Children's Ministry
The Children's Ministry at Tabernacle is committed to sharing the joy and love of Jesus Christ with our children and to help them grow as part of the body of Christ.  While we do have a lot of fun, we also stay focused on this purpose.  Those who work with our kids treasure the experience.  We are in need of more volunteers to join us!  There are many ways you could help:  teaching Children's Church, filling worship bags, helping with Preschool Power or MPKids, or prepping crafts and projects as they arise.  If you have a heart for children and would like to help, we will find a great fit for you!  Please direct questions to Judy Schrader at or 540-847-8243.


Lay Reader.  Assist with Traditional Services.  Make announcements before the service and lead Affirmation of Faith and Prayer of Congregation as printed in the bulletin.  On the first Sunday of the month, assist with Communion. 

Greeters.  Assist with giving out bulletins, greeting individuals, seating individuals, and meeting visitors.  Give visitors Gift Bags and make sure they know where various areas, such as bathrooms and Fellowship Hall, are located.  For more information and questions, call Jeffrey and Kimberly Wainwright at 540-786-9833.


The 4th Tuesday of each month, people from Tabernacle and Peace UMC go to Woodmont Nursing Facility from 10:00–10:45 a.m. to visit, have fellowship, sing hymns and have a short devotion. If you are interested in participating in this inspirational and personally uplifting ministry, please contact Amy King at (540)786-2419.


Communion for Shut-Ins
The 1st Sunday of each month take communion to shut-ins, people in the hospital, and those who are unable to attend church.  For more information, contact Susan Pleasants at (540)786-6162 or


Prayers and Squares Quilting
Each Wednesday and the second Saturday of the month, individuals make quilts for those who need prayer and healing.  This group meets from 9:00 to 12:00 p.m.  For more information, contact Kim Wainwright at


MOPS/Mothers of Pre Schoolers
MOPS exists to support the needs of every mom—rural and suburban, stay-at-home and working—moms with different lifestyles who all share a common desire to be the very best moms they can be.  It also helps moms to realize their potential as women, mothers and leaders in the name of Jesus.  MOPS meets on the 2nd Monday of each month from 9:15-11:30 a.m. and invites mothers of children from pregnancy throuth kindergarten to attend.  For more information, contact Melissa Keylor or Donna Oldham.


Cherub Choir for 3 year olds through first grade.  For more information, contact Melanie Bolas at (540)786-6162 or

Youth Chancel Choir for grades 2 through 8.  Practices on Sunday morning from  9:30 to 9:50 in the Music Office.   For more information, contact Melanie Bolas at (540)786-6162 or

Chancel Choir for 14 year olds and up meets on Thursday evenings from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m.  For more information, contact Melanie Bolas at (540)786-6162 or

Catherine Stanley Ringers (Bell Choir) for high school to adults and should be able to read music or willing to learn.  Meets on Thursday evenings from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.  For more information, contact Melanie Bolas at (540)786-6162 or

Praise and Worship Team for high school to adults and must audition to participate.  Meets on Thursday evenings from 7:00 to 8:00 p.m.  For more information, contact Wendy Green at (540)786-6162 or

Sunday School Classes
Contact person for Sunday School classes is Brenda Bishop (540)786-0720.  Sunday School classes meet from 9:45 to 10:45 a.m. with the exception of Women of Faith, Young Adult, and Adult.  They meet at 11:00.

Adult Classes
Mary Thomas
Curriculum based Bible discussion which meets in 412 (yellow hall).

Discussion of various faith and society issues which meets in 413 (yellow hall).

Discussion of various topics of faith which meets in 411 (yellow hall).

Women of Faith
Will be discussing A Confident Heart by Rene Swope and meets in 413 (yellow hall).

The Upper Room
They will study the Book of James as provided in the book James--Guidelines for a Happy Christian Life by John MacArthur.  This twelve week study will begin Sunday, February 19th and will take us through May 7th.  The group meets in 304 (old building).  Contact Bev Graham at 540-840-4006 with questions.

Youth Classes
Curriculum is topic based and designed to help the youth live out their faith in every day life.

Middle High
Youth in grades six to eight.  They meet in 414 (yellow hall).

Senior High
Youth in grades nine to twelve.  They meet in 112 (old building).

Curriculum based material which introduces the children to the Bible.  The classes are divided as follows:

Three to Four year olds - Rm 407 (green hall)

Kindergarten to First grade - Rm 406 (green hall)

Second to Third grade - Rm 403 (green hall)

Fourth to Fifth grad - Rm 402 (green hall)

United Methodist Men
Provide discussion on spiritual topics of interest to men and discussion of fund raising opportunities to support church and community projects.  UMM meets the second Sunday of each month.  They meet at 7:00 p.m. in room 413.  For more information, contact David Kellison at 540-786-3930.

United Methodist Women
Provide a creative, supportive fellowship where women can continue their spiritual growth while exploring mission opportunities in the church and the community.  UMW meets on the second Sunday of each month except in July and August.  They meet at 7:00 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall.  For more information, contact Sue Hilt.

Women's Circles
Dorcas Circle meets the second Tuesday of the month at 1:00 p.m. at a member's house.

Rosa Miller Circle meets the first Wednesday of the month at 10:30 a.m. at the church in room 413.