A Message from the Pastor:

Community.  Deep down we all long to be in community — in community with God and in community with others.

Community is where friendships are made, fun times are enjoyed, and fellowship is experienced.  Ministry happens in community; worship happens in community. Most  importantly, discipleship happens in community with other believers, with other “disciples”.

Followers of Jesus Christ are called disciples, and they are called by Jesus to study His Word revealed in the Bible.    Discipleship and Bible study is not simply for information.  It ultimately leads to transformation as disciples of Jesus are transformed to be more like Him.

At St. Paul’s Church, we are intentional about discipleship and intentional about communities called “small groups” or “START Groups”.     We  believe  that  discipleship  and community happens best in this environment.  To this end, we have many different opportunities to engage in discipleship in a small group community setting.  No one can participate in all  of  them,  but  everyone  should  prayerfully  consider  participating in one or some of them.  This year, I especially want to challenge adults to join a small group so you can grow in your faith and pass it along to your children and grandchildren.

I pray that you will find a small group where you can engage in discipleship and grow closer to the Lord Jesus and grow closer to other disciples this Fall.  God bless you on the discipleship journey!

Faithfully,

Jason Collins +

 

St. Paul’s Church Small Group Schedule

St. Paul’s Church Small Group Schedule

Spring 2020 

January 5                 Sign-up for groups begins

January 12               Deadline to sign up

January 12               Small Group gatherings begin*

February 26   No gathering for Ash Wednesday

April 5-12   No gatherings during Holy Week

April 28   Last week of groups for the semester

 

*Love Does group begins January 7

 

 

 

To sign up for a small group discipleship study: 

· Fill out a  “Sign Me Up!”  slip and place it in the  offering plate during the worship services; or

· Contact the St. Paul’s Church Office at (843) 248-4706 or stpauls@sccoast.net.

Fill out the form below.

 

Adult Small Group Discipleship

The Village

The Village exists to connect parents with other parents, equip them to spiritually lead their families, and to take the love of Christ into their homes. Raising children and teenagers is no easy task. Sometimes we can feel alone and not know where to turn. Come join a community of other parents who are trying to figure it out also. We meet the 2nd Sunday of the month from 5-6:30pm to share a meal, talk, and have fun. Childcare is available during our meetings. If you have children or teenagers, come join in the conversation. It takes a village…

Led by: Sean Richardson
Meets on:  Sunday, September 8, October 13, & November 10
Meets  at:  St. Paul’s Church Parish Hall—710 Main Street, Conway
Meets from:  5:00PM-6:30PM
Details:  A catered meal is provided.  Childcare is available. Sunday, January 12, February 9, March 8, April 12, &  May 10

 

With All Of Your Heart Bible StudyWith All Your Heart:  Faith Lessons Vol. 10, by Ray Vander Laan 

Do you remember where your blessing comes from? In Exodus, God warned Israel to remember him when they left the dry desert and reached the fertile fields of the Promised Land. But in this study, you’ll discover how quickly they forgot God and began to rely on themselves. Find out what it means to remember the Lord in your own life on this one-of-a-kind spiritual pilgrimage.  

Led by: Willard Wadman
Meets on:  Tuesday
Meets  at:  St. Paul’s Church Parish Hall—710 Main Street
Meets from:  10:30AM-12:00PM
Details:  Participants bring snacks to share. Coffee & tea are provided.

Love Does Bible StudyLove Does, by Bob Goff 

Remember the joy and excitement as a kid of being invited to a big party? You felt valued, included, wanted and ready to have a good time. Bob Goff believes that every day of life can be lived with the same childlike enthusiasm and sense of humor. In Love Does, Bob shows how living and loving to the fullest is the best way to make Jesus known in this world.  Through this book, you’ll learn that love is a verb, not just a feeling. Goff’s insights and joyful reflections will help you discover what Howard Thurman intended when he said, “Don’t ask what the world needs. Ask what makes you come alive, and go do it. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.”

