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We seek to assist followers of Jesus Christ to experience a life-giving relationship with God; to grow in our understanding of the Christian faith, the Word of God, and the history of our tradition; and to participate in God’s work in community through service, advocacy for our neighbors in need, and sharing the Good News with one another and the world.

SMALL GROUPS & BIBLE STUDIES

When Jesus was asked what the most important commandment was, his response was in two parts, and in simple terms he said “Love God and love your neighbor.” It sounds easy, but in practice it isn’t so simple. We might ask as a bystander did: “but who is my neighbor?”, and we might also ask: “what does it mean to love God, what does that look like?” Being a part of a small group offers the opportunity to explore God’s Word with a group of people who are trying their best to live out this two-fold commandment from Jesus. In a small group we learn about scripture and apply it to our lives. Small groups hold one another accountable while also providing support and encouragement as we engage with God, the Word, and the world. Consider joining a small group, or let us help you start a new one!

BIBLE STUDY FOR MEN AND WOMEN
Sunday (5:30 – 6:30 pm)

Men and women of all ages are welcome to study God’s Word with us on a weekly basis. Contact: Laura Graham (grahaml@mindspring.com) or Robert Ellis (ellis.rm1@gmail.com)

SOUL TRAINING
Monday (6:30 – 8:00 pm)

This weekly Bible Study is open to women of all ages and focuses on spiritual development. Contact: Susan Dalton (kayakersusan@hotmail.com) or Cynthia Rivers (riverscy@musc.edu)

WOMEN’S BIBLE STUDY
Wednesday (10:00 am – 12:00 pm)

This long-standing group meets weekly at member’s homes. Contact: Cathy Kleber (mdkleber@bellsouth.net)

MEN’S BIBLE STUDY
Friday (7:00 – 8:00  am)

This is an informal group of men, ranging in age from 20’s to 70’s dedicated to learning more about the Word.  We study the Bible a book at a time, reading and discussing about a chapter of a given book a week.  NO HOMEWORK. Only text used is the Bible itself, and we have them available if you forget yours.  First Friday of the month we meet at OKRA GRILL for breakfast and fellowship.” Contact: Joe Molinari (molemail01@aol.com)

PRESBYTERIAN WOMEN (PW)
Circle 2 – 3rd Tuesday, 10:30 AM
Contact: Helen Slack, (843) 569-2753
Circle 3 – 2nd Tuesday, 2:30 PM
Contact: Anne Farmer or  Sue Verner
Circle 4 – 2nd Wednesday, 9:30 AM
Contact: Beth Carnes or Alice Weil
Circle 5 – 2nd Thursday, 7:00 PM
Contact: Susan Hufham or Janice Young

For decades, Presbyterian Women’s Circles have provided women monthly opportunities to gather in small groups to study the Bible, pray together and share in God’s work in the world through service and giving. PW is an organization that involves more than 300,000 women worldwide. There are five Circles here at MPPC and women of all ages are welcome to join a group at any time. Contact: PW Moderator Penny Wilson (annaphw@gmail.com)

LENTEN SMALL GROUPS

Every year during the six weeks before Easter, church members are encouraged to join a small group to focus hearts and minds on the Word of God and prepare our hearts for the joy of Easter day. Opportunities for developing new and ongoing groups arise every year. Join a group today by contacting Ann Burdette (aburdette@mppc.net).

YOUR IDEA HERE

We are always open to helping add new small groups, whether based on stage of life, thematic interest, or neighborhood proximity. Let the church staff and Adult Faith Formation team help you find or form a group that meets your needs. For more information, contact Ann Burdette (aburdette@mppc.net).

SUNDAY SCHOOL

The Adult Sunday School program at MPPC offers a variety of classes aimed at deepening your faith in Jesus Christ. We encourage you to choose a class that engages your interest and visit any time. All classes are open to visitors and no registration is necessary. Contacts are listed for each class, please email them for room locations or additional information.

