Our Mission

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.

Summer 2018


Community Groups are groups of people who meet once or 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 Pastor Robert (robert@gspc.net or 704-364-1234) about starting your own group! Some community groups are on break for summer; others are continuing. Contact us for more info!
  • "SoleMates" Running/Walking Group: Mark Katibah, Saturday morning, 8am at Piper Glen Greenway
  • Gardening: Shannon Klar, every other Saturday morning
  • Book Club: Diana Horne, every other Wednesday morning
  • Knitting: Barbara Thomson, every other Wednesday night
  • Board Games: Mark and Melisssa Katibah, one Saturday night per month
  • Family of Those Struggling with Mental Illnesses: Marty McKenzie, contact for details

Sunday Mornings (9:30-10:30am)

KINDERGARTEN - 5th GRADE: Children will be taught by a rotating group of teachers during the summer. Each lesson is based on the day's sermon scripture and text using age-level adjustments and repeated concepts that enable children to make connections, understand, and apply biblical truth to their lives.
YOUTH AND ADULTS (overview): Jim Hinton and a host of guest teachers will lead one combined summer class that studies the sermon text for the day in more depth, with background, additional passages, and application there is not time to explore in the sermon. Older high school youth are welcome to choose the youth SS class or this one.

For more information on Christian education classes, contact Pastor Robert Austell (robert@gspc.net; 704-364-1234)

just for KIDS

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

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. On communion Sundays (1st Sunday), children are invited to remain in worship with their families.

just for YOUTH

Regular weekly youth group is suspended for the summer, but there will be special activities through the summer like mission trips, lock-ins, Carowinds, bowling, and more.

Contact Pastor Robert (robert@gspc.net; 704-364-1234) for more on Youth Ministries

just for MEN

Our new Men’s Ministry is going strong, continuing our monthly fellowship activities. Join us for Wings Night (last Tues. of the month) or for Running Club on Saturday mornings at 8am at the Piper Glen Greenway. If you’re interested in joining us, have any ideas or need more info, or want to help, contact Todd Pearce or Chris Orr or call the church office (704-364-1234).

just for WOMEN

Women's Bible Study is on hiatus for the summer.

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

Contact Pastor Robert Austell (robert@gspc.net; 704-364-1234) for more information on Adult Ministries.

NEW book study

In response to God opening his eyes to issues of race all around us, a number of members and friends undertook a book study this past Fall on Waking Up White as a FIRST STEP towards our responding to the inequity and inequality found in our culture and society. There is much more to be done, but we cannot engage what we do not see, and this book has been useful tool for many pastors and leaders in opening their eyes to their own blind spots. That group of 15 or so is moving on with some next steps. If you are interested in a summer reading of this book or our follow up, Color and Character, please contact Pastor Robert (robert@gspc.net; 704-364-1234)

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

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