Opportunities to Grow

There are several opportunities to explore and increase your faith journey offered here at St. Philip’s Church. Most are offered weekly from September through June, some are long term studies while others are more limited in time and scope.  Please see below for a list of some of our offerings. If you have further questions, please contact the facilitator of each ministry or the parish office.

SEEKERS: 2nd and 4th Mondays of the Month from 2:00 - 3:00 PM in the Parish Hall. For anyone wanting open discussion of issues involving contemporary faith and life, here is a safe arena in which to air questions and doubts.  Typically builds on DVD presentations featuring prominent Christian speakers such as Marcus Borg, Rachel Held Evans, Richard Rohr, rob Bell and a variety of Progressive theologians.  Lively non-judgmental discussions!   If you have questions about life and faith, join us for the “Living the Questions” forum facilitated by Nan Bush.(nanbush5@gmail.com)

BIBLE 101: Tuesdays at 9:00 AM in the Parish Hall. A six week introduction to Old or new Testament for bibilical beginners, offered cyclically. Tuesday mornings as scheduled, 9-10 AM with the Rev. Lowe Davis.(lowedavis@yahoo.com)

CENTERING PRAYER AND MEDITATION: Wednesdays at 9:00 AM in the Parish Hall. This is a time for quiet prayer and meditation with Nan Bush.

BIBLE STUDY: Wednesdays at 10:00 AM in the Parish Hall during the church year. .An ongoing study of the bible inits historical and cultural context, currenly working through New Testament and early Chirstian history.  All are welcome, but at least basic background in bible is recommended.   This group is facilitated by Nan Bush (MA, Pastoral Ministry) (nanbush5@gmail.com).

NOONDAY HOLY EUCHARIST AND HEALING SERVICE: This Rite II Worship Service if offered each Wednesday at 12:00 in the Historic Chapel of the Cross. A wonderful way to “recharge” mid- week.

ADULT CHRISTIAN EDUCATION: offered the 2nd-5th Sundays of the Month at 9:00 AM in the Sanctuary.  This program is designed to explore specific aspects of our faith, church and ongoing spiritual growth. These sessions are videotaped for viewing on the church website. Click here for more information.

CHILDREN’S CHURCH: offered each Sunday during the 10:30 AM service. Youth process from the Sanctuary after the Gospel reading and join a group of other youth to discuss the readings of the day and other timely topics.

CHURCH LIBRARY: The church library is located upstairs in the Main Sanctuary.  A large collection of books and other materials to help educate the Church in its spiritual mission. With experienced leadership, this reorganized and revitalized ministry is showing strong signs of growth and activity.  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. Librarian: Deborah Miller (dbober_70@hotmail.com)

GENTLE YOGA AND MEDITATION: Wednesdays at 10:00 AM  upstairs in the Parish Hall. This program is offered each week by Pat Pittenger.  A time for gentle yoga and meditation offers the opportunity to address the physical and spiritual needs everyone has.  This is offered free of charge, but donations are gratefully accepted.

YOUTH: The youth of our church are strongly encouraged to attend Sunday School held each Sunday during the 10:30 AM service. Children are excused from worship directly after the Gospel is read, then move to the classroom to participate in activities, readings and discussion of the current topics talked about in church that day. Our Sunday School is taught by volunteers from our parish who enjoy working with children and sharing their love of God and our church. Children finish Sunday School and return to the Sanctuary in time for Holy Eucharist during the 10:30 service. Facilitator: Jennifer Williams (jswilliamsdds@yahoo.com)

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

 

Adult Christian Education

Adult Christian Education opportunities vary throughout the year including a new opportunity Tuesday mornings at 9:00 AM in the Parish Hall.  

Each Sunday morning (except the first Sunday of the month) Father TJ and Canon Jim will conduct an Adult Christian Education Class in the Main Sanctuary from 9-10 AM. This will be a most important forum because, in addition to covering much material about the Episcopal Church, we also will be discussing the various parts of the process which will eventually lead to the calling of a Search Committee for a new Rector. 

