We EQUIP people for discipleship through Christian education and NURTURE and love each other
through fellowship as a family of faith.
Sunday School (9:45 am)
Adult Fellowship (Room 320): composed of mostly 20-40 year olds exploring what the Bible teaches about faith, marriage, and parenting. We value biblical knowledge, lively discussion, fellowship with one another and other outreach ministries.
Bible Explorers: (Chapel and Zoom): composed of all ages of adults studying both the Old and New Testament through lecture and other teaching methods to encourage understanding and application of the Scripture.
Christian Growth (Room 232): composed of mature adult Christians who seek to grow their Christian faith deeper and stronger through study together. Discussion is lively and informed.
Foundations Class (Room 317): composed of parents who have children ranging from middle school through college, who study and discuss a range of topics including Scripture, theology, parenting, and current events with Christian application.
YAGOs (Room 322): composed mostly of Christians men and women in the “middle years” of life. The class combines study, discussion, fellowship, and service.
SHPC is passionate about getting people in healthy small groups!
“So deeply do we care for you that we are determined to share with you not only the gospel of God but also our own selves, because you have become very dear to us.” 1 Thessalonians 2:8
Small groups are key to building significant Christian relationships and growing closer to God. Two important aspects of our L.I.F.E. groups are Fellowship and Discipleship. We believe these values will help develop strong disciples of Jesus, and the main goal of every group is to help people become disciples who make disciples.
Jesus modeled His ministry through creating a small group of twelve disciples who were relationally connected (Fellowship), and structured on His teaching (Discipleship). We seek to follow this model in how we do L.I.F.E. groups.
Every group is Relationship Centered. We expect participants to develop meaningful, authentic, gospel-focused groups where members feel known and needed.
Every group is Scripturally Structured. The level and type of study from the Bible will vary from group to group but must be central to every L.I.F.E. group.
GRIEF SUPPORT GROUP (CO-ED)
This group is for anyone who is grieving the death of a loved one – whether that loss happened recently or some time ago. Each week includes a topic on grief in a video put together by experts in the field. Acknowledging that God is the Healer of all wounds, all materials are Christ-centered and Biblically-based.
When: Mondays from 6:00 – 7:30 p.m. (February 7 – March 28)
Where: Fowler Conference Room
Leader(s): Eleanor Barron, Sandy Gillespie, Klair Kimmey, Karen Lampley, and Sheila White
BLACKWELL GROUP (CO-ED)
This group will study An Invitation to Romans. An in-depth knowledge of the Bible is not required to benefit and enjoy participation in the group. Reading just a Bible chapter or two each day, you will discover life-altering stories that invite you to follow Christ as a true disciple. The cost for the study book is $15
When: Mondays from 12:00-1:00 pm (beginning January 17)
Where: Spitzer Building, Room 302
Leader(s): Peter Blackwell
HOWELL GROUP (WOMEN) – NEW!
This group will study Matchless by Angie Smith. This study was created to “deepen your understanding of Jesus through biblical, historical, and cultural insight and help you see Him less as an iconic figure and more as an intimate friend.” Books will be available for $15 or you can purchase it on your own. Free childcare provided upon RSVP.
When: Wednesdays 9:20-10:20 am (begins January 19) – On January 19 only, the Howell and Zeanah groups will be combined and meeting in the Spitzer Building, Room 302/The Loft.
Where: Spitzer Building, Room 302
Leader(s): Frances Howell
ZEANAH GROUP (WOMEN)
This group will study Exodus: Learning to Trust God. Join us as we, like Israel, discover how to trust God with the things that matter most to us. The cost for the study book is $15. Free childcare provided upon RSVP.
When: Wednesdays 9:30-10:30 am (begins January 19) – On January 19 only, the Zeanah and Howell groups will be combined and meeting in the Spitzer Building, Room 302/The Loft.
