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... 


     Our Pastor

Rev. Glenn A. Scheyhing
I am a simple guy with a simple message...
"To drive you to Jesus because Jesus drives me."  I hope and pray that all I say and do honors this statement of purpose. Rather than offer a detailed bio here, just drop me a note at gscheyhing@gmail.com or call/text at (609) 600-7331 and let's start a conversation.  Also, visit the Pastor's Page for more insight into yours truly as well as re-recorded messages from weekly worship.
 
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:   


The front office is currently closed due to Covid-19, the
church secretary is working from her home office.


Margie Katity, Church Secretary & Treasurer
Margie was raised in Lower Township, NJ and returned to her hometown with her family in 1997 after her husband retired from the Navy.  She has over 30 yrs of secretarial experience, many of which were worked in Christian Schools in West Virginia and New Jersey.  She resides with her family in Swainton, NJ and enjoys spending time with her family, gardening, knitting, working at Tabernacle UMC, and taking care of her chickens! 
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
Keeping everything clean, neat and tidy around "the Tabernacle" is an important job and Dave takes it very seriously (but with great joy, too).  We thank Dave for his dedication.  
"His master said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant.   
You have been faithful over a little; I will set you over much.   
Enter into the joy of your master."      
-Matthew 25:21



   How to Contact Us:
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
PHONE:   (609) 884-3574      FAX: (609) 884-2838

 


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.