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CHRISTIAN EDUCATION AND MUSIC
Mission Statement "Building God's Kingdom" is more than a slogan for Sardis members. It is a call to action that members of the congregation accept and accomplish by participating in local and global service opportunities. The Sardis history is a story of people – God's people, who, through the years, have gathered together to worship God and have worked to further God's Kingdom. We are guided in that effort by the Mission Statement adopted by our Session: The mission of Sardis Presbyterian Church is to glorify God as we seek to live, express and faithfully demonstrate the Great Commandment and Great Commission of our Lord, Jesus Christ. The Great Commandment
"Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your minds… Love your neighbor as yourself. All the Law and Prophets hang on these two commandments." (Matthew 22:37-40)
The Great Commission
"Go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you." (Matthew 28:19-20)
The Purposes of the Church
We seek to advance this mission through the God-directed purposes of:
Worship Service Evangelism Discipleship Fellowship
Welcome to Sardis Presbyterian Church There is a place for you at Sardis! There is a place where you will be nurtured to grow in faith and discipleship! Multiple opportunities exist for all ages, for Bible study and faith exploration. Use this booklet to find a study opportunity on Sunday mornings, or during the week, that will equip you for your walk of faith. If you are seeking the word that will make all the difference in your life, then follow the conviction of the disciple Peter, who said to Jesus, “Lord… You alone have the words of eternal life…” John 6:68
Worship With Us Sunday Mornings
9:00 a.m. Contemporary worship service in the Fellowship Hall. 11:00 a.m. Traditional worship service in the Sanctuary. Sunday Sermons
The Sardis website offers free online audio of Sunday morning’s sermons. You may listen online at: sardis.org/worship/sermon-archive CDs and DVDs of the Sunday morning service in the Sanctuary are available. CDs are $3 and DVDs are $5. Contact the front office to request a copy: 704.366.1854.
New to Sardis? If you are new to Sardis, please introduce yourself, and chat with our special deacons, Sardis pastors, and other visitors. Please feel free to take any information available from the visitor’s table and fill out a visitor’s card so we can keep in touch.
Come and grow in your knowledge of God’s word, come and deepen your relationship with Jesus Christ and the people of God.
Visit us online at www.sardis.org
Sardis Weekday School Experience a program that embraces the child as one of God’s most complex creations. We offer a program that stimulates the intellect, challenges the body, fills the spirit, and above all, loves the child.
2– Day Class: Tues./Thurs. 3– Day Class: Mon./Wed./Fri. 5– Day Class: Monday-Friday
2– Day Class: Tues./Thurs. 3– Day Class: Mon./Wed./Fri. 5– Day Class: Monday-Friday
3-Day Class: Tues./Wed./Thurs 4-Day Class: Mon.-Thurs. 5– Day Class: Monday-Friday 4-Day Class: Mon.-Thurs. 5-Day Class: Mon.-Fri.
Contact Questions about Sardis Weekday School: Louise Lippi 704.366.9681 | firstname.lastname@example.org www.sardisweekdayschool.org
KidCheck Nothing is more important to us than the safety of your children. KidCheck is now being used in the nursery/preschool during worship hours and during Sunday School for fifth grade and under.Parents of preschool and elementary school children, please visit www.go.kidcheck.com and create your KidCheck account.
Nursery Loving arms and calming voices await our youngest disciples. Through care, stories, and music, they will begin to learn that church is a place where they can learn of God’s love for them. Sunday Morning Worship
| 9:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m.
Preschool Sunday School Our Preschool children will be engaging our new Spark curriculum in their very own in-class rotations. All two to four year-olds will explore God’s Word and God’s Creation this fall. Join us as we celebrate how amazing God’s creation is and discover how God is calling us to create! Sunday Mornings at 10:00 a.m. Ages 0-2 | Preschool Room 2 Ages 3-4 | Preschool Room 5
Contact Questions about Sardis Sunday School: Katie Harrington 704.366.1854 | Katie.email@example.com www.sardis.org
Elementary Sunday and Mid-Week Programs Rotation Sunday School is back for our elementary (K-5) disciples! Each week, beginning on August 28, we will meet in room 205/206 for a gathering time together. Then we will divide into class groups to rotate through different workshops. In our first rotation, we will be exploring Creation in Genesis I-II. Our workshops will include music, a service project, art, cooking, and games. Join us as we celebrate how amazing God’s creation is and discover how God is calling us to create! If you have any questions, you may contact Katie Harrington by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Zone45 is for our fourth and fifth grade students. This is a fellowship group that meets on Sunday once a month for fun activities and service projects. This special time of fellowship is designed with our ‘tweeners’ in mind. If you have any questions, you may contact Katie Harrington email@example.com.
