MINISTRIES

Tampa Covenant Church is made up of a broad network of ministries, each designed to focus on different facets of our call to declare and demonstrate the gospel of Jesus Christ by loving God, loving one another and loving our neighbor. Explore the pages below to find opportunities that match your unique gifts as we together seek to live missionally in our city.

WORSHIP

Our worship at Tampa Covenant Church is in so many ways utterly unique to TCC and in other ways incredibly similar to other Reformed churches. It is unique because we utilize the visual arts, architecture, and music in innovative and intimate ways that spiritually form us in worship. We are similar to other Reformed settings in that we have four-fold worship, and use creeds, prayers, and other beautiful parts of the liturgy to enhance our telling of the Gospel Story in every service. We strive to be both innovative in our worship yet rooted in the history and depth of the historic church.

The music itself varies widely from contemporary music like The Brilliance and Hillsong United to re-tuned hymns, traditional and contemporary choral works, and even an occasional 9th century hymn. Our music is diverse, reflects our people, and we are truly not afraid to utilize anything that glorifies God.

Above all, our worship seeks to provide a space where our people can know and encounter the living God as we seek deeper unity with Christ together as a community that loves God and one another.

CHILDREN

Children’s Ministry

People were bringing little children to Jesus to have him touch them, but the disciples rebuked them. When Jesus saw this, he was indignant. He said to them, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these. I tell you the truth, anyone who will not receive the kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it.” And he took the children in his arms, put his hands on them and blessed them. (Mark 10:13-16)

Safety and security are top priorities of the Tampa Covenant Church Children’s Ministry. All children who will be apart from their parents during service should “Check in” at the Children’s Ministry table in the Narthex. Children will receive a nametag with a unique identifying number, and parents will receive a corresponding “pick up” sticker. Children will be released only to those adults who have the matching sticker.

Nursery
The nursery ministry is open to children 6 weeks through age 2, and is available during all worship services at TCC. In addition, a secure nursing room is available during service hours.

Sunday School (3 years old – 5th grade)
Our Sunday School aims to guide our children to Christ and to inspire them to live God-centered lives. Out of love and concern for the children in our care, all of our volunteers go through an application process which includes a background check.

Children from age 3 years old to 5th grade enjoy the worship portion of the service with their parents in the sanctuary, then go to their age-appropriate Sunday school class and return to the sanctuary for Communion.

Verse for February

I John 4:7-8 (ESV)
Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God, 
and whoever loves has been born of God and knows God.
Anyone who does not love does not know God,
because God is love.

Pioneer Club
Pioneer Club is a Christ-centered, Bible based club for children ages 4 years old – 5th grade. Kids enjoy Scripture memorization games, active and engaging Bible lessons, silliness, play, and fellowship with friends! We would love for your children to join the fun!

Pioneer Clubs meet in the Education Building from 6:30 – 7:45 p.m. every Wednesday night. We hope to see you there!

Mothers of PreSchoolers (MOPS)
MOPS meets on the second Monday of every month – except June and July – from 9:30am – 11:30 am. We welcome pregnant moms, moms of infants, moms of toddlers, and, of course, Mothers of PreSchoolers! A MOPS meeting includes female fellowship and encouragement. Plus, there’s food… food you didn’t make! But more important, you’ll get to have honest conversations with other moms who understand the joys and frustrations of motherhood. Coffee, Childcare, and Conversation – you can’t beat it! Please contact Mary Lynch at tcckids@tampacovenant.org to be added to the MOPS mailing list. We hope you can join us!

Click HERE for more information about MOPS.

Upcoming Events
Click HERE to view the Children’s Ministry Calendar.

– 2024 Event Dates –

Family Camping Trip
April 5th – April 7th

Cost: $25/adult, $20/child (includes site rental & 5 meals)
Location: Lake Park Campsites
Can’t come for the entire weekend? Saturday rate is $15 and includes meals (and s’mores, of course)
Click HERE to sign up for camping.
Sign up available HERE.

CKC
May 31st – June 3rd

VBS

July 22nd – July 26th

Contact Information
If you would like to receive the weekly Children’s Ministry email, to be kept up to date about Children’s Ministry events, please contact Children’s Director Mary Lynch by phone or text at 813-404-9812, or via email at tcckids@tampacovenant.org.

YOUTH

Tampa Covenant’s Youth Ministry exists as a bridge between the local church and the home, equipping families and serving middle and high school students so that they might know the love of Christ through the gospel, experience the love of Christ through authentic community and relationships, and display the love of Christ within the local church and the world around them.