Where: Zeanah’s Home
Leader(s): Caitlin Zeanah
DOTTERWEICH BIBLE STUDY GROUP (CO-ED)
This group will study the Gospel of Mark. This is a lecture-based group goes deep into Scripture and includes a time of fellowship and prayer.
When: Wednesdays 10:30-11:30 am
Where: Fowler Conference Room and via Zoom
Leader(s): Fran Dotterweich
GALE/KIMMEY GROUP (WOMEN) – NEW!
This group will study Anxious: Choosing Faith in a World of Worry by Amy Simpson. Christians are called to live and think differently from the worried world around us. Join us as we learn to live with joy and contentment, trusting God with the present and future. The cost for the study book is $15.
When: Wednesdays 6:00-7:00 pm (beginning January 26)
Where: Reception Room
Leader(s): Christine Gale and Klair Kimmey
DOTTERWEICH GROUP (WOMEN)
This group will do a topical study on Forgiveness. This is a lecture-based group goes deep into Scripture and includes a time of fellowship and prayer.
When: Wednesdays 6:00-7:00 pm (begins January 19)
Where: Viz Zoom
Leader(s): Fran Dotterweich
HAMBURGER GROUP (CO-ED)
This group will begin The Red Sea Rules book study on February 16. Participants are encouraged to read a chapter before the groups meet to ensure a good discussion. There will also be a time of fellowship each evening. Childcare provided in the nursery.
When: Wednesdays 6:00-7:00 pm (beginning January 12)
Where: Spitzer Building, Room 322
Leader(s): Rachel Hamburger/Julie Bible
SAUNDERS GROUP (WOMEN)
This group will do a Sarah Young Book Study. If you are looking for a casual, kid-friendly group, then this is the one for you!
When: Wednesdays 6:30-7:30 pm (beginning January 5)
Where: Saunders’ Home
Leader(s): Erin Saunders
SMITH GROUP (COUPLES) – NEW!
This group will study The Kingdom of God and the Spiritual Life. Understanding and participating in God’s kingdom on earth is central to our Christian life. It will transform our picture of who God is and what Christianity is all about. Come and discover God’s kingdom! Weekly materials will be given to participants. Light food offered.
When: Thursdays from 6:30-7:30 pm (beginning January 13 )
Where: Smiths’ Home
Leader(s): Kenan Smith
MEN’S THURSDAY BIBLE STUDY GROUP
When: Thursdays from 8:00-9:00 am
Where: via Zoom
Leader(s): participants rotate
MEN’S FRIDAY BIBLE STUDY GROUP
When: Fridays from 7:00-8:00 am
Where: via Zoom
Leader(s): participants rotate
WOMEN WALKING IN THE WORD
Small groups of four to six women meet weekly for a Bible Study and a short or long walk. The fellowship is awesome!
When and Where: Days, times, and lcoations vary
Coordinator: Julieanne Foy
Below are some frequently asked questions about L.I.F.E. Groups. If you have further question, contact our L.I.F.E. Groups Coordinator Klair Kimmey at email@example.com.
WHAT IS A L.I.F.E GROUP?
A L.I.F.E. Group is typically made up of 8-15 people who meet weekly to share, study, and support one another. A trained leader will host each group. An average meeting lasts an hour.
WHEN AND WHERE DO THEY MEET?
Groups meet on various days and nights of the week at the church (some meet off site). Meeting times vary depending on the needs of the group.
HOW LONG DO THEY LAST?
Each L.I.F.E. Group session lasts 8 to 12 weeks. We have Fall, Winter & Spring sessions. At the end of each session, you will have the choice of staying in the same group, trying a new group, leading a group, or even taking a break. Most Small Groups do not meet July through August.
WHAT IS THE REQUIRED COMMITMENT?
Joining a L.I.F.E. Group requires a 8 to 12 week commitment to attend weekly meetings and do the homework (if applicable) ahead of time. Obviously, allowances are made for sickness, vacation, work conflicts and other special events. This commitment is the key to a strong L.I.F.E. Group.
