Our Ministries & Programs

No matter your stage or season of life, we want you and your family to join us!  Your family is always welcome here at Oak Island Presbyterian Church.  Our church has many programs, groups, and ministries to get you and your friends involved at Oak Island Presbyterian Church.  And we are always looking for new opportunities to expand our ministry and the life of the church through new programs and groups.  If you have any suggestions for new programs or ministries, please let us know! 

  • special event!  -- was jesus really born in a barn?

    Was Jesus born in a barn, or did Bethlehem get a bad rap? Come join us this afternoon (Sunday, December 4), at 5pm, as Pastor Taylor will guide us through what the Bible says about the birth of Jesus Christ in Bethlehem. What do the Gospels actually say about the events surrounding his birth? Was Jesus born in a barn? a stable? a cave? Or was he born in a house? How does the traditional Nativity story measure up against the Scriptures? And if there is a difference, where has that difference come from?

  • men's breakfast

    The men of the church meet on the second Saturday of every month for breakfast, fellowship & Bible Study.  The current study is the Old Testament prophet Habakkuk.  The next Men's Breakfast will look at Habakkuk 3:1-19, lead by Don Dyksterhouse.  Saturday morning, December 10, 8:00am.

                                                         

  • samaritan's purse - operation christmas child

    Shoebox Season is here!  We are partnering with Samaritan's Purse to spread joy and bring the Gospel of Jesus Christ to boys and girls around the world.  The deadline for packing a traditional shoe box has passed.  But, you can still build a box online at the Samaritan's Purse website all the way through December 31!  Just remember you are helping to spread the love of Jesus Christ. Have fun building a shoe box online. Here's (below) is the link for the website.  It's easy!  Shoebox Season is here!!  (Through November 30, we have bulit 43 of our goal of 75 shoe boxes; so we need every one to help!


    More information at:  https://build-a-shoebox.samaritanspurse.org/view/4f81bc50-cb30-4014-9720-12c8bae11327



  • Angel Tree giving for the less fortunate on oak island

    The Town of Oak Island Community Resource Center is coordinating a Christmas gift program for those individuals and families in need.  In the past, our congregation has been asked to purchase gifts.  Last year due to the pandemic, gift cards were requested.  For Christmas 2022, gift cards are again being requested. The gift cards can be for any denomination from any of the following stores:  Amazon, Dick's Sporting Goods, Rack Room, Walmart, CVS, Walgreens, Big Lots, Food Lion and Lowes Foods.  Please mark on the outside of the gift cards:  the amount of the card. and then place the card in the decorated box that will be in the church narthex each Sunday.  After the Sunday service the box will be securely moved to the church office.

     

    Please return all gift cards by Sunday, December 11th which will give the Oak Island Community Resource Center time to coordinate and distribute the cards.  The generosity of this congregation has made previous Christmases brighter for our neighbors on Oak Island!  Please be an angel and share the blessings we have received from the Lord with those less fortunate.  Thanking you in advance!

     

    Please contact Paula Paxton with any questions,



  • bible study fellowship - Kingdom Divided - 1 KIngs thru Lamentations

    Women today face a multitude of challenges, like struggles with insecurity, broken relationships, guilt, overwork or loneliness. Countless women have found peace, comfort, hope, security and answers to life's big questions by exploring God's Word. As a group member, you will personally study Scripture and answer questions each day. Once a week, you will meet for a small-group discussion of the lesson, hear from a teaching leader how the truths of Scripture can be applied to daily life and receive comprehensive notes on the Scripture passages you studied. To register, go to www.mybsf.org, create an account, and search for the Oak Island group.

    Class is 9:30 - 11:00 am, Sep 14, 2022 through May 10, 2023.  We will break for Christmas December 14, 21, & 28, and for Spring - March 8th.  For more information please contact Allison Pickard, 919-389-8539.

  • Chancel Choir

    Do you love to sing? The Chancel Choir welcomes singers age 14 and above to join us at 3pm each Wednesday, and gathers at 10am each Sunday to make a joyful noise! We sing SATB traditional choral arrangements and are a friendly bunch who love to sing. Please contact Donna Winrich at 704-798-9842 to discuss. 

  • crafting club

    Do you enjoy needlepoint, scrap-booking, card-making, quilting, ornament-making or any other creative endeavors?  Got stalled mid-project and need some motivation to finish?  Run into a problem with your project and need some advice?  The Crafting Club meets on the 2nd and 4th Wednesdays of each month from 1:00 - 4:00 in the Fellowship Hall.  Bring whatever craft interests you, and enjoy some laughter, snacks and fellowship.  Everyone is welcome, so bring your crafty friends.  A Cricut Explore 3 machine (with laptop and Design Space software) is available if anyone wants to use it.  If you have any questions, please contact Rebecca Jarvis at rebeccahess@hotmail.com.  Letting her know if you plan to attend is helpful (so she brings enough food) but RSVP is not required.  Hope to see you there!

  • children's sunday school

    Children's Sunday School meets on Sunday mornings at 9:15 a.m. (same time as our Adult Sunday School.)  Our children are using lesson material from Great Commission Publications to help them get to know and understand the stories of the Bible, and become followers of Jesus in their daily lives.  If you have any questions about this program, please contact Agnes Taylor at 910-278-9741.  

