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 pfloyd@saxegotha.org 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: https://www.youtube.com/user/SaxeGothaPres.

We would love to chat with you online during the services. Please turn on the YouTube chat function if you would like to comment.

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Saxe Gotha Campus Now Fully Re-Opened:

Safety Protocols: For the 8:30 am Traditional Service in the Sanctuary, attendees should sit in the pews with white signs. For the 11:00 am Traditional Service in the Sanctuary, attendees should sit in the pews with the blue signs.

Children's Worship: Children ages 4-6 are invited to join us for a series focusing on worship and the sermon topic in an age-appropriate way. Kids will begin their worship time with their parents in the services and will join Children’s Ministry leaders in the specified rooms, where parents will pick them up when the service ends. Children's Worship is held during the 10:45 am AWE Service in Light House Room 130. Children's Worship will begin on June 6 during the 11:00 am Traditional Service in the Fellowship Hall/Welcome Center. Children's Worship is not held during the 8:30 am Traditional Service.

Sunday School Classes: All Sunday School Classes are now In Person.

The Choir is now back in person at the 11:00 am Traditional Service.

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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. 

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Face Masks are Now Optional

As recommended by our Safety Team and passed by Session, face masks are now optional indoors on the Saxe Gotha campus. Social distancing is now 3 feet in the classrooms. Thank you for all each of you has done to keep everyone well!

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

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

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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 rstarnes@saxegotha.org 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: cain.stefanieg@gmail.com.

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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: vpbeatty@gmail.com.

Hiring

We're looking for an AV Technician!


We are looking for an AV Tech to assist the AV Staff in providing quality sound, video, lighting and graphics support for all church services and special events, including attendance at most of those events.  Please contact Alisha Hudson at ahudson@saxegotha.org if you are interested.

AV Technician Job Description

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 saxegotha.org/summer or contact Pansy Floyd: pfloyd@saxegotha.org.

Soccer Shots Camp:
June 14 - 17, from 9:00 am to 12:00 noon, SGPC Gym. (Ages 4 – 8) Cost: $115.

Family Vacation Bible School:
June 28 - July 1, Evenings, Monday – Thursday, from 6:00 – 8:00 pm. (Families with Rising 3’s – Rising 6th Graders) COST: FREE. 

Kelly’s Gladiator Nerf Kids Camp:
July 5 - 8, from 9:00 am to 12:00 noon, Room 145/146 in the SGPC Light House. (Ages 4 - 9) Cost: $94.  

Art Camp: Camp is Full - Registration is Closed.
July 12 - 16, Art Camps for Early Childhood and Elementary/Intermediate Art Students. Early Childhood Art Camp, from 9:30 to 11:00 am, Rooms 231-235. (Ages 4 - 6) Cost: $95. Elementary/Intermediate Art Camp, from 12:30 to 3:45 pm, Rooms 231-235. (Ages 7 -11) Cost: $165.

Kelly’s Survivor Ninja Challenge Camp:
July 19 - 22, from 9:00 am to 12:00 noon, Room 145-146 in the SGPC Light House. (Ages 4 - 9) Cost: $94. 

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 jodysully@hotmail.com or call 704-798-5444 to get your loved one added to the list.  

Family Evening VBS:

June 28 - July 1, Evenings, Monday – Thursday, from 6:00 – 8:00 pm. (Families with Rising 3’s – Rising 6th Graders) COST: FREE. Welcome to Wilderness Escape—an exciting journey with God’s people, the Israelites, that brings God’s Word to life for kids! Our SGPC Vacation Bible School is always a great time for children to learn about God’s word through terrific music; fun, hands-on activities; creative, multi-sensory experiences; and energetic large group ensemble led by our youth praise band and adult “characters” who dramatically tell about the VBS Biblical theme to Trust God. VBS is a free experience that’s open to the community (T-Shirts will be available). For questions or to volunteer, please contact Melinda Boyle at 359-7770, ext. 64 or email mboyle@saxegotha.org.

Click Here to Purchase a VBS Shirt. Please select the free shipping option. To guarantee your t-shirt will be here before VBS, please order by Friday, June 11. All orders should be placed online, we will not have shirts available on site.

Click here to Purchase Supper for your family!

Click here to Volunteer at VBS!

Register Here for VBS
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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.

Promotion Sunday: Sunday, June 13 is our Official Promotion Sunday. Starting on that Sunday, your child will age-up and transition (if necessary) to their new Sunday School class. Kindergarteners moving into first grade will now be with the older kids in the gymnasium. Your rising 6th grader is now a bona fide Middle Schooler and will be joining us in the Light House for Sunday School. So, let’s celebrate this “coming of age” by gathering together in the gym at 9:45 am on Sunday, June 13th before heading off to our separate classes. Justin will meet up there with our rising Middle Schoolers to walk them over.

This promotion will also take affect for any summer activities. We recognize this may be a more challenging transition for some children, so please let us know if we need to consider any special cases. For instance, we are happy to let your child remain back with fifth graders Sunday School or VBS for the summer if that is your child’s desire. We want to make this a positive transition for your entire family.

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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.


June 9: Kid’s Community Hangout at Pelicans (11:30 am)

June 15: Elementary Kids Activity 

June 17: Preschool Kids Activity

June 21: First Day of Summer Kid’s Community Hangout (popsicles in the park)

June 28-July 1: VBS in Evenings 6:00 pm-8:00 pm

Wednesday evenings in July God on the Move series

July 13: Elementary Kid’s Activity

July 15: Preschool Kid’s Activity

July 28: Kid’s Community Hangout (place TBA)

Aug 29: NextGen Family Day 


Contact Melinda Boyle with questions: mboyle@saxegotha.org.

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 until spring/warmer weather.

Please contact Sara McCarter at smccarter@saxegotha.org 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: handrews@saxegotha.org.

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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 tictic8000@yahoo.com.

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.

Welcome

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 Carl@AmeriCareMidlands.com 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.


Characters

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.

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Nailbenders: Saturday, June 12

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: Nailbenders.sg@gmail.com.

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Drive Thru Prayer: Tuesday, June 22 - 4th Tuesday for just this month!

(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 missions@saxegotha.org.  

May 18 Update: 7 volunteers came out to help. 10 cars stopped for prayer. Many more waved, honked or rolled down the window to give us words of encouragement for our efforts. 

Online Opportunities

Online Devotionals

Devotionals: If you have missed one of our daily devotionals, you can go to the Saxe Gotha Devotional Playlist. https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLea6ndHzArf_GGgSnTna8lW6cUZHQlCew.

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 bleedbabyblu@gmail.com 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: https://www.rightnowmedia.org/CustomLibrary/8737. 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: hhham@saxegotha.org

Patrick Cherry: pcherry@saxegotha.org

Justin Hall: jhall@saxegotha.org

Melinda Boyle: mboyle@saxegotha.org

Hal McIntosh: hmcintosh@saxegotha.org

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: $126.72 was received from Amazon for the 1st 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 smile.amazon.com instead of Amazon.com 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

6/13: Team 2, 6/20: Team 3, 6/27: Team 4.

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