Children’s Choir sets sail on Thursday, September 8 at 5:15 p.m. Running from September through May, the children will learn about God’s grace and explore praising God through song, instruments, and movement. The children will Sardis Children s contribute to selected worship services CHOIR throughout the year. This year we look forward to a Christmas musical, singing in the Community Christmas Concert, and a spring musical. We meet on Thursdays from 5:15-6:15 p.m. in the Administrative Building Choir Room. Register your child with Kaitlyn Davros by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Confirmation Class Confirmation Class is designed for 8th grade or older students who want to explore what it means to be a member of our church. Through retreats, classes, and working with adults, each participant will explore his or her faith and, if willing, join the church. The class runs September through May and meets Sunday mornings from 10:00-10:45 a.m. Contact: Georgia Pressly email@example.com
Youth Sunday School Our youth will continue to study different books and passages in scripture, theological beliefs, and topics important to the youth of today. We are entering our second year using Spice Rack which is published by Ministry Architects. Sunday mornings from 10:00-10:45 a.m. Grades 6 and 7: Room 105 Grades 9 through 12: Room 102-103 Contact: Adrian Martin 704.366.1854 | firstname.lastname@example.org
Sunday Night Fellowship Sunday Night Fellowship offers a wonderful opportunity to come and get to know others and be known. Middle school and high school have separate programs, which vary between fun activities, studies and devotions, and service work. Dinner is provided from 6:00-6:30 p.m. and a $5 donation for dinner is requested to help offset the cost of the food. Sunday evenings from 6:00-7:30 p.m. Contact: Adrian Martin 704.778.6432 | email@example.com
Middle School Sabbath Sabbath is a mid-week opportunity for middle school youth reflection and fun. We share food, then have a biblically based devotion that usually includes music and video. We end with free time for fellowship and play. Please bring $3 for dinner and join us on Wednesdays, 6:00 -7:00 p.m. in the Youth Room.
Youth Choir Youth choir at Sardis is a place where we can grow musically and spiritually together. We will share in musical leadership during worship, and open up opportunities to reach out, through song, in the community. Things to look forward to this year include: Broadway Review, Community Christmas Concert, Treble Trot, and a trip to Montreat Worship and Music Conference. Come and explore how we can use our musical gifts as an offering to God. Youth (grades 6-12) are always welcome to join us on Sunday evenings from 5:15-6:00 p.m. after the Youth Bells. Contact Kaitlyn Davros by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Youth Bells Youth Bell ringers have fun exploring new way of making music while preparing pieces for worship and the Broadway Review. The Youth Bell choir is open to all middle school and high school students (grades 6-12). We will meet in the Administration Building on Sundays from 4:30-5:15 p.m. Contact Kaitlyn Davros by emailing email@example.com for more information.
Youth Praise Band Youth Praise will meet weekly on Sundays at 5:15 p.m. to thoughtfully experience contemporary worship music. This group will explore inspirational Scripture and song lyrics and what making this music is all about. Come and be a part of this fantastic opportunity to grow your gifts and learn how they can be used to glorify God! Youth Praise is open to all youth (grades 6-12). Contact Jacob Hare at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Adult Bible Studies Covenant Bible Study There will be two offerings of this class: Mid-day Wednesdays at noon in the Sardis House Wednesday Evenings at 6:30 p.m. in room 211/212
Using the Covenant Bible Study, we will explore the Bible and strengthen our bonds as a church family. The Bible study will be divided into three major themes with eight sessions each: “Creating”, “Living”, “Trusting”. The first session will begin on September 14. There is a participant book, “Creating”, that costs $10. You may contact Jane Fobel to order the book or with any questions: email@example.com. Deuteronomy: Standing on the Border Thursdays at 10:00 a.m. in the Sardis House
This study will be based on one of the Old Testament books most quoted by Jesus, Deuteronomy. This book is comprised of a collection of sermons that Moses delivered to the children of Israel on the plains of Moab, on the border before they were to cross over into the Promised Land. The first class will be on September 15. You may contact Jane Fobel with any questions or to register for the class: firstname.lastname@example.org. Can’t Attend on Thursday Mornings? Participate online. Each week, that week’s lesson, background, and study questions will be posted at www.sardis.org.
