Aerobics at Saxe Gotha will keep you fit and healthy year round. Vicki Beatty, our Aerobics Director, is a high energy instructor who keeps aerobics fun! Vicki leads the majority of the weekly sessions that take place both morning and evening in the Fellowship Hall. We offer Cardio Aerobics, Advanced Step, Body Sculpting, Pilates, Ballet Barre and Hi/Lo Aerobics/Weights.
Please contact Vicki Beatty (803.926.9917) for more information, or pick up a copy of the current Aerobics Schedule in the SGPC Administrative Offices.
Men's Basketball League
The basketball league for men has ended. Check back for details on future leagues, which will include registration details and deadlines. All games are played in the SGPC Gym. Questions? Contact SGPC Deacons Keith Walker and Tripp Hunter.
This program has been suspended. We do not currently have anyone to administer the pick-up basketball programs. Please do not come during lunch on week days or on Sunday or Wednesday nights until further notice.
---Thanks so much from the Saxe Gotha Heath & Recreation Ministry
All players are required to fill out a registration/waiver form and have their driver's license on file with SGPC before playing pick-up basketball.
Please note that all pick-up sessions will have a designated church leader. This person will make decisions on disputes. Please respect this leader's decisions and thank him for making the session possible.
WE WILL PLAY IN A CHRISTIAN ATMOSPHERE.
WE WILL EXPECT ALL PLAYERS TO DISPLAY A CHRISTIAN ATTITUDE.
WE WILL HAVE FUN & PRAISE GOD FOR THE OPPORTUNITY TO DO SO.
Saxe Gotha reserves the right to refuse to allow anyone to play if he cannot abide by the church rules.
Questions about our pick-up basketball? Please be sure to contact our leaders as listed below.
Week Day Lunch Ministry Leader: Open
Sunday/Wednesday Night Ministry Leader: Open
SGPC Deacons: Keith Walker and Tripp Hunter
Church members and friends have the opportunity to play on a Saxe Gotha team in the Lexington County Church Leagues during the spring and fall. Men or women who are a minimum of 15 years old qualify to play. Men play on Monday nights and the co-ed team plays on Tuesday night. Coaches are Michael Elkins for Co-ed team (803.446.7574) and Mike Kinney for men's team (803.422.5414).
The fall season typically begins near the first of August.
Walking is a great exercise and conveniently available in a safe environment at Saxe Gotha Presbyterian. For the walker who likes temperature control or wants to stay dry on a rainy day, it is 16 1/2 laps per mile around the gym. Just check the SGPC Calendar to see if the gym is available for walking.
If you enjoy and prefer strolling in the great outdoors, it is three laps per mile around the church parking lot of the Main Building to the front side of the church (sanctuary side). You can walk the entire property at two laps per mile by going from the front of the church all the way around the rear of the Light House. Get a partner or group together and start walking on a regular basis. This is a great way to exercise, meditate and have prayer with God.
Children & Youth Activities
UPward Elementary Basketball League
Saxe Gotha will offers an Upward Basketball League as a ministry for elementary age children (1st through 6th grade). Upward Sports was established in 1995 and has become the world’s largest Christian youth sports provider. The mission of Upward Sports is to promote the discovery of Jesus through Sports, as it seeks to develop athletes spiritually, mentally, athletically and socially.
Upward Fall 2018 Session: (Girls and Boys - 5K through 6th Grade), Cost: $80.
Basketball Evaluations beginning on October 15.
First Practice - Week of November 5th / First Game - Week of November 26th
All games are played on weeknights & practices are held on Saturday at the Saxe Gotha Gym: 5503 Sunset Blvd. Questions, call Terry at 803-331-1622 or Pete at 803-608-9835. Register online: http://registration.upward.org/UPW66544. Registration is currently open. All players must be evaluated in order to participate. Evaluations take 15-20 minutes.