THE ACADEMY OF SAINT JOHN

The overall purpose of the Academy of St. John class is to equip God’s people for a more effective missional presence in, and engagement of, the world through: expanding our knowledge and understanding of Biblical revelation and our theological heritage, deepening our spiritual life and growing in Christ-likeness, cultivating our love of God and the embodiment of that love in service and mission to our neighbor, enlarging knowledge and appreciation of the diversity in Christian belief and practice, understanding the implications of the Christian faith for the critical issues faced in the world, and becoming more knowledgeable about the unique dimensions of our denominational identity. Contact: Jim Gilbert (ki4ius@gmail.com)

THE MIDDLE

We are all in the middle of something. Some of us are in the middle of raising kids, our lives, taking care of parents etc.  All of us are somewhere in the middle of our faith journey. This group explores and studies God’s message for them in these seasons of life. Contact: Jim Deavor (deavorj@gmail.com) or Claire and Will Whitsett (clairewhitsett@gmail.com).

CHRISTIAN PARENTING

Christian Parenting focuses on developing and nurturing faith through all seasons of parenthood. This class is an on-going conversation and study of the Bible, theological principles, and the celebrations and challenges of parenting. None of us, as parents, has it all figured out. We are in this together! Join us as we magnify God’s word for our lives, study our children’s Sunday School lessons, and read various Christian books. Take time out from the busyness of the week, to come as you are, and to nurture and grow your relationship with God. Contact: Joel Whitley (joel.whitley@gmail.com)

THE HARBOR

The Harbor) will spend the year in a study of the history of Christianity starting in September. Topics include:

  1. The Apostolic Era: From Christ until the death of the apostle John, around A.D. 100
  2. Early Christianity: Until the Council of Nicea under Constantine in A.D. 325
  3. The Post-Nicene Era: The general ecumenical church councils from A.D. 325 to 451
  4. Early Middle Ages: The Council of Chalcedon in 451 to the Great Schism in 1054
  5. Late Middle Ages: Great Schism to the beginning of the Reformation in 1517
  6. Reformation Era: Reformation until the colonization of the Americas
  7. Modern Era: From 1600 or so until the present day

Contact: Julian McGill (jemcgill32@gmail.com) or Butch Hills (waringhills@ gmail.com)

SEEKERS AND SOWERS

Read and study the Bible verse by verse with this wonderful group of men and women who aim to read and reflect deeply together. Using the New Revised Standard study edition (we have copies for you), this group digs into the history and context of each passage. Contact: Bill Marsh (wmarshmd@aol.com) or Russell Horres (russellhorres@att.net)

ADULT CONFIRMATION CLASS

This brand new class will parallel the 8th grade Confirmation Class. We encourage all parents of 8th graders to participate, but anyone who’d like to explore their faith more deeply is welcome. This class will explore each phrase of the Apostle’s Creed and what it tells us about God, Jesus, the Holy Spirit, the Church, and our own Faith. Contact Middle School Youth Director, Courtney Kraus (ckraus@mppc.net).

OTHER OPPORTUNITIES

We hope that you will be able to join us for one of the opportunities below.

ENCORE MINISTRIES

Encore Ministries is our church’s initiative to involve, equip, and support members of our church family and larger community as they grow older. We sponsor opportunities for fellowship, study, mission, service, worship, growth, and spiritual development, as we minister with and care for people during all stages of life. Whether you have just retired and are looking for new ways to use your gifts, or you are facing end of life issues for yourself or a loved one, we long to help you stay connected and equipped. Encore Ministries includes a Prayer Shawl ministry, a regular relationship with the Ronald McDonald House, Pacesetters (2nd Friday of the month), Senior Lunch Bunch (4th Monday of the month), and the Encore Singers. Contact the church office for more details.

MEN’S BACKPACKING MINISTRY

Since 2012, the Men’s Backpacking Ministry has provided an opportunity for men of all ages to disconnect from the distractions of the world for a few days to grow in a relationship with God and one another. This ministry coordinates two hikes a year, when men can get away for a weekend and experience God’s healing and renewal. Contact: Freeman Milligan (fhmilligandesign@bellsouth.com)

WOMEN’S RETREAT
January 25-27, 2019
Registration Begins Soon!

“Be Still and Know that I am God” is this year’s theme for the MPPC Women’s Retreat. This annual getaway on Pawley’s Island is for women of all ages who are eager to connect with one another, retreat from the chaos of everyday life, and grow in faith as we workshop, worship, and reflect on God’s Word.