Did you know that 720 million people including 150 million children in the world do not get enough food to lead a healthy life? Malnutrition is the single largest contributor to disease in the world. School feeding programs can help prevent hunger, increase school enrollment, reduce absenteeism, and improve learning outcomes.
We have the opportunity to make a positive impact in the world by packaging 10,000 meals on May 1st, partnering with Rise Against Hunger, a non-profit organization that is committed to ending world hunger. In 1998, Ray Buchanan — a United Methodist minister — founded Stop Hunger Now; rebranded to Rise Against Hunger (RAH) in 2017. 2.8+ million lives impacted in 2020; and more than 543+ million total meals have been packaged to benefit 78 countries.
Sign up below or in the Crossroads to participate in this fun church event. There are opportunities to help with unloading the supplies and setup (1-3PM), to pack meals (3-5PM) and to pack up the supplies and clean-up (5-6PM). Ages 5 and up are welcome.
For more details, click here to contact Cheryl Brooks.
Egg hunt starts promptly at 10:30am for 1-4 year olds,
10:45am for 5-8 year olds, and
11am for 9-12 year olds
Crafts | Ben and Jerry’s Ice Cream Bar | Selfie picture station
Click here to donate items needed: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/20F044EA8AC23A5FE3-childrens
Study Group 1:
Be the Bridge 101: Foundational Principles Every White Bridge-Builder Needs to Understand
Sundays at 11:30am - SPC: 4th floor. Lunch and Learn. Dates: March 6 – April 10
Facilitated by Debby Coles and Pastor Lindsay Rich. (Free boxed lunch and childcare provided with RSVP)
Join us as we learn about how we can build bridges across racial lines. This group is designed to help people develop curiosity and interrogate “whiteness”: what it is, how it functions, and what we can do to prevent the harm that can come from it. This group will discuss why this topic matters as followers of Jesus and help us to take an honest look at where we are individually and collectively so that we can pursue justice for people who have been marginalized because of race and unity for us all. Learn more here.
Study Group 2:
Lectionary Gatherings for Lent
Thursdays 7:00 - 7:30pm - SPC: 2nd floor art gallery. Dates: March 3 – April 7. Facilitated by Carmen Gray and Brad Thomas.
Throughout church history, followers of Jesus have used Lent - the 40 day season before Easter – to help prepare to celebrate Jesus’ resurrection. This study group invites you to join us as we read selected passages of Scripture together from the Revised Lectionary and experience brief, meaningful gatherings to include live acoustic worship and prayer. We hope you will join us! Questions? Call Carmen at 704-779-1539.
Study Group 3:
Walking the Path
Mondays 7:00pm, SPC: 4th floor. Led by Pastor Lindsay Rich. Dates: March 7 – April 4.
In the final week of his life, Jesus showed us the greatest love. Join us for a Bible study with Pastor Lindsay where we will look at stories taken from the last week of Jesus’ life. With a brief Bible teaching, spaces for interactive reflection, and opportunities for discussion, we’ll ask the question: What does the path of love that Jesus took for us tell us about the path of love we are called to take today?
Serving dinner at the Roof Above Men’s Shelter is always a rewarding experience, whether you’ve served many times or perhaps it will be your first. SPC provides and serves dinner the 3rd Monday of each month. If you’re interested in serving dinner to this group of homeless guests, please sign-up below.
Here’s a few details from Roof Above as you consider this opportunity.
You can sign up at the link below or by contacting Cheryl Brooks at firstname.lastname@example.org or 704-650-3445.
The Explorers Ministry is getting together for some fun! This is a totally free event for all, including lunch! We'll be meeting at the picnic shelter at Carmel Road Neighborhood Park on Good Friday, April 2, from 11:00 AM until 1:00 PM.
We'll have lots of free activities and treats including food truck, ice cream truck, Easter egg hunt, crafts, and surprise Easter egg baskets for children to take home.
Please RSVP below by March 26.
The park is located near the intersection of Carmel and Colony, located at 2365 Carmel Rd, Charlotte, NC 28226.
We can't wait to see you there!
