Join us on Sunday, January 27, for our annual Thornwell Sunday! Rev. Elliot Smith, President of Thornwell Home for Children, will lead a special presentation that morning (Adult classes will meet in the Fellowship Hall; classes for children and youth will be in their classrooms, as usual). Rev. Smith will also be the guest preacher in our worship service. Join us as we learn about and celebrate the ministries of Thornwell!
Throughout the fall, your church Session has been reading through the chapters of a book entitled Sailboat Church by Joan Gray. At the end of the book, there is a section for forty days of prayer. As we all continue this process of discernment, the Session wishes to invite anyone to join them in these forty days of prayer. The forty days will begin on Sunday, January 13th, and will conclude on Thursday, February 21st. The forty days of prayer booklet is available in the narthex (hallway).
Please join the Women’s Fellowship and Bible Study in “Sharing the Warmth” with Greer Community Ministries. Items will be collected now through January 8. (They will be delivered on Wednesday, January 9.) Suggested items include gently-used (or new) blankets, winter outer wear (hats, gloves, scarves, jackets/coats), or other winter clothing items (sweaters, sweatshirts, etc.) Please bag them and leave them in the Conference Room (at the end of the hall beyond the Church Office.) Your donations will be “warmly appreciated.”
Whether you already worship and serve alongside us in mission on a weekly basis, or you are looking for an active, faithful congregation to connect with in this holy season, we warmly welcome you to join us at St. Giles as we prepare our hearts and minds for the coming of the Christ Child.
Below you will find a listing of our worship, study, fellowship, and service activities during the seasons of Advent and Christmas. Questions? Please contact the church office.
O Come, O Come Emmanuel!
For many of us, Christmas can be a bittersweet time of year. It is a time for remembering both persons and events that have been a part of our lives in the past, but that are now changed or gone. This is the time of year with the longest nights, so we offer a quiet, meditative worship service that makes time for remembering, sharing our hurting places with God, and preparing our hearts for the coming of Christ. Join us on Wednesday, December 12, at 6:30pm in the sanctuary for a candlelit time of music, scripture, silent reflection, and prayer.
Dinner, catered by The Clock Restaurant of Greer, will begin at 5:45pm in our Fellowship Hall. The menu will be announced in the bulletin. $6/adults; $4/children. If you'll be coming for dinner, please RSVP to the church office by Monday, December 10.
Parents of current 8th and 9th graders: Pastors Jennifer and TJ will be hosting a Confirmation info session on Sunday, December 9, immediately following worship in the Conference Room. If you have any questions, please let Pastor Jennifer know.
Children (K4-Grade 5) and our Senior Saints (60+) are invited to our third annual Fall Ball on Friday, November 16 from 6:00-8:00pm in the Fellowship Hall for dinner, table fellowship, games, music, and lots of fun! Childcare will be available for children ages 0-3. Parents are encouraged to use this time for a date night (or at least a nap!). Save the date, and be on the lookout for more details soon.
Are you tired, feeling stressed, or just ready to get away from it all? If so, you are invited to join other women of St. Giles for a Women's Retreat Weekend in beautiful Montreat, NC. This will be a special time of fellowship and spiritual growth.
Date: Feb 1-3, 2019
Cost: $150 ($170 after 10/22/2018)
Theme: Stories We Live By
Keynote Speaker: Rev. Jennifer Fouse Sheorn
Scholarships are available by contacting Pastor Jennifer. Space is limited, so participants are encouraged to reserve their spot by turning in a registration form and deposit to Anneke Nave. Registration forms have been placed in narthex mailboxes and on narthex tables. For more information, contact Anneke Nave, Jeannie Young, Suzy Cothran, or Carol Willinger.
St. Giles offers two yoga classes weekly from September to June, and you don't have to be a church member to participate.
Whether you are a beginner or have practiced for several years, we invite you to join our classes at St. Giles: Tuesday at 9:30am and Thursday at 6:00pm (both in the Fellowship Hall). You can bring your own mat or use props we provide. Why practice yoga? You will gain strength and flexibility, learn how to connect your mind and your body, and learn new breathing techniques that help you both on and off the mat. We offer a safe environment in which you can explore yoga postures, de-stress, and relax. If you have any questions, please be in touch with Brenda Drake or Anita McLeod, or contact the church office.
Faith Formation Programming Kicks Off September 9, with Sunday School classes beginning at 9:15am. Classes are available for people of all ages.
NURSERY/FROLIC (Infants, Toddlers & Twos)
Caregivers participate in the nurture of our youngest children by providing a safe, loving environment as a beginning church experience. On the Second Sunday of each month, families gather together for Frolic Faith, a Sunday School experience for children and their families.
*Location: Preschool Building
SPARKS PRE-READERS (K3 through K5)
This class incorporates concrete learning experiences built around age-appropriate Bible Stories from the Old and New Testaments.
*Location: Blue Room, 1st Floor Taylor Education Building
SPARKS (1st–3rd Grades)
This class is designed to nurture faith by guiding children through Old and New Testament passages using engaging resources and activities.
*Location: Red Room, 2nd Floor Taylor Education Building
TWEENS (4th–5th Grades)
Our tweens engage the Bible through videos, Bible exploration, and hands-on projects as they discover their place in God’s big story.
*Location: Green Room, 2nd Floor Taylor Education Building
MIDDLE SCHOOL YOUTH (6th-8th Grades)
Through a variety of activities, this class explores biblical passages as a launching pad for conversations about life as a middle school disciple of Christ.
*Location: Green Room, 2nd Floor Taylor Education Building
HIGH SCHOOL YOUTH (9th-12th Grades)
While there are no formal classes planned for high schoolers this year, we are excited to launch a new year of youth ministry! High schoolers are invited and encouraged to participate in youth group study and fellowship on Sunday nights from 5:30-7:00pm.
There are three classes for adults to choose from. The Friendship Class (Room E102 Taylor Ed. Bldg) is a lecture-based class that studies The Present Word curriculum. The Starting Point Class (Room E107 Taylor Ed. Bldg) is a discussion-based class that uses Serendipity curriculum to study scripture. The Connections Class (Room E119 Taylor Ed. Bldg) uses a variety of video and discussion-based curriculum to discuss the Bible, current events, and more.