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 believe that people grow deeper in their faith and from deep relationships with others in 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.

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 Spring.  God bless you on the discipleship journey!

Faithfully,

Jason Collins +

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 or
Complete the registration form below:

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Adult Small Group Discipleship

 

Walk as Jesus Walked

Becoming a disciple of Jesus demands more than merely a deep commitment to the text and complete devotion to Christian community. The Messiah is king, and believers are called to pick up their crosses in daily pursuit after becoming like Him. Come rediscover the fierce passion of the apostle Paul and our early Christian brothers and sisters.
Led by:    Willard Wadman
Meets on:  Tuesday
Meets  in:  St. Paul’s Church Parish Hall
Meets from:  10:30AM-12:00PM
Details:  Participants bring snacks to share.    Coffee & tea are provided.

1st & 2nd Peter

Life may be hard, but God is always good.  And for Christians, better days are ahead, so long as they don’t get led away from the true faith by false teachers.  These and other topics are covered in the two New Testament letters written by Peter, the leader of the Apostles.
Led by:    Jeff Miller
Meets on:  Wednesday
Meets  at:  Browder’s house at 3715 Indigo Run
Meets from:  5:45PM-7:30PM
Details:  Participants bring their own meal.   Drinks & dessert are provided  by the hostesses.

Psalm 119, by Matt Chandler

Even the most mature believers face dark nights of the soul.  During those times, God feels distant, His Word seems dry, and the vibrant intimacy we knew before seems absent leaving us wondering, “Where is the Lord in this.  Pastor Matt Chandler aims to introduce us to Psalm 119:  a psalm that demonstrates the power of God’s Word in the lives of believers and its ability to provide a warm blanket for the soul.
Led by:        Deb Wright
Meets on:  Wednesday
Meets  at:  The Wallace’s House – 407 Sasser  Lane
Meets from:  6:00PM-7:30PM
Details:  Each participant can bring their  own meal and beverage to eat before the study begins.

The Network Sourse, by Willow Creek Church

Network is a dynamic program to help Christians understand Who God has uniquely made them to be and to mobilize them to a place of meaningful service in the church.  Participants learn the Biblical of the church and the importance of each member’s contribution.
Led by:    Suzanne Sasser
Meets on:  Wednesday
Meets  at:  St. Paul’s Admin Bldg. Conference Room
Meets from:  5:45-7:30PM
Details: Dinner is provided at the church for $5 per  person.

The Gospel of James, by Francis Chan

Through Francis Chan’s study of the Book of James, you will see the realities of a living faith in Jesus Christ — the kind of “roll up your sleeves and get your hands dirty” discipleship that is born out of an authentic relationship with the Risen Lord.
Led by: Larry & Ginny Biddle
Meets on: Wednesday
Meets at: The Biddle’s House -701 Lakeside Drive
Meets from: 6:00PM-7:30PM
Details: Each participant can bring their own meal and beverage.

The Book of James, by Francis Chan

Through Francis Chan’s study of the Book of James, you will see the realities of a living faith in Jesus Christ — the kind of “roll up your sleeves and get your hands dirty” discipleship that is born out of an authentic relationship with the Risen Lord.
Led by:    Tim  & Heather Underwood & Kevin Belt
Meets on:  Wednesday
Meets  at:  St. Paul’s Parish Hall
Meets from:  6:15PM-7:45PM
Details:  Feel free to bring your own dinner and  eat while the video is playing or eat at the church for $5 per person.

Alpha

The Alpha course is designed to be “an opportunity to explore the meaning of life.”  Alpha introduces the foundations of the Christian faith through a series of talks and good conversation.  Everyone will have a chance to explore Christianity, ask questions, and learn from others.
Led by: Mike & Cathy Strite, Jack & Kathy Benson
Meets on:  Wednesday
Meets  at:  St. Paul’s Main Church
Meets from:  5:45PM-7:30PM
Details:  Dinner is provided by volunteers.  Dinner is $5 per  person.  Nursery is also provided.

Men’s Discipleship

 

Stepping Up:  A Call to Courageous Manhood, by Dennis Rainey

Today, more than ever, the world needs godly men. Men who will step up and courageously lead at home, at church, at work, and in their communities. That’s the message of Stepping Up. In a world where too many men are shrinking back, Stepping Up gives men vision and tools to live godly, courageous lives.
Led by:    Brotherhood of St. Andrew Men’s Ministry
Meets on:  2nd and 4th Tuesday’s
Meets  at:  St. Paul’s Parish Hall
Meets from:  6:00PM-7:30PM
Details:  Meal is provided by the Brotherhood

Parent’s Discipleship

Parent Porthole is a new addition to the Youth Ministry here at St Paul’s.  The objective of this ministry is to have discussions with parents about spiritual, cultural, and emotional aspects of raising teenagers. Put tools in parent’s tool belts, to be better spiritual leaders of their family.  This is specifically designed for parents with students in 6th-12th grade, although parents of younger kids you are more than welcome to come join us.  We will initially meet on Sunday, September 9th from 5-6:30pm.  Future meeting times will be discussed at the initial meeting.
Led by:  Sean Richardson
Meets on: Sunday (TBD)
Meets at:  St. Paul’s Parish Hall

Children & Youth Discipleship

Wednesday Night Buddies Club

Buddies Club will be studying eight very big mistakes people made in the Bible, and how God used them or their mistake for His glory.  Cain, Aaron, and the rich young man are just a few of the people we’ll learn about.  The evening includes story time, the children will have games, crafts and snacks.
Led by:    Deacon Dawn Rider
Meets on:  Wednesday
Meets  at:  St. Paul’s Parish Hall
Meets from:  5:45PM-6:45PM
Details:  For kids 3K & 4K.  Dinner is $5 per child. This program is one hour only.

