Getting to know each other
We know meeting someone for the first time can be intimidating and going to a new church for the first time can be a little scary, confusing, and even nerve-racking. We want to help make your first experience at Tabernacle a great one! We invite you to have an online tour of our church first on this website and on our Facebook page. We hope once you’ve seen us online, you’ll be excited to visit us in person.
Tabernacle meets every Sunday at 831 Poquoson Ave in Poquoson, VA.
We have three worship services for you to choose from:
Blended Service at 8:45 AM in the sanctuary
Traditional Service at 11:00 AM in the sanctuary
Side Door Contemporary Service at 11:00 AM in the fellowship hall
Come As You Are
At Tabernacle, there is no dress code! Some people show up in suits, and others wear jeans and t-shirts. We want you to wear whatever makes you feel comfortable! God is interested in your heart more than in what you are wearing.
As a first-time guest, you are a VIP to us. We have reserved “first-time visitor” parking spaces in the font parking lot, on the right side of the sanctuary, as you approach from Poquoson Ave. Should those be full, we have lots of parking in our additional parking lots on the left side and the rear of the building.
Bring the Kids
We believe that kids should have a fun and enriching experience at church the same as you. All three services have a “Children’s Time with the Pastor” when all children are invited to hear a special message just for them. Our contemporary service also has a “Children’s Song” when children are invited to play percussion instruments with the band. Several Sundays each month, the 11:00 services also offer optional Children’s Worship programs. Don’t worry, on those Sundays your children will be specifically invited from the worship services by age groups to attend Children’s Church or Christian Warriors. For your convenience, we also have a nursery for your youngest children from birth through 4 years old. You may check your children into the nursery at any time. Our professional nursery staff will help you sign in your children, give you a pager, and take good care of your children while you are in worship or Sunday school.
What can I expect in worship?
In total, Tabernacle church services are about 60 minutes in length. All our services begin with a couple songs and include some reading of scripture. In the latter half of the service, one of our pastors will share an encouraging and hope-filled message about Jesus. We also collect an offering, but you should not feel obligated to participate until you wish to do so. We also offer communion on a regular schedule and everyone is invited to join in communion, but you may simply remain seated if you do not want to take communion.
Do you have coffee?
You bet we do, and a whole lot more! Our Café on the Side team prepares brunch and refreshments every Sunday. All are welcome to stop by the fellowship hall anytime between 9:30 and 11:00 for a cup of coffee or a complete brunch. The Café is also the perfect place for visitors to meet us and fellowship with us during this time. Those attending the Side Door Contemporary Service are invited to continue to enjoy the Café during the worship service.
Will you ask me to stand up in front of the church since I am a visitor?
Some churches may have a time where they ask visitors to stand and be recognized, but we don’t do that. We do have a time of greeting for all people in the worship service to go and say hello to each other. Our desire is for you to feel welcome, not to be singled out.
Can I attend if I’m __________?
Fill in the blank with whatever fear you have about not being accepted: divorced, single parent, broke, homeless, recovering addict, atheist, skeptic, etc. The answer is always YES! Everyone is welcome at Tabernacle!
We can’t wait to meet you this Sunday!
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