WHAT ABOUT CHILDCARE?
The church provides childcare for some groups. This will be listed under the group description.
HOW DO I CHOOSE A GROUP?
When selecting a group, we strongly recommend you choose a group based on its leader, the day and time of the meeting, and the type of group that will best help you grow in your current season in life. Most groups do best when members share a common interest with their leaders and other group members.
2022 Women’s Retreat | SPA FOR THE SOUL: Restore, Renew, and Recharge | February 25-27
Online registration is now closed. Call 865.522.9804 to be added to the waiting list.
The Women’s Ministries Team is very excited for our upcoming retreat at the beautiful Tapoco Lodge in Robbinsville, NC. We look forward to great connection with each other, for fun and inspiration, for rest and free time, and for joy in the beautiful setting.
Our theme is “Spa for the Soul,” and we are so grateful that Rev. Ansley Page from Spartanburg, S.C., is coming back to be our speaker. She’ll be leading us through several of Jesus’ most touching encounters with the women of his day, and in doing that, we will let Scripture read our lives and let Jesus restore, renew, and recharge our souls.
Like a facial or pedicure, we will let this time away with our sisters in Christ soothe and invigorate not our skin or our feet, but our souls. Together, we will rest in the love of God and draw close to God’s heart. There we can drink of the Living Water, and reconnect with the grace and guidance of Jesus for our renewal and encouragement!
When? – October 20-23, 2022
Where?– Big South Fork Bandy Creek Campground
Cost? – $60 per family covers your campsite, firewood, and four meals
Want more information? Email David Petersen | Brochure and registration will be available in late summer.
HONORING THE SABBATH: The following are a few resources that can help us better understand about how “to honor the Sabbath and keep it holy” from the Ten Commandments (Exodus chapter 20). Mark invites Sabbath discussion with anyone who is interested before, during, or after his summer Sabbatical (May 22- August 3).
- Alan Fadling’s Unhurried Life,
- MaryAnn Dana’s Sabbath in the Suburbs,
- Walter Brueggemann’s Sabbath as Resistance,
- Marjorie Thompson’s SoulFeast (especially chapter Reclaiming Sabbath Time: A Sacred Art of Ceasing)
- Wayne Muller’s Sabbath: Finding Rest, Renewal, and Delight in our Busy Lives
Getting Spiritually Fit:
JOY Fellowship (Adults 55+): The committee meets on the second Monday of every other month at 12:30 p.m. in Room 232 to plan events to make sure that all our members are busy and connected.
- The Church & Community Fellowship Luncheon is on the second Thursday of every month (Sept-June) at Noon in the Fellowship Hall. The luncheon features a health issues speaker every other month.
- Monthly Outings provide great opportunity for fellowship.
- The Monday Movie Matinee is the fourth Monday of every month (except for holidays) at 3:00 p.m. in the Multi-Media Room of the Spitzer Education Building. All adults are welcome! Light refreshments will be served.
- Blood Pressure Screenings are taken by our Parish Nurse on the second Sunday of every month at 9:30 a.m. and Noon in the Reception Room. Members and neighbors are welcome to call Laurette Beekman in the church office (522-9804) to set up an appointment to have their blood pressure taken during the week.
SHPC Young Adult Ministries includes those in college, graduate school, young professionals, and families with young children. College-age adults are welcome to join us in worship and Sunday school.
- The Presbyterian Center at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville (http//:www.ukirkutk.org) is also just a few miles from SHPC and offers weekday collegiate Bible studies, service events, and much more!
- SHPC believes strongly in the need for young adults to connect with one another regularly in fellowship and faith. Young adults gather weekly in worship, Sunday school, Bible study, fellowship, and service. Events include swim parties, supper clubs, sporting events, and picnics. Service is age-oriented and includes Operation Backyard each spring and inter-generational outreach such as food and housing service. Some ministry opportunities are designed for couples, while others are more child-friendly so there is something for everyone.