Led by:
Eileen Sause
Meets on:  Tuesday
Meets  at:  1024 Rudder Court, Conway, SC (Myrtle Trace South)
Meets from:  1:00PM-2:30PM
Details:  The group will have lunch together on occasion.

Simplify, by Bill Hybels 

As children, we all want to grow up.  But young adults soon realize that being an adult is over-rated.  Life has many demands:  work, bills, and family responsibilities can become overwhelming.  “Busyness” can get in the way of our relationship with God and with others.  Thankfully, the Christian faith has something to say about all the issues young adults must face.  Christianity still “resonates” in our lives today.  Come and see how Jesus empowers us to live this life in a better way in preparation for eternal life. 

Led by: Travis Todd & Jason Collins
Meets on:  Wednesday
Meets  at:  St. Paul’s Parish Hall – 710 Main St.
Meets from:  5:45PM-7:30PM
Details:  Dinner is “potluck”.

Participants bring their own meal. Nursery and children’s activities are available for participants with children.

 

Gospel of Mark Bible studyThe Gospel of Mark, a Study by Francis Chan 

Francis Chan’s study of the Gospel of Mark is meant to be more than an intellectual analysis of Mark’s gospel. It’s a journey intended to lead you along in the footsteps of Jesus as he walks the road from Galilee to Jerusalem. This guide will require more of you than simply reading the Bible and answering a few questions. It’ll ask you to engage your heart and your hands as well— feeling the full impact of Mark’s writing as well as putting into action the challenges his gospel makes to his reader.   At the end of the journey—and at the end of this book—you’ll have a very important question to answer: Will you follow Jesus? 

Led by: Larry & Ginny Biddle
Meets on:  Wednesday
Meets  at:  The Hilgeman’s Home—4580 Marshwood Drive (Clearpond at Carolina Forest)
Meets from:  5:45PM-7:30PM

Details:  Participants will share heavy hors d’oeuvres.

 

 

 

The Art of Neighboring:  Building Relationships Right Outside Your Door

Once upon a time, people knew their neighbors. They talked to them, had cook-outs with them, and went to church with them. In our time of unprecedented mobility and increasing isolationism, it’s hard to make lasting connections with those who live right outside our front door. We have hundreds of “friends” through online social networking, but we often don’t even know the full name of the person who lives right next door.
This unique and inspiring book asks the question: What is the most loving thing I can do for the people who live on my street or in my apartment building? Through compelling true stories of lives impacted, the authors show readers how to create genuine friendships with the people who live in closest proximity to them.

Led by: Jeanne Browder & Sue Harrison*
Meets on:  Wednesday
Meets  at:  Browder’s Home—3281 Wild Horse Drive, Conway, SC
Meets from:  5:45PM-7:30PM

Details:  Participants bring their own meal.  Drinks & dessert are provided by the hostesses.

Discipleship Bible StudyDisciple 1:  Becoming Disciples through Bible Study

 DISCIPLE is for people who are hungry for the word of God, for fellowship in prayer and study, and for a sense of appropriate ministry as committed Christians. DISCIPLE is a survey of the Old and New Testaments, emphasizing the wholeness of the Bible as the revelation of God. DISCIPLE invites people to bring their experiences and struggles to Scripture, uses biblical language and biblical images, and draws upon the work of scholars to aid understanding of the Bible. This course is good for the beginner and for the experienced Bible reader.

Led by: Amber Wallace & Deb Wright
Meets on:  Wednesday
Meets  at:  Wallace Home—1300 Sixth Avenue, Conway, SC
Meets from:  5:45PM-7:30PM
Details:  Each participant can bring their own meal and beverage to eat before the study begins.

