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!
Wednesday, November 29
Saturday, December 2
Sunday, Dcember 3 (1st Sunday of Advent)
Wednesday, December 6
Sunday, December 10 (2nd Sunday of Advent)
Friday, December 15
Sunday, December 17 (3rd Sunday of Advent)
Sunday, December 24 (4th Sunday of Advent and Christmas Eve)
Christmas Day, December 25 & December 26
Church Office Closed
Sunday, December 31 (1st Sunday after Christmas Day)
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 6, 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 turkey and dressing, mashed potatoes, green beans, rolls, and cranberry sauce. $6/adults; $4/children. If you'll be coming for dinner, please RSVP to the church office by Monday, December 4.
Light in the Midst of Darkness
A Service of Wholeness for Advent
December 6 at 6:30pm in the Sanctuary
(Dinner in the Fellowship Hall at 5:45pm)
This Sunday, October 29, the "Bells of Grace" Handbell Choir from Grace United Methodist Church in Pickens will be with us in our worship service. Join us as together we seek to "make a joyful noise to the Lord!"
Pastors Matt and TJ will be hosting a luncheon after worship on Sunday, October 8 for our visitors and friends who would like to learn more about St. Giles, with an eye toward joining this community of faith. Childcare will be available upon request. If you'd like to attend, please RSVP to TJ (244-4887 x.12; email@example.com) so we can make sure we have enough food prepared.
Renowned Biblical Storyteller Tom Boomershine will be at St. Giles on Sunday, September 17!
Invite friends and your whole family for a fun evening of Bible stories.
Rev. Dr. Tom Boomershine is an internationally known scholar in the interpretation of the narratives of the Bible as oral story in antiquity. He taught at United Theological Seminary in Dayton, Ohio, and founded the Network of Biblical Storytellers in 1977. He has led biblical storytelling workshops around the world.
Date: September 17
Location: St. Giles Presbyterian Church Sanctuary [map of campus]
Cost: Free, donations are encouraged
Your Responsibility: come, and invite a friend! (feel free to use the flyer below)
Although things never truly slow down at St. Giles, Rally Day on September 10 marks the official start of a new programming year.
9:15am - Sunday School for All Ages; Beginning with Refreshments and Celebration in Fellowship Hall.
9:30am - Frolic Faith (Formative Experiences for Children Ages 0-2 and their parents) in the Preschool Building.
10:30am - Worship in the Sanctuary.
5:30-7:30pm - Youth Ministry Parents' Meeting; Youth Groups Meet
St. Giles will offer a different kind of Bible study with a small-group study beginning October 17. The Disciple Bible Study classes are designed to allow students to read approximately 80% of the Bible in 34 weeks. Classes will meet weekly on Tuesdays from 7:00-8:30 PM in the church parlor; Lisa Greaves will be leading the class. Please contact the church office (244-4887; firstname.lastname@example.org) to get your name on the list. Places may be limited.
A personal story from Lisa Greaves follows below.
"When our younger daughter started first grade I twice tried to read the entire Bible by myself. I failed both times. The following year our church in Ohio offered the Disciple Bible Study classes. It was designed as a small group experience that met weekly. Thoughtful and occasionally lighthearted discussions were the norm for our group which was led by a member of the congregation.
Join us on Wednesday evening, May 24, to celebrate the launch of Pastor Matt's newest book,
One Thousand miles: Following My Father's WWII Footsteps.
Dinner will be served from 5:45-6:30pm;
beginning at 6:30pm, Matt will read from the book and answer questions.
Fiction Addiction will be selling One Thousand Miles beginning May 15.
Meal costs follow: Adults - $6/each; K4-5th grade - $4; ages 0-3 - FREE; with a family cap of $20.
Menu - turkey and ham wrap sandwiches, Greek salad, paotato salad, chips, cobbler, and ice cream.
To sign up call the church office by Monday, May 22.
Childcare is available upon request.
As our Sunday School year comes to a close, we look forward to the start of our summer educational series for adults. Here's a look at our schedule.
Unity, Reconciliation, & Justice in the Confession of Belhar
Sundays June 4, 11, 18, and 25 - 9:15am - room E101-103, Taylor Ed. Bldg
What does it mean to be a “confessing church?” What is the Belhar Confession,
anyway? What can our Book of Confessions— particularly Belhar—teach us about
unity, reconciliation, and justice? We will answer these questions and more as we
thoughtfully engage with the words of our newest confessional statement, adopted
by the PC(USA)’s 222nd General Assembly one year ago.
Exploring the Theology of The Shack
Sundays July 9, 16, 23, and 30 - 9:15am - room E101-103, Taylor Ed. Bldg
The Shack, written by author William P. Young, first gained incredible fame as a
novel published in 2007. Now, it has become a hit on the silver screen, too. Our July
series explores The Shack, as well as theological truths found in its storyline. (Prior
experience with the book/movie are not required to participate in this study!)
Conversations about Discipleship
Sundays August 6, 13, 20, and 27 - 9:15am - room E101-103, Taylor Ed. Bldg
“Stewardship” broadly describes our efforts to live out Christian faith day-byday,
where the rubber hits the road. Building off the recent reflections of a study
group here at St. Giles, join us for a conversational journey designed to help us
grow and think more deeply about Christian discipleship.
Four fun-filled, faith-building adventures for your 3yo-rising 6th graders are coming your way in June. Soles for Souls Vacation Bible School will be on four Wednesday evenings - 6/7, 6/14, 6/21, and 6/28. Starting with dinner at 5:30, you are welcome to join us for one week or all four.
Registration is from May 1-31. Please print off and fill out the form, and turn it into the church office or email to email@example.com.