If you’ve been at Uptown for any amount of time, you have probably noticed a pattern. Week to week there isn’t much guessing about what either Chris or I will be preaching the following Sunday. We don’t keep anyone in the dark in an attempt to be novel, creative, or shocking; in fact, we do our best to do just the opposite. So, if you’re wondering what next week’s sermon will cover, just read a little bit further on the page you read this week. But why do it that way?
For your souls
Preaching through the Bible verse-by-verse, chapter-by-chapter exposes you to a variety of Scripture. There are parts of God’s Word that, otherwise, it’s unlikely you would ever read. Later this year we’ll spend the two Sundays before Advent in 2-3 John. How many people are familiar with these tiny books? Yet, most of us return to the Gospel penned by the same author year after year. It’s easy to do this with a topical approach to sermon series, too. We prefer to (mis)use a small number of passages and verses with which we’re familiar, rather than allowing the entire testimony of Scripture speak into our lives. It’s good for our souls to be searched by all of God’s Word.
For our souls
Preaching through consecutive sections of the Bible also forces Chris and I to present the "whole counsel of God" to the folks whom God has given us to care for and lead. Tough passages can't be avoided, which means we aren't afforded the luxury of skipping topics we'd rather not touch. In this way, we allow the text itself to be topical rather than our preaching. This approach is good for our souls as pastors because it forces us to be faithful and honest to God and his Word, trusting that his Spirit will do the work of transforming lives through Sunday sermons rather than our creativity as communicators. We spend hours each week studying, writing, and preparing to deliver sermons that instill gospel truths unique to that book as we go - giving our souls a deeper understanding of each book and growing us in our love for God and his Word as we serve his Church.
Have you heard about our new “First 5 Process”?
Finding a church family to call home can be a difficult and, sometimes, an awkward process. The Uptown team has designed these “First Five” steps we can take together as you get to know us and we get to know you. Stick around with us for 5 weeks, taking one new step a week, and we believe that will help you to see a full picture of what we are all about!
Afterwards, if you decide that Uptown isn't the church for you, we’d love to help connect you to one of our partner churches around Charleston.
Tap the image above to learn more!
For our first ever co-ed/family Life on Life event, we will be holding a potluck at the First Baptist Beach House on Folly Beach! Bring a covered dish and some beach attire if you'd like to take advantage of the convenient, front beach location!
This event will take place on Sunday, August 25th
from 5-8PM @ 1017 West Ashley Avenue
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Uptown Men will be getting together on Saturday, June 13th as well to watch the Charleston Battery play Memphis on the home field. The game starts at 7:30PM.
On Saturday, July 13th from 5-7PM, we will be having a charcuterie night at Hannah Melton's house in Park Circle! (Message us for address).
We are looking forward to a great night of conversation and community building!
Uptown Men will be getting together on Saturday, June 1st as well, from 5-7PM. We will be meeting at the Municipal Golf Course on James Island, hitting some golf balls and hanging out!
Email Pastor Caleb at firstname.lastname@example.org if you'd like to join!
So, you may have heard that we meet on the campus of the Citadel on Sunday mornings! A few FAQ’s that we receive about this include: “Is your church primarily for Citadel cadets or college students?” “Am I allowed to just drive onto campus?” “Is the guard at the front gate going to hurt me??”
Here are our responses to your questions: we are a church who welcomes anyone and everyone, not only college students. The Citadel campus is opened to the public and the guard at the front gate won’t hurt you 😂
We hope to see you Sunday at 10:30am for our worship service! Please feel free to message us with any questions you may have.
Did you know that the number of SC children under the protection of DSS has increased by 1,500 since 2012? In order to care for these children who have been removed from abusive homes, the Church must take responsibility.
Our Park Circle missional community is partnering with a non-profit organization that provides goods and services to children who have been abused or neglected, Lowcountry Orphan Relief. They intervene at critical junctures in the lives of these children, with products and services that provide a strong, positive impact. Since 2006, LOR has clothed over 30,000 children in the Tri-County area.
Caleb and Hannah Melton have volunteered their home as the primary drop off location for children's clothing donations in Park Circle. If you would like to donate clothing donations, please drop them off at the Melton's address - 4714 Brookside Dr in North Charleston.
The Park Circle missional community will also be volunteering for the Lowcountry Orphan Relief's "Kids Run" in April.
If you would like to get involved, please text "JOIN" to 843.256.4121