Terry Cagle and John Lee recruit coaches and other volunteers needed in support of this program. If you would like to volunteer for this ministry, please contact Terry via email or phone.
Lead Volunteers: Terry Cagle or 803.331.1622, John Lee or Pete Eckert at 806.608.9835.
MIDDLE SCHOOL & HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL
Church members and their friends looking for a church home are invited to play on our Middle and Senior High Basketball teams. We have fall seasons for Middle School and High School. Some years there is a Middle School Spring/Summer season. The purpose for this time is to help the players improve their basketball skills while playing in a fun, safe, and Christian environment. There is always at least one, and most of the time two, of our local middle school coaches present.
In addition to league play, Middle School students are invited to open gym play year-round on Fridays from 7:00-9:00 pm. based on availability of the gym. These are pick-up games and drills run by the Middle School coach Barry Sease.
Registrations are currently closed. Check back again for registration information. Teams will be formed by age groupings of 12-14 and 15-17 (age on Sept. 1) and will play against other church teams in the area.
High School Basketball: n/a - not currently in season
Middle School: n/a - not currently in season
Registration Fees : $40 per player & must accompany completed registration form. Add $25 if you need a reversible game jersey. Download Registration Form. Also, registration forms are available in the SGPC recreation/health area that's near the gym (please enter via the main administrative offices) once registrations are open.
Practice: High School Teams will practice Sundays from 2:30-4:00 pm starting early October. Middle School Teams will practice on Sundays from 1:00 to 3:00 starting early October. Middle School students are invited to open gym play year-round on Fridays from 7:00-9:00 pm. based on availability of the gym.
For questions or to get placed on the email list to keep up with the scheduled days, you may send an email to the appropriate leader below.
Saxe Gotha Kids: VBS, Activities & Camps
We have had many fun and exciting activities to offer children this summer through our 2018 Summer VBS, Activities & Camps! Our SGPC summer camps continue to be a big hit for the children in our community each summer. Kids play and learn about art, basketball and much more! We welcome the children of SGPC members, as well as any children in the community who are not a formal part of Saxe Gotha Presbyterian. So make plans to join us this summer for a LOT of FUN in a very wholesome, Christian environment! Be sure to check out the Children's ministry webpage, too, for other activities for kids that are planned!
2018 Summer Camps:
Art Camp for Early Childhood and Elementary/Intermediate Art camp the week of June 11 – 15, 2018. Early Childhood Art Camp (ages 4 – 6) will be held from 9:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. Cost: $85. Elementary/Intermediate Art Camp (ages 7 – 11) from 12:30 – 3:45 p.m. Cost: $155 per child ($5.00 discount for second sibling).
We are offering a 2nd week of Art Camp for Elementary/Intermediate students (ages 7 – 11) the week of July 16-20, 2018 from 12:30 p.m. – 3:45 p.m.
We are offering a 3rd week of Art Camp for Elementary/Intermediate students (ages 7 – 11) the week of July 16-20, 2018 from 8:30 p.m. – 11:45 p.m. Email Angela Zonka to register: email@example.com.
Camps will be held in Room’s 230 – 235 lower level of Fellowship Hall/Welcome Center. Deadline: Open until camp is full. (Limited to 30 students.) If payment is made the morning of camp, cash is required and will be $95 for Early Childhood and $165 for Elementary/Intermediate. Cost includes all materials and snacks. The children will be grouped by age and will participate in three different classes, each with a different Art Instructor. Instructors are: ANGELA ZOKAN, she has a Bachelors and Interdisciplinary Masters of Art from USC and currently teaches at White Knoll Elementary and at USC. ASHLEY KING teaches at Gilbert Primary School. Ashley has her B.A in Art Education from USC and a Master of Science in Early Childhood Services from Arkansas State University. ELIZABETH CLONTS currently teaches art at Lake Murray Elementary. She has a BFA from USC, a M.Ed. from Columbia College, and a MSE in Special Education from Arkansas State University.
*ID and signature are required when children are picked up.
