Abundant Life

Our Abundant Life Ministry focuses on the development of a health ministry, in cooperation with church members, church leaders, the community, local agencies, and hospitals. Ministry team members and the Parish Health Coordinator work together with God’s guidance to facilitate seminars, classes, and health related events and activities. Together, they identify the health needs and concerns of the congregation, and plan and implement programs that promote wellness. Abundant Life focuses on a “whole person” approach to wellness and healing, believing that wholeness involves harmony among mind, body, and spirit.


Areas of health and wellness promotion and disease prevention include exercise classes, health seminars and blood pressure screenings. I make referrals to community/medical resources, and most importantly listening and loving the members, friends, and visitors of First Presbyterian Church. For additional information, please contact Denise Ellis, RN, Parish Health Nurse, 843.448.4496..


6-Week Grief Seminar

Feb. 21, 28 and March 7, 14, 21

3:00 – 4:30 PM // Grissom Campus

A six-part educationally oriented seminar, one meeting per week, that provides a person suffering grief from the death of a loved one a better understanding of why their grief is so difficult and how to get through it. A better understanding of these issues will make the journey through grief a little easier.

Call Denise Ellis, RN at 843.448.4496 to pre-register.

End of Life Planning Class

Wednesday, Feb. 21

4:30 – 5:30 PM // Grissom Campus

“Live for today… BUT plan for tomorrow.” This free class is about Power of Attorney, Living Wills and End of Life Planning. Jim McCrackin, Esq. will help make sure your paperwork is in order. Questions are encouraged.

Call Denise Ellis, RN at 843.448.4496 to register.


Ballroom Dance

Monday & Friday, 7:00 PM // Singles, Fridays at 8:00 PM  //  Grissom Campus in Wilkes Hall

Learn to dance while staying sharp in mind, balance and movement. Added bonus – it’s also FUN! Mondays- beginner class at 7 PM and Intermediate Class at 8 PM. $5.00 per class. Taught by Paul McTaggart.


*NEW: We are now offering a Singles Lesson every Friday from 8:00 – 9:00 PM in Wilkes Hall.

Line Dancing

Mondays & Tuesdays, 5:30 – 6:30 PM // Grissom Campus in Wilkes Hall

Learn a new skill at the popular line dancing classes! Classes are $4.00 each.


Divorce Care

Tuesdays, 6:30 – 8:30 PM // Grissom Campus in Conference Room (Second Floor)

DivorceCare Series is a special weekly seminar support group for those who are separated or divorced. It’s a place where you can be around people who understand what you are feeling and where you can hear valuable information about ways to heal from the hurt of divorce. Series runs for 13-weeks and is open our community. To register, contact Denise Ellis, RN, Parish Health Nurse. 843-448-4496. In session til April 17.

Fall Leaders: Ken and Terry Ashworth
Spring Leaders: Bette Bryson & Net Falcinelli

Alzheimer’s Support Group

2nd & 4th Thursdays, 11:30 AM // Grissom Campus in Conference Room

Caring for a loved one with Alzheimer’s or Dementia? You’re invited to join our Support Group and learn new ways to deal with some of the problems you may encounter.


FPC Alzheimer’s Support Group meets year-round. Come discuss your needs and/or better ways of caring for your loved one. Alzheimer’s Association of South Carolina works closely with our group and our leaders are trained and well prepared. For additional information or to attend, contact Denise Ellis, RN, Parish Health Nurse. 843-448-4496.


Grief Support Group

1st & 3rd Tuesdays, 3:00 PM // Grissom Campus in Room A

This free, bi-monthly support group offers on-going support to those that are grieving a loss resulting from the death of a loved one, friend, or family member. This is not just for those that have lost a spouse. Gain support from others experiencing the same feelings as you. It’s a safe, confidential place to learn new ideas that may help you feel better. Led by Harrison Grey, D. Min., PhD. Chaplain for Tidelands Hospice.



The ComfortZoners

Once a Month // Olive Garden on Kings Hwy

These once a month social meetings are for widows and divorcees. Gatherings are at the Olive Garden across from Kings Campus on Kings Hwy. Call the church for meeting times, 843-448-4496.



Prayer Shawl

Wednesdays, 10:00 AM // Grissom Campus in Room B

Do you crochet or knit? This group crafts shawls, lap robes, and hats for those who are ill or bereaved. We invite you to come, join in fellowship, and craft much appreciated items created with love. Group meets September – May. Contact Denise Ellis, RN, Parish Health Nurse, 843.448.4496 for further information. Leader of group, Sylvia Lindsay.



Visiting Volunteers

Every 4th Wednesday, 10:30 – 11:30 AM // Grissom Campus in Conference Room

Our Visiting Volunteers arrange visits to our elderly shut ins living at home or in Assisted Living facilities. During monthly meetings, volunteers address any special needs these folks may have. Please email leader, Florence Witmyer if interested, fwmyrtle@hotmail.com.



Lend-A-Hand’s Respite Care

Lend A Hand’s Respite Care is a Confidential Service available to Caregivers of ALL ages – not just the elderly! Our volunteers are eager to give caregivers relief to go to church or just do something fun. Volunteers can also change out smoke-detector batteries, replace burned out light bulbs, any small task that might require climbing on a ladder. For additional information, contact Denise Ellis, RN, Parish Health Nurse, 843.448.4496. Leader: Florence Witmyer