Weekday Groups

Please note, as of March 16, 2020, our in person groups will not be meeting until further notice as we take precautions to protect our community against the Coronavirus. Check back here for updates about when this program and others will resume.

Looking for an opportunity to grow in faith during the week? PCTR offers a variety of study group options during the day and evening. The following is some information on our current opportunities. If you have questions or would like more information, email [email protected].

Meet every Monday night through May 2020

7:00 p.m. starting in the Haven for Opening of Study

7:30 p.m. Three Small Discussion Groups
(The Crossing, Haven, Mission Room)

Believe: Living the Story of the Bible to Become Like Jesus Editor: Randy Frazee

Join us on Monday nights in the Haven at 7:00 for an Opening to the chapter for the night, including a Video and some Table Questions. Then we will break into three Small Groups for discussion.

Grounded in carefully selected Scripture, Believe, NIV  is a unique spiritual growth experience that takes us on a journey to think, act, and be more like Jesus. General Editor and pastor Randy Frazee walks us through these questions that every believer needs to ask:




Each chapter uses short topical passages from the New International Version to help us live the story of the Bible. As we journey through this Bible as a small group, one simple truth will become undeniably clear: what we believe drives everything.


April 24 – Giving My Resources                  April 6 – Hope
March 2 – Sharing My Faith                        April 20 – Patience
March 9 – Love                                           April 27 – Kindness/Goodness
March 16 – Joy                                           May 5 – Faithfulness
March 23 – Peace                                        May 12 – Gentleness
March 30 – Self-Control                              May 18 – Humility

Everyone is welcome!

Come once or come for all of these!

Join us on Monday evenings for a time that includes large group time, Bible study, discovery questions, and small group discussion. This is a great time for learning more about living out our faith.

Every other Tuesday Morning at 6:30 a.m.

The Women’s Prayer Group is a diverse group of women who meet bi-weekly for a time of Spirit-led prayer, study and fellowship. New to the group? Feel free to contact us at the church office for the date of the next meeting!

For more info contact Maria Swedberg at [email protected], Cell: 732-691-3252

March 3, 2020 – April 7, 2020
Tuesday mornings from 9:30 – 11:00 a.m. in the Mission Room

In this Last Days of Jesus DVD-based Bible stud we will go from the Last Supper to the Crucifixion, diving deep into some of the most meaningful moments of history with biblical scholars and experts in this 6-session study.

From Jesus’ triumphal entry into Jerusalem to His glorious resurrection, this NEW Last Days of Jesus DVD Bible study provides a fantastic overview of 6 major events surrounding Jesus’ Death and Resurrection!

Instead of simply describing the last days and where they took place, this DVD study takes it a step further by beginning each teaching session in Israel showing key places, such as the Garden of Gethsemane, a rolling stone tomb, Mount of Olives, and more. Featuring beautiful retellings, solid overviews, and incredible cultural insights from top Bible scholars, this all-inclusive DVD will deepen your understanding of key Easter events, including:

  • Jesus’ Transfiguration
  • Palm Sunday and the Last Supper
  • Jesus’ Trial and Death
  • Jesus’ Resurrection

Unlike any other Bible study available, this visually stunning DVD series is written and taught by biblical experts — six professors with specialized areas of knowledge, more pictures, and more opportunities to see what Bible places look like today!
Everyone is welcome to join us!

Meeting every Wednesday Morning 6:30 a.m.

The Men’s Prayer Group is a diverse group of men who meet @ 6:30 am on Wednesdays for a time of Spirit-led prayer, Bible study and fellowship. Often our friendships lead to other social activities such as golf, dining, ball games, etc.

Please join us or contact Jule Raichle @ 732-341-5828/[email protected] for more information.

9:30 a.m. in the Mission Room


Written by the Apostle Paul this letter to the Galatians includes the origin of the gospel, justification by faith, not by works of the law, the nature and role of the law, the freedom of the believer, the gift of the Spirit, the ongoing struggle between the flesh and the Spirit in the life of the believer, and the Christian ethics that include love, walking in the Spirit and producing the Spirit’s fruit.