Bible Bookworm Club:
This program meets 4 times over the summer-June 13, July 11, July 25, August 8.
Time: 10:00 – 11:30 am
Rising 4’s—Rising 5th Graders (children will be split in two groups according to age).
Cost: $20 per child/$10 each additional child-includes book to keep, snacks, and crafts.
The Bible Bookworm Club is a summer program that meets 4 times and is designed to help our children grow in their knowledge of Bible stories. Similar to the public library summer reading club, children will read one story during each class and are expected to read other stories at home. Prizes will be given for reading at home and at the end, for completing the book! You must register by June 1st so that books can be ordered.
Vacation Bible School:
2018 VBS at SGPC. June 18 -22, 2018 (9:00 am – 12:00 noon) Boys & girls - rising 4 year olds to rising 6 graders. COST: FREE. Our SGPC Vacation Bible School is always an exciting time for children to learn about God’s word through terrific music; fun, hands-on activities; creative, multi-sensory experiences; and energetic large group assemblies that are led by our youth praise band and adult “characters” who dramatically tell about the VBS Biblical theme. And remember---water day! VBS is a free experience that’s open to the community. The name of our VBS this year is GAME ON!!
Kelly’s Be Your Own Hero Camp:
June 25-28, 2018, from 9:00 am to 12:00 noon, Room 145/146 in Light House, (Boys & Girls age 5-12 yrs. divided accordingly). We are coaching our campers to find their place, uniqueness, passion, personal talent and their true giftedness. This camp utilizes team building activities, compassion, communication and character. The campers will also be developing common goals, designed projects, break-out sessions and learn how to follow one’s own passion through games, group sports and confidence building skills. To register: call Kelly at 359-0433 or visit www.kellysgymn.com.
Basketball Camp for Children ages 6 - 11:
The 2018 Summer Basketball camp will be held July 9 – 12, 2018 (4 days), from 9:00 am to 12:00 noon in the gym. Cost: $85 per child (limit 48 players). The camp will be co-coached by Coach Bailey Harris. Bailey is the Lexington Wildcats Varsity Boys Head Coach. Bailey has coached the Wildcats for over 30 years and over 600 wins. Also, co-coaching will be Joey Reid. Joey has been with Wildcat basketball for 16 years having been Head High School Coach and Assistant Coach at Presbyterian College prior to moving to Lexington. Camp participants will receive 12 hours of instruction, a basketball, camp T-shirt, Christian attitudes, positive life lessons and healthy snacks.
*ID and signature required when children are picked-up.
Tech-Know Time LEGO Robotics Camps for Rising 2nd – 6th Graders: FULL
2018 Camp Session Dates: July 9-13, 2018 OR July 30 – August 3, 2018
Location: Saxe Gotha Presbyterian Church Light House – Room 141/142
LEGO WeDo 2.0 Amusement Park Camp (Rising 2nd – 3rd graders)
- Cost: $160 includes a camp t-shirt
- Time: 8:30-11:30 am
- Limit: 18 students/session
- Program Note: Individual robotic kit / computer*
LEGO Mindstorms Green City Camp (Rising 4th-6th graders)
- Cost: $185 includes a camp t-shirt
- Time: 1:00 pm -4:30 pm
- Limit: 24 students/session
- Program Note: 2 campers per robotic kit / computer*
*All robotics kits, projects, computers remain property of Tech-Know Time.
Tech-Know Time is back again at Saxe Gotha for its 7th year of LEGO robotics summer camps. It offers supportive, teacher-led instruction followed by hands-on learning that focuses on programming and constructing LEGO models. These specialized robotics camps are designed so that students develop skills in STEM: science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. These fun and dynamic projects also give children many opportunities to become creative thinkers, problem solvers, and collaborative team members.
