Archives for the ‘Youth’ Category
1st Annual Christian Education Department Scholarship Banquet
Friday, June 7th, 2013
The 5th Quarter
Wednesday, June 5th, 2013
After the game ends what are your plans? Where do you go? Are you in a safe environment? Are you able to be you? Are you around believers?
The 5th Quarter is a place where teens and young adults can be free to worship God without worry! Our mission is to:
“If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed.” (John 8:36)
Join us as we endeavor to take our worship and ministry to the next level and break the chains that formerly had us bound! We declare our . . .
At Home At Holiness Tabernacle – May 2K13 Youthful Expression
Tuesday, May 7th, 2013
By Keionna Jones
"When you move to Virginia, the first thing I want you to do is to find a good church home that teaches what I teach, true holiness".
These were the instructions from my previous pastor before my family moved to this area. Upon relocating, I admit at first I did not obey his instructions. Soon I found myself in situations that were unnecessary and avoidable. One day I felt myself getting depressed and I began to pray, but I still felt lonely. I knew that day that I needed to get back on track with God. My family and I began searching for a church home. We visited several churches, but I still would feel empty at the end of each service. I knew I shouldn't feel that way so some days I wouldn't go to church. On other occasions my mother visited a church, but I didn't feel right in my spirit.
One Sunday morning my mother got tired of me missing church and she refused to let me stay at home. I asked her if we could find a smaller church where I could feel more at home. She remembered a church she saw while house hunting and said we could visit that one. When we arrived at Holiness Tabernacle we could hear the worship from outside. I was nervous and excited at the same time to hear what the pastor was preaching. When we went inside, I felt the Spirit right away.
At the end of the service, I was so happy to find a church that touched my spirit, I couldn't wait to return the following Sunday. I've been going to Holiness Tabernacle for almost a year now and I love everything about my church. I love the family feeling; you feel right at home as soon as you walk through the door. While I was looking for a church like the one I attended, I found one better.
Music Should Come From the Heart – April 2K13 Youthful Expression
Monday, April 1st, 2013
By Ariante De La Cruz
The youth of this generation is a lot different from previous generations. The world's perception on fashion has convinced my generation that in order for a woman to look cute, you have to be half dressed. For a man, society believes that it’s cool to have your pants sag to the point to where you trip over your own drawers. I don't focus on those things. What's important to me is music.
Music today is nothing like it used to be in the past. Music used to come from the heart and today, a lot of people are listening to the beat instead of the actual words. You hear this now in some gospel music. The words have no meaning. Now more than ever, some inspirational music is taking on secular beats and putting them into so-called 'holy' gospel music with lyrics that mention nothing about God or Jesus. In these artists' attempt to try and encourage the youth to know about God, they miss a great opportunity to do so when our gospel music sounds secular and has no words at all about Jesus. How do they know that they’re listening to gospel music?
In order to change the world, we've got to change ourselves. Being holy doesn't mean trying to copy the world’s stuff so that we can draw people into our church. It means separating ourselves from the world and using what God has given us to bring the world to Christ and His Word.
What I’m Looking Forward To in 2013 – March 2K13 Youthful Expression
Friday, March 1st, 2013
As the New Year starts to unravel, my goals for this year are beginning to arise. In most of my school classes, I am asked one question. What is my goal for the New Year? In each class, it is a different answer. But I have yet to think about the overall answer that will fill up my academic, athletic and personal goals. I have individual goals that vary from each category but thinking about it overall, I need to set a goal that I can have carry me all the way throughout 2013.
My academic goal is to eventually get all A’s for at least one quarter. I have struggled with getting one or two B’s which then throw me off completely. My athletic goals are to push myself harder than I usually go. I would like to go the extra mile and exceed expectations just one step higher, i.e. varsity volleyball. Personal/spiritual goals are the type of goals that I believe shape all the other goals to actually happen. I have a personal goal of focusing and prioritizing more and a spiritual goal of drawing closer to God. If I achieve those goals, then my goal of getting all A’s and making varsity volleyball would most likely happen. That’s how they are all connected. If you keep up with your personal and spiritual goals then all your other goals will fall into place.
