Mark your calendars for our 2019 Adult Summer Series which kicks off THIS Sunday, May 26!
Series 1 (May 26-June 30): This series views the Lord’s Supper as being God’s promise of love to us in Jesus Christ. The initial class, on May 26 (yes, Memorial Day weekend for those in town) will explore the invitation we receive to gather at the Table. The remaining five weeks will further focus on the theme of “Coming to the Table.”
Series 2 (Sundays in July): During the four Sundays in July, we will explore the power of prayer. Our principal resource will be the movie, The War Room. This series will be rich in discussion as we address how prayer can, and will, become a driving force in facing today’s challenges.
Series 3 (Sundays in August): In our highly-charged time of debate and division, our final summer study looks at Civility, using resources from The Thoughtful Christian to help us think about how we discuss key issues of this time. Our focus will be on the four virtues of civility and the principles of civility that is found in Christianity.
The Literary Ladies are a group of women who share in the joy of fellowship as they read and reflect upon a common book together. The group typically reads one book each month, and gathers to discuss and reflect upon their reading. A wide variety of spiritual, historical, and biographical texts have been included.
Literary Ladies Book Club Schedule
Theater & Theology: Unpacking "The Book of Mormon"
The hit Broadway musical The Book of Mormon is returning to the Peace Center March 5-10. Despite its name, the show contains significant theological themes that can inform and challenge people of all faiths. Those who plan to attend the show are invited to a Theater & Theology discussion with Pastor TJ on Thursday, March 21 from 7:00-8:30pm at Starla & Mark Taylor's home. Note that our discussion will examine the theology of the musical, as opposed to the Mormon faith itself. Also, the musical contains explicit language and is definitely intended for mature audiences only. To RSVP for the discussion, please contact TJ.
The Christian Education Committee, in seeking to support the congregation in faith formation, is excited to provide Lenten devotions to use throughout our Lenten journey. (Lent begins with Ash Wednesday on March 6 and continues through Holy Week and Easter Sunday on April 21).
• Families with Children and Youth - a copy of the “Lent 2019 Calendar” was placed in narthex mailboxes. Each day’s entry in this family-friendly devotional calendar invites participants to explore the traditional Lenten disciplines of prayer, fasting, or service.
• For Adults - a limited number of “Psalms for Lent” booklets are available in the narthex on a first-come, first-serve basis. These devotions, written by Jane Wilke, offer a daily walk through the psalms as we journey toward Holy Week and Easter.
Author Rebekah McLeod Hutto will be with us at St. Giles on Sunday, February 17! Following her critically acclaimed debut children's storybook, The Day When God Made Church, she has recently released her second storybook entitled Paul and His Friends: A Child's First Book About the Apostles. Rebekah will be signing copies of her book in Fellowship Hall following worship.
Rebekah grew up at St. Giles, and serves at Brick Presbyterian Church in New York as the Associate Pastor for Christian Education and Discipleship.
For more information about Rebekah's new storybook, click here.
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).
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!
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.
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.
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.