Adult Ministry

Small Groups

Just Faith -- As followers of Jesus we are called to be Good Samaritans when we see someone wounded and in need. What we often forget is we are also called to make the road from Jerusalem to Jericho safer, to prevent the circumstances that lead to harm. If you are interested in learning how you can fulfill this calling, a new small group study called Just Faith is coming in October. Click here for registration; click here for more information.

Love An Other --  the Bible’s Call to Unity, Justice, and Equality" featuring Rev. Denise Anderson, former Co-Moderator of the PC(USA)’s General Assembly. This 5-part series explores the sociological practice of “othering," and the Christian’s responsibility to eradicate it. We will meet for 1 hour a week for 5 weeks, first watching a 7-minute video segment followed by discussion. This short study will better inform us and prepare us to move toward making positive change. Click here to select a time that suits you (Sun. afternoon or evening, Mon. morning or evening, Wed. evening, or Thurs. evening.) We will nail down specific meeting times when enough folks have registered.

Began Mon., Aug. 31, at 7:30 p.m. Facilitated by Sally Herlong; contact: or 803-517-6517 for Zoom meeting ID and info.

Began  Sept. 10, Thursdays at 7:30 p.m., facilitated by Sue Williams; contact:

Sunday School -- to be announced for fall 2021

Sunday School is usually held during the school year from 9:45-10:45 a.m. 
Adult Sunday School classes take a break during the summer (Memorial Day weekend - Labor Day weekend).
Adult Classes are open to any members or visitors who would like to visit or join at anytime throughout the year. 
Adult Sunday School Classes (and room number) may include:

•Acts Class (#2207)
This class uses the lectionary based curriculum, Seasons of the Spirit and includes those adults who are interested in a discussion class for biblical awareness in present times. Coordinator: Carol McCann

•Discovery Class (Parlor)
This class helps inquirers and prospective members understand the Presbyterian Church, its history, and how to become a member of OAPC. Contact the Church Office for more information or to sign up. Upcoming dates: to be determined, usually quarterly at 9:45 a.m. in the Parlor or 1 session following worship in the summer.

•Encountering the Bible (#2211)
Using a variety of methods and sources, this class takes an informative look at scripture in its original context and in modern scholarship, engages in discussion to discover what God's message is in contemporary life, and encourages participants to live out their faith in new ways. This year the class will be working its way through Corinthians, Romans, Ephesians, Philippians, and Colossians. Teacher: Rich West.

•Julian Lake (Conference Room)
This class uses the Feasting on the Word Curriculum which connects worship and faith formation, engaging adults in a deeper exploration of biblical texts. Participants' faith will be enhanced when the Scrpitures read and proclaimed in worship are reinforced and expanded during the Sunday school hour. Teachers: Clarkson McDow, and Bob Moss.

•The Watering Hole (Presbyterian Student Center, garden side)
This discussion class focuses on one of the lectionary readings for the week with an emphasis on how it ties into our lives today. What is the lectionary? The Revised Common Lectionary is a 3-year cycle of weekly scripture readings used to varying degrees by the vast majority of mainline Protestant churches in Canada and the US. It is build around the seasons of the Church Year. During most of the year, the readings are a reading from the Hebrew Bible, a Psalm, a reading from the Epistles, and a Gospel reading. Teacher: Dale Mullennix

* Occasionally we offer a class in the Fellowship Hall on a special topic or with a guest speaker and invite all of our adult Sunday School classes as well as anyone interested in participating.

Together on Wednesdays (TOW) -- Watch for information about the fall 2021 schedule.

Food, Faith, Fellowship and Music on Wednesdays evenings for adults, youth and children. Dinner: 5 p.m., ($6 ages 12-adults; $3 ages 3-11, take-out available); 6 p.m. Children's Choirs, Revelation Hand Bell Ringers, Adult Class

Other Studies

Companions in Christ

  • Foundations Course is a small group experience that will explore through spiritual practices the way, mind, heart, work, and spirit of Christ.
  • This is a small group experience that  has run Sept.-May.

Disciple Bible Study

  • Long-Term Studies are 32-34 weeks long, in-depth studies of the Old Testament, The New Testament, or groups of OT & NT books.  Classes are 2 hours/week and run during the school year.

Faith & Film Series  -- possible fall 2021 dates to be determined.

  • All adults are welcome to join us for any or all of our upcoming discussions on these movies with a message: 
  • We meet in the Presbyterian Sudents Center (corner of the OAPC parking lot at 6:00 p.m. usually on the 4th Sunday of the month.  Please bring your beverage and $5 if you'd like to share pizza.

Presbyterian Women Circles (PW)

If you are a woman attending this church (visitor or member), then you are encouraged to be a part of Presbyterian Women.

Circle Meetings Dates and Places

1st Tuesday: Renew Circle meets at 7 p.m. in members’ homes
2nd Tuesday: M & M Circle meets at 7 p.m. in the Parlor.

3rd Tuesday: A & B Circle meets at 11:30 a.m. at OAPC, Room 2207.
3rd Tuesday: IF Circle meets at 7 p.m. in the members’ homes.
4th Tuesday: Westminster Tower Circle B meets at 10:30 a.m., 3rd Floor Lounge.
4th Tuesday: Westminster Tower Circle A meets at 3 p.m., Social Area.

1st Wednesday: WOW Circle meets at 6 p.m. in restaurants. During TOW, WOW meets on first Thursdays at 6 p.m.
3rd Wednesday (September to April): PAW Circle meets at 7:15 p.m. after TOW in the members’ homes.

PW Events at OAPC

All women are invited to participate in our events. You do not need to participate in a Circle.

Providence Presbytery PW Spring Gathering, (2021 date to be determined)

Birthday Gathering – (May 2021 to be determined) As our year draws to a close, let’s come together for the presentation of the PW Life Membership Award. To nominate an OAPC member, click here. For a photo of previous Life Membership Award Recipients, click here.

Questions? Please contact the Church Office.

 PW Life Member Award:

This award honors a woman of the church who has given her gifts in service to the church and its ministries.  If you would like to nominate someone, please fill out a Nominations Form (click here.  The Award is presented at the Birthday Gathering held in the Spring on the 2nd Thursday in May.

Click here for Certificate presented to Ellen Mayes.

Most Circles use Horizons, the PC(USA) Bible Study for Women’s Circles. This year the title is: "Cloud of Witnesses: the Community of Christ in Hebrews." Some Circles choose Bible study books and other devotionals.

Service and Fellowship

  • In addition to classes, the Adult Ministry Team also plans the following:
  • Knit Together- a knitting group that meets monthly at church to knit together and to teach new members how to knit.  The main project for the group are Prayer Shawls distributed to those experiencing crisis or illness in their lives.  Contacts:  Janet Duffy & Barbara Kurz
  • UGG (Using God's Gifts) - a knitting group that focuses on creating items for helping agencies in Rock Hill.

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