Sunday nights in September and October, as well as January and February, TCF offers Bible Bowl, a scripture memory program for children 4 years old through 4th grade. Games, prizes and fun for boys and girls from 5:30-7:00 p.m.
An acronym for Fifth and Sixth Team Reaching After Christ, FASTRAC provides a transition between the children of Bible Bowl age and the youth of BASIC. Bible study and lessons, games, snacks and fun give these youth a taste of youth group in September/October and January/February.
Nursery staffed by volunteers
Nursery staffed by volunteers, also offering Baby Bible Class to prepare children for classes.
Children's church class begins for K4 (4 year olds).
K-6 Classes (Children's church)
Currently grouped in grades K4-5, 1-2, then a 3-6th grade class, classes offering Bible instruction to children, who remain in the service through worship, and are then dismissed for classes.
POPS - Puppets of Praise Outreach Team TCF's puppet outreach team, Puppets of Praise, ministers in local and regional venues such as evangelistic meetings, youth shelters, nursing homes, churches and other places. The team ministered outside the U.S. when it traveled with a TCF church group to Honduras in August, 2001. Part of the team returned to Honduras again in 2003 for ministry, and for training the local church there in puppet and drama ministry. The award-winning team is comprised of youth ages 7th grade and up, and was the invited special featured performer at an international festival in Illinois in 2004. The team has since won a variety of awards at many different regional puppet ministry festivals, most recently in 2013.
Good News Club
An after school Bible club, in conjunction with Child Evangelism Fellowship, Good News Club meets Friday afternoons during the school year at a local school. Between 40-60 children attend the weekly event.
Each year, the weeklong Vacation Bible School at TCF attracts nearly 100 children, most of whom are from our local church neighborhood.
Christian Education Ministries
Church Membership Classes
Offered periodically, as needed. An eight week course allowing those desiring to become part of TCF to know "what they're signing up for" - including a history of TCF, an overview of New Testament church leadership, missions, house churches, etc. 9:00 a.m. Sundays when offered.
Children's Sunday School
see children's Sunday programs above
Sunday Night Seminars
TCF Sunday night seminars run concurrent with children's and youth activities on Sundays in September and October, and again in January and February, from 5:30-7:00 p.m. Seminars cover varied topics, including past sessions such as marriage, Understanding Your Bible, the Book of Romans, the "Foundations" series (a look at the basics of discipleship and faith), World Missions, the book of Isaiah, the Life of Christ, church history, personal finances, Christian worldview, and world religions.
Small Group Ministries
TCF House Churches
TCF's house churches meet in various locations around the city, mostly on Wednesday nights, (one on Thursday) for worship, fellowship, prayer and bible study/teaching/discussion.
Much of the life of the church is focused in the house churches, where members love and nurture one another's faith, support one another in prayer and with practical, everyday support, and build relationships that count for eternity.
Most house churches meet at 7:00 p.m. Wednesdays - some meet earlier for potluck meals. Currently, one meets on Thursday nights. On the second Wednesday of each month, the house churches come together at the church building for an all-church corporate prayer meeting at 7:00 p.m. Call or email the church for locations and times.
TCF Annual Missions Conference
Held annually in February, with a wide variety of speakers from a world missions perspective, TCF has hosted missions statesmen such as Loren Cunningham, Bill Bright, Brother Andrew, Don McCurry, Dudley Woodberry, Patrick Johnstone, Fred Markert, Ross Paterson, Alec Brooks, David Shibley, Dale Rhoton and Georges Sada, as well as our own missionaries.
See the TCF Sunday bulletin for information on the Missions Conference each February.
TCF's missions program includes about a dozen singles or families on the field around the world. Each of these are members of the church. See the TCF missions page for more information
Conducted through a variety of outreach programs (see community service and mercy ministries above), and through various church groups, including the youth (BASIC).
In 2001, TCF took a group of 27 to Honduras to work with our long-term missionaries there, Dan and Mary Lu Coventon, in San Pedro Sula. This was the second time TCF has teamed with Amor Viviente church there on a short-term mission. The 2001 team included youth group members, as well as TCF's puppet outreach team.
In years past, TCF has sent numerous short-term teams to Mexico. Also, each year, many TCF youth and adults travel internationally on short-term missions with a wide variety of agencies. In August, 2003, TCF sent a team to Honduras, and in 2004 several youth went to Mexico with Soul Team missions.
In 2006, the BASIC youth group traveled to Seattle to work with the YWAM base there, and in 2007, BASIC took a team to Cambodia. In 2009, TCF took a team to Kenya.
Intercessory Prayer List, and Prayer Chain
Updated weekly to include prayer requests for the church, for missionaries, for extended church family and friends. The Prayer Chain is for immediate emergency prayer needs, and is limited to those active in the fellowship.
Monthly Corporate Prayer
A monthly corporate prayer meeting is held the second Wednesday of each month at the church, beginning at 7:00 p.m.
A weekly meeting in the designated "prayer room," in which participants pray for the morning service and other needs - Sundays at 9:00 a.m.
Missions Prayer Band
A weekly (Sunday, 9:00 a.m.) meeting devoted to prayer for TCF missionaries, the persecuted church, and other missions needs.
Monthly Prayer Advance
Begun in response to the church's ongoing "Help Wanted Prayer Challenge" based on Matthew 9:38, the monthly 12-hour day of prayer encourages TCFers to pray for various needs - quarterly, individuals, couples or groups sign up for an hour to pray at the church building, and in other months, individuals sign up for slots to pray from home or other locations.
TCF's Women's Ministry meets several times a year for fellowship and special speakers, to share meals, and to share prayer. The women also have an annual retreat. Check the bulletin often for details of upcoming events.
TCF's Women's Ministry conducts a special service project each year, ministering to an area outreach or ministry
BASIC Youth Group
BASIC (Brothers and Sisters in Christ) is a youth group open to ages 7th grade through High School. The group meets Sunday nights at 6:00 p.m. for worship, teaching and fellowship, as well as for special events.
See the BASIC page on this website for more information.
Weekend Retreats & Special Events
TCF's BASIC youth group has weekend outings a few times a year, including the annual BASIC kickoff, a camping trip, an annual ski trip, and other opportunities for discipleship, worship and fellowship.
BASIC has had a regular presence at a local public housing project, where the youth have conducted a variety of activities to relate to and minister to the children in this location. During the annual "home missions week", the youth visit a variety of children's homes, nursing homes and other venues to minister the love of Christ to the residents, and to stretch the youth beyond their "comfort zone" in ministry.
TCF youth joined the church's summer mission in August, 2001, to Honduras. In the past the youth have been to New Orleans' French Quarter for evangelistic ministry. Several of the youth traveled to Mexico for two weeks in the summer of 2004 for a short-term missions outreach. The youth traveled to Seattle in 2006 to work with a YWAM base there, and traveled to Cambodia in 2007. A group of adults and youth went to Kenya in 2009, and the group ministered in Houston in 2013.
TCF men meet periodically for fellowship breakfasts and other events, including guy-specific topics equipping for men, and special issues.