Who Are We?

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About Shallotte Presbyterian

Mission Statement

As a friendly, loving and caring church, we demonstrate our love and obedience to God;
we joyfully share our time and talents as we bear witness to Christ through word and deed; and we strive to witness by being a strong example for Jesus Christ in our community and the world.

Purpose and Values

Believing that an anxious world needs to hear the Good News of the Gospel, we worship as a central act of our faith at an 8:30 and 11:00 service each Sunday with seasonal observance of the Lord’s Supper. The 8:30 service is held on Ocean Isle Beach during the tourist season, seeking to extend the Word to vacationers and church members.

We affirm our belief in the one-eternal God, Creator and Lord of the world, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, who governs all things according to the purpose of his will. He has been calling out from the world a people for himself, and sending his people back into the world to be his servants and his witnesses, for the extension of his kingdom, the building up of Christ's body, and the glory of his name. We confess with shame that we have often denied our calling and failed in our mission, by becoming conformed to the world or by withdrawing from it. Yet we rejoice that even when borne by earthen vessels the gospel is still a precious treasure. To the task of making that treasure known in the power of the Holy Spirit we desire to dedicate ourselves anew.

Our History

The first phase in the establishment of Shallotte Presbyterian Church was set in motion in late winter of 1963 or early spring of 1964. The originators of this movement were mostly Presbyterians actively involved in the worship and operation of Camp United Methodist Church in Shallotte, North Carolina. Also among those interested in this endeavor were some who had recently moved to the area due to retirement or business interests.

The initial proposal and conversation with Mr. James Tubbs, Executive Secretary of Wilmington Presbytery, began the process of the formation of a mission Presbyterian Church.

We have been steadily growing and reaching out to our community since those early days. In April 2009 we paid off the mortgage on our new sanctuary, years ahead of schedule. We celebrated our 50th Anniversary in 2016 and broke ground on our Columbarium and Memorial Garden.

The Beach Worship Ministry, which began in 1966, continues to thrive with active participation in the planning/support of this summer program on Ocean Isle Beach, by over 30 members of our congregation. Everyone is invited to join us on the strand at the Driftwood Access on Ocean Isle Beach on Sundays at 8:30 AM during the Summer Season (Memorial Day – Labor Day).  We also hold Special Beach Services on Easter Sunday at 8:30 AM and Thanksgiving Day at 9 AM.  All you need to bring is yourself …(and a chair or towel if you like!)

11 AM Sunday Worship Services in our Sanctuary are traditional, warm and inviting.  Please join us ANY Sunday to enjoy the beautiful sounds of the Shallotte Presbyterian Church Chancel Choir.

The Christian Education program offers high quality studies for all ages. Sunday School Classes are held at 9:45 AM for both Adults and Children.  A special Friendship class is held for our friends from a local group home.


What Does It Mean to Be Presbyterian?   

Believing that suffering people need the Church’s ministries of mercy and compassion, we support a wide variety of global and local mission programs including financial and volunteer participation with the The Lords Food Pantry. We offer a church school class for mentally challenged adults from a local Group Home. Shallotte Presbyterian participates in numerous denominational offerings. Important to the life of the congregation is the prayer chain, the Deacons’ ministry, and regular visitation.

Believing that children, youth, adults and families need the spiritual nurture and fellowship of the church, we offer active Christian Education and fellowship programs for all ages. In addition to the Presbyterian Women’s group, opportunities are offered through the Presbyterian Men and a 55 Plus Fellowship Group. There is a commitment to fulfilling our baptismal vows through initiating and supporting programs to nurture children and youth of the church.

Presbyterians are distinctive in two major ways: they adhere to a pattern of religious thought known as Reformed theology and a form of government that stresses the active, representational leadership of both ministers and church members.

Our name,”Presbyterian,” is rooted in the Greek word presbuteros, which means “elder.” This etymology defines our system of church government, structured around a group of elders elected by the congregation—the same system of government upon which our country’s democratic philosophies were founded.

As Protestant Christians, we accept the authority of the Scriptures, both Old and New Testament, and profess our faith in God, who is known to us as the Holy Trinity of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Our faith has been especially influenced by the Protestant Reformation, specifically by leaders such as John Calvin and John Knox. We strongly believe in the key elements of the Protestant Reformation: salvation through faith in Jesus Christ alone, the authority of the Bible for faith and life, and our individual duty to be a minister of Christ at all times and in all places. It is up to each individual to determine how to apply these principles in his or her own life.

Above all else it is our mission to share the love of God through Jesus Christ through word and deed. Presbyterians spread the love of God throughout the world by emphasizing the need for worship, developing new churches, and by fostering mission activities. We respond to disaster situations, minister to the sick and the needy, and educate new generations of Christian men and women to continue our legacy of service to God and the community.

Presbyterians trace their history to the 16th century and the Protestant Reformation. Our heritage, and much of what we believe, began with the French lawyer John Calvin (1509-1564), whose writings crystallized much of the Reformed thinking that came before him.

Calvin did much of his writing from Geneva, Switzerland. From there, the Reformed movement spread to other parts of Europe and the British Isles. Many of the early Presbyterians in America came from England, Scotland and Ireland. The first American Presbytery was organized at Philadelphia in 1706. The first General Assembly was held in the same city in 1789. The first Assembly was convened by the Rev. John Witherspoon, the only minister to sign the Declaration of Independence.

Learn more about Presbyterian beliefs at this link: https://www.presbyterianmission.org/what-we-believe

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