Opportunities to Grow

St. Philip's offers several opportunities to explore and increase your faith journey. Unless otherwise noted these are offered weekly from September through June. If you have questions, please contact the facilitator of each ministry or the Parish Office at 910-457-5643.


Christian Education programs are offered nearly every Sunday from 9:05 - 9:45 am in the Main Sanctuary.  The programs by Fr. Eric and other clergy are designed to explore specific aspects of our faith, church and ongoing spiritual growth.

BIBLE 101: Tuesdays,10:00 - 11:00 AM in the Parish Hall. An introduction to Old or New Testament for bibilical beginners, offered cyclically. Contact: Rev. Lowe Davis.

  WEDNESDAY BIBLE : Wednesdays at 10:00 - 11:30 AM, Parish Hall. Ongoing exploration of the  Bible in its historical and cultural context and in our lives.  Life-changing understandings! Contact: Nan Bush. 

SEEKERS: 2nd and 4th Mondays,  2:00 - 3:00 PM, Parish Hall. Relaxed, lively, non-judgemental, and safe for doubting.  Seekers looks at perplexing issues in contemporty faith and life. Contact: Nan Bush

CENTERING PRAYER AND MEDITATION: Wednesdays at 9:00 - 9:30 AM in the Parish Hall. A half hour of quiet prayer and meditation. Contact: Nan Bush.

 LABYRINTH: At the corner of Moore and Dry Streets, St. Philip's labyrinth is available 24/7 for meditative walking and peaceful reflection. Contact: Debbie Evans.


CHURCH LIBRARY: The church library is located upstairs in the Main Sanctuary. Books can be signed out and returned when you finish.  A monthly topic is highlighted by the church librarian with specific books and references for more in-depth study of the monthly topic. Contact: Deborah Miller.  

PRAYER SHAWL MINISTRIES: 1st and 3rd Tuesday, 10:00 AM, Main Narthex. This ministry of loving prayer and comfort can be done independently or with the Knit Group.  Members knit cozy shawls for recipients, known or unknown, praying for them during the process.  You do not need to know how to knit to join this group, we will teach you.  Crocheters also welcomed. Contact: Parish Office.

YOGA: Thursdays at 10:00 - 1100 AM  upstairs in the Parish Hall. This program offers through the practice of yoga the opportunity to address one's physical and spiritual needs. This is offered free of charge, but donations are gratefully accepted.  Contact: Pat Pittenger. 

YOUTH: 9 - 10 AM, roughly every other Sunday as announced, upstairs Parish Hall, for middle to high school students;  Informal conversation and projects to help our young people - no matter how few - hold a connection to Jesus and their church. Contact: Maitland Barnes.

Prayer Shawl Ministers - This is a ministry of loving prayer and comfort.  Members knit cozy shawls for recipients, known or unknown, praying for them during the process.  Some gather to knit together or some work independently.  Knit Group - We are an informal group who hand knit.  Many of us make prayer shawls, which are presented with love and prayer for people who have special concerns or who are celebrating a special event.  You do not need to know how to knit to join this group; we will teach you.  Join us on the first and third Tuesday of each monthat 10:00 am in the Parish Hall.  For more information contact the Parish Office at 910-457-5643


Chilton Series

The Discovery of Soul and Spirit - Video Link - https://youtu.be/qqktZz-obd4 

The Discovery of Kingdom and Insight - Video Link - https://youtu.be/wVcHVjU_Sj4 

The Discovery of Forgiveness and Mercy 

Video Link - Part 3 A   https://youtu.be/eNRSicB3P1U

Video Link -  Part 3 B    https://youtu.be/ZygWC0-UT0U               

 Video Link - Part 3C   https://youtu.be/k2eKinU7AoI 

The Discovery of Glory and Mind  Video Link - https://youtu.be/87KX-DUlEhc

Contact Information

 Please contact the church office for further information.

 910-457-5643 or  info@stphilipschurch.org

Adult Christian Education

Adult Christian Education opportunities vary throughout the year. Please check the website calendar for days and times of these offerings.  