Gatherings
Youth Meet-Ups are an opportunity for 6th – 12th grade students to grow deeper in their relationship with God and experience genuine community.

Youth Meet-Ups take place every Sunday (except the 5th Sunday which is Youth Service Sunday) from 12-2 pm upstairs the youth room.


Guys Small Group | 1st & 3rd Thursdays

1st Thursdays, 6:30-7:30pm meet via Google Meet

3rd Thursdays, 6:30-8 pm meet at IHOP
(11111 N Dale Mabry Hwy, Tampa, FL 33618)

OBJECTIVE:

The main purpose of this guys small group is to build deeper relationships with each other, and to allow for topics that are a little more male-focused. We will leverage multiple resources to facilitate discussions about sexuality, lust, temptation, etc. If you are part of this group, I want to make sure that the group feels mature enough to have meaningful and kind conversations and willing enough to be vulnerable with one another.

Contact Gabe Bush if you’re interested in joining!


Gals Small Group | 1st & 3rd Tuesdays

1st & 3rd Tuesdays, 6:30-8:00 pm meet via in Youth Room

Objective: This group is a place to foster relationships and provide a space where girls can share, ask questions, and learn in close-knit community.

Proverbs 27:17
“As iron sharpens iron, so a friend sharpens a friend.”

Contact Samantha Shorey for more info.


Midweek
We want students to see how the gospel of Jesus Christ intersects with and should impact their day-to-day lives. Midweek seeks to show middle school students how to do just that. We’ll teach them how to read portions of the Bible, have honest discussions about relevant topics for students, and then go through helpful exercises to help them make practical applications based on what we’ve read.

Midweek meets on Wednesdays from 6:30 – 7:45 p.m.


Bible Project | Read Scripture Together
Please join our 2024 reading plan to read through the Bible in 1 year! We are using the free YouVersion Bible app to do it together. Please click here to join the plan!


Mental Health Awareness Among Our Teens
These are the subheadings of what we will cover:

  • Mental Health in Leadership (our own and theirs)
  • We need to know the things to look out for when you or someone you minister to needs help.
  • How do I maintain good mental health in ministry?

Youth Ministry Open House
Join us on Sunday, March 17th, 11:45- 2:00, in the youth room, we will have an open house for all of you to come and see what being part of the youth ministry is all about at TCC!


Youth Missions Trip
This invitation is open to all adult members and high schoolers in our church family! Please feel free to reach out to Gabe if you have any interest and have questions about what joining this trip would look like for you.

Reserve your spot today!


Coram Deo
This summer, our youth ministry will be traveling to Awanita Valley for fun, fellowship, and strengthening of faith! The cost and more info to come soon! Please join us in praying for God’s blessing on the hearts and minds of our children this Coram Deo!

Upcoming Events
Click HERE to view the Youth Ministry Calendar.

Contact Information
For more information about Tampa Covenant Students, please contact tccyouth@tampacovenant.org to subscribe to our email list to stay up-to-date on all upcoming meetings and events!


Youth Shepherds

Gabe Bush

Joshua Edgar

Blake Toussaint

Maddie Lynch

Tiffany Ayers

Samantha Shorey

Jamison Brus

WOMEN

“TCC Ladies’ Ministry seeks to support, through prayer and practical care, the women of our church. Knowing that giftedness abides in each of us, we hope to create a community where these talents are nurtured and given an avenue for expression. Our focus includes prayer, Bible study, celebratory events as well as benevolence, meal delivery and outreach to our community. Take the journey with us in any capacity your life allows. We hold each of you in high regard.”

Ladies Event: Worship Night
March 8th from 6:00 – 9:00 p.m. Potato Bar | 6:00 – 7:00 p.m. Worship Time | 7:00 – 9:00 p.m.

Women of the Word (WOW) Bible Study
The Son of David WOW Bible Study has begun! We meet weekly on Tuesdays at 6:45pm via Zoom.

For more information contact:
Lee Ellen Duran (Kizran0455@outlook.com)
Kathy Mayer (kathyswl131@gmail.com)

Gospel Matters
A community of women reading theology, apologetics, philosophy, and church history, is coming to the TCC library beginning Monday, January 29, 2024. After the first session, we will meet every first and third Monday from February through May, from 10:00 a.m. until noon. Contact Sue Allen at sallen1948@aol.com for more information.

