News at Saxe Gotha

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Sermons Available Online: To listen to past sermons, please go to our audio sermons page or go to our YouTube Channel for online services.

The Encounters with God Devotional Books (July-September) are now available for pick-up in the Narthex and in the Light House on the racks by the doors. Please email Pansy at if you would like them mailed to you.

Sunday Worship Resumes In Person

Worship With Us In Person on Online!

In Person Worship

Each week, we have 3 services: 8:30 and 11 am Traditional Services in the Sanctuary and the 10:45 am AWE Contemporary Service in the Light House Auditorium.

Online Worship

We livestream our 8:30 am Traditional Service and our 11:00 am AWE Contemporary Service. If you prefer to view the Traditional Service at 11:00, you can re-play the 8:30 service at that time or any other time.

To view the Saxe Gotha Services and other resources, please go to:

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Children's Worship - Kids Ages 4-6

We now have two Children's Worship groups. Kids will be dismissed to Ms. Melinda during both services. After the 10:45 am Contemporary Service, kids will be picked up in Room 130 and after the 11:00 am Traditional Service, kids will be picked up in the Welcome Center/Fellowship Hall. 

God Is On The Move Wed In July 2021

God Is On The Move - Wednesday Nights in July

God Is On The Move Speakers:

July 28: Mission Lexington representative

Schedule for the Evening:

6:00 pm - Dinner (picnic-style, bring your own dinner)

6:20 pm - Worship

6:35 pm- Short Message

6:40 pm - Missions Speaker

7:00 pm- Q&A Period, Discussion Groups and Activities

7:30 pm - End Fellowship

NOTE: Elementary/Preschool Kids to leave after Worship time, before Missions Speaker

Contact Helen Harrison Ham with questions:

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The First Impressions Team is in need of Ushers and CREW members.

Please email or call Carl Hammond at or 803-767-0864 if you are interested. All volunteers assist once every 5 weeks.

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July 18 Change for South Sudan Collection...

Give Online Through July 26 at the link below.

Our Change for South Sudan collection on July 18 will be dedicated to the purchase of Talking Bibles.  

When Jesus gave us the Great Commission, he charged us with “teaching them to obey everything that I have commanded you.” (Matt 28:20) Today, we might call that the task of discipling new believers. You and I can continue our spiritual growth by using a daily devotion guide such as “Encounter with God.” We really cannot complete that without a Bible. We are blessed to have both available to us.

What if you speak a different language from what can be found printed? What if you cannot read, as is the case for most of the people in South Sudan? How can we complete the task as Jesus directs us?  

Fortunately, we have a tool called a Talking Bible. These devices have the Bible spoken in the local languages of the people whom we serve in South Sudan. You cannot imagine the power of these small devices when the people hear the gospel in their own language.

To make this more effective, we train key people to gather groups to listen together and then discuss what they have heard…this is Bible Study in a different way. We seek out women for this because they are more effective than men who don’t share so well. On our next mission trip, we want to continue that aspect of our ministry by distributing them to Presbyterians who have fled to Juba (South Sudan’s capitol) for protection. Thus, we will carry Talking Bibles in several languages. They cost $50 each; and we want to take 80, which will cost $4,000.

Please pray for the people of South Sudan and assist in this project as you can.

Goal for the Collection: To collect donations during the services to enable us to send 80 Solar powered TALKING BIBLES this summer.

The Benefits of Talking Bibles:

Bibles are in the people’s native language.

People actually hear the words of the Bible. Bibles are not for individuals, but to be used by small groups to impact more people. 

Easy to operate.  Solar powered.  

Normal life span of Bibles is approximately 5 years.

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Please Register to Donate Blood Now!

The Red Cross has let us know that there is currently severe blood shortage. Please register to donate now!

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Would you like to be part of Stephen Ministry?

Stephen Ministry is a one-to-one lay caring ministry that meets individually with those that are in need. If you would like to become a Stephen Minister, please email Renee Starnes at or call 359-7770, ext. 37 to sign-up. Your experiences and compassion are gifts to be shared.

