Since there aren't many churches having a Children's Day celebrations now, new program material is hard to obtain.The program books have been saved over the years and it's not unusual for a child to have a part in a skit that one of his parents was in 20-30 years before.From the time a child is old enough to walk on stage and say "Happy Children's Day" he is given a part on the program.
For many years when Goshen's Children's Day was mentioned,, the name of Miss Blanche Hood came to mind, as shedirected those programs and the annual Chtistmas programsfor 40 years or more.The last time she attended church services was on Vhildren's Day, 1982, seated in a wheelchair, after not being able to go to church for several months, suffering from servere crippling arthritis and other complications.The entire program that day was dedicated to complications.The entire program that day was dedicated to complications.The entire program that day was dedicated to her.Mrs. Charlotte Warf, who succeeded her as program director, after assisting her for several years, wrote an original skit for the children to perform that day honoring "Miss Blanche".Three months later Miss Hood died at the age of 79.
Blanches Hood had the rare distinction of never being a member of an adult Sunday School class, although she'd attended church regularly all of her life.As soon as she left the youth class, she began teaching the younger children.Over the years she taught in whichever children's or youth class she was needed the most.Shr was never married or had any children of her own but she helped to mold the lives of three generations of the children of Goshen Church.Three of Miss Hood's former Sunday School students are now Methodist ministers in the Tennessee Confrence.They are the Rev. Jacob (Jake) Gardner; her own nephew, the Rev. Edward blackburn; and the Rev. James (Jimmy) Gardner.
Although he was a member of the Santa Fe United Methodist Vhurch when he entered the ministry, the Rev. Jimmy Gardner's first revival and his first funeral (Miss Hood's) were conducted at Goshen.The other two have also held revivals and funerals at Goshen during their ministry.
In observance of the 150th anniversary of the Tennessee Methodist Conference, many churches held Sequicentennial Methodist Conferency, many churches held Sequicentennial celebrations in 1962.Reading the church history at that celebration at Goshen was the Rev. Edward Blackburn and the sermon was broght by the Rev. Jake Gardner, both having gone into the ministry of the Methodist Church from the Goshen Church.
Revival meetings used to be very different from those of today.The ministers preached of "hellfire and damnation", there were personal testimonies and much shouting.There are members of the church today who recall in the 1920's William Maurice Fly walking the backs of the church pews at Goshen while shouting and the pews never turned over with him.
Old family names connected with the Goshen Vhurch, some still there in evidence are Gardner, Blackburn, Flemming, Elam, Ladd, Johnson, Fly, Gidcomb, Roach, Shouse, Baker, Hood, and Warf.