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, 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 Terry Cagle or Ron Cathey.
On weekdays at noon we have pick-up basketball here in the SGPC Gym. Anyone is welcome to play, but church rules must be followed.
All players are required to fill out a registration 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 weekday basketball? Please be sure to contact our leaders as listed below.
Ministry Leader: Jim Fisher
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.
Registration typically starts in November, so check back in late fall for registration details. Games begin in December and end in late February. You must register via the SGPC Upward webpage, as registrations are online only. All players must be evaluated in order to participate. Evaluations take 15-20 minutes each and set dates are chosen for evaluations each year.
Terry Cagle recruits 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 Volunteer: Terry Cagle or 803.331.1622
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: SUMMER Camps & Programs
We have many fun and exciting activities to offer children this summer through our 2016 Summer 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 for this summer!
2016 Summer Camp DAtes
June 6 – 9 Kelly’s Camp - Ninja Warrior Sports Challenge
June 20 – 24 Art Camp – Early Childhood AND Elementary/Intermediate
June 27-30 Vacation Bible School (morning & evening options)
July 11-14 Basketball Camp #1
July 11-14 Kelly's Camp - Twizzlenastics & Olympic Circus Kids
July 11-15 Tech-Know Time: LEGO Awesome Adventures
Tech-Know Time: LEGO Mindstorms Deep Space Terraformers
July 18-21 SGPC Soccer Camp - CANCELLED
July 25-28 Basketball Camp #2
July 25-28 Kelly's Camp - Aero Gymnastics Flip-Fly & Tumble Camp
July 25-29 Tech-Know Time: LEGO Awesome Adventures
Tech-Know Time: LEGO Mindstorms Deep Space Terraformers
Aug 8 – 11 Kelly’s Camp - Tennis Buddies & All American Sports
2016 CAMP Descriptions
SGPC Vacation Bible School - Morning & Evening Sessions!
DATE: June 27-30
TIME: Morning 9 am – 12 Noon COST: FREE
AGES: rising three year olds to rising sixth graders
TIME: Evening 6:30-8:00 pm COST: FREE
AGES: Programming for the Entire Family!
Mark your summer calendars now for 2015 VBS at SGPC. This is a free, Christian experience that’s offered each June to families in our community! All are encouraged to sign up and attend! Our Morning VBS is for boys & girls from rising three year olds to rising sixth graders, whereas our Evening VBS is for the entire family! Our theme this year is “Submerged: Finding the Truth Below the Surface” and offers family members a fun and interesting way to learn about God’s many Bible stories. Saxe Gotha’s 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 a youth praise band and adult “characters” who dramatically tell about the VBS Biblical theme. The evening programming will incorporate programming based on the same theme but for older audiences. We’ll also have a light supper available to families who sign up from 6-6:30 pm each evening. REGISTER or VOLUNTEER: Contact via email or phone Lori Lowman (803.359.7770, ext. 28), or Lee Ann Alexander (803.359.7770, ext. 42). Find a VBS Registration Form on children's ministry webpage (Growth tab).
Art Camp - Early Childhood
DATE: June 20 - 24 TIME: 12:30 – 3:45 p.m. COST: $85 per child*
*Increases to $95 if paid first day of camp (cash only).
AGES: 4 to 6 years DEADLINE: Open until full
This Art Camp for Elementary/Intermediate children (ages 7 to 11 years) will be held in our Main Building, Rooms 230 – 235 (lower level of Fellowship Hall/Welcome Center). Camp is limited to 30 students. Cost includes all materials and snacks. (Note: If payment is made the morning of camp, cost is $165 cash.) The children will be grouped by age and will participate in three different classes, each under the instruction of a different art educator. Instructors are 1) ANGELA ZOKAN - has a Bachelors and Interdisciplinary Masters of Art from USC, teacher at Gilbert Elementary; 2) ASHLEY KING – teacher at Gilbert Primary School & B.A. in Art Education from USC; 3) ELIZABETH CLONTS – art teacher at Lake Murray Elementary, Bachelors of Fine Art from USC and a M.Ed. from Columbia College. Proper ID and signature are required when children are picked up. REGISTER: Using linked Art Camp Registration Form or pick one up from SGPC.