We would like to start a training session soon, so we look forward to hearing from you!

Senior Adult Ministry

Caring Connections Brotherhood Meeting In Person:

Caring Connections Brotherhood is gathering at The Flight Deck every Tuesday at 12:00 noon.

Parents Of Young Children

Parents of Young Children Sunday School Class

Join us for the Parents of Young Children SS class at 9:45 am in Room 235, under the Fellowship Hall. We will be studying “It Starts at Home: Learn How to Confidently Teach your kids about God” by Matt Chandler, Gary Thomas and Kurt and Olivia Bruner. Nursery and childcare is available! Contact Stefanie Cain with questions:

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Free Exercise Classes:

Free Exercise classes are held on Wednesdays and Fridays in the Fellowship Hall from 9:00 - 10:00 am. Contact Vicky Beatty with questions:


We're looking for CDC Teachers!

We're looking for Teachers! The Child Development Center is looking for teachers interested in teaching children ages 2-4 in the morning or kindergarten-fifth graders in the afternoon. For specific details please contact Hope Andrews at 803-359-2058 or

2021 Summer Camps:

We look forward to you joining us for the 2021 Summer Camps. We missed you last summer! All Summer Camps will follow CDC Safety Guidelines. All camps are for boys and girls, ages are noted. For complete details, please go to or contact Pansy Floyd:

Basketball Camp:
August 2 - 5, from 9:00 am to 12:00 noon, SGPC Gym. (Ages 6 - 12) Cost: $100.

Details & Register for Camps
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United Heroes Ministry:

The United Heroes Ministry here at SGPC sends cards and care packages to our military. We are in the process of updating our list of names and addresses. Please send the name and address of those that are active duty, serving overseas or stateside, to Jody Sullivan at or call 704-798-5444 to get your loved one added to the list.  

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Kids Sunday School - Join us in person!

From learning more of God's Word to creating meaningful projects to completing creative Bible challenges, Sunday School is a way for kids to grow spiritually! We meet at 9:45 am in the gym. This week, we will continue our study of the prophets while learning about Isaiah. 

Just a Reminder: Sunday School ends at 10:30 am. Please pick-up your children promptly, so that Kids Sunday School leaders can get to Children's Worship.

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God's Great Outdoors! Summer Play Days for Children

Our theme for the summer is all about God's Great Outdoors! God is an amazing Creator so we have days of fellowship and fun planned to celebrate His great big creation! Here are the dates––details with specific locations and times will be determined once our interns arrive.

Wednesday evenings in July God on the Move series

Aug 29: NextGen Family Day 

Contact Melinda Boyle with questions:

Resumes In The Fall 2021

Kids Programming Resumes in the Fall!

Seekers (K-3rd Grade), Club 45 (4-5th Grade) and Kids Choir for all ages.

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Sunday Nursery and Preschool

Nursery is available for ALL services and Sunday School. Friends ages 3 and younger can join us in Room 215 during the worship services.

Preschool Sunday School for ages 2 through kindergarten will be meeting in rooms 214 and 224.

Please contact Sara McCarter at if you have any questions.

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Saxe Gotha Child Development Center 2021-2022 Preschool and Extended Care Registration

Registration is Now Open to Public

Summer and Afterschool Registration:

Registration Now Open to Public

Please contact Hope Andrews for more information:

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Stephen Ministry

Do you or someone you know need to talk to someone?

Have you heard about Stephen Ministers?

If you would like to talk to someone, contact Carol Perrin at 803-917-6690 or by email

Stephen Ministers are lay congregation members trained to provide one-to-one care to those experiencing a difficult time in life, such as grief, divorce, job loss, relocation or chronic or terminal illness.

Stephen Ministers come from all walks of life, but they all share a passion for bringing Christ's love and care to people during a time of need.

Since 1975, more than 600,000 people from more than 13,000 congregations and other organizations have been trained as Stephen Ministers.


