Children’s Bible School

By / Sep 2

Tenth Families,

We hope you are doing well in spite of the ongoing challenges of these times.  

In an attempt to put something back onto a quasi-normal track, the dedicated Children’s Bible School teachers and memory work volunteers are offering this plan to start back into our regular, excellent Children’s Bible School curriculum with the grade-level classes and our experienced teachers.   Initially these will be shorter classes and entirely in a virtual (Zoom or similar platform) mode.   However, we are making plans to be able to pivot to ongoing “hybrid” continuation of the classes with an in-person component at Tenth, once conditions and restrictions permit, and while still continuing to offer these online, most likely for the rest of the school year.   Below is an outline of the plan.  We hope you can also take time to watch the video message above (in lieu of a Rally Day event this year) with your children. 

Please be alert to emails or phone calls from your children’s teachers in the coming days to determine if your children can participate, and in some cases to discuss what time of day on Sunday may work best for all, while we are still in the entirely virtual class mode.  Please know that first priority on Sundays is family worship.   Families are to be encouraged to take up the growing opportunity to attend worship in-person, with their children.  To the extent that you are otherwise planning to attend one of the in-person worship services, and are able to, you should schedule that and only work in Bible School to the extent feasible/practical for your household.     A weekly children’s worship bulletin will continue to be emailed to families; and families with young children can request to be seated in ‘out of the way’ balcony boxes with children’s activity bags to also be provided this fall.

Feel free to contact Judd Van Dervort with any questions by email at or by phone at 609-320-6800.

Fall 2020 Children’s Bible School re-start plan:

  1. Starting September 13th we will have Zoom / video classes, getting back to our regular, grade-level curriculum and teachers for all children, 4 year old to 12th grade.
  2. Classes, while entirely virtual, are encouraged to be about 30-40 minutes in length.
  3. A pre-recorded (i.e. “non synchronous”) class will be offered as a combined 4 and 5 year old class.
  4. For the  other “synchronous” classes, we request that participating children be prepared to have video on, for best possible engagement with the teachers and classmates.
  5. There will be no “competing” assembly times on Sundays for any of these children.  Just these class offerings.
  6. Teachers will be in contact with the families listed on their rosters to determine the  timing on Sundays for the entirely virtual classes (trying to accommodate both the teachers and the students’ / families’ needs).   Teachers will email the meeting link information to their weekly class.
  7. Once conditions and regulations permit (i.e. greater numbers are permitted at the church, and the opening of activities, besides worship, during at least the 9 a.m. hour  (such as adult classes) our teachers are prepared to have at least one teacher for each class (if not two) present on site in a designated classrooms, for those students who can be present, while the class will still also be “Zoomed” from there for ongoing access by students not physically present.

At that point of offering “hybrid classes”, we will revert to this fixed class timing:

  1. Grades 1-5 Assembly 9:00 a.m.-9:30 a.m. (Hanrahan’s)
    1. Grades 1-5 classes 9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
    1. Grades 6-12 classes 9:00 a.m.-10:15 a.m.
    1. Grades 6-12 Assembly/(Assemblies by age) 10:15 a.m.-10:45 a.m. (Maranatha-led)
  2. We cannot specify at this point any other conditions on site, such as whether there will still be a mask requirement, which rooms we will be using for these classes and assemblies, and if there will be a maximum person capacity for any (i.e. a need to sign up in advance).    More to follow as we follow the guidelines…

Memory Work Program:

The Memory Work program will also begin on September 13th.   Contact information for Memory “Listeners” is below.     Please contact Judd van Dervort (contact information listed above) to request Memory Work books if you do not have them for your children’s ages.  (The books have not changed in several years.)

Children ages 4 and 5:  Phone Jim and Jean Heatherington on 609-238-5423 to recite.

For Grades 1-3:  Children may contact any of these memory listeners either to recite over the phone, or to email or text a video clip of their recitations:

And for Grades 4-5:

For Grades 6-10:  Please email video clips to:

Tenth College Fellowship during COVID-19

By / Sep 1

Lord, you have been our dwelling place in all generations. 
Before the mountains were brought forth, or ever you had formed the earth and the world, from everlasting to everlasting you are God.