 

 

The Gospel of John, a study by Tony Evans

Where do you turn when the world around you grows dark? In this study of the Gospel of John, Dr. Tony Evans encourages us to turn to Christ by reminding us of the two purposes for the beloved disciple’s book—that we would believe in Jesus and find life in his name. Despite what our culture may argue, there is only one hope that is truly trustworthy and that is our savior, Jesus Christ. This twelve-session series will draw you back to the essential truths of our faith and the life found in our king. 

Led by: Kevin Belt & Heather Underwood
Meets on:  Wednesday
Meets  at: St. Paul’s Parish Hall—710 Main Street
Meets from:  6:15PM-7:45PM
Details:  Feel free to bring your own dinner and eat while the video is playing.  This is a great group for parents of children who attend  Friends  or  Youth  Group activities.

 

Men’s Discipleship

Bible in one year studyThe Bible in One Year (BIOY): by Nicky Gumbel 

Nicky Gumbel, the pioneer of Alpha – a series of sessions exploring the Christian faith – and pastor of Holy Trinity Church in London, aids readers following the Bible in one year program to understand the Scriptures better.  Drawing out a theme for each day from the designated Bible readings, Gumbel’s explanations on the Proverbs, Psalms and New and Old Testament passages are packed with insight, wisdom, and application.  This study will enhance the understanding of anyone reading the Bible 

Led by: Brotherhood of St. Andrew Men’s Ministry
Meets on:  2nd & 4th Tuesdays
Meets  at:  St. Paul’s Parish Hall—710 Main Street
Meets from:  6:00PM-7:30PM
Details:  Meal is provided by the Brotherhood.

 

 

Children & Youth Discipleship

Buddies Club for kidsWednesday Night Buddies Club (ages Infant to K3) 

Buddies Club is for the youngest kids at St. Paul’s.  This group will be learning about how God used animals in the Bible and what those Bible stories can teach us.  In addition to story time, the children will have games, crafts, fun activities, and snacks. 

Led by:             Deacon Dawn Rider
Meets on:  Wednesday
Meets  at:  St. Paul’s Church Parish Hall—710 Main Street
Meets from:  6:00PM-7:45PM
Details:  For kids infant to 4K.  Dinner is served from 5:30PM- 6:00PM for $3/child each week or $32 for the semester.

 

Faith Time Bible StudyFaith Time 

This is our version of “Sunday School”.  The youngest members of our church family begin an age-appropriate lesson in the Parish Hall during the 10:00AM worship service.  Children then join their parents in church for Communion at the end of the service. This Fall, our children will be studying the Minor Prophets:  who they were, what and who their message was for, and how they fit into the big picture of the Bible and the Gospel. 

Led by: Deacon Dawn Rider & Children’s Teaching Team
Meets on:  Sunday
Meets  at:  St. Paul’s Church Parish Hall—710 Main Street
Meets from:  10:00AM-10:45AM
Details:  For children in grades K4-5th grade.

 

 

Buddies Club for kidsWednesday Night Buddies Club (ages Infant to K3)

 Buddies Club is for the youngest kids at St. Paul’s.  This group will be learning about how God used animals in the Bible and what those Bible stories can teach us.  In addition to story time, the children will have games, crafts, fun activities, and snacks. 

Led by:             Deacon Dawn Rider
Meets on:  Wednesday
Meets  at:  St. Paul’s Church Parish Hall—710 Main Street
Meets from:  6:00PM-7:45PM
Details:  For kids infant to 4K.  Dinner is served from 5:30PM- 6:00PM for $3/child each week or $32 for the semester. 

Friends club for Kids

Wednesday Night Friends Club 

Friends Club is for kids from K4-5th Grade.  This year we will be learning about how God used animals in the Bible and what those Bible stories can teach us today.  In addition to story time, the children will have games, crafts, fun activities and snacks. 

Led by:             Deacon Dawn Rider
Meets on:  Wednesday
Meets  at:  St. Paul’s Church Parish Hall—710 Main Street
Meets from:  6:00PM-7:45PM
Details:  For kids K4-5th Grade.  Dinner is served from 5:30PM- 6:00PM for $3/child each week or $32 for the semester. 