2012 Christmas Play
Wednesday, January 2nd, 2013
In celebration of the Christmas holiday season, the members of Holiness Tabernacle Church Of God In Christ gathered together for the annual Christmas Play. Amidst sparkling holiday decorations and the icy chill of the night air, Minister Andre Powell and Asp. Missionary Danielle Powell opened the play with Christmas stories. “My favorite Christmas memory is singing Nat King Cole’s ‘Christmas Song’ with my dad,” Asp. Missionary Powell explained with a smile. Laughter filled the building as people told childhood tales about their Christmas traditions.
After singing a few holiday hymns, the Youth Department lined the stage. First the sunshine band presented the meaning of Christmas. Each child came to the microphone and told the audience about different holiday symbols. Next, it was finally time for the presentation of the Christmas Play – “A Superhero Christmas!” A mixture of the Nativity story and modern comic book stories, “A Superhero Christmas” told the story of the greatest superhero on Earth – Jesus! The purity class, dressed as famous Marvel© comic book characters, frantically searched Israel for the birthplace of Jesus. Retelling the prophecies about the King of kings, the marvel characters used comedy to relay the great birth of Christ Jesus and share the Gospel with all in attendance.
Once the play was over, Pastor and Mother Pruitte shared the gift of giving. “We have gifts for everyone here” they informed the audience. With a special visitation from Santa Claus, Pastor and Mother Pruitte delivered gifts to all the children in attendance. There was even a special presentation made to a guest family in need of some cheer. As the night came to a close, the congregation ended the night singing more hymns and passing out holiday favors.
Superhero Christmas: 2012 HTC Christmas Program
Thursday, December 6th, 2012
Come and join Holiness Tabernacle Church as we
Our theme: Superhero Christmas
Sunday, December 16, 2012 at 6:00 pm
What I Am Thankful For – December 2K12 Youthful Expression
Saturday, December 1st, 2012
by Jeremiah Paxton
This time of the year is for giving thanks for the things you care about alot. What I am most thankful for is my family.
My family is loving, caring, and understanding. My family loves and takes care of me and they also are understanding about many things I talk about sometimes. Not only do they care about school, but they also care about my video games, sports, and my confidence.
God gave me a very blessed family, and I thank him for that. I'm blessed for having a good family. Families are like your dog, because you care about them so much.
Hallowed One’s Day 2012 Recap
Monday, November 19th, 2012
In the wake of super storm Sandy, the East Coast of the United States was in recovery mode. From North Carolina to New York, the media reported an overwhelming amount of loss. However, if there is one thing that tragedy and obstacles teach us, it is the power of the human spirit, and the resilience within us all. Nowhere do we see this better depicted than in youthful joy of children!
So three weeks ago, with gray skies still looming overhead and cold winds swirling all around, the children of Holiness Tabernacle Church Of God In Christ came together to celebrate the church's annual Hallowed One's Day festival.
“As Christians we don’t advocate the Halloween theme, with the witches and things like that, but as a child, who doesn’t like free candy and having fun? It’s a safe alternative in comparison to knocking on doors”, explained Pastor Pruitte in a recent television interview.
With all the high-pitched laughter radiating across the church grounds on that night, it’s obvious that this year’s celebration was just as Pastor Pruitte described it: fun!
As the sizzling smell of hamburgers and hotdogs invaded the background air, the face-painted smiles of children were seen darting across the parking lot. For three hours, the pitter patter of feet and cries of excitement warmed the chilly night air. Basketball was played, music was heard, and candy was eaten! Sisters Vanessa Alexander and Mary King manned the popcorn machine, joyously providing participants with a delicious American favorite.
With gooey popcorn butter still dripping across little fingers, the children even joined in with the adults for the annual Cake Walk. “Call my number, call my number!” participants screamed in hopes of acquiring one of the many confectionary delights up for grabs. There was a fierce and fun battle for both Brother Jay Norman’s strawberry cakes and Sister Lisa Cook’s succulent lemon cake.
However, thanks to the generosity of the Holiness Tabernacle membership, there were more than enough desserts to go around.
“I want the chocolate chip cookies!” said Jeremiah Paxton with a smile when his number was called.
As the night began to wind down, the festiveenergy did not. The children played well into the night, tiring out many of the adults.
When reminiscing about the night’s event, one member commented, “After a long day at work I almost didn’t come, but I honestly had a really good time and even won a cake!”
And with that, it is safe to say that though Hallowed One’s Day 2012 is over, the memories are not.
2012 Hallowed Ones Day Celebration
Monday, October 22nd, 2012
Join Holiness Tabernacle Church Of God In Christ as we celebrate
Hallowed Ones Day
with free food, candy, games and more!