Psalm 90:1-2

As we are rapidly approaching the beginning of the semester, Tenth College Fellowship (TCF) is preparing for an unusual semester, but one that we believe will still offer many opportunities for students to connect with one another, grow in their faith, and grow in their witness to their schools. Here is TCF’s plan for the fall semester:

First, TCF is not going to have a Sunday morning Bible study. Instead, there will be a weekly service at 4:30 on Sunday afternoons in Clark Park, where pastors from Tenth will rotate preaching. We’re excited about this time and believe it will be a great way for students to worship with our church and have a venue that is easy to invite friends to as well.

Second, TCF will have one in-person and one virtual Bible study each week. Our hope is that the in-person study will take place in University City somewhere. The specific times will be ironed out soon.

Finally, TCF will continue the Beyond the Bubble events at 7:00 PM each Friday. There will be a virtual event, and there will be a separate in-person event at an outdoor location in Philadelphia.

If you are a student in Philadelphia, know that the TCF leadership team is praying for you, and hopeful that you can still join the Church in worshiping our God, whether that be with us or another local church near your home. It is going to be a strange semester, but the Lord is still sovereign, Jesus is still alive, and his Kingdom will continue to spread. 

If you have questions, please reach out to Jared Cochrum at Likewise you can connect with Tenth College Fellowship by joining our GroupMe

A Shield and Buckler

By / May 24

The New Vulnerable

By / May 19

For decades, the Lord has steadily introduced Tenth members to vulnerable people in Philadelphia. As we are all now aware, to use a word like vulnerable is now a massive understatement. Before the COVID-19 crisis, Tenth’s immigrants and homeless neighbors lacked basic resources. As we are now more than 75 days into the lockdown, any margin these neighbors built into their life has dissolved and the relationships developed through the efforts of Tenth’s Mercy Commission and other charities are essential.

This of course is not a one-sided situation. We as church members live to serve in situations such as this—not because we want people to suffer, but because our Master gives us a deeper wisdom than the world has to offer. We know it is more blessed to give than to receive. Hopefully you are taking opportunities to lean into this blessing through your personal network. As a church, we welcome you to give to our May Project of the Month, which is focused on giving to our homeless neighbors and to SPEAK. SPEAK is an exciting and important ESL ministry at Kirkbride School to immigrant families in South Philadelphia.

Before you decide one way or another how to engage in what Jesus called “almsgiving,” let us provide a little more context to our request. First, since COVID-19 hit Philadelphia, we have been praying for opportunities to minister to the most vulnerable communities in our city. Second, this money (primarily used to buy grocery gift cards) is accompanying the holistic care we seek to provide for these friends of Tenth. Third, while we mourn the crisis, because the venue for our meetings has shifted out of the public elementary school and into Zoom chats, we have much greater freedom to share the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ. Before this, we respected the school’s rules about focusing on ESL instead of evangelism, but now there are no restrictions on the topics we can discuss. I hope you see why we are both mourning and rejoicing at the Lord’s mysterious providence.

Let me conclude sharing a story from Sunday, May 10. Following strict protocols for health and safety, members of the Mercy Commission set up tables in front of Tenth with appropriate distancing and precaution. Then, Joe Park and I (Enrique) went to Chipotle to pick up burritos. We were discouraged to find out they lost our order and would not be able to process it in time to feed our neighbors. We knew logistics would be a challenge during this pandemic, but we soon rejoiced that we were not in control. Seeing Qdoba down the street, we ran over there and learned that they had time to accommodate our request. After rushing back to the church to pass out the food, we were blessed to hand out our last burrito to the last homeless man in line. All of these friends also received a Bible tract which we pray feeds their soul just as the burritos feed their bodies. As Rudy, Sunlight, Kevin, Joe, and I cleaned up the tables and the empty Qdoba bags, our hearts were full. Of course, that is at best the tertiary goal of giving. On our best days, we first give out of worship to God, second to care for his image bearers, and third to receive his blessing.

This is just one story, but as you can see it is an exciting time to be generous. On behalf of our Lord Jesus Christ, we invite you to share in the excitement and receive the blessing of giving to this important Project of the Month. As you do, you will join us in the worshipful act of blessing our vulnerable neighbors in their time of need.

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