Christmas is fast approaching and what a wonderful time to help our families in need at Pinewood Elementary with gifts for their children. SouthPark Church will provide gifts for 20 children in the Pinewood School family that would otherwise not have Christmas gifts under their tree. We would like for each child to receive at least one toy, a jacket, a shirt, a pair of pants, and a pair of shoes. You may want to sign up for all these items for one child, or ask someone to join you in purchasing items for one child; or this is an opportunity that a small group may be interested in. If you want to purchase items for a child but cannot purchase all the items, no worries, just purchase what you can. All gifts should unwrapped and delivered to Pat Franklin or Cheryl Brooks no later than December 9. Delivery instructions will be sent via email to you after you sign up. What a great way to begin our Christmas season!
After 3.5 years in the Frontier, we are close to opening the new campus to reach SouthPark for Jesus! It is important that we are ready to do so, putting our best foot forward. I need your help.
On Sundays, December 6 and 13 from 4-6 PM we will offer training in the new building for our hospitality and usher ministries. This is our front line, the first people our guests get to meet! It is important we know what to do in our new space, and that we are ready to hit the ground running.
If you feel led to help someone take the first step in finding life to the full in Jesus by providing a warm welcome, please join me at oneof the following sessions in the new campus: December 6 and 13, 4-6 PM. I look forward to seeing you and to serving together!
You can park in the first floor of the parking garage! Enter through Morrison Road. Click here to get directions.
This is the place to complete your 2021 Estimate of Financial Giving.
2020 has been the pits - let’s leverage what we can for a night of connection around fire pits! Gathering in backyards across the city, you’re invited to join the SouthPark Church family at a backyard gathering for s’mores and fun. We’ll be assigning everyone to create mixed, fun groups around Charlotte.
Sign up below to attend one of the events, and let us know if you’d like to host or attend an event that will not have any children present (they are terrible at social distancing, but we still love them). All the supplies for a fun evening will be provided!
After signing up, Pastor Lindsay will connect with you about further event details including which backyard you’ll be attending and anything else you need to know. Feel free to contact her directly below or include a comment on your sign-up.
If its rainy, we’ll reschedule for October 30 from 7-8pm.
Join SouthPark Church for a fun Fall Festival, helping Refugee Support Services (RSS) of the Carolinas. Be prepared to meet and mingle with new friends from all over the word with a day of food and games. We'll be meeting at the Refugee Support Services office, located at 3601 Central Avenue, Charlotte NC.
Please sign up below to help! We look forward to having you with us.
God is generous to us, providing family, friends, sunsets, the ability to make a difference, and much more. Ultimately,God even gave us his son, Jesus so that we can have life to the full and everlasting! Generosity is a core value at SouthPark Church. Since we are created in God’s image - and since God is a big giver - it is in our DNA to be generous. We give back to God with our time and our financial resources.
My hope is that you will consider doing three things:
1. Give financially to support the SPC ministries
2. Serve God in at least one area within the church
3. Serve God in your everyday life outside of SPC
If you are currently serving in a SPC ministry, thank you! Please continue doing so in 2020. If you are not yet involved in one of our ministries, or if you are looking to expand your service at SPC, I ask you to consider the ministries listed below. These are the key areas which need additional help heading into 2020, as we look forward to moving into our new campus!
It is a privilege to give and to serve alongside you. Thank you for being part of our efforts to help people discover life to the full in Jesus and for being a part of SouthPark Church!
Needs for 2020:
SetUp & Tear Down
Sunday worship relies on the early arrival of teams to help set up the theater for worship as well as those who stay late to help tear down. There are jobs & commitment types for everyone!
Children from birth up to grade 5 and students grades 6-12 meet every Sunday, and volunteers make it happen. These ministries focus on relationships with an emphasis on fun!
There are several opportunities within our hospitality teams at both services. if you’re a “people person”, then we’d love to talk to you. help others feel welcome at church!
You can help others by providing the words, pictures and lyrics on the screen for everyone to see. No matter your music preference, we’d love to have you help lead worship with us!
Did you know that 821 million people in the world, including 150 million children, do not get enough food to lead a healthy life?
We have an opportunity to feed hungry children and families all around the world by packaging 15,336 meals on Sunday, April 26!
