Support Ministry Classes
Check out these opportunities to worship, connect, study God's Word, and grow together. Be sure to register for upcoming events and classes. Come be a part of life at Calvary!
In compliance with the ongoing order from Mecklenburg County, MASKS ARE REQUIRED FOR EVERYONE ages 5+, regardless of vaccination status, while indoors at Calvary Church. We appreciate your cooperation!
Support Ministry Classes
Support Ministry Classes — Winter 2022
Mondays, 6:30–8:00 PM
Winter session: January 24 – April 25
Calvary’s Support Ministry classes are open to everyone. Each class explores the spiritual, intellectual, emotional, and physical aspects of life challenges from a biblical perspective. However, please note that our classes are not professional counseling sessions or therapy groups.
Our winter session classes will meet in-person at Calvary. CancerCare will be offered both in-person and via Zoom. In-person participants will practice social distancing, use hand sanitizer regularly, and wear face masks at all times. Zoom participants will receive credentials from the coordinator.
Register online below in advance so we may prepare for you.
January 24 – April 11
Room 242 & via Zoom
Whether you have been recently diagnosed with cancer or going through treatment, it can be an overwhelming experience. You are not alone in your journey. How can we live when we hear such life-changing news? Come join us with your family. If you are dealing with other serious illnesses and/or traumas, you are also invited. You will find great encouragement, strength, and hope through the Word of God, prayer, and group discussion. Cost: $10. Pick up textbook at the first class. Zoom participants will be contacted by the coordinator.
January 24 – April 25
Separation and divorce are some of life’s most difficult experiences. Each meeting encourages perspective and discussion for participants to restore a state of balance in their lives. The DVD-based curriculum addresses many aspects of divorce—from loneliness and depression to finances and anger—with grace and truth. Join us for biblical encouragement, practical tips for overcoming challenges, and prayer. Open to men and women. Cost: $25. Workbook (version 4.0) will be distributed at the first class.
January 24 – April 11
Living through the death of a spouse, child, relative, or other loved one can be a painful journey through the valley of the shadow. Our facilitators understand the personal journey through grief and offer discerning compassion and encouragement during this difficult time. Class includes a biblically-based curriculum with DVDs on aspects of grief followed by discussion. Cost: $25. Workbook (version 3) will be distributed at the first class.
Partial need-based financial assistance is available and may be requested at registration. Please contact the Ministry Coordinator. Pending approval, you will receive a notification via email.
The Potter's Hands
A Restoration, Reconciliation,
& Recovery Ministry
Mondays, 6:30 PM
A Restoration, Reconciliation, & Recovery Ministry
- Meetings are held every Monday at 6:30 PM in Room 238 throughout the year.
Statistics show that over 53 million Americans currently use illegal drugs or misuse prescription drugs. If alcohol and tobacco are included, 165 million or 60% of the American population currently abuse drugs. In the last 20 years, there have been over 700,000 drug overdose deaths in the US alone. In addition, various international studies reveal that 50–90+ percent of men and 30–80+ percent of women view pornography. In the US, 40 million adults visit internet pornography sites regularly.
Drugs, alcohol, pornography — these are but a few of the “modern plagues” that ruin lives, ruin marriages, lead to anxiety and depression, and even death. Such sins not only rob a person of life but steal the soul. And professing followers of Christ are not immune from the destruction that such things present.
Yet, in Christ there is hope! In Christ, there is freedom from the bondage of sin.
Whether you have walked with Christ for years or are unsure about the Christian faith, you are welcome to attend The Potter’s Hands. In this ministry, you will meet with others who have found hope and freedom through the grace of Jesus Christ.
Come and find support, fellowship, encouragement, and accountability as we walk alongside one another on the straight and narrow way. We want to extend hope and support to help you heal and grow. Christ said, “I came that they may have life and have it abundantly” (John 10:10). You can start experiencing this life today!
To help us prepare for you, please preregister:
Join us January 27 at 10:00 AM
We invite you to join us for monthly concerts at the Calvary Grand Organ, September through April in the Sanctuary. Enjoy the magnificent music with Calvary organist Elizabeth Hildebrand. These events are free, and everyone is welcome.
Our January concert will feature organ and piano duets with Elizabeth Hildebrand and Nancy Tissiere. We'll enjoy a wonderful time of worship and a brief devotion with Pastor Jim Pile.
Join us in the Sanctuary!
- Thursday, January 27 — 10:00 AM
- Thursday, February 24
- Thursday, March 24
- Thursday, April 28
Organ Concerts On-Demand
Check out our YouTube playlist for videos of recent organ concerts.
Elizabeth Hildebrand has served as our organist at Calvary Church since 2009. She holds a master's of music in organ performance from Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University.
Upcoming sessions for parents of
8th Graders & 5th Graders
Family Transitions is a free, ongoing learning series at Calvary. Parents, join us for biblical resources, encouragement, and support through all the ages and stages of family life.
Family Transitions: Equipping Parents of 8th Graders
Sunday, January 30
11:15 AM–12:15 PM, Room 241
In this Family Transitions session, we'll come alongside your family to equip and encourage you as your student looks forward to moving into high school. You will learn what to expect in the Calvary High School Ministry and how to have a plan in place for how your child will handle phones, cars, jobs, dating, church, and extra-curricular activities. Join us and get equipped with biblical principles and tips for planning a weekend get-away with your child to guide them into this next phase.