Art Camp – Elementary/Intermediate
DATE: June 20 - 24 TIME: 12:30 – 3:45 p.m. COST: $155 per child*
*Increases to $165 if paid first day of camp (cash only).
AGES: 7 to 11 years DEADLINE: Open until full
This Art Camp for Elementary/Intermediate children (ages 7 to 11 years) will be held in our Main Building, Rooms 230 – 235 (lower level of Fellowship Hall/Welcome Center). Camp is limited to 30 students. Cost includes all materials and snacks. (Note: If payment is made the morning of camp, cost is $165 cash.) The children will be grouped by age and will participate in three different classes, each under the instruction of a different art educator. Instructors are 1) ANGELA ZOKAN - has a Bachelors and Interdisciplinary Masters of Art from USC, teacher at Gilbert Elementary; 2) ASHLEY KING – teacher at Gilbert Primary School & B.A. in Art Education from USC; 3) ELIZABETH CLONTS – art teacher at Lake Murray Elementary, Bachelors of Fine Art from USC and a M.Ed. from Columbia College. Proper ID and signature are required when children are picked up. REGISTER: REGISTER: Using linked Art Camp Registration Form or pick one up from SGPC.
Basketball Camp #1
DATE: July 11-14 (4 days) TIME: 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon COST: $75 per child
Basketball Camp #2
DATE: July 25-28 (4 days) TIME: 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon COST: $75 per child\
AGES: 6-11 years for both camps
These Basketball Camps are for children ages 6 – 11 years and will be limited to 48 players. Camps are held in the SGPC Gym. Camp participants will receive 12 hours of instruction, a basketball, camp T-shirt, Christian attitudes, positive life lessons and healthy snacks. Parent ID and signature are required when children are picked-up. One week will be coached by Coach Joey Reid, who is an assistant coach at Lexington High School, a former player and assistant coach at Presbyterian College, and the former head coach at Thornwell High School. One week will be coached by Coach Bailey Harris, who is the Lexington Wildcats Varsity Boys Head Coach. Bailey has coached the Wildcats for 28 years; the team has been 4A Region Champions for two years and was 4A State runner-up in 2010. REGISTER: Using linked Basketball Camp Registration Form or pick one up from SGPC.
SGPC SOCCER CAMP - CANCELLED
Unfortunately due to lack of interest at this time, the SGPC Soccer Camp that was scheduled for July 18-21, 2016 has been cancelled.
TECH-KNOW TIME LEGO ROBOTICS CAMPS
Tech-Know Time is back again at Saxe Gotha PC for its 4th 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.
Instructors are Susan Shepherd and Sherry Clapp. Mrs. Shepherd has 20 years of teaching experience in Lexington 1 and currently teaches in the gifted/talented program at Midway Elementary School. Mrs. Clapp has 8 years teaching experience in technology and STEM classes to grades K-5 at Midway Elementary School and currently teachers engineering classes at Irmo High School.
UPDATE: All Tech-Know Time camps are FULL, but you are welcome to contact camp leaders directly to see about your child's name being added to a waiting list.
Tech-Know Time : WeDo Awesome Adverntures Camp
DATE: July 11 – 15 OR July 25 – 29 TIME: 8:30 – 11:30 am
COST: $150 per child AGES: rising 2nd – 3rd graders
These camps for rising 2nd-3rd graders will be held in the SGPC Light House in Rooms 141/142. Cost includes a camp T-shirt. REGISTER: Get registration forms and more information about the camps by visiting the Tech-Know Time website at www.techknowtime.com.
Tech-Know Time: Mindstorms Green City Challenge Camp
DATE: July 11 – 15 or July 25 – 29 TIME: 1:00 – 4:30 pm COST: $175 per child
AGES: rising 4th-6th graders
These camps for rising 4th-6th graders will be held in the SGPC Light House in Rooms 141/142. Cost includes a camp T-shirt. REGISTER: Get registration forms and more information about the camps by visiting the Tech-Know Time website at www.techknowtime.com.
