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Staff Information

How do I contact someone at the church?

Call us at (757) 868-6842. You will be directed to the person to whom you wish to speak.

Click here to go to the Staff E-mail Directory.

Worship Information

Sunday Worship Times

  • Blended Service at 8:45 a.m. in the sanctuary

  • Traditional Service at 11:00 a.m. in the sanctuary

  • The Side Door Service, a contemporary service, is at 11:00 a.m. in the Fellowship Hall.

Nursery is available all Sunday morning during all three services and the Sunday School hour.

Do you have a contemporary service?

Yes we do. The Side Door Service is a contemporary service at 11:00 a.m. on Sundays. Come in through the side door. This service is held in the Fellowship Hall.

How long are your services?

Approximately one hour

What should I wear?

Come as you are!

Do you celebrate communion?

Yes. Monthly Communion is offered in the Traditional and Side Door Services on the first Sunday of the month. Communion is offered every Sunday in the Blended Service.

History of the Church

How old is Tabernacle?

We’ve been around since 1817. That makes us 200 years old! We had a wonderful Bicentennial Celebration year in 2017 including concerts, parties, a talent show, and our main celebration with a combined service, church-wide photo, and a catered bicentennial lunch. We have sealed a new time capsule and are planning another big celebration for our 225th anniversary in 2042.

What is the history of Tabernacle United Methodist Church?

Tabernacle United Methodist Church was formally established in 1817. It was called the Methodist Episcopal Church, and changed to Tabernacle Methodist Episcopal a few years later. Tabernacle became a station church in 1950 with its own full-time pastor. For more information click here.

Joining and Membership Information

Do I need to be a member to participate in church events?

No. All are welcome to participate in church events.

Do I have to take a class to join?


Do I have to walk up front to join?

No, you do not have to walk up front to join Tabernacle United Methodist Church.

Can my children join when I join?


Can you send me a copy of the church's newsletters?

Yes. Please provide the church office with your e-mail address. If you don't have e-mail, please provide your mailing address.

My address has changed. Whom do I contact?

Contact our church administrator, Ann Higginbotham at (757) 868-6842 or ann.tumc@outlook.com

Information on Weddings

How can I arrange for a wedding at Tabernacle United Methodist Church?

Contact our church administrator, Ann Higginbotham at (757) 868-6842 or ann.tumc@outlook.com

Does the church perform marriages for people who have been divorced?


Music at Tabernacle United Methodist Church

What musical activities are offered at Tabernacle?

TUMC offers a variety of musical activities: Chancel Choir, Women's Chorus, Handbell Choir, Men's Chorus, Joy Choir, Children's Choir and "Unshackled". Click here for details.

Information About Children

My children need to be baptized. How do I go about that?

Contact Pastors Jim Earley or Brent Staul.

Is childcare available during worship services and other events?

It certainly is.

What are Children's Church and Christian Warriors?

After a time of family worship in both the 11:00 a.m. Traditional Service and the 11:00 a.m. Side Door Contemporary Service, children will be invited to take part in children’s worship activities. Children’s Church is for Kindergarten through 2nd grade and meets every Sunday except Communion Sundays. Christian Warriors is for 3rd grade through 5th grade and meets on the 2nd and 4th Sundays of each month. If parents are not familiar with these programs, they are welcome to visit them and see both programs first hand. Parents should pick their children up from rooms 23 and 16 immediately following the services. All children from Kindergarten through 5th grade are invited to become active in our 11:00 Worship Children’s Programs.

Do you have Sunday School for children?

Yes. We offer Sunday School for all children aged 3 years old through high school. Children 4 years old and younger are welcome in our nursery during the Sunday School hour.

Can my children join when I join?


Do you have a scout troop?

Yes. TUMC offers scouting for boys and girls from Grade 1 - 20 years of age. Click here for details.