Adult Sunday School Classes Crossroads | Room 213/214 Fellowship Hall A lecture discussion class, the study this fall will be the book of Second Corinthians. Contemporary Christian Issues (CCI) | Sardis House Welcomes area speakers on a range of contemporary topics that are then explored through the lens of faith. Robert Pharr Men’s Class | Room 215 Fellowship Hall A class for men of all ages, the study this fall will examine Daniel and I & II Samuel. Bible Study for Women | Parlor, Sanctuary Building A class for women of all ages, the study this fall will examine the book of Acts. Discussing Bible Books and Topics | Room 111/112 Ed. Hall The fall study will examine Adam Hamilton’s book “Half Truths: God Helps Those Who Help Themselves and Other Things the Bible Doesn’t Say”. Java | Room 216 Fellowship Hall This is a round-table-discussion class that combines fellowship, prayer, and study for all adults. Reading for Reformed Reflection | Room 217 Fellowship Hall This is a Sunday morning book group. The fall selection is “Fear of the Other: No Fear in Love”. Copies of the book are available for $10 through Rev. Dr. Jane Fobel.
Contact Questions about Adult Bible Study Classes: The Rev. Dr. Jane B. Fobel 704.366.1854 | email@example.com www.sardis.org
Women’s Circles Circles are designed for women to join together in Bible study, fellowship, and service. They encourage one another in shared experience as woman of faith. Women’s Circle 2 Meets twice per month, every-other Tuesday, at 9:30 a.m. in circle member’s homes. Contact Dean Bowen at firstname.lastname@example.org. Women’s Circle 3 Meets on the first Tuesday of each month at 9:30 a.m. in the small dining room. Contact Lorinna Lowrance at email@example.com. Women’s Circle 4 Meets the first Tuesday of each month at 6:30 p.m. in the small dining room. Contact Barb Tanner at firstname.lastname@example.org. Women’s Circle 8 Meets the second Tuesday of each month at 10:00 a.m. in the library. Contact Mary Ellen Thomas 704.366.8278.
Mustard Seed Groups 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. For more information about the Mustard Seed Groups, please pick-up a brochure in the Narthex or Gathering Place, or visit our website at www.sardis.org.
New Members Class Put down some roots at Sardis! New Member Classes are held beginning the first Sundays in September, November, January, March and May. If you are interested in becoming a member at Sardis Presbyterian Church, please contact The Rev. Alice A. Johnson at 704.366.1854 or at email@example.com.
Adult Musical Opportunities
Alpha Ringers Alpha Ringers has a long history at Sardis, and offers a low-stress musical outlet in the middle of the week. Rehearsals are Wednesday mornings at 9:30 a.m. If you are interested in joining, please contact Jared Daugherty at 704.366.1854 or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Coventry Ringers Coventry Ringers is an accomplished handbell choir that rings in our 11:00 a.m. worship service. The Coventry Ringers participate in the annual Mid-Carolinas Handbell Festival. If you are interested in joining the Coventry Ringers, please contact Jared Daugherty at 704.366.1854 or email@example.com.
Sanctuary Choir The Sanctuary Choir enjoys coming together weekly on Thursdays at 7:30 p.m. to prepare anthems for our 11:00 a.m. worship service. The singers appreciate the opportunity to learn more extended choral works and participate in community events. If you enjoy singing and would like more information on joining the Sanctuary Choir, please Contact Jared Daugherty at 704.866.1854 or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Classroom Map Dining Room
Fellowship Hall FELLOWSHIP
111- 109 107 112 110 108
106 Education Hall
Education Hall Second Floor
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6100 Sardis Road Charlotte, North Carolina 28270 704.366.1854 www.sardis.org