Become a part of this Christian community, learn what the call to be a Christian means in your life, explore your faith, and discover how to live as a disciple of Jesus the Christ. Our goal is to help you grow and mature as a follower of Jesus the Christ as we offer a variety of classes, groups, and opportunities for faith formation.
Mid-week Bible Studies
The Gospel According to Matthew: New Bible study, led by Renda Brinson, Certified Church Educator, Presbyterian Church, USA, will meet on Tuesdays at 10:00 a.m. in Room 210 and via Zoom. We will take an in-depth look at small segments of scripture in the Gospel of Matthew, so that in our understanding, we may know how God is calling us to apply it to our lives. Each week the class will have questions to help guide their reading and understanding of the passage – no longer than 2 chapters a week. In class we will review the questions followed by a short lecture to help with content and context. Come with your questions and join in the discussion. To register or for questions about the class, please contact Renda Brinson (704-458-0366).
The Gospel According to Luke: Beginning on September 28, Dr. Joe B. Martin will lead us through the Book of Luke using the skills we learned in the Equipped to Explore Scripture class. This class has three meeting options:
- Wednesdays at 7:00 p.m. in Room 210 and via Zoom
- Thursdays at 10:00 a.m. in Room 210 and via Zoom
- Sundays in the Robert Pharr Men’s Class in Room 212
*Look for the Zoom links in your weekly emails or email Dr. Joe B. Martin.
Bible Study for Women: Led by Pat Campbell, women of all ages and biblical knowledge are invited to gather on Zoom on Wednesdays at 7:00 p.m. for a time of reflection on God’s Word. Contact Pat for the Zoom information if you’d like to join the class!
Adult Sunday School
Join us this Fall on Sunday mornings at 10:00 for our Adult Sunday School classes! We have classes with different focuses and styles of learning and teaching. Contact Katie Harrington if you’d like help determining which class is best for your interests.
- Salty Fish Fellowship is a community connected by our mutual sharing and support, fellowship, learning, and service. On Sunday mornings we use an open discussion format, both in-person in Room 210 and on Zoom. Led by Anne and Ed Shoaf, Les and Martha Ellen Ingles, Tom Bowling, and Chick Byrd. Our Advent study will be of The Angels of Christmas by Susan Robb. Starting November 27, we will consider the roles of angels in the Biblical stories of Advent and Christmas and the place of angels in our own worlds. All are welcome to join us; please give our gatherings a try. Contact Ed Shoaf for the Zoom information.
- Reading for Reformed Reflection: Led by Dale LeCount and John Todd, we will be reading and discussing a new book for Advent, Holy Disruption, written by Tracy Daub, a PCUSA pastor. Join us in room 214 or on Zoom. Contact Dale LeCount or John Todd for Zoom information.
- Crossroads: Crossroads is a lecture style Bible study class. Led by Jan Rosser, Chuck Bohlen, and Dave Archer, this class will be studying the minor prophets this Fall. Join us in room 211. Contact Jan Rosser for more information.
- Robert Pharr Men’s Class: Led by Dr. Joe B. Martin, this class will meet in Room 212 for Bible study. This fall, we will follow the mid-week Bible study curriculum starting with Equipped to Explore Scripture, then diving into The Gospel According to Luke. All are welcome!
- Discussing Bible Books and Topics: Led by Norm Schul, this class will meet in Room 108. All adults are welcome. This class often uses video-based curriculum to explore faith and Scripture. What we do is right in our name! For more information, contact Norm Schul.
- JAVA: This class meets in room 216. JAVA is a roundtable discussion class that combines fellowship, prayer, and study. We often focus on the intersection of faith and current events. Contact Lin Leslie for more information.
- The Gathering Place outside the Fellowship Hall is always open for coffee and conversation for all who would like to gather there. Or if you’d prefer to study on your own, check out our Adult Library!
Mustard Seed Groups – Small Group Ministry
Mustard Seed Groups are Sardis’ small group ministry. People meet for fellowship, Bible study, service projects, and prayer. The groups are led by a trained leader. Each group chooses the topic of its study and the nature of its service or outreach projects. If you’d like more information on joining a Mustard Seed Group, contact Rev. Allysen Schaaf.
Circles are designed for women to join together in Bible study, fellowship, and service. They encourage one another in shared experiences as women of faith.
- Tuesday Morning Circle at Matthews Glen: Circle 3 will meet on the first Tuesday of each month at 10:00 a.m. in the Magnolia Chapel at Matthews Glen. The first meeting will take place on Tuesday, September 6. We will be reading and studying the 2022-23 Presbyterian Women Bible Study, Celebrating Sabbath: Accepting God’s Gift of Rest and Delight by the Rev. Carol Bechtel. She lives in Holland, Michigan, where she is professor of Old Testament at Western Theological Seminary.
We look forward to welcoming new members and visitors to our monthly meetings. For more information on Circle 3, please contact Patsy Todd (980-262-4428).
- Tuesday Morning Circle at Sardis: Circle 8 will meet the second Tuesday of the month at 10:00 a.m. in the Sardis Dining Room beginning on September 13. This year, Allysen, Joe B., Katie, and Sarah Dianne will be leading us in topics of their choosing. We hope you will join us! Contact Bev Nauman or Janet Ford for more information.
- Tuesday Afternoon Circle at Sardis: Women of all ages are invited to attend Circle 4 meetings the first Tuesday of each month at 2:00 – 3:30 p.m., in the Sardis Dining Room. Our meetings consist of a welcoming fellowship time, the sharing of joys and times of need, and mission projects. This fall, we will begin a year of Christian commitment “to build an inclusive, caring community of women that strengthens the Presbyterian church and witnesses to the promise of God’s kingdom through prayer and Bible study, support of the church worldwide, and commitment for justice and peace.” We will study “From Mary to Lydia: Letting New Testament Women Speak to Us” by Nell Mohney.
We hope you will plan to join these warm, spirited, Sardis friends! For more information, please contact Alma Jo Langston at 704-519-9079, or Laura Taylor at 704-365-0613.
Young Adult Fellowship
Younger adults in their 20s and 30s meet monthly for fellowship and meals together. Our newly forming group is a mixture of ages and life stages. We have singles, some with significant others/married, some with kids and others who don’t. Friends are always welcome! If you are interested in joining this growing group, contact Rev. Allysen Schaaf.