We're partnering with Rise Against Hunger and St. Andrews UMC to come together and pack meals again. No experience is required, and all ages 5+ have found joy in participating in past events! We'll be at St. Andrews UMC Family Life Center (gym) and there are opportunities to help set up ahead of time, participate in the event, and help clean up afterwards. Grab your crew and come pack meals together!
Space is limited to the first 100 people who sign up, so be sure to sign up below ASAP! We're also looking for 10 people to show up early at 3:00PM to help set up for this event (tables, etc) and 10 people to stay late to help clean up (approximately 30-60 minutes afterward).
Questions? Email Cheryl Brooks.
Help refugees receive produce and feed their families! We'll assist parking and greeting clients as they arrive for distribution of produce and fish. Some can help in the kitchen to serve a lunch to all the clients. This is an excellent way to meet people from different parts of the world that have arrived in Charlotte on a refugee status to begin the process of permanent citizenship. Let's make a difference in the lives of families! Sign-up below to register.
Volunteers will go to Refugee Support Center at 3601 Central Avenue, Charlotte. Click here to get directions.
Join us for the 10th Annual Teddy Bear Tea held at the Billy Graham Library! All families are invited to join us for warm drinks as we turn on the fireplace and gather together for this winter-themed event. We'll include delicious treats, entertainment and a plush stuffed animal for the children to take home. Space is limited as we've already purchased tickets, so let us know who is coming by January 30th. Questions? Reach out to our Children's Ministry Coordinator, Jenni McKeown. Sign up below!
These Study-Based Small Groups will begin in January/early February. These groups will meet for about 10 weeks. There are three Study-Based Groups this winter to choose from. Are you looking for another kind of group to belong to? Check out our LIFE Groups and Sunday School classes here.
There are over 2,350 verses in theBible that address everything you need to know about handling money. Crown Financial Ministries is a 10-week, in-depth study of what scripture teaches about money. Some of the subjects covered are debt, spending, earning, saving, investing, giving, and teaching our children how to handle money. There are four requirements for participation in this study:
1. Memorize one assigned scripture each week.
2. Pray daily for each member of your group.
3. Attend a minimum of 8 of the 10 classes.
4. Complete weekly homework assignments
The cost is $30 per individual and includes the cost of The Worst Financial Mistakes in the Bible and How You can Avoid Them and Do Well - Crown Biblical Financial Study Manual. The study requires approximately two hours of preparation outside class. It is recommended that married couples take the class together.
Begins Sunday, January 27.
Facilitators: Stuart and Laura Shirey
Sundays from 4- 6pm at the home of the Shireys
God is a foodie who wants to transform your supper into sacrament. This groundbreaking study provides a culinary exploration ofScripture. Author and presenter, Margaret Feinberg, goes on a remarkable journey to unearth God's perspective on food. With each visit, Margaret asks, "How do you read these Scriptures, not as theologians, but in light of what you do every day?" Their answers will forever change the way you read the Bible -and approach every meal. Perhaps God's focus on food is meant to do more than satisfy our stomachs. It's meant to heal our souls, as we learn to taste and see the goodness of God together.
Facilitator: Mayreese Koraly
Sundays at 4 pm – location TBD
You have approximately 936 weeks from the time your child is born until he or she graduates from high school. It goes by fast, and kids change and grow quickly. It’s as if they shift or move on just as you begin to figure them out. It can make the responsibility to shape a child’s faith and character feel overwhelming.
The Phase Project synthesizes personal experience, academic research, and hours of focus groups with leaders to provide parents with exactly what they need to make the most of each phase in their kid’s life. This group will help you discover what’s changing about your kid over the next 52 weeks, the six things your kid needs most, and four conversations to have with your kid while they are in each phase.
Facilitator: Jolinda Boelkins
Sundays at 4 pm – location TBD
Our annual ski trip is upon us! Spots are limited for this fun weekend getaway for grades 6-12. Sign up below now to save your spot!