Most every Sunday morning Father Eric or other clergy will conduct an Adult Christian Education Class in the Main Sanctuary from 9:05 -9:45 AM.

We have chosen the time between the services so that people who attend either will not have to make a special trip back to church.  Each Sunday's presentation will build on things discussed in prior weeks, so it is important to make an effort to be present Sunday by Sunday.

Use the links below to watch the video of the presentations.


History and Structure of the Episcopal Church
 The Diocese and how we do things (2/26/17)


 How an Episcopal Parish is Organized (3/5/17)


 The National Episcopal Church and the Anglican Communion (3/12/17)


Characteristics of a Family-size Congregation (6/4/17)


 The Characteristics of a Pastoral-size Congregation (7/2/17)

PowerPoint Slides

The Characteristics of a Program-size Congregation (8/6/17)




Faith Formation

Doing Theology (9/22/19)

Doing Theology (pt 2)  10.6.19


Doing Theology (Pt 3)  10.13.19

use this modified version




Doing Theology (Pt 4)  10.20.19



St. Philip's Future Planning

Ministry Boards and What They Do (6.10.18)

Tranisitioning to Fr. Eric Mills (12.16.18)

1. https://youtu.be/XugRUKQzctk   

2. https://youtu.be/7R5ccY0CynM

Introducing the Mills (2.17.19)


"Moments of Grace" with Fr. Eric and Sue Mills



End of Life Series

Regardless of your age or health, spending some time to document how you would like to be cared for at the end of your life can be a gift to the rest of your family.  It can provide them an opportunity to focus on their grief without having to guess about your wishes.   


Preparing for the End (11.12.17) - Last Rites and                          Funerals

                                  https://youtu.be/vNeHAnlCUcI                                                                                (handouts available upon request)                                                         

Planning to Die (11.19.17) - Your wishes


                                       https://youtu.be/xQtPLuaA4TM                                                                            (handouts availabale upon request)
Writing Your Obituary (11.26.17) -Wills and Obituaries

                                      https://youtu.be/ZDfiKWaXxeo                                                                               (handout available upon request)







General Informational Topics

How to Use the Website and E-News                                          Handouts Available in the Office   https://youtu.be/I-OmjGDHtjQ                                                                                   

We will publicize topics for the following weeks as we continue to lead us through the processes that will result in both restructing and criteria for our Rector Search.You can watch video recordings of this series by clicking on the links above.

The Labyrinth

The Labyrinth at St. Philip’s

The labryrinth on St. Philip's west lawn offers the people of Southport and surrounding areas a welcoming site for prayer and meditation.  The ministry continues to provide information about the history of the labyrinth and contemplation as a spiritual practice. Walking the pathway is a perfect way to release life’s daily stresses and receive a quiet calm. Facilitator: Debbie Evans.

What is a Labyrinth?

A labyrinth is a spiritual tool that has been around for thousands of years.  It is a single walking path for prayer and meditation (and sometimes just for fun) leading to a center space and returning to its beginning.  Unlike a maze, there are no dead ends or choices to right or left – only a clearly defined pathway to follow.  Walking the labyrinth quiets the mind, allowing one to reflect, to receive and to renew.

OUR LABYRINTH is a five-circuit, neo-medieval cruciform design.  In other words, there are five paths (circuits) which encircle the center space.  Within this new (ne0), yet centuries old (medieval) design, the shape of a cross (a cruciform) is created, dividing the design into four quadrants with various bends and turns.

Personalized pavers are available once again to be incorporated into the pathway.  If you would like to purchase a paver engraved with your family’s names(s) or with a special sentiment, verse, or date to commemorate, please print and retrun the form below to the church office (forms are also available in the church office). Prepayment of $60.00 is required. Checks should be made payable to St. Philip’s with PAVER on the memo line. The inscription must fit in a grid of squares 4x14. 

Labyrinth Engraved Paver Order Form.