Our Mission

Our Mission: All of our Sunday School classes, Bible studies, prayer groups, and small groups exist to prepare adults, youth, and children 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 the purpose of Christian Education is not just to fill our minds, but to change our hearts and our lives.

Fall 2018

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

K-5th Graders: “All-in-One Lessons for Kids Ages 4-12” by Lois Keffer 
Location: K-5th Room (hallway next to sanctuary, first door on right)
Classroom Leaders: Ronnie Dolinger, Chris Orr 
This curriculum incorporates Bible stories and lessons that are specially designed for mixed-age classes of children ages 4 through 12. Activity-based lessons along with interactive Bible stories will have kids of all ages working together as they learn and grow closer to Jesus.

Confirmation: The Gospel of John
Norton Hall Youth Building (separate building across parking lot)
Classroom Leader: Pastor Robert, Zach Drummond 
Confirmation students will study the Gospel of John over the course of the school year. They will also learn to take sermon notes. The purpose of the class is to give each student the opportunity to make an adult profession of faith (or confirm faith) after considering the teachings and claims of Jesus Christ.

8th-12th Grade Youth: “Slaying the Giants in Your Life“ by David Jeremiah
Location: Administrative Area (enter glass doors, continue straight ahead)
Leader: Cindy Dolinger 
This series deals with issues that many young people face and must come to terms with: fear, discouragement, loneliness, worry, guilt, temptation, anger, resentment, doubt, procrastination, and failure. Each lesson is based on one of these issues and focuses on specific passages in the Bible. Questions are designed to help young people dig deep into God’s word and apply these lessons in their daily lives.

Adult Sunday School 1: “The Purpose Driven Life” by Rick Warren 
Location: Church Library (enter glass doors, then to the left; lots of books!)
Leaders: Mark Katibah and Leslie Pack 
This best-selling devotional offers readers a 40-day personal spiritual journey and presents what the author calls God's five purposes for human life on Earth. Included are roughly 350 Bible references in various translations. The Purpose Driven Life is described as a "a blueprint for Christian living in the 21st Century” and an "anti-self-help book”. The first sentence of the book reads, "It's not about you," and goes on to explain how the human quest for personal fulfillment, satisfaction, and meaning can only be found by understanding and doing what God placed us on Earth to do.

Adult Sunday School 2: Sermon Study
Location: Expansion Area (extra seating room on the side of the sanctuary)
Leader: Jim Hinton 
This class covers the Gospel of John and tracks Pastor Robert’s sermons week-to-week. John’s gospel was written a number of years after the gospels of Matthew, Mark and Luke. Though John’s account is similar to the other gospels, he provides a deeper spiritual and theological look at the life and times of Jesus. The purpose of this gospel is summed up in Chapter 20…...”written so that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name.”

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


Other Classes/Groups throughout the Week

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. Children's Church meets in the K-5th Room next to the sanctuary and parents may pick children up following worship. On communion Sundays (1st Sunday), children are invited to remain in worship with their families.

Kids Club meets in the K-5th room (next to the sanctuary) on the first Sunday of each month from 2:00-3:30pm. It's like youth group for kids, with games, singing, an interactive lesson, and service projects... all designed for children's active imaginations and energetic spirits. Friends are welcomed!

 just for YOUTH

Youth Group
is up and running with regular weekly meetings Sundays from 4-6pm. Youth group includes recreation/games, worship time, a lesson, and small group discussion. Throughout the year there will be opportunities for service projects, fun events, retreats, and summer mission projects.

*For more info on Youth or Children's Ministry, contact Zach Drummond (zach@gspc.net; 704-364-1234).


just for MEN

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 (all ages welcome at those events!).

If you’re interested in joining us, have any ideas or need more info, or want to help, contact Todd Pearce or Chris Orr (men@gspc.net) or call the church office (704-364-1234).
 
just for WOMEN

Community Bible Study: Women of the Word (Acts)
Monday evening, 7:00-8:30pm, Oct 1 - Nov 12
Location: Sanctuary
Leader: Dr. Alison Littauer
The energetic church historian and teacher "Dr. Alison" will lead this community Bible study for 8 weeks in the Fall on the Book of Acts. There is a lecture-style presentation followed by discussion.

Bible Study: “What to Do When You Don’t Know What to Do” by David Jeremiah 
Tuesday morning, 9:15-10:45 am 
Location: Church Library (enter glass doors, turn left, lots of books!)
Leader: Linda Jenkins 
This study focuses primarily on the book of James. James, the brother of Jesus, is often referred to as “James the Just” for his righteous living. In 108 short verses, James gives us a Christian guide on how to face everyday trials and temptations in our lives. Come join us as we learn to be “doers of faith” and enjoy fellowship with sisters in Christ.

Bible Study: “The Daniel Prayer” by Anne Graham Lotz 
Tuesday evening, 7:00-8:30pm 
Location: Expansion Area (extra seating room on the side of the sanctuary)
Leader: Barbara Thomson
The objective of this study, subtitled "Prayer that Moves Heaven and Changes Nations," aims to teach us to recognize and listen for God’s voice, know Him through a personal relationship and learn how to communicate with Him through His Word.

Women of the Church
Meets twice a year for fellowship and spiritual growth - at a brunch (fall) and a retreat (spring). Contact the church office (704-575-6529 or admin@gspc.net) for more information.

for EVERYONE!

Community Groups: these 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

*For more information on Adult Ministries, contact Pastor Robert Austell (robert@gspc.net; 704-364-1234).
 
NEW Pastor's Book Study

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 fall reading of this book or our follow up, Color and Character, please contact Pastor Robert (robert@gspc.net; 704-364-1234)



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