First Impressions Team - Call for Volunteers!

The First Impressions Team is in need of Ushers and CREW members. Please call or email Carl Hammond at 803-767-0864 or if you are interested. All volunteers assist once every 5 weeks.

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Moms in Ministry

Saxe Gotha has a group just for Moms...we will connect you with other moms (with kids under the age of 21) who are going through the same challenges you face. This is a place to share your concerns, be encouraged by God's Word, and enjoy fellowship with moms.

Please like and follow this group on Facebook at SG Moms in Ministry or on Instagram.


Current Sermon Series: Characters

Characters gives us a glimpse into the lives of people of faith. During this year, we are being challenged as we dig deeper into the context and setting of each person’s life – gaining new insights into the world in which they lived and connecting their world with ours. Along the way, truths that impact our lives today are being discovered as we see the challenges, struggles and opportunities faced by people seeking to follow God. In many of these stories, we can find ourselves and our need for a Savior. We pray that through these studies, we are transformed and better equipped to fulfill God’s purposes in our world today.


Nailbenders: Saturday, August 14

Meet at 8:00 am (the 2nd Saturday of the month) at the church outdoor patio in front of the Light House and bring a sack breakfast to eat, then leave from there to assist individuals in need. Contact Keith Hall with questions:

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Drive Thru Prayer: Tuesday, August 17

(the 3rd Tuesday of the month) 7:15-8:15 am, SGPC Parking Lot. Join together as we love and support community members in need of prayer. We will need prayer warriors, enthusiastic sign holders and traffic directors. 

To Volunteer, contact Loretta Gobbel at 319-4608 or Pete Eckert at 608-9835 or email  

July 20 Update: We had 7 members serving and 6 cars and 2 pedestrians stopped by for prayer. 

Online Opportunities

Online Devotionals

Devotionals: If you have missed one of our daily devotionals, you can go to the Saxe Gotha Devotional Playlist.

Mens Bible Study

The Monday morning Men’s Bible study is online!

Meets virtually on Mondays at 8:30 am for a brief lesson and to pray for each other and for other people. Contact Scott Welborn at for meeting information. This Bible study is open to men of all ages.

Rightnow Media

Did you know that Saxe Gotha has its own customized library on RightNow Media?

Here is the specific link to it if you already have your account set up: RightNow is like the Netflix of Christian media and Bible studies. And if you’re already tired of watching TV and scrolling the internet, then feed your mind and heart with good stuff! We have several different channels within Saxe Gotha’s custom library: Adults, Youth, Children, Worship and the Arts, Missions and Outreach, Marriage and Parenting. 

If you need help setting up your Right Now account, you can contact one of the following:

HH Ham:

Patrick Cherry:

Justin Hall:

Melinda Boyle:

Hal McIntosh:

The studies and videos inside Saxe Gotha’s library on RightNow are just suggestions from our staff. Please feel free to explore and enjoy the many wonderful videos on Right Now while you are at home!

Amazon Smile: $116.72 was received from Amazon for the 2nd Quarter of 2021!

Did you know that when shopping Amazon, they will make a donation to Saxe Gotha with no additional cost to you? The only requirement is to go through instead of and choose Saxe Gotha as your charity of choice. AmazonSmile is the same Amazon you know. Same products, same prices, same service, but with each purchase you help reduce the debt.

NEW: AmazonSmile customers can now support Saxe Gotha Presbyterian Church in the Amazon shopping app on iOS and Android mobile phones! Simply follow these instructions to turn on AmazonSmile and start generating donations.

Open the Amazon Shopping app on your device

Go into the main menu of the Amazon Shopping app and tap into 'Settings'

Tap 'AmazonSmile' and follow the on-screen instructions to complete the process.

Our Amazon Smile Program

F.I.S.H / First Impressions Teams

7/25: Team 3, 8/1: Team 4, 8/8: Team 5, 8/15: Team 1, 8/22: Team 2, 8/29: Team 3.

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