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. 

Fall Semester 2016

(September 2016 - January 2017)


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
  • Board Games: Lisa VanderHeide: one Saturday night per month
  • Family of Those Struggling with Mental Illnesses: Marty McKenzie: contact for details


The first 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! 

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 Old Testament characters using storytelling, drama, art, and service projects. 
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

TEEN LIFE CLASS (8th-12th grade) a class for teens, by teens, discussing Scripture, what it means and how it applies to our everyday life. 

taught by: Abby Austell


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.

The Stories of Jesus - Teacher: Jim Hinton
textual, study and discussion, academic and life application
Jesus taught in parable, with stories, not simply because stories made it easier for people to understand His deep theological points. On a far deeper level, it’s because stories make people feel. They make people react. When you watch a movie, you don’t stop and think, “Oh this is funny.” You just laugh.  The way we react to stories can tell us a lot about ourselves. They get underneath who we say we are and what we say we believe. This class will look at the parables of Jesus and what they have to teach us about life, faith, and ourselves.

It All Goes Back in the Box - Teacher: Clay Cupples
topical, discussion, life application
In Monopoly, the goal is to become Master of the Board—accumulating is the name of the game, money is how you keep score, and the race goes to the swift. But when the game is over, it all goes back in the box. What was it all for? If you live like this, there are always more rungs to climb, more money to be made, more deals to pull off. And the danger is that we forget to ask what really matters. In this class, based on When The Game is Over, It All Goes Back in the Box, by John Ortberg, we will look at our own lives and how to ‘play’ life God’s way, how to be rich toward God. 

Faith and Film - Teacher: Kathy Larson
topical, discussion, life application
We live in a world of story. It’s the language we speak. We live in a society that gets story, in a world where people have a hard time sitting still through a twenty minute sermon, but are on the edge of their seat for three hours watching Lord of the Rings without even having to go to the bathroom. Film, TV, and media are the most powerful voices in our culture. They all have something to say and they shape the way we think and what we believe to be true, whether we realize it or not. In this class, we will examine our favorite movies and the messages they ‘teach’ us and compare/contrast them to what God teaches us in Scripture.

*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 Melissa Lancaster (melissa@gspc.net; 704-364-1234) for more on Children’s Ministries.

just for YOUTH

Youth Group meets on Sunday nights from 4:00 - 6:00 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 Joni Bailey (admin@gspc.net; 704-364-1234) for more on Youth Ministries

just for MEN

Men’s Prayer Group meets Tuesday mornings at 7:00 am at Panera Bread (Carmel & 51) to eat and pray together.

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 [Ruth Ruane]

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