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Resources for this Sunday


* Click here to watch the livestream

* Click here to watch live on Facebook. Be sure you "Like" it to get notifications when we go live!

* Click here to watch on our YouTube page

* Listen on the radio on 850AM and 101.1FM or online by clicking here.

* Click here for the bulletins for this week


Several Sunday school classes plan to meet online, too. Scroll down to find out how to connect.

* Builders Class

- This class not meeting at this time

- Contact Ken Laney at (205) 215-0093 for more information

* Connected in Christ

- Meeting at 10am online

- Join by browser, smartphone or tablet: https://donbmiley.my.webex.com/meet/donbmiley

- Access code: 147 988 080

- Questions: Contact Brian Hurst

* Faith Foundations

- Meeting at 9:45am via Zoom

- Studying a 7 week series

- Questions and for Zoom info contact Polly Edwards

* Inquirers Sunday School

- Meeting at 9:15am via Zoom

- Click here to join

- Meeting ID: 381 150 9964

- Password: 573647

- You can connect using your phone for audio only by calling (929) 205-6099

- Questions: Contact Leland Keller

* Making a Home for Faith

- Meeting at 9:30am via Zoom

- Studying 7-week video series and discussion of the Bible....it’s origins, message, composition...what it is, and what it is not

- Click here to join

- Meeting ID: 712 656 9183

- Password: 2020

- You can connect using your phone for audio only by calling (929) 205-6099

- Questions: Contact Larry Michael at (205) 492-9992

* Market Place People

- Meeting at 9:30am via Zoom

- Studying Isaiah

- Contact Charles Fowler or Carolyn Ashworth with questions and for the link to connect through Zoom

* New Covenant

- This class was meeting at 9:30am on the Chapel steps. Check with Tom for current meeting plans.

- Questions: Contact Tom Buck

* Upper Room Sunday School

- Meeting at 9:30am via Zoom

- Beginning a new study book - Devotional Classics

- Click here to join

- Password: 658351

- You can connect using your phone for audio only by calling (646) 558-8656 or (301) 715-8592

- Questions: Contact Bill Stribling

* Young Adult Class

- This class was meeting at 9:30am in the Builder's Classroom. Look for contact from the Gatliffs with the latest meeting plans.

If your class needs help finding a way to connect, contact the church staff for help! If you aren’t part of a Sunday school class (or part of one that is meeting right now), contact Dina Glass to get connected with one before next Sunday.

Giving During This Time

You can use our electronic giving to pay your tithe, memorial, or any other gifts during this time. If you prefer to mail a check to the church, please send it to our post office box during this time.

South Highland Presbyterian Church
P.O. Box 55933
Birmingham, AL 35255

Reopening Update

Dear South Highland friends,

God has blessed our church in many ways during this difficult year caused by the pandemic. In recent months we relaxed some restrictions to seek to move toward in-person worship and small group gatherings. Regretfully, because of the record-high levels of COVID-19 cases and the fact that hospitals locally and statewide are at or near capacity, your reopening task force has felt it prudent for the safety of all to discontinue in-person worship and other meetings at the church. Live stream worship at 11 o’clock will continue, as will Zoom study groups and church meetings.

The current decision will be evaluated on a weekly basis by the task force. Please join us in continuing to pray for our city, nation, and world, with a focus on the safety of our healthcare workers and those who are most vulnerable to this virus. Pray also for the efficient and safe distribution of vaccines so that the pandemic will come to an end.

Though the church offices will be closed except for essential business, the church staff will continue to minister to the congregation and are available for all of your pastoral needs.

May God keep us all safe, and may we see better times ahead in 2021. Above all, may God be praised for His mercy and grace to us all.

SHPC Reopening Task Force

South Highland Presbyterian Church Policy and Guidelines for Reopening Church Facilities and Services

Phase 1

Covid cases increasing for Jefferson County.

Phase 1 Guidelines

- Worship services held online with live streaming and via radio broadcast.

- Small groups, youth, Bible studies, and Sunday school meet online.

- Church building is closed except for essential personnel – Masks required.

- Mission work continues through outreach as local and State guidelines allow.

Phase 2

Decline in Covid cases in Jefferson County for a period of 14 days.

Phase 2 Guidelines

- Worship services continue online and via radio.

- Bible studies, youth, and Sunday school can meet online or off-site using social distancing protocols for outdoor gatherings as defined by local and State guidelines.

- Church meetings continue online.

- Church building is closed except for essential personnel – Masks required.

- Mission work continues through outreach as local and State guidelines allow.