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)

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1Bk11-kJXsk

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

https://youtu.be/020-mG-EKRM

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

https://youtu.be/dcrOtYiAays

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

https://youtu.be/ctIeoin6DVI 

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

PowerPoint Slides

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

https://youtu.be/6oDlsTxMgUk

The History of the Church (the Old Testament)  3/11/18

https://youtu.be/fD0w691ORQ4   

The History of the Church (the New Testament) 3/18/18

https://youtu.be/upCewh3y-Dk      

 

 

Faith Formation

 How the Bible was Canonized (PowerPoint Slides)(4/3/17)

https://youtu.be/I-dHGsNlQQo 
The History of the Oxford Movement (3/26/17) https://youtu.be/d7ReC-I9NmE

Christian Stewardship and You (8/27/17)

 https://youtu.be/m2Z3tx-xZ8Y

 The Daily Office (9.17.17)   

(editing in progress)

 https://youtu.be/yHU3LYqu30Y         
Stewardship (10.15.17)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aepCDSczU0o

Stephen Ministry (10.29.17)

https://youtu.be/loy2cUo-e3Y   

Instructed Eucharist Part I (1.7.18)

https://youtu.be/aP9LsN4Vs-w    

The Book of Ruth (1.14.18)

https://youtu.be/7uYFokDME14 

The Book of Esther (1.21.18)

https://youtu.be/JOM9dpNiM4g

The Book of Philemon (1.28.18)

https://youtu.be/h3PPQDPTjgg

Instructed Eucharist (2.4.18)

This was recorded during the regular service at 3 different points.

https://youtu.be/u3MD7bvAal4   Part 1

https://youtu.be/s5ZUH70Vxpw   Part II

https://youtu.be/7rZ-a_g4AzE   Part III

Instructed Eucharist (3.4.18)

This was recorded during the regular service at 2 separate points. 

https://youtu.be/Ilmh2c3eaKk     Part I

https://youtu.be/epGXDcBpPG4     Part II

What St. Paul Really Said About Women  (Pt 1)

https://youtu.be/_X6vdHEkOb0 

 

 

 

St. Philip's Future Planning

Hallmarks of Health for a Congregation (4/23/17)

https://youtu.be/gbHXrjHCBO8 

Analysis of Hallmarks of Health Survey; Why is there a St. Philip's (5/21/17)

https://youtu.be/A5R0MhAEbSA 

Now that Fr. Reggie is leaving... (6/11/17)

https://youtu.be/MOuQciHJwcc

The Strategic Plan (9.24.17)

https://youtu.be/NlYiSQiYegY   

 Reorganization (10.8.17)

https://youtu.be/EFvKJlNbXKo   

Reorganization / Ministry Boards (10.22.17)

https://youtu.be/dvcpiK_vhP4

 

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)

 

 

Your Questions Answered

Your Questions Answered   12.10.17

https://youtu.be/kyhbGkzZHuU

(Due to equipment problems, only the first 20 minutes were recorded)

Your Questions Answered  12.17.17                    

https://youtu.be/tO2KUO7b77M      

I Wonder.... Your Questions Answered 2.11.18  

https://youtu.be/FEcJgnIsueU   

I Wonder.... Your Questions Answered 2.18.18

https://youtu.be/LW5DAoAy7PI   

I Wonder... Your Questions Answered 2.25.18

https://youtu.be/Xi1n6Q71ba0   

 

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.

Stewardship

Parish finances begin and end with stewardship. All that we have belongs to God and is entrusted to us to use for God's purposes.  So, first, members of the parish give to the church in stewardship of their possessions, and, then, the ministry boards use those offerings in good stewardship of what is given. As a year round activity of St. Philip's, Stewardship is considered intergral to the Faith Formation Ministry.  Chairman: Bill Carney (wscarney@yahoo.com)

Stewardship Sunday is that day, usually in October, when parishioners "pledge" how they will help to support God's mission in their church with their time, talent and treasure.  This pledge allows the vestry to plan for the future year based on the anticipated contributions.  Pledging is private and confidential and should be done after deliberate prayer and meditation. 

Ideally our budget should be met by pledging by the members of the church.  Therefore it is in the best interest all parishioners to identify a goal that they can commit to that will enable the church to determine its financial path for the coming year as well as years to come.

 

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 (dshallin@hotmail.com)

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.