  • children's nursery during sunday service

    Nursery care is available every Sunday for infants and children through age 4.  Our nursery is a comfortable place for them while parents attend our 10:30 AM worship service.  If you have any questions about the nursery program, please contact Keena Starnes through the church office at 910-278-9741.

  • "children's church" during Sunday service

    "Children's Church" is offered for children age 5 through 5th grade during the 10:30 a.m. Sunday worship serviceThe children stay in worship until the Sermon and then go to their own program.  If you have any questions about this program, please contact our Assistant Pastor Agnes Taylor through the church at 910-278-9741.

  • adult sunday school

    Our Adult Sunday School is held every Sunday at 9:15 a.m., prior to the Sunday Worship Service.  We use a variety of interactive studies that focus on gaining a deeper understanding of the Bible and teaching us how we can apply God’s teachings to our daily lives. If you have any questions about this program, please contact Agnes Taylor at 910-278-9741.  

  • Pastor's Book study -- (will resume in the new year)

    Our pastor Dr. Walter Taylor will continue the study of a new book by author Dr. J. Todd Billings (Research Professor of Reformed Theology @ Western Theological Seminary in Holland Michigan) - The End of the Christian Life: How Embracing Our Mortality Frees Us to Truly Live”.


    We're all going to die. Yet in our medically advanced, technological age, many of us see death as a distant reality--something that happens only at the end of a long life or to other people.

    In
    The End of the Christian Life, Todd Billings urges Christians to resist that view. Instead, he calls us to embrace our mortality in our daily life and faith. This is the journey of genuine discipleship, Billings says: following the crucified and resurrected Lord in a world of distraction and false hopes.

    Drawing on his experience as a professor and father living with incurable cancer, Billings offers a personal yet deeply theological account of the gospel's expansive hope for small, mortal creatures.  Artfully weaving rich theology with powerful narrative, Billings writes for church leaders and laypeople alike. Whether we are young or old, reeling from loss or clinging to our own prosperity, this book challenges us to walk a strange but wondrous path: in the midst of joy and lament, to receive mortal limits as a gift, an opportunity to give ourselves over to the Lord of life.



  • Pastor's bible study -- (will resume in the new year)

    Our pastor Dr. Walter Taylor, will continue a study on the Pastoral Epistles - 1 & 2 Timothy and Titus.

  • women's bible study

    On Mondays at 7:00 pm women are invited to study the Bible together in the Disciples' Classroom or join remotely via Zoom.  Each time we finish a Bible study we choose a new book together that is interesting, easy to use, and leads to great conversations.  This group is all about growing in faith together.  The Women's Bible Study is led by Assistant Pastor Agnes Taylor.  Are you looking for an excellent study and a time of fellowship and friendship with a wonderful group of women?  If you have any questions, please contact Agnes Taylor at 910-278-9741.  If you prefer to participate remotely via Zoom, please contact Agnes and she can send you the Zoom meeting information.

  • mission work

    Our church is involved with many local, nationwide, and international mission projects to spread God's Word.  Click on the button below to see a list of our mission projects.


    click here for a list of our MISSION projects


    If you have any questions about our mission work, please contact Patricia Bressler through our church office.

  • martha's circle

    Martha’s Circle welcomes women who are members and friends of OIEPC. The Circle’s purpose is to support the mission statement of OIEPC, develop and grow spiritually, and create a caring community within the church and in the surrounding area.  Meetings are scheduled for the second Monday of the months September through May at 11:00 AM.  Fellowship time includes a light snack and beverages, but one may bring their own lunch. A Bible Lesson and prayer are followed by a business meeting.   Martha’s Circle takes its name from Martha in the Bible, who was always serving others.  Please join for fun and Fellowship.

  • books and coffee

    This is a group for everyone who likes to read and discuss books that help us grow in our faith, while enjoying a good cup of coffee or tea (and of course some goodies). The book and coffee gathering is Tuesdays at 10:00 a.m. in the Disciples' Room, and is moderated by the Assistant Pastor Agnes Taylor.  If you have any questions, please contact Agnes Taylor at 910-278-9741.  (You are welcome to join "mid-book"!)

  • from the heart

    From the Heart is a group for women of all ages who are interested in service and outreach projects, both within the church and the local community.  It is the perfect group for those who are interested in hands-on activities.  The group meets once a quarter at the church or the home of one of the group members to make plans for the coming quarter.  For more information, please contact Sue Jones through the church office at 910-278-9741.

  • emmaus reunion group

    The “Walk to Emmaus” refers to the trek Jesus made with two disciples on the road from Jerusalem to Emmaus on the day of His resurrection.  (Luke 24)  The disciples cherished the inspiring and instructive discussions they had during that walk with Christ.  For many decades, Protestants around the world have been similarly inspired to hold Emmaus Walk Retreats (sometimes called Chrysalis weekends) to explore how to live the call to discipleship.  Participants are encouraged to continue meeting after their spiritual weekend retreat for ongoing support, instruction, growth, and encouragement.  The Emmaus Group at OIEPC is a group of local people who have participated in an Emmaus Walk Retreat or Chrysalis weekend at some point in their lives, and meet to reinforce each other’s  core commitment to living in union with Christ in their daily lives. The OIEPC Emmaus Reunion  Group meets the first and third Fridays of the month at 8:00 a.m. at the church.  To learn more about Emmaus Walk Retreats, or local Reunion Groups in the Oak Island/Southport area, please contact Glenda Dennis at glendaden1@bellsouth.net or (910) 620-1842.