Our Mission

All of our Sunday School classes, Bible studies, prayer groups and small groups exist to prepare you or your child for living for Christ in the real world. We use a variety of learning methods and teaching styles, so there is a fit for every type of learner, and each class or study includes a practical, relevant application to real life – where you are. We believe Christian Education exists not just to fill our minds, but to change our hearts and our lives.




Our purpose, our mission, and our call continues to be not just going to church, but BEING the church together, both in our church community and out in the world.

Spring Semester 2017

(February  - May 2017)


COMMUNITY GROUPS


Community Groups are groups of people who meet twice a month around a common interest. The goal of community groups is simply to build relationships among our church members and family and friends or visitors who want to be involved. As we garden together, read together, play board games together, etc., we hope to build deeper friendships and a stronger community. If you don't see a group below that works for you, contact Kathy Larson about starting your own group!
  • Gardening: Shannon Klar: every other Saturday morning 
  • Sewing: Marty McKenzie: every other Sunday afternoon Art 
  • Sanctuary: Kathy Larson: every other Sunday afternoon 
  • Book Club: Diana Horne: every other Wednesday morning 
  • Knitting: Barbara Thomson: every other Wednesday night 
  • Book Club 2: every other Wednesday night 
  • Drama Team: Kathy Larson: every other Wednesday night 
  • Choir: Eric VanderHeide: every Wedneday night 
  • Board Games: Lisa VanderHeide: one Saturday night per month 
  • Family of Those Struggling with Mental Illnesses: Marty McKenzie: contact for details

FIRST & THIRD WEDNESDAYS

The first & third Wednesday night of every month, from 6:00 - 7:00 pm, we have a covered dish dinner open to the WHOLE CHURCH COMMUNITY. The purpose of this monthly meal together is the same as our community groups - building community among our church members, neighbors, and friends. Which means, feel free to bring neighbors and friends! 

Bring whatever you want to share - no pressure on making any fancy dish or even bringing anything homemade. Lots of people just swing by Harris Teeter or even Taco Bell and grab something on the way. God usually works it out so we get a somewhat balanced meal. And no one will mind if we end up with all desserts one or two or three times! 

Then, from 7:00 - 8:00 pm, we split into groups: choir, drama team, knitting, book club, Bible study, and any children or youth who don't choose those groups will go with Sara (children) and Katie (youth).  

Sunday Mornings - 9:30 - 10:30 AM 


PRESCHOOLERS will explore the Wee Believe curriculum - “We Belong to God.” They will learn who God is in the world and who He is to them. 

taught by: Angela Hinton and Kim Kinken

K-2nd GRADERS will study Old Testament characters using storytelling, drama, art, and service projects. 
taught by: Beth Kreutzer

3rd-5th GRADERS will study the book of James.
taught by: Katie Meeks and Julie Hetterly

CONFIRMATION CLASS (6th-7th grade) will study the Gospel of John and learn all the basic tenets of our faith and our church. If students choose, they may join the church as adult members at the end of the class.  
taught by: Pastor Robert Austell


GOD'S ANSWERS TO OUR DEEPEST QUESTIONS (8th-12th grade) teens will explore how their faith has grown and been challenged with greater understanding of, and sometimes struggle with, what the Bible teaches. 
taught by: Jonathan Hetterly



ADULTS 

Each semester, we offer different options of styles (lecture vs. discussion/interactive, academic vs. intro level, topical vs. textual, etc.) to meet a variety of learning styles, interests, and spiritual needs. In keeping with our desire to BE intergenerational, these three classes are open to adults and 11th-12th grade youth.


Essentials of Reformed Theology - Teacher: Jim Hinton
topical, study and discussion, academic and life application
In honor of the 500th anniversary of The Protestant Reformation, we’re bringing back a class we did over 10 years ago on the basics of Reformed Theology. Using a book by Ligonier Ministries’ R.C. Sproul, Reformed theology guru, this class will explore the basic tenets of what we believe, including the five solas of the Reformation:  Sola Scriptura, Sola Fide, Sola Gratia, Sola Christus, and Soli Deo Gloria.

The Pre-Exilic Prophets - Teacher: Kathy Larson
textual, academic, study & discussion, life application
Hold on to your hats! We’re going on a wild ride through Old Testament history! In the last 10 years or so, we’ve covered all of Old Testament history from Creation through Israel’s monarchy. Now we’re starting a kinda scary period of Israel’s history - the prophets. I say scary because the message of the prophets was pretty much doom and gloom… but always with a ray of hope at the end of the tunnel! The prophets were enforcers of God’s covenant and they came to warn the people that they had broken the covenant and urge them to repent. The message was one of judgment and punishment. But the God of love never punishes for the sake of punishment, but to bring people back to Him. Therefore, in every message of punishment, we also see a message of hope, a message of reconciliation. God doesn’t want to kick His people to the curb. He wants to bring them into right relationship with Him! This class will study the books of the pre-exilic prophets - the prophets who spoke before the Exile, before the punishment, urging people to repent, to turn back to God. That message is just as relevant today as it was in pre-exilic times, as it has been in every generation in between. We will learn to hear that message for ourselves. Not just the need for repentance we see in the culture around us or others around us, but how we personally need to turn around from the paths we are walking and turn back to Jesus.
*11-12th graders are invited to participate in adult classes if they choose


just for KIDS

CHILDREN’S CHURCH is during 11:00 am worship, after the Children’s Sermon. Children ages 4 years old through 1st grade are dismissed with an adult leader to hear the message of the sermon on their own level and to understand and practice elements of worship.

INFANTS are lovingly cared for in our nursery by professional staff and volunteers during Sunday School and worship. 

KID'S CLUB (K-5th grade) meets on the THIRD Sunday of each month, from 4-6 pm for a "mini-VBS" event, which includes Bible Study, fellowship, games, crafts, and lots of fun! This is a great opportunity to invite friends and neighbors out to play with us! 

Contact Sara (sara@gspc.net; 704-364-1234) for more on Children’s Ministries.


just for YOUTH


Youth Group meets on Sunday nights from 4:00 - 5:30 pm for dinner, games, worship, prayer, and discussion with youth their own age and adult advisers who are passionate about youth.

YOUTH also do lots of special activities through the year like service projects, concerts, retreats, game nights, and more.

Contact Sara (sara@gspc.net; 704-364-1234) for more on Youth Ministries


just for MEN

Our Men’s Ministry is getting a reboot! We’re starting with monthly fellowship activities, and will soon add in some more serious study together. If you’re interested in joining us, have any ideas, or want to help, contact Todd Pearce for more information (toddspearce@yahoo.com).


just for WOMEN

Women's Bible Study meets in two groups: 
- Tuesday Nights, 7:00-8:30 pm [Barbara Thomson]
- Tuesday Mornings, 9:15-10:45 am [Linda Jenkins]

Each group is a delightful group of ladies of all ages and backgrounds who meet together to study, pray, laugh, cry, support, and encourage each other through all of life’s ups and downs and twists around. Both groups would love to welcome new members with open arms and open hearts!

Women of the Church meets twice a year for fellowship and spiritual growth - at a brunch (fall) and a retreat (spring). [Jane Chiseck]

Contact Kathy Larson (kathy@gspc.net; 704-364-1234) for more information on Adult Ministries.


See Left Menu for Notes from Past Adult Sunday School Classes & Bible Studies, Lent Prayer Guide, Advent Devotional Guide, and other Resources