Please register below! It helps us prepare for you — thanks!
Family Transitions: Equipping Parents of 5th Graders
Sunday, February 13
11:15 AM–12:15 PM, Room 241
Middle school is a whole new world! Parents would do well to be intentional in discussing important topics with their kids before moving into this next stage. In this session, Pastor Nathaniel Pearce will discuss what to expect in Middle School Ministry and how to help your child follow Christ.
Please register below!
2022 Family Transitions Classes
- January 30 — Parents of 8th graders
- February 13 — Parents of 5th graders
- March 6 — Parents of 1st graders
- April 10 — Parents of 2nd graders
- May 15 — Parents of 12th graders
- June 5 — Expecting Parents
- October 2 — Parents of 2 & 3 year-olds
- November 13 — Parents of 3rd & 4th graders
Bible Study Electives
Wednesdays, 6:30–8:00 PM
On-campus & via Zoom
Register now for Module 2
Our Bible study electives provide an opportunity to grow spiritually by studying God’s Word. Whether you’re a new believer, a long-time follower of Christ, or just curious to learn more, please see the course descriptions below and join us! Most are offered twice, in two six-week modules.
Choose to attend in person at Calvary or via Zoom (most courses). If you choose Zoom, course instructors will email login information to you.
Module 1 | Wednesdays, January 5 – February 9 (6 meetings)
Module 2 | Wednesdays, February 16 – March 30 (6 meetings — no class on March 2)
Please register below so we may prepare for you. Thank you!
Winter Elective Courses
with Pastor Jim Cashwell
We’ll “travel” around the world to visit missionaries, hear of people-group needs, and meet the people where Calvary missionaries serve. Join us for these Missions Moments as we celebrate what the Lord is doing through Calvary missions.
Interpersonal Discipleship — Learning to Counsel One Another
with Pastor Jim Pile
Authentic biblical counseling is an integral part of the church’s ministry in fulfilling the Great Commission (Matthew 28:18–20). This class will help us understand our God-given responsibility to be part of the discipleship process in the lives of other believers (Romans 15:14). We will also focus on the biblical principles that will equip us to counsel others to walk by faith in obedience to God’s Word through the power of the Holy Spirit. Purchase the required text before the first class. Order HERE.
7 Letters — 7 Churches
with Pastor Rob Reece
This course will explore the seven letters to the seven churches in Revelation. While these letters were written nearly 2,000 years ago to actual 1st-century churches, Christ’s messages to these churches are relevant today. We will look at Christ’s commendations and warnings as we examine the state of our personal faith and walk with Christ. You’ll be challenged and encouraged by this study.
REGISTER for module 2
Reliability and Relevancy of the Old Testament
with Pastor Sibu Rajappan
Is the Old Testament reliable historically and archeologically? Or is it just a collection of mythical stories borrowed from the surrounding culture? What about the violence in the Old Testament? Do Christians really need the Old Testament? These are difficult questions but important ones for us today. For many, these questions have become stumbling blocks leading them to deconstruct their faith. In this course, we will look at the reliability and relevancy of the Old Testament and set it in its rightful place as a foundation to Christianity.
Shepherd-Teaching for ALGs
with Doug Goforth
This new six-session class is designed specifically for ALG teachers to equip them as spiritual leaders and assist them in building stronger ALG communities. Topics covered in the class include 1) What is a Shepherd-Teacher? 2) Content-Teaching vs. Shepherd-Teaching 3) Making and Keeping Personal Connections in the ALG, and 4) Small Group Ministry and the Role of the Church. All ALG teachers, assistant teachers, and potential ALG leaders will benefit from this class!
Wednesdays, January 5 – March 30 (no class on March 2)
Spanish Bible Study
with Bill Ogden
We meet on Wednesday evenings to meditate on God’s word and apply it to our personal and family life from our Latin-American experience. This group is taught in Spanish without translation.
Estudio Bíblico en Español
Meditamos en la palabra de Dios y la aplicamos a nuestra vida personal y familiar a la luz de nuestra experiencia Latinoamericana.
Teaching & Leading Others (Men only)
With Bill Bailey
This course will equip men to lead a small-group Bible study, pray with others, give a compelling personal testimony, and prepare and deliver short devotionals and longer Bible lessons. Participants will have opportunities to practice what they learn and receive constructive feedback as they gain experience and confidence in obeying God’s command to “go and make disciples.” (In-person only)
Wednesday Night Prayer
with Paul Hundrieser
Please join us each Wednesday evening. We will pray for each other, Calvary Church, our community, our nation, and our world during this time. We meet continually throughout the year.
Daily Bible Reading Plan
Join us on a chronological journey
through God's Word
At Calvary, preaching and teaching the Word of God is central to who we are as a church family, and it is essential that each one of us spends time reading the Bible every day.
In 2021, we completed YEAR ONE of a two-year daily Bible reading plan that takes us chronologically through the Bible.
We'll complete YEAR TWO of the plan in 2022.
If you've always wanted to read the entire Bible and get a big-picture perspective through history, this reading plan is a great option.
Download the PDF below. Or stop by the Welcome Desk in the Galleria to pick up a print copy to keep in your Bible.