News at Saxe Gotha

Be sure to view to our Newsletter for the latest happenings at Saxe Gotha. Please email Meredith Cully at if you would like to subscribe.

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. During the summer, families will worship together! Praise Packs will be provided to engage and welcome younger children in the congregation. Nursery will still be available for children 3 & younger.  

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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Register Here for the Spring Presbytery Meeting:

Volunteer Here:

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VBS 2023: Twists & Turns - Following Jesus Changes the Game - REGISTRATION OPEN!

Scripture: Psalms 25:4- Show me your ways, Lord,  teach me your paths.

Date: June 19-22 (9 am- 12 pm)

Preschool: Rising 4K & 5K - Limited to 125.  Elementary: Rising 1st - 6th (Rising 6th is Service Team)

T-shirts: $10 (pre-order only)

Volunteers: Youth must be rising 7th grade and older.

*Nursery is available only for volunteer children and must register:


Preschool VBS Registration:

Elementary VBS Registration:

Adult Volunteer Registration:

Youth Volunteer Registration:

Summer Camps for Kids - Registration Now Open!

This year, we have Basketball Camp, Kelly's Camps (Gladiator Nerf, Circus Acrobatics and Survivor Ninja) and Soccer Shots Camp. Also, our VBS for this Summer will be Twists & Turns - registration is now open:

Register for Basketball Camp:

Register for Kelly's Summer Camps

Register for Soccer Shots:

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WIM Council would like to invite all Women’s Bible Study and Small Group Leaders (or their designee) to attend our meeting on March 26 at 4:00 pm in Room 206.

We will be discussing WIM at SGPC and the planning and implementation of our upcoming event, the Annual Women’s Spring Luncheon.  This is an exciting time at SGPC and we would love for women of all ages to provide a hand and share their voice. We look forward to seeing you!!

If you have questions or require any further information, please contact Michelle Smoak at

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Volunteer Here: Let's Glow Volunteer Link.

Food Donations Requested: We are collecting donations of candy for treat bags and breakfast/snack foods (like doughnuts, pastries, granola bars, bags of chips) for the Let's Glow event. Please drop off Candy by Tuesday, March 21 in boxes located in Narthex, Church Office and Light House Atrium and bring Breakfast Food and Water Bottle donations by Saturday, March 26 at food table outside Church Office. Questions, please contact Dawn Merck at

Easter Lily Sale 2023

Purchase Lilies Online:

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Sermon Series - The Art of Living Lightly: What Jesus Really Wants Us to Give Up for Lent

This series is intended to challenge those of us who push ourselves to the point of exhaustion in the name of being good Christians. At a point in Saxe Gotha’s history when there is so much anxiety about the future and so much grief over all the things “we used to do,” our default is to believe God will only bless us if we try harder. The path of spiritual maturity will always challenge our “make it happen” compulsions and call us to surrender to God as the One who is really doing the doing. 

Purpose: Lent is usually a time when give up some creature comfort as a means of expressing our gratitude to Jesus for giving up heaven and his very life for us. We want to identify with Christ’s suffering through acts of self-sacrifice and self-discipline. We give up things (like sweets) or add things (like a daily prayer time or service work). But these often feel more like New Year’s Resolutions we struggle to keep than new ways of deepening our relationship with the Lord. It's too easy for us to believe we are human doings instead of human beings. This series is a call to stop doing and start being in a way that allows us to see how God work leads to God’s fruitfulness.

Description: The theme verses for this series are Matt 11:28-30, offered here from The Message paraphrase:

Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to me. Get away with me and you’ll recover your life. I’ll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with me and work with me—watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won’t lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you. Keep company with me and you’ll learn to live freely and lightly.

From this initial invitation/challenge given by Jesus, the series will see it shows up in Jesus’ ministry… all the way to the cross and into his post-resurrection ministry and teaching.

Date - Scripture Text (Sermon Title)

Mar. 26 - Matt 12:38-50  (Descent into Transformation)

Apr. 2 - Matt 21:1-11  (What Kind of King?)

Apr. 7 - Matt 27:45-54 (Love is Made Complete)

Apr. 9 - Matt 27:62-28:10 (Holding On For Dear Life)

Apr. 16 - Matt 28:16-20 (The Yoke of Evangelism)

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Acolyte Ministry Sign Ups

We are looking for Acolytes for the Spring Semester. Any elementary or middle school-aged child can be an Acolyte. It is a great opportunity for your child to serve during the 11:00 am Traditional Worship Service. If you are interested, please select a date or dates that are convenient for you. Contact Meredith Cully at with questions.

Sign Up Here
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Women's Luncheon

Women of all ages, please save the date for this year's Women's Luncheon.

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One Church App

Stay connected to our church wherever you go by downloading the free My One Church App for iPhone and Android devices.