Wednesday Night Friends Club

 Friends Club will be studying eight very big mistakes people made in the Bible, and how God used them or their mistake for His glory.  Cain, Aaron, and the rich young man are just a few of the people we’ll learn about.  The evening includes story time, the children will have games, crafts and snacks.
Led by:    Deacon Dawn Rider
Meets on:  Wednesday
Meets  at:  St. Paul’s Parish Hall
Meets from:  5:45PM-7:45PM

Details:  For kids K5-5th Grade.  Dinner is $5 per child.

Faith 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 theme is “The Messiah”.  Kids will take a deep look at David, Isaiah, and Joseph, and stewardship.
Led by:    Deacon Dawn Rider , Sammie Jordan & Volunteers
Meets on:  Sunday
Meets  at:  St. Paul’s Church at
Meets from:  10:00AM-10:45AM
Details:  For children in grades K4- 5th grade.

Middle & High School Discipleship

 

 Can I Ask That 2

The Authentic Youth Ministry will spend the fall semester looking at tough questions about God.  Tired of vague and non-existent answers to touch questions?  We will dig deeper through deep meaningful conversations as we wrestle with topics like:  Is it wrong to doubt God?  Is hell real?  How could God send someone to hell?  Can I do something so bad that God won’t forgive me?  Why do bad things happed to good people? Is sex outside of marriage wrong?  Why is it so awkward to talk about Jesus with my friends?
Led by: Sean Richardson, Youth Minister
Meets on:  Wednesday
Meets  at:  St. Paul’s Youth Room
Meets from:  6:00PM-7:30PM
Details:  For youth in grades 6-12. Dinner optional  in the Parish Hall at 5:30PM.

Acts:  Movement + Momentum + Multiply

Authentic students will discuss 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.”  Acts records the fulfillment of this 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 heart of the Roman Empire.  Students will be challenged to be led by the Spirit in all aspects of life.  Coming off a great summer of being on mission, this study will be fruitful to the lives of our youth.  BRING YOUR BIBLE!!
Led by: Sean Richardson, Youth Minister
Meets on:  Sunday Morning
Meets  at:  St. Paul’s Youth Room
Meets from:  9:00AM-9:45AM
Details:  For youth in grades 6-12.

Church Leadership Training

 

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 Parish Hall
Meets from:  11:00AM-12:30PM
Details:  Participants may bring their own meals. Coffee is provided.

GROUP #2

Led by: The Rev. Jason Collins
Meets on:  1st Monday of the Month
Meets  at:  Admin Building Conference Room
Meets from:  6:00PM-7:30PM
Details:  Participants may bring their own   meals.  Coffee is provided.

Healing Prayer Training

 

School of Healing Prayer Level 1, from Francis MacNutt and Christian Healing Ministries

Jesus gave the gift of healing and the authority to heal to His followers so that God is glorified and His people are healed.  To teach the healing arts, we will study the curriculum prepared by Francis & Judith MacNutt at CHM.  This is a good study for anyone who wants to learn healing prayer and to enhance their prayer life.
Led by:    Amber Wallace
Meets on:  Wednesday
Meets  at:  St. Paul’s Parish Hall
Meets from:  TBD
Details:  This is a 13-week study and it will be  the training curriculum for those  interested in Intercessory or Healing Prayer ministry.

School of Healing Prayer Level 2, from Francis MacNutt and 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:    Amber Wallace
Meets on:  Wednesday
Meets  at:  St. Paul’s Parish Hall
Meets from:  TBD
Details:  This is a 13-week study and it will be  the training curriculum for those  interested in Intercessory or Healing Prayer ministry.

School of Healing Prayer Level 3, from Francis MacNutt and Christian Healing Ministries

Building upon the curriculum prepared by Francis & Judith MacNutt at CHM, Level 3 leades prayer ministers through an in-depth understanding of specific issues in the healing ministry.  It addresses specialized topics such as healing emotions, the grieving provess, healing addictions, dealing with anger, spiritual warfare, and more.
Led by:    The Rev. Jason Collins
Meets on:  Sunday
Meets  at:  St. Paul’s Parish Hall
Meets from:  4:00PM-5:30PM
Details:  This is a 13-week study and it will be  the training curriculum for those  interested in advanced Healing Prayer  ministry.  Level 1 and 2 are prerequisites.