The Land of Israel is considered holy because of its association with the birth, ministry, miracles, crucifixion, and resurrection of Jesus. Sharing pictures, insights, and memories from their recent trip to Israel, our own Jan & Bob Cope will take us on a virtual journey through this sacred land where Jesus walked. Please join us as we welcome back the Copes for this special program. You will be blessed! Invite a friend so they can be blessed too! Make your reservation below or call the Church office at 704-366-9166. So we can notify the caterer by her requested day, please respond by Thurs. Nov. 8. This event will be held at one of our partnering churches, South Park Christian Church, located at 6650 Park S Dr, Charlotte, NC 28210. The cost of lunch is $7 to be paid upon arrival.
Join SouthPark Church, CharlotteONE and Refugee Support Services of the Carolinas for a fun day in the park with the families RSS serves. We are partnering with ‘Refugee Support Services’ which helps newly-arrived refugees make Charlotte their new home. Their mission is to facilitate programs and intercultural relationships that promote refugee self-sufficiency and enrich our community. Anticipate meeting young professionals from CharlotteONE, new friends from all over the world and a fun day with food and games. CharlotteONE will bring the games and SouthPark Church is responsible for bringing the food. Sign-up to bring food or to simply come and be a friendly face. We can't wait for this fun day with you! Plan to arrive early so we can be there to welcome our refugee friends. Questions? Email Cheryl here.
You've seen the outside, now come see the inside! We shared exterior images of the new campus at a recent town hall. We now invite you to join us at an upcoming “Inside Look” to see the interior renderings and to hear about how we will raise the necessary funds through a capital campaign. We will eat and have fun together. You will not be asked to turn in a commitment card at the Inside Look events, the purpose is to share information. If you come to any special event at SouthPark Church this year, make it the Inside Look. We are offering to help with child care, please email Jenni at email@example.com to find out more details.
There are three Inside Look options to choose from, each offering free food & drink:
· September 26, 7-9:30 PM, Supper at the Hampton Inn, Phillips Place (FULL)
· September 29, 9:30 AM – Noon, Brunch at Maggiano’s, 4400 Sharon Road
· September 30, 4 – 6:30 PM, Light snacks at the Hampton Inn, Phillips Place
Please RSVP below which event you will be attending by September 16. Seating is limited, please RSVP for every family member attending. You can refresh the page once you've RSVP'd to make additional responses.
Students grades 6-12 are headed to Carolina Beach for our annual Beach Trip October 19-21! Students can expect a fun weekend with free time at the beach and daily devotionals. We'll depart Friday afternoon right after school and will return Sunday evening. Cost is $110 per student & includes t-shirt, travel, two nights on an oceanfront property and all meals. Register below!
Next Steps is our special event for you to find out more about SouthPark Church. When you attend Next Steps, you'll get to meet with Pastor Kyle and Pastor Nancy over appetizers and discuss what your next step with SouthPark Church could look like. Whether you're wanting to explore what it means to be a follow of Jesus at SouthPark Church, or just wondering what the church is all about, this is a great event for you. We'll meet Sunday, October 28 from 4:00-5:30 pm at Rusty Bucket, 4810 Ashley Park Lane. Life is a journey... come find out about what your next step could be!
Our Outreach Ministry strives to make disciples of Jesus Christ through selfless service in our community, nation and the world. Locally, we focus on Pinewood Elementary's students and teachers. SouthPark Church is partnering with Upstream Restaurant in Phillips Place to support the school as they begin a new school year. Pinewood will receive 15% of all brunch proceeds for those that identify themselves as SouthPark Church. This is only happening on September 9th! Sign-up below and let us know you're coming. We will have tickets in the lobby on Sundays that you can pick up to help you identify to your waiter that you'd like 15% of your bill to go towards supporting Pinewood.
Registration for Fall Small Groups is officially open! Read about the different study-based groups and register below. You can also register in the lobby on Sunday August 19th & 26th. Looking for a long-term group to join? We call those LIFE Groups and you can find those here.
Your Body Is a Temple
Tuesdays at 7 pm at Quail Hollow Presbyterian Church. (10 weeks)
Facilitators - J and Kasey Chmelik
Explore the connection of the lifestyle choices we make each day to scripture, the Christian faith and the SouthPark mission. This all-encompassing wellness program will cover areas of Faith, Food, Fitness, Focus and Friends.