Everyone is welcomed to join us  as we take a deeper look at this letter from Paul. This is also the focus of the sermons during Lent. 

Thursday Evening Women’s Bible Study/ Prayer Group

Meeting first and third Thursday evenings each month 6:30 p.m. in the Mission Room

Uninvited: Living Loved When You Feel Less Than, Left Out, and Lonely by Lysa Terkeurst

The enemy wants us to feel rejected . . . left out, lonely, and less than. In Uninvited, Lysa shares her own deeply personal experiences of rejection from the perceived judgment of the perfectly toned woman one elliptical over to the incredibly painful childhood abandonment by her father. She leans in to honestly examine the roots of rejection, as well as rejection’s ability to poison relationships from the inside out, including our relationship with God.

With biblical depth, gut honest vulnerability, and refreshing wit, Lysa will help you:

  • Stop feeling left out by believing that even when you are overlooked by others you are handpicked by God.
  • Change your tendency to either fall apart or control the actions of others by embracing God honoring ways to process your hurt.
  • Know exactly what to pray for the next ten days to steady your soul and restore your confidence in the midst of rejection.
  • Overcome the two core fears that feed your insecurities by understanding the secret of belonging.

This Women’s group will focus on keeping each other in prayer.  It is a Bible study support group with an emphasis on praying for each other.

All women are welcome!

Starting October 18, 2019
The Third Friday of the month (October through May) meeting from 7:00 – 8:30 p.m.

Come and meet other Christian couples as together we spend a great night of studying and learning, of visiting, sharing, and snacking!  This year we’ll be studying, “Eternity Is Now in Session: A Radical Rediscovery of What Jesus Really Taught about Salvation, Eternity, and Getting to the Good Place” by John Ortberg

This is a journey to discover what it really means to be “saved.” For Christians, perhaps the deepest expression of what we’re waiting for is found in the phrase “eternal life.” But what is eternal life? Why do we want it? And how do we know if we have it?

What would it mean to consider the Ten Commandments not as a harsh list of what not to do but, instead, as a “love letter” from a loving God? Our Presbyterian Women (PW) Circles will be exploring that question through-out the year as part of this year’s study: “Love Carved In Stone.”  All women of the church are members of the Presbyterian Women Association and are heartily welcome to attend all events. We invite you to join one of our nine Circles for study and prayer.

Contact the church office for more information or to join a PE Circle. [email protected], 732-349-1331 –call to join us anytime!

Abigail – Second Wednesday of each month, 9:15 am – Harrogate

Esther – Second Tuesday of each month, 10:00 am – Homes in Waretown Area

Eve – Third Wednesday of each month, 7:00 pm – Church Library and/or homes in Toms River

Joy – Third Monday of each month, 10:00 am – The Haven (PCTR)

Lydia – Third Tuesday of each month, 7:00 pm – at PCTR

Mary –  Fourth Tuesday of each month, 12:00 pm – at PCTR

Rebecca – Second Tuesday of each month, 10:00 am – The Haven (PCTR)

Contact the church office for more information or to join a PE Circle. [email protected], 732-349-1331 –call to join us anytime!

Groups meet at times convenient to their members.

 Men’s Discipleship Groups seek to develop Christian leaders and to build lasting friendships among 3-4 other men who commit to personal growth and Christian discipleship.

“Be holy, for I am holy,” commands God. But holiness is something that is often missed in the Christian’s daily life. According to Navigator author Jerry Bridges, that’s because we’re not exactly sure what our part in holiness is.

In The Pursuit of Holiness, he helps us see clearly just what we should rely on God to do―and what we should take responsibility for ourselves. As you deepen your relationship with God, learn more about His character, and understand the Holy Spirit’s role in holiness, your spiritual growth will mature.

For information and/or questions please contact Bill Pabst at (732) 270-5878 or by email to  [email protected]

For more information about our Adult Discipleship Programs contact Pat Grill, Director of Adult Discipleship, at [email protected] or 732-349-1331 x245.