At Starmount, Christian Education never stops and always works hand-in-hand with fellowship. In Bible Study groups and Presbyterian Women’s circles, we are constantly exploring the Bible and it’s applications in today’s society. Connecting with others and God helps us to broaden our perspective on the world and our place and influence in it.
Since Starmount Presbyterian Church started in the 1950s, Presbyterian Women (PW) has been an integral part of the life of the church. The women participated in Circles for fellowship, Bible study and mission activities. They supported grieving families by providing meals, funeral receptions and memorial gifts. They went on yearly retreats to Montreat for enrichment and renewal. They served countless lunches at Higher Ground. They decorated the church for holidays. They supported local and world-wide non-profit agencies with financial gifts. In short, they loved and nurtured each other, the church, and the world in many ways.
As the makeup of our church is changing, we strive to align our programs to be relevant, viable, inclusive, supportive of women and our church. To that end, we have created this survey for all adult female members of Starmount Presbyterian to discern how we continue to grow and be useful to all the women in our congregation. Please take a few minutes to think about, pray about and respond to the following no later than August 27, 2021. Click here to complete your survey online or pick up a hard copy at the church and drop it in church workroom PW mailbox. Copies of this survey will be in the Gathering Space and on the Welcome Desk.
“Move to Improve” Yoga classes are taught by Jennifer Dowler, Starmount member and certified yoga instructor. Check out the class times below and join a class, all of which meet in Room 321. (Currently, Yoga classes are suspended until COVID numbers improve.)
- Chair Yoga: Tuesdays & Fridays, 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
- “Out of the Chair” Gentle Yoga: Thursdays, 11:30-12:30 p.m.
- Beginner/Intermediate Classes: Fridays, 9:30 – 10:30 a.m. and Sundays, 5:30 – 6:30 p.m.
- Restorative Co-ed Yoga: Sundays, 6:45-7:45pm Ideal for adults of all ages with stiff or achy joints.
One Church, One Book
This fellowship opportunity seeks to join the church around the reading and discussion of a common book. Some of the recent books we’ve read together are Trevor Noah’s Born a Crime, Lisa Wingate’s Before We Were Yours and Educated by Tara Westover. Extra copies of the selected book are available in the library. To comply with social distancing guidelines, One Church, One Book now meets on Zoom or outdoors when weather permits. Email Mary Jane Conger, our librarian, at email@example.com to join her mailing list for this group.
All who wish gather at a local restaurant for lunch immediately following worship are invited to Just Lunch. A selected Starmount member serves as host each month, selecting the restaurant where everyone will pay their own way and enjoy fellowship with one another over the meal.
Groups are formed for monthly gatherings based on interest. It is a way of getting to know others in the church family while breaking bread together.
Seasonal Fellowship Events
Our Fellowship Committee is always planning fun gatherings for members of our church and their families. Our annual favorites include Starmount’s Got Talent, Mystery Dinner Theater, summer pool parties, church picnics and other special dinners. Even with COVID restrictions, we’ve found ways to stay connected.
- Happy Hour is a churchwide fellowship meeting that gathers via Zoom every Wednesday at 5pm for lively conversaion, games and to share prayer concerns.
- Light Up the Lot is a new monthly event where we gather in the parking lot on a Friday night at 5:30 for music and fellowship. Fire pits are set up and often hot chocolate or s’mores are provided. Masks are required and social distancing observed.