Moving with God
Tuesdays at 6:45 pm at Quail Hollow Presbyterian Church. (ongoing)
Coordinators: Cheryl Besterman and Laura Shirey
Join this ongoing group of walkers and runners who combine study and movement to deepen their connection to God. Beginning in September they will begin reading and discussing the book, In His Image, by Jen Wilkins as they prepare for a 5K run in early December.
How People Change: How Christ Changes Us by His Grace –
Thursdays at 7 pm (begins on 8/30/18) at the home of Cathy Youngblood (13 weeks)
Facilitator: Cathy Youngblood
Experience true life change that comes from the Gospel. How People Change by Timothy S. Lane and Paul David Tripp will challenge and equip you to live out the gospel in your everyday life. You will grow in understanding the underlying motivations for your actions and learn specific, practical ways to change long-standing patterns of behavior – growing in love for God and for others.
Come help us give children grades 2-8 the amazing opportunity to be a part of the drama & music camp! We’re putting on a week of camp and we’d love your help to make it happen. The week of camp will include rehearsals for a musical to be performed the following Sunday, August 26th at 4:00pm. During the camp, children will be able to attend classes, such as introduction to guitar or piano for grades 2-5, or acting and set design for grades 6-8. The children will also learn songs and scripture that will stay with them for a lifetime. This year's musical is called, "The Big Inning" and is baseball themed. The spiritual lesson is that the Hall of Faith (Hebrews 11) were just regular people, but they had faith in God, so God used them to do amazing things. Register to help us make camp happen and make a difference in a child’s life this summer!
Ayúdenos a darle a los estudiantes de 2ndo – 8vo grado la magnífica oportunidad de participar en el Campamento de Música y Drama! Estamos ofreciendo una semana de campamento, y necesitamos su ayuda para llevarlo a cabo. La semana de campamento incluirá ensayos para una obra de drama musical que se presentará el domingo 26 de agosto a las 4:00 PM, además de clases como guitarra o piano para estudianes de 2do-5to grado, y actuación y diseño de escenario para los estudiantes de 6to-8vo grado. También aprenderán canciones y pasajes bíblicos que sin duda permanecerán con ellos por el resto de sus vidas. La obra que se presentará se llama “In the Big Inning” (En el Gran Inning), con tema de beisbol. La lección espiritual se basa sobre los grandes héroes de la fe (Hebreos 11) que eran personas normales, pero mostraban fe en Dios, por lo cual fueron usados para hacer grandes cosas en Su nombre. Inscríbase para ayudarnos a llevar a cabo este campamento y sea de bendición en la vida de un niño este verano!
Give your child grade 2-8 the amazing opportunity to be a part of the drama & music camp! The week of camp will include rehearsals for a musical to be performed the following Sunday, August 26th at 4:00pm. During the camp, your child will be able to attend classes, such as introduction to guitar or piano for grades 2-5, or acting and set design for grades 6-8. The children will also learn songs and scripture that will stay with them for a lifetime. This year's musical is called, "The Big Inning" and is baseball themed. The spiritual lesson is that the Hall of Faith (Hebrews 11) were just regular people, but they had faith in God, so God used them to do amazing things. Register your child below!
Aproveche darle a sus hijos de 2ndo – 8vo grado la magnífica oportunidad de participar en el Campamento de Música y Drama! La semana de campamento incluirá ensayos para una obra de drama musical que se presentará el domingo 26 de agosto a las 4:00 PM, además de clases como guitarra o piano para estudianes de 2do-5to grado, y actuación y diseño de escenario para los estudiantes de 6to-8vo grado. También aprenderán canciones y pasajes bíblicos que sin duda permanecerán con ellos por el resto de sus vidas. La obra que se presentará se llama “In the Big Inning” (En el Gran Inning), con tema de beisbol. La lección espiritual se basa sobre los grandes héroes de la fe (Hebreos 11) que eran personas normales, pero mostraban fe en Dios, por lo cual fueron usados para hacer grandes cosas en Su nombre. Inscriba a sus hijos a continuación.