Susan Shepherd – 22 years teaching experience in Lexington 1, currently teaches in the gifted/talented program at Midway Elementary School Sherry Clapp – 11 years teaching experience, currently teaches Project Lead the Way Engineering (PLTW) courses at Irmo High School and Center for Advanced Technical Studies. Previously taught computer and STEM classes to Grades K - 5 at Midway Elementary School.
Registration opens March 12, 2018 and remains open until camp sessions are full. For registration forms and more information about the camp sessions, visit the Tech-Know Time website at www.techknowtime.com.
Kelly’s Flip-Fly Gymnastics:
July 9-12, 2018, from 9:00 am to 12:00 noon, Room 145/146 in Light House, (Boys and Girls ages 4 – 10). This camp is for those that are flipping, flying and tumbling all over the house! Camp includes coordination, self-discipline, challenging skills. The camp is taught in a fun and safe environment, incorporating tumbling, bars, beams, trampolines and vaulting over boxes. Daily crafts, medals and designing your own tumbling routine. To register: www.kellysgymn.com for forms or call Kelly at 359-0433.
Kelly’s Survivor Ninja Challenge Camp:
August 13–16, 2018 from 9:00 am to 12:00 noon, Room 145-146 in the Light House, (Boys and Girls ages 4-10). This camp has rewarding and challenging obstacle courses, tunnels and survivor skills. Ninja wall, air ball, fit wheel, space walk and lots of sports skills with group and individual races in a fun-filled friendly environment. Wear your favorite sports/ninja gear to camp! To register: www.kellysgymn.com for forms or call Kelly at 359-0433.
Did you know that Saxe Gotha has a fitness center?
The Fitness Center has a treadmill, an upright and recumbent bike, an elliptical, free weights, and a wide variety of circuit type weight and resistance machinery. A Fitness Center Orientation is required to join!
Please contact Joe Moore via email to sign up for a fitness orientation or get details on when the next one will be offered.
Fitness Center Guidelines and Hours
Health & Wellness
Lexington Medical Center Free Health Assessments
A few times a year the Lexington Medical Center staff visit to offer free health assessments to our church members and individuals in our community.
All participants receive their screening results via confidential mail and/or a telephone call. We strongly encourage participants with abnormal results to follow up with a physician.
CPR & First Aid Certifications
The American Heart Association conducts a CPR & First Aid Certification Class a minimum of once a year. This includes AED training and information on the Saxe Gotha emergency plan presented in the last 30 minutes. Ministry team leaders who will be using their skills for church events or mission trips will be free. All others will pay the required fee. Please our church newsletter, This Week at Saxe Gotha, for the next available date.
Lexington's Race Against Hunger
Saxe Gotha established Lexington's Race Against Hunger (LRAH) in 2001, with the goal of increasing awareness of world hunger and raising funds to benefit the hungry both locally and worldwide. One hundred percent of funds raised through LRAH go directly to charitable organizations. Charities that have benefited from LRAH include World Vision, the Souper Bowl of Caring, Lexington Interfaith Community Services (LICS), Oliver Gospel Mission and Area Churches Together Serving (ACTS).
Over seventeen years, LRAH has donated $372,598.06 to local charities and has grown to an average of 1000 participants each year. In addition, approximately 150 people from the community volunteer each year to help with the event. Over half of these are members of local law enforcement who help to keep our streets safe for the runners and walkers.
The seventeenth (17th) Annual Lexington's Race Against Hunger was held on Saturday, February 25, 2017. LRAH donated $18,052.75 to charities and 838 lbs. of food was donated to LICS through the event in 2017.
The 2018 LRAH has been cancelled due to increasing Law Enforcement costs to run the event and the increasing difficulty with closing portions of major roadways in Lexington for the race. The organizers are considering alternatives that would allow the race to be reinstated in 2019 on a more cost-effective course.
Thanks to the Town of Lexington, Saxe Gotha Presbyterian Church, LRAH board members, sponsors, volunteers and many participants that supported this race over seventeen years. Without each of you, LRAH would not have been the success that it is today.