A Brief History of Tabernacle UMC
Tabernacle United Methodist Church in Erma, NJ is believed to be the oldest Methodist charge in Cape May County. Tabernacle celebrated their 200th Anniversary on Sept. 21, 2003 which was an event of historical significance. The year 2020 will mark Tabernacle’s 217th Anniversary.
The following highlights of Tabernacle’s history are taken from a series of articles written by Karl A. Dickinson, former curator of the Cape May County Museum:
In 1778, Benjamin Abbott, a circuit rider, preached at the home of Abram Woolson in Fishing Creek (near the present Lower Township Recreation Center). Woolson was the first convert to Methodism in this vicinity.
Two years later, the first class was organized and held in Woolson’s home. By 1789, the class was called Tabernacle Church and area families were becoming members.
In 1803, the first Tabernacle Church edifice was built. Memucan Hughes, a descendant of the pilgrim, John Howland, gave the land upon which it was built. The church traditionally recognizes this first church building as the beginning of the charge known as Tabernacle, Erma.
The incorporation of Tabernacle Church is recorded in the Cape May County Clerk’s office, dated March 22, 1823.
In 1862, Tabernacle Church became a station, and the Rev. Edward Hicks Durell was assigned here as the pastor.
In the time of Tabernacle’s existence, the church has been housed in five different buildings. As of 2020, 48 pastors have served the congregation at Tabernacle United Methodist Church.
Our Mission & Purpose
Tabernacle United Methodist Church is dedicated to developing fully devoted followers of Jesus Christ by changing lives, transforming the community, and renewing the Church.
Our Church Staff...
You are awesome because God made you awesome! How much permission you give God to "be making" you depends upon your response.
The Front Office:
church secretary is working from her home office.
Margie Katity, Church Secretary & Treasurer
Her favorite verses are, "In everything give thanks, for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you" (I Thes 5:18) and ... "A merry heart doeth good like a medicine" (Prov. 17:22a).
The Custodial Department
Mr. Dave Harrison, Church Custodian
Tabernacle United Methodist Church ("Erma Tabernacle")
702 Seashore Road - Erma,Cape May, NJ 08204 ** In Erma, Lower Township NJ, but with a Cape May ZIP Code
Our Sanctuary is Handicap Accessible from the south side of the church.To receive Hearing Assistance, please stop at the sound booth in the rear of the Sanctuary.