Church History

Tabernacle has a wonderful and exciting past.  Below are just few of the major events shaping it.  If you would like to know more, please contact us and we will be more than happy to talk to you about our church.

  • On March 20, 1817 Tabernacle Church was formally established. It was called the Methodist Episcopal Church, and changed to Tabernacle Methodist Episcopal a few years later.

  • In 1855 The church was sold and another building was constructed.

  • The church building was destroyed by a fire in 1883.

  • On August 24, 1884 a new church building was dedicated on the present site. The cost was $2,000.

  • In 1902 Tabernacle and Trinity become the East York Circuit.

  • Additions were built in 1912 and 1927.

  • Tabernacle became a station church in 1950 with its own full-time pastor.

  • In 1956 Tabernacle built a separate education building.

  • On June 4, 1972 Tabernacle’s fourth and present building was dedicated which brought all educational, office and worship facilities under a single roof.

  • A new education wing was consecrated on November 12, 1991.

  • Hurricane Isabel struck the church causing massive flooding and damage to the sanctuary, the chapel, music rooms, some classrooms and the offices on September 18, 2003.

  • On February 27, 2005 there was a groundbreaking ceremony for a building project. Construction started on the Fellowship Hall and kitchen the next day. On November 20 that year the new kitchen and Social Hall were dedicated.

  • We celebrated our Bicentennial in 2017 with several events including concerts, parties, a talent show, and our main celebration with a combined service, church-wide photo, and a catered bicentennial lunch.

  • We are planning another big celebration for our 225th anniversary in 2042.