Weekly Bible Study
There are lots of opportunities for adults to study the Bible at Eastminster—in small groups, classes, retreats and in our weekly Tuesday Night Adult Bible Study from 7:00-8:30pm. This is the place to be if you’re looking for substantial, interactive Bible study, laughter, fellowship and prayer. Drop-ins are welcome at any time and study materials are provided.
Elective classes on Sunday mornings from 9:15-10:15am are designed to help adults grow wide and deep in their faith. Classes in Bible, theology and church history, spiritual disciplines, faith and life issues and ministry skills are offered September through July. Nursery is offered at the same time, and the coffee is always hot and plentiful.
Life Groups are intentionally diverse, co-ed small groups that meet twice a month in homes for study, food, fellowship, accountability, service and prayer. They help us grow closer to Christ and live out our mission as a Christ-centered, cross-cultural family. Life Groups build on the friendships that begin when we share a pew on Sunday morning and create space and time for us to share the lives we live Monday through Saturday. There are groups on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday evenings. Check out the Life Groups page to learn more and express your interest in a group.
Our Men’s ministry is dedicated to providing a place and atmosphere where men can share their lives, confident that other men are there to support them. Men’s ministry includes a prayer breakfast on the last Saturday of each month, 1-2 retreats a year, service opportunities (like the Advent tradition of building the stable and manger for Light Up Night) and times of just plain fun. Men can also participate in several kinds of small groups. Ancient disciplines groups invite men to copy and reflect on scripture and writings of the Philokalia. Recovery groups encourage men to overcome the destructive influences of pornography, anger and drugs. Breakfast groups meet throughout the month for accountability and encouragement in faith and life. You can find out more by checking out the Men's Ministry page or by contacting Paul Wood at: email@example.com
Our Women’s ministry exists to invite women to live in reconciled relationships with God and one another. We do that by creating opportunities especially for women to know and love God more intimately, to share their lives in trusting relationships with other women, and to serve in ways that support women and children.
Women’s ministry includes a Spiritual Formation Study that meets on the first Monday of the month, a fall retreat, a scholarship program, prayer partnerships, a new ministry with single moms and activities for fun and fellowship throughout the year. You can find out about women’s events through the church newsletter, Sunday bulletin, email and this website. Save the date for this year's fall retreat. It will be October 12-13, with the theme, "Empowered in Christ."
Seminars and Workshops
We offer special opportunities throughout the year to focus in depth on topics like marriage, parenting and managing money. Seminars and workshops are usually scheduled between September and June and advertised in Eastministering, our monthly newsletter, in the Sunday bulletin, via email and on this website.
This ministry builds mutual friendships with adults in the congregation who might not have a local support network apart from our church family. Care Partners greet each other on Sundays, call each other when someone is not in worship, pray for each other and stay in touch if someone is sick or unable to attend, and connect each other with other kinds of spiritual or physical support the church provides as needed. Call the church office or place a note in the Sunday offering if you’d like to serve others in this way or you’d like to make a friend who would support you.
There is simply no better way to get to know Eastminster than to come away with our church family on the annual Church Retreat! Each spring we leave Pittsburgh for a weekend (Friday night through Sunday morning) of teaching, worship, music, food, games, crafts, nature, conversation, rest and time to share life together. Dates vary from year to year and are announced early in the new year.
The Rhythm of the Church Year
Eastminster lives in the rhythm of the church and calendar year as a church family. This means that the major seasons- Advent, Christmas, Lent, Easter, Pentecost--always includes devotions, disciplines, teaching, preaching, worship and special events for all ages to draw us to God and remind us of the Gospel. You can rely on the the church newsletter, Sunday bulletin, and Event Calendar on this website to know what is happening each season.
Are you ready to publicly profess your faith in Jesus and make a commitment to Eastminster as your church family? Would you like to ask some questions and find out more about the congregation before taking that step?
“Discovering Membership” is a great introduction to our church family. This 3 hour, interactive class will explain what we believe, who we are as a congregation and what it means to make the commitment of membership.
Membership classes are scheduled as needed so just tell us that you’re interested. You can fill out a membership form at the church office and we’ll set up a class at a convenient time.
Nancy Wood is all about the journey of transformation!
She provides workshops, support groups, and individual counseling, with the goal of “Strengthening individuals (and by this, couples and families) by transforming relationships, one interaction at a time.”
As a licensed therapist (and as a health care provider her entire professional life), she has been honored to journey with, support, equip, and guide many individuals, couples, and families. Relationships are messy, but it is how we deal with and “manage the mess” that makes all the difference. Please check out her website for more information and to make an appointments at, www.FamiliesTurning.com.