Weekday Groups

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)

Coffee, Tea & Goodies

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

Team Led by Bill Pabst, Dan Raisch, Liz Thomson, Iver Kennedy, Peter Thomson, Doug Ridgway, and Pat Grill

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

January 7, 2020 – February 11, 2020
Six Sessions on Tuesday mornings from 9:30 – 11:00 a.m. in the Mission Room

Prayer is the force that binds believers together, and when God’s people unite and call on his name, powerful things happen in our world.

God’s throne of grace. It is not a physical location you can visit, but the promises you read about it in the Bible are so immense that they are almost beyond belief. And as Hebrews 4:16 states, you can always “approach God’s throne of grace with confidence,” knowing that you will “receive mercy and find grace” to help you in your time of need.

In this six-session video-based Bible study Pastor Jim Cymbala explores how God promises in his Word to always hear you, answer you, and extend his mercy when you come to him. As you pray with faith, he will provide his perfect peace and “meet all your needs according to the riches of his glory” (Philippians 4:19). You will find that approaching God’s throne of grace will change your life and circumstances like nothing else—and that when you and other believers call on his name, powerful things happen in the world!

Featuring teachings by Jim Cymbala and interviews with ordinary people who received extraordinary answers to their prayers, this study will show how prayer can completely transform your life.

Sessions include:

· The Throne of Grace

· Receiving Mercy

· Perfect Peace from God

· Praying with Faith

· God Brings the Answer

· The Church that Prays Together

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.

Meets THURSDAYS Starting September 12, 2019
9:30 a.m. in the Mission Room

I Corinthians & II Corinthians

The cosmopolitan city of Corinth was the site of one of the apostle Paul’s greatest evangelistic successes. However, the church he founded was full of contention, ranging from questions about leadership to incest. Some Christians were taking fellow believers to court. There were issues concerning marriage, celibacy, food offered to idols, public worship, and spiritual gifts. In response, Paul offered some of his most profound thinking on the body of Christ, love, and Jesus’ cross and resurrection.

Everyone is welcomed to join us as we take a deeper look at these two letters from Paul.

Thursday Evening Women’s Bible Study/ Prayer Group

Starting January 2020

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

Led by Candy Peterson

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!

“4P” Men’s Discipleship Training seeks to develop Christian leaders and to build lasting friendships among 3-4 other men who commit to personal growth and Christian discipleship. Each group will examine what it means to have a personal progressive commitment

  • to Jesus Christ
  • to Yourself
  • to Relationships
  • to the work of Christ in the world.

The 4P Discipleship Training is intended to respond to the Great Commission: “Make disciples of all men.”

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.