Christian Education for Adults
Small Groups & Bible Studies
BIBLE STUDY FOR MEN & WOMEN
Sunday (5-6 p.m.)
Men and women of all ages are welcome to study God’s Word with us on a weekly basis.
MEN’S BIBLE STUDY
Friday (7-8 a.m.)
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 Page’s Okra Grill for breakfast and fellowship.
YOUR IDEA RIGHT 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.
Monday (6:30-8 p.m.)
This weekly Bible Study is open to women of all ages and focuses on spiritual development.
PRESBYTERIAN WOMEN (PW)
Circle 2 – 3rd Tuesday, 10:30 a.m.
Circle 3 – 2nd Tuesday, 2:30 p.m.
Circle 4 – 2nd Wednesday, 9:30 a.m.
Circle 5 – 2nd Thursday, 7 p.m.
Circle 6 – 2nd Sunday 7 p.m.
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.
WOMEN’S BIBLE STUDY
Wednesday (10 a.m. – 12 p.m.)
This long-standing group meets weekly at Daniel Pointe. Contact Betty Jenkins or Cathy Kleber (843-881-3062) for more information.
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. Contact Dr. Dan Wiard for questions concerning Lenten Studies.
THE ACADEMY OF ST. 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.
The Harbor will spend the year in a study of the history of Christianity. Topics include: The Apostolic Era, Early Christianity, The Post-Nicene Era, Early Middle Ages, Late Middle Ages, Reformation Era, Modern Era.
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.
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.
ADULT CONFIRMATION CLASS
Sometimes we aren’t sure what we believe as individuals and as a PCUSA congregation. This basic class is a place to discover and explore our faith and the denomination.
WHAT’S THE STORY?
This class will focus on an overview of the Bible using The Story as their resource. Whether you are confident in your knowledge of Scripture or looking for a new way to understand God’s amazing relationship with God’s people, The Story is an effective tool to engage Scripture. This class is specifically designed for young adults, so pull up a chair, bring a friend, open The Story together and let the journey begin.
This Sunday School class meets during the last Service of Worship (10:30 a.m.) and offers conversation and discussion geared around Scripture and contemporary studies. From books of the Bible to topical studies, this class offers life application insight into each lesson.
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 (843-884-4612) 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.
“Mindful, Grateful, Joyful” 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.