KELLY’S GYMNASTICS CAMPS
Kelly’s Ninja Warrior & Sports Challenge Camp
DATE: June 6-9 TIME: 9:00 am - 12:00 noon COST: $85 per child
AGES: 3-10 years
This camp is for boys and girls ages 3 – 10 years and it will be located in the SGPC Light House in Rooms 145-146. This camp will include sports training and skill development in some of the following: tennis tag, pin head bowling, balloon badminton, noodle hockey, Frisbee games, basketball buddies and many other unique games that will challenge each participant in a rewarding and positive environment. This challenging camp will team up in ladder and beam balances, blind fold survivors, strength moves through various challenging obstacle courses. Bring a great attitude, your favorite team jersey and be ready to join the team. REGISTER: Visit www.kellysgymn.com or contact Kelly's Gymnastics at 359-0433.
Kelly's Twizzlenastics/Circus Kids Camp
DATE: July 11 – 14 TIME: 9:00 am - 12:00 noon COST: $85 per child
AGES: 3 – 10 years
This camp is for boys and girls ages 3 – 10 years and it will be located in the SGPC Light House in Rooms 145-146. Camps include walking tight wires, juggling, trapeze trick, ring skills, parallel bars routines, tumbling, balancing on barrels and boards, face painting, and lots of silly circus fun! Bring your favorite outfit the last day and dress up! Daily crafts, hand art and balloon animals will be part of the fun for all campers. REGISTER: Visit www.kellysgymn.com or contact Kelly's Gymnastics at 359-0433.
Kelly’s Acro Gymnastics (Flip Fly Tumble) Camp
DATE: July 25 – 28 TIME: 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon COST: $85 per child
AGES: 3 – 12 years
This camp is for boys and girls ages 3 – 12 years and it will be located in the SGPC Light House in Rooms 145-146. This camp is for those that are flipping, flying and tumbling all over the house! Camp includes coordination, self-discipline, challenging skills and lots of fun on beams, bars, box tumbling and swinging around on rings and things in a safe environment. Includes daily crafts, medals and designing your own camp ribbon. REGISTER: Visit www.kellysgymn.com or contact Kelly's Gymnastics at 359-0433.
Kelly’s Camp - Tennis Buddies & All American Sports Camp
DATE: Aug. 8-11 TIME: 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon COST: $85 per child
AGES: 3-10 year olds
This Kelly’s Camp for boys and girls ages 3-10 years will be held in the Light House, Rooms 145-146. This challenging camp will give each camper a unique & fun start to tennis! Each child will learn the basics in advanced tennis skills in a noncompetitive, fun and challenging environment. All campers will be involved in hitting, serving, partners, and net play in a rewarding and challenging game situation that builds team spirit, character, and positive attitudes. The excitement continues with sport & skill training while acquiring balance, coordination and agility for all levels. Wear your favorite team jersey or tennis outfit each day. We provide balls, rackets, nets, and all other equipment. Daily crafts, medals and designing your own camp ribbon. REGISTER: Visit www.kellysgymn.com or contact Kelly's Gymnastics 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. LMC will visit Saxe Gotha Presbyterian on Thursday, March 23, 2017. During these appointments qualified LMC medical staff will offer the following health screenings: Blood Pressure Assessment, Glucose (blood sugar) screening test for risk of developing diabetes, Lipid Profile (Total Cholesterol, HDL, LDL and Triglycerides), and Screening test for coronary heart and vascular disease. You may also request the following additional screenings: Thyroid Profile (detects thyroid abnormalities) for $32; or Vitamin D Level (detects deficiencies) for $40. (Note: You must pay for additional screenings with cash or check only.) Please know that PSA testing is not available this year.
The LMC Health Screenings will be held from 7:30-10:30 AM in Main Building, Room 155 (across from gym) on March 23, 2017. Test are open to anyone, but you must make an appointment by calling or emailing Pansy Floyd (359-7770, ext. 11). Know that all testing requires fasting for 12 hours prior to the test. Please know that there are a limited number of spots available.
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 sixteen years, LRAH has donated $354,545.31 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.
LRAH is a great opportunity the competitive runner, the fun runner, and families. Our real winners are all the hungry that will benefit through funds raised and an increased awareness of hunger issues. Together we have made a difference, and we will continue to grow the dream to make an even bigger difference in future years!
The seventeenth (17th) Annual Lexington's Race Against Hunger will be held on Saturday, February 25, 2017! Be sure to visit the official race webpage to register, www.LRAH.org. Every year we have record numbers participate to raise money for the designated local charities who feed those in need! Annually this event raises the awareness levels of hunger locally and worldwide. For full race results and sponsors, go to www.LRAH.org.