Mothers Of PreSchoolers (MOPS)
MOPS meets on the second Monday of every month – except June and July – from 9:30am – 11:30 am. We welcome pregnant moms, moms of infants, moms of toddlers, and, of course, Mothers of PreSchoolers! A MOPS meeting includes female fellowship and encouragement. Plus, there’s food… food you didn’t make! But more important, you’ll get to have honest conversations with other moms who understand the joys and frustrations of motherhood. Coffee, Childcare, and Conversation – you can’t beat it! Please contact Mary Lynch at tcckids@tampacovenant.org to be added to the MOPS mailing list. We hope you can join us!

Click HERE for more information about MOPS.

Connect With Us
Women’s Ministry committee:
Aida Farrell
Diane Davis
Annie Vranish
Marissa Hess
Chelsey Mack
Ginny Parsley

If you would like to receive the Women of TCC Newsletter or more information about the Women’s Ministry at TCC, please email tccinfo@tampacovenant.org.

MEN

TCC’s Men’s Ministry focuses on our “Ethos” or the characteristics of our Church that help our men connect, grow and be discipled in the Word and the Gospel of Jesus.

We promote this goal by concentrating on four areas. By pursuing balance in these four areas, we are underscoring the reality that while everyone is at a different place in life, we as men need each other and are called to make a difference in each other’s life.

Men’s Zoom Book Study
The TCC Men’s Zoom Book Study is currently examining Forgive by Tim Keller.  We meet to discuss sections of this book every 2nd and 4th Wednesday of each month by Zoom from 7:30am to 9:00am. For more information and a link to join, please contact Jonathan Tucker at j.e.tucker.valdes@gmail.com.

Click HERE to view the Men’s Ministry Calendar.

HOMESCHOOL CO-OP

Tampa Covenant Homeschoolers, Inc. is a non-profit serving homeschool families in the Tampa Bay Area. We provide classes, field trips, parent education, special events, family support, and more.

Click HERE for more information.

STEPHEN MINISTRY

What are Stephen Ministers?

Stephen Ministers are lay congregation members called and trained to provide Christ centered, confidential, one-to-one care to people who are hurting and in crisis. They meet once a week to listen and walk alongside their Care Receiver. This relationship will last as long as needed.

What are Care Receivers?

Care Receivers are a member of the congregation or the community who receives care from a Stephen Minister. Care Receivers are people struggling through a difficult time in life experiencing grief, divorce, job loss, chronic or terminal illness, or some other life crisis.

How can I arrange to have a Stephen Minister?
Email our Referrals Coordinator, Jayne Masters, at tccstephenministry@tampacovenant.org to request care from a Stephen Minister.

Note: Your request will remain strictly confidential since Jayne is the only person who can access and read emails sent to the above address.

How can I become a Stephen Minister?
Contact the church office at 813-968-2979 to speak to one of the Pastors or to our Referrals Coordinator, Jayne Masters.

You can email us at tccinfo@tampacovenant.org for any information about the ministry or the process to become a Stephen Minister.

Caregiver’s Compass

The four points of the Caregiver’s Compass illustrate what Stephen Ministers are all about:

  • We have COMPASSION for the care receivers’ spiritual, emotional, or physical issues.
  • We are FULL OF FAITH because we rely on God—not our own actions—to bring hope and healing to our care receivers.
  • We become SKILLED through our initial training and twice-monthly supervision and continuing education.
  • Care receivers depend on our TRUSTWORTHINESS—confidentiality is a cornerstone of Stephen Ministry.

At the center of the compass and at the center of our ministry is our Lord and Savior JESUS CHRIST, who heals through us and fills us with faith, love, and forgiveness.

Stephen Ministers

Jan Wilkerson
Wayne Kail
Stephen Duran
Becky Zentmyer
Angela Kaloger
Caroline Geer
Linda Reynolds
Marion Rivas
Pat Reinke
Ryan Geer

Stephen Minister Leaders

Jayne Masters
Dan Masters
Lou Kaloger

WEDNESDAY NIGHT CLASSES

Exploring Bach’s St. Matthew Passion
Rick Westerfield is teaching a four-week class exploring Matthew’s account of the last days of Jesus’ life through the lens of J.S. Bach’s greatest work, the St. Matthew Passion. Looking at scripture together with lots of musical examples from the piano, performance videos, and theological insights from Martin Luther and his contemporaries, we will explore how Bach’s dramatic and profoundly emotional music depicts not only the horrific events of Good Friday but the wonderful and life-changing truths to which they point.

Join us on Wednesdays, February 21st – March 13th | 6:30-7:30 p.m.

Facilitator: Richard Westerfield

Location: Sanctuary

Children and Teen Classes

  • Nursery: Infant – 3 years old | Main Building
  • Pioneer Clubs: Ages 4 – 4th grade | Education Building
  • MidWeek Class: 6th – 12th Grade | Youth Room