There are many ways for adults to get involved. St. Helena’s warm hospitality makes this church a welcoming place for all, creating a sense of family and a continuing reunion that binds us together. You’re always invited … and welcome to bring a friend!
Sunday School and Weekday Bible Studies
There are three essential ways to study God’s Word: Preached and taught, personally, and together with other believers. It is important that we engage in all three as we seek to grow in Christ. To find out more about the opportunities for study at St. Helena's, click HERE to view the latest edition of Discipleship, our Bible studies brochure (2nd Semester Update).
What is Cursillo? Cursillo is a Spanish term for a short course in Christianity. It is designed to encourage Christians to know God better and enjoy a deeper relationship with Christ. The weekend-long event starts on a Thursday evening at St. Christopher Camp and Conference Center and concludes on Sunday afternoon. It involves listening to “talks,” small group discussions, worshiping, time for personal reflection, and sometimes even healing. Cursillo helps Christians hear God’s call in their life and empowers them to take Christ out into their world. The focus is on building Christian leaders, encouraging small groups, and strengthening believers. Many participants come away with such an understanding of God’s grace and love that they feel called back to be on team and have the opportunity to serve others. This can often be even better than their first weekend. Please contact Rev. Matt Rusch at email@example.com if you are interested in learning more about Cursillo.
The Foyer Group program at St. Helena’s takes its roots from the old English tradition of gathering together to share a meal and to enjoy wonderful fellowship. There is no better way to become a part of our church family if you are new, getting back into circulation, or just want to enjoy the company of your fellow parishioners than by participating in this great tradition! Beginning in the fall and continuing through May, Foyer Groups of 6-12 members meet once a month. Generally these gatherings are covered-dish dinners hosted in each others’ homes; but many enjoy brunch after church, restaurant dining, boating outings, etc. Open to all age groups, couples, and individuals, there is no better way to become a part of our church family if you are new, getting back into circulation, or just want to enjoy the company of your fellow parishioners. For more information, call Paula Elliott at (843) 524-2591 or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Parish Church Women (PCW)
The purpose of the Parish Church Women (PCW) is to provide programs of worship, study, service, and fellowship that will strengthen and deepen the spiritual lives of its participants. The PCW is open to all women at St. Helena’s. Through fellowship, the women expand their circle of Christian friends. Through projects, they provide financial help to the parish, community, diocese, and the world. They meet in smaller groups called chapters for study and prayer, and they work in larger groups for the good of our parish and communities.
As recorded in Matthew 28:16-20, Jesus instructed His disciples to go and make disciples of all nations and teach them to observe all that He had commanded. Jesus did not say go and make converts, but disciples, because He wanted people who would become wholly devoted to Him and lead others to do the same.
The desire to make disciples at St. Helena’s is gaining momentum. In the last four months, six new small groups have been established – seeds harvested from the spring Alpha offered earlier this year produced three groups, and three other groups began because people were discerning and obedient to God’s call to lead a group. Small Groups are composed of 8-12 men and women who meet together regularly to study the Scriptures, pray for each other, and actively seek to incorporate unbelievers and the unchurched into their group. It is through these groups that we grow deeper in our knowledge and love of God and further reach the lost for Christ in our community.
Steppin' Out for Christ
Throughout the year, the women of the parish get together to share a meal and socialize. Christ is the centerpiece of our ladies getting together in fellowship. This year, we had Ellen O'Dell, Melissa Davis, and Sarah Burrus share their testimonies and ministries with us. We begin at 5:30 p.m. for fellowship. Cost is $20 per person. Dinner is served at 6:30 p.m. For more information, contact Anne Mitchell at (843) 575-1780. The next event will be in the fall. Watch for details in The Weekly eNewsletter.