Use it to communicate with your groups, RSVP to events, update profile information and more.

With One Church, you can connect throughout the week and know what’s happening:

• Groups—Keeps everyone up-to-date with the latest posts, information and events for your group and for your church as a whole 

• Events—See event details (date, time, location, etc), submit your RSVP and make payments for events

• Service Opportunities —Volunteer with Saxe Gotha, make a donation to a local or international mission and join a Congregational Care team 

• People—See names and basic profile details for church members or groups, based on their privacy preferences 

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Moms in Prayer Group

The Moms in Prayer Group meets on Wednesdays from 10:30 -11:30 am in the Fellowship Hall. Moms in Prayer International impacts children and schools worldwide for Christ by gathering mothers to pray. All are invited to come and pray. Please contact Sara McCarter with questions:

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Sunday Afternoon Programming for Kids and Youth

The schedule is:

4:00-5:30 pm: Seekers (K-3) - Rooms 224/225

Club 45 (4-5) - Rooms 112/113 in the Light House

5:30-6:15 pm: Choirs- 2/3 year old, 4/5 year old, 1st-5th grade

* We will walk choir kids from Seekers and Club 45 with a snack at 5:15 pm. 

2/3 year olds- Room 211, 4/5 year olds- Room 212, 1st- 5th grade: Music Suite


Adult classes will be offered from 4:00-5:30pm. Nursery will be provided for 4 year old and younger for adult class participants only. Questions? Email Sara McCarter at

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Student Ministry Schedule

Please refer to the schedule below for Weekly Events 

Tuesday Evenings, 6:30-7:30- The following Small Groups meet in the Light House

Middle School Girls - The Well, Room 148

High School Girls - Room 138 

Wednesday Evenings, 6:30-7:30- A Small Group for Middle School Boys meets in LH Cafe


Thursday Mornings, Morning Bible Studies

6:45-7:45 am Middle School Bible Study meets in the Light House Atrium

7:15-8:00 am High School Bible Study meets at Chick-fil-A, 5560 Sunset Blvd.


Sunday Mornings, 9:45-10:30- Sunday School meets in the Light House

Middle School - Room 144

High School - Room 143

Confirmation - Room145/146


Sunday Afternoons, 4:00-5:30- Sunday Afternoon Groups meet in the Light House

Oasis (Grades: 6-8) - The Well, Room 148

Refuge (Grades: 9-12) - Room 138 

Details, contact Justin Hall at

AWE Contemporary Worship Music Set List

If you would like to preview the music that will be included in the AWE Contemporary Worship Service, click on the link below. Thanks to Jason Flores for putting this together for us!

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Sunday School Classes Fall 2022

Sunday School Class Locations

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Child Development Center Registration (2022-2023)

Please contact Hope Andrew at or 803.359.7770 ext. 126 or stop by the Child Development Center to pick up a Registration Packet. 

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WINGS (Widows in Group Share)

WINGS (Widows in Group Share) provides support and fellowship to widows. The group is made up of Saxe Gotha widows and their friends who are also widows. We will continue to meet the 2nd Saturday of every month for a time of Christian fellowship and sharing.       

The WINGS group will have a luncheon on Saturday, April 8 at 11:30 am at Ferrara's Pizza and Pasta Restaurant located in the Shoppes at Flight Deck in Lexington. 

Please contact Carol Harden at 217-652-2768 by April 5 to let her know if you are able to attend. We look forward to seeing everyone!


Prayer Shawl Ministry

This ministry meets on the 1st and 3rd Thursdays from 10:00 – 11:30 am in Room 154 in the Main Building. 

Just bring needles and learn to knit. The shawls made are blessed and given to members in need. Everyone is welcome to serve in this ministry, no experience required. Questions? Contact Renee Starnes at or 803-359-7770, ext. 137.

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Caring Connections Brotherhood Meeting In Person:

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

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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:

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United Heroes Ministry:

Our military are very important to us at Saxe Gotha Presbyterian Church. We want to show you that we are thinking of you and praying for you. Please send your name and address to so that we can send you cards and/or care packages. We would also like to send you a birthday card if you send us your birth month and day. May God bless you and God bless the USA!

Sunday School 2022

Kids Sunday School

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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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.


Nailbenders: Saturday, April 8

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, March 21 (7:15-8:15 am)

(the 3rd Tuesday of the month), 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  

Mens Bible Study

Two Options for Monday Morning Men’s Bible Studies:

Meets In Person on Mondays at 6:30 am in Light House Room 112-113. Led by Brad Farrar. Contact Brad Farrar with questions:

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.

These Bible studies are 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:

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!

First Impressions Teams:

3/26: Team 5, 4/2: Team 1, 4/9: Team 2, 4/16: Team 3, 4/23: Team 4, 4/30: Team 5.

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