Middle & High School Discipleship

Book of Acts Bible StudyAuthentic Bible Study of Acts:  Movement, Momentum, & Multiply 

Students will continue our discussion of the Book of Acts verse by verse. Jesus told his followers, “You will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses…to the ends of the earth.” The book of Acts records the fulfillment of his promise and command: The Holy Spirit worked through the lives of believers to bring growth to the church, to break down barriers to the Gospel and to take the message of Christ to the very heart of the Roman Empire.  Students will be encouraged and challenged to be led by the Spirit in all aspects of life. Please bring your Bible!! 

Led by: Sean Richardson, Youth Minister
Meets on:  Sunday
Meets  at:  St. Paul’s Youth Room—710 Main Street
Meets from:  9:00AM-9:45AM
Details:  For youth in grades 6-12.

Authentic Youth Group — Philippians:  Surprising Joy

In a culture where personal happiness is the ultimate satisfaction, this spring in youth group we will focus on material happiness vs eternal joy.  Paul wrote Philippians while chained in jail, and it is loaded with Paul’s passionate sense of JOY.  Our goal is to direct students to find JOY in the Lord, despite the circumstances they face.  We will meet Wednesday nights from 6-7:45pm in the Youth Room located in the Administration Building. 

Led by: Sean Richardson, Youth Minister
Meets on:  Wednesday
Meets  at:  St. Paul’s Youth Room—710 Main Street
Meets from:  6:00PM-7:30PM
Details:  For youth in grades 6-12.

Ministry Training Groups.

Stephen Minister TrainingStephen Ministry Training 

Stephen Minister training is a Christ-centered experience that equips participants with essential caring and relating skills. Participants will learn how to listen to, care for, and walk with those going through difficult times in life.

Stephen Ministers are trained by their congregation’s Stephen Leaders. The training they receive in the congregation equips them to provide high-quality care to people who are hurting. 

Led by: Deb Wright & Cathy Strite
Meets on:  Monday
Meets  at:  St. Paul’s Parish Hall—710 Main Street
Meets from:  6:00PM-8:00PM
Details:  Participants may bring dinner to eat during the class.

 

 

School of Healing Prayer Level 2, by Christian Healing Ministries

Building upon the curriculum prepared by Francis & Judith MacNutt at CHM, Level 2 leads prayer ministers through an in-depth understanding of specific issues in the healing ministry.  It addresses specialized topics such as healing of marriage, healing the wounds of divorce, healing of abortion, conception to birth prayer, and more.

Led by: Deb Wright
Meets on:  Monday
Meets  at:  St. Paul’s Administration Building—710 Main Street
Meets from:  2:30PM-4:00PM

Details:  This is a 13-week study and is the training curriculum for those interested in Intercessory Prayer or Healing Prayer ministry.   Completion of Level 1 is a pre-requisite.

 

It’s impossible to do all of these studies but it’s healthy for your spiritual growth to do at least one.

24 to Double your church attendence Moving Forward — 24 to Double Church Leadership Development 

How did Jesus build the Church?  He raised up disciples & leaders. God has a glorious future planned for St. Paul’s Church.  He wants leaders to help move the church into that future.  Present and potential leaders will be empowered for ministry.  The group will also examine existing church systems and tweak and develop new processes to move toward God’s amazing tomorrow. 

GROUP #1

Led by: The Rev. Jason Collins
Meets on:  1st Monday of the Month
Meets  at:  St. Paul’s Administration Building—710 Main Street
Meets from:  11:00AM-12:30PM
Details:  Participants may bring their own meals.

 GROUP #2

Led by: The Rev. Jason Collins
Meets on:  1st Monday of the Month
Meets  at:  St. Paul’s Administration Building—710 Main Street
Meets from:  6:00PM-7:30PM
Details: Participants may bring their own meals.