Phase 3

EITHER a steady decline in Covid cases over an additional 14 day period OR 14 day period of no new cases in Jefferson County.

Phase 3 Guidelines

- Worship services continue online and by radio.

- Gatherings including funerals may be conducted on Church property starting with smaller groups using small group protocols approved by the Task Force. An event form must be submitted by the group and approved in advance by the Task Force

- Masks required.

- Mission work continues through outreach as local and State guidelines allow.

Phase 4

Clear statistical evidence of a significant decline in cases in Jefferson County OR a wide spread vaccine is available.

Phase 4 Guidelines

- Worship services continue online as well as opportunities for in person worship.

- Additional guidelines for gatherings will be provided by the Task Force at this time.

- Gatherings are allowed on Church property starting in small groups and moving to larger groups.

- Evaluation for in person, children, youth, and vulnerable adults will be made in this phase.

- Church building is open for group gatherings by submission of an event form that must be approved by Task Force prior to event.

- Mission work continues through outreach as local and State guidelines allow.

Approved by SHPC Task Force 7/22/20.


Chair: Brad Hale; Rev. Dr. Ed Hurley;

Chairs or representatives of the Coordinating Council: Joey Miller, Beth Atkerson, Cathie Bonner, Jeannie Jones, Jim Harpenau, Kathy Tracey, Gary Harden, Brian Hurst, and Wende Berryhill; Church Members from the medical community: Dr. Carolyn Ashworth, Jody Gilchrist, Dr. Jack Featheringill; Staff: Dina Glass

South Highland Presbyterian Church’s Action Plan for COVID-19

After much discussion, advice, and prayer, your SHPC staff and leadership are implementing this action plan for our church in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. We encourage you to connect via internet for worship services, Sunday school classes and other small groups.

Worship Services will be broadcast live over the SHPC website, Facebook and YouTube on Sundays at 11:00am. Click here to watch!

Only worship leaders, broadcasters and other essential personnel will be present in the building. The church will be closed to all public services, public meetings and events until further notice and as we continue to reevaluate in light of health directives.

We are also still broadcasting on the radio on 850AM and 101.1FM for the 11:00am worship service. All of this new and ongoing communication is made possible through the generous gift of the late M. Keith and Maxine Williams. A complete worship bulletin will be posted each week on the website including hymns and scriptures all in one document for you to follow along easily.

The church office will still be closed to the public; however, the staff will be there alternating days, Monday – Thursday 10:00am – 3:00pm. All the staff want to assure you that we are still available to serve our congregation and can be contacted any time by email and cell phone. Be sure to let us know immediately of any pastoral emergency or special needs.

A listing of the staff on call:

Rev. Dr. Ed Hurley – ehurley@southhighland.org

Rev. Dr. Larry Michael – lmichael@southhighland.org

Cort Gatliff – cgatliff@southhighland.org

Abby Gatliff – agatliff@southhighland.org

Dina Glass – dglass@southhighland.org

Matthew Grauberger – mgrauberger@southhighland.org

Brad Hale – bhale@southhighland.org

Gary Harden – gharden@southhighland.org

Brenda Keith – bkeith@southhighland.org

Daniel Killilea – dkillilea@southhighland.org

Katya O’Leary – koleary@southhighland.org

Ways to Worship with SHPC

Tune In

- Join us for in-person worship in the Sanctuary at 8:30AM. Reservations are required. Email reservation@southhighland.org. Please list all names of those wanting a reservation in the email. Reservations must be submitted by 12:00pm on the Saturday prior. Face masks and social distancing are required. Limited childcare for preschool children up to 10 children will be available but must make at reservation at reservation@southhighland.org (be sure to includes ages of the children in your email)

- Find us on your radio on 850AM and 101.1FM (Sundays at 11:00am only)

- Click here to access the audio feed through our website (Sundays at 11:00am only)

- Click here to access the video feed through our website (Sundays at 11:00am and select Wednesdays at 6:30pm)

- Missed our live services? Visit the above video pages to watch the archived services. And click here to listen to archived services.

Follow Along with the Bulletin

- Click here for the bulletin

Share Attendance & Prayer Concerns

- Click here to email Dina Glass and Brenda Keith with who all is tuned in and any prayer concerns they can share with staff for the week ahead

Online Giving

- Click here to keep up with your tithe through giving online

Tune into our YouTube page or our Facebook page on Wednesdays for a special message from our staff related to the focus for the following Sunday.

Watch your email and our social media feeds for any updates!

SHPC Spotlight

Click here to check out some of the happenings around SHPC during this time while we've been apart.