The following 2017 Lenten programs and events are being offered across the Diocese of South Carolina. All are free (unless otherwise noted) and are open to the public. Note: they are listed by Deanery.
Lenten Parish Dinner and Video Series, St. Jude’s, Walterboro, March 8-April 15 “Who Is This Man?” by John Ortberg
On Wednesday evenings from 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm St. Jude’s will be hosting a dinner and video series. The complexity, depth, and power of Jesus’ life are unique and unprecedented. His vision of life has impacted the development of everything from art and science to government, medicine and education. Just as amazing is the revolutionary way he treasured children, honored women, and had compassion on the suffering – none of which were esteemed amidst the prejudices of the ancient world.
Come and enjoy a parish dinner of soup and sandwiches followed by a 20-minute video on the incredible life of Jesus and his impact on the world and every life he touches.
March 8: The Man Who Won’t Go Away March 15: A Revolution of Humanity March 22: The Power of Forgiveness March 29: Why It’s a Small World After All April 5: Three Days That Changed the World
Charleston West Deanery
Lenten Evensong, Saint James, James Island, March 5
The Parish Choir of Saint James Church will present a service of Choral Evensong for the First Sunday in Lent at 5:00 pm on March 5. The Rt. Rev. Alex Dickson will be the homilist. Music by Bach, Stanford, & Mendelssohn. Liturgy taken from 1662 BCP. A reception will follow.
New: Brown Bag Wednesday Lenten Recitals.Saint James, James Island, March 8-April 5
Saint James, James Island, is presenting a Wednesday Lenten recital series at noon from March 8 through April 5. All recitals will last a half hour and a paper bag lunch will be provided. Admission is free and offerings will be accepted. March 8 - Pam Dickson, flute March 15 - Chris Walchesky, organ March 22 - Paul Thomas, organ March 29 - Matthew Wilkinson, piano April 5 - Ann Caldwell, performing artist
Lenten Series at Christ-St. Paul’s, Yonges Island, March 8-April 4
Christ-St. Paul's, Yonges Island will offer 6:30 p.m. Wednesday Soup Suppers with guest speakers focused on "Revived and Walking in the Light." We are ready to guide you through a series of teachings and gatherings to "stir us on, rev us up, and set out eyes on our Light Source." Come gather at the table, share in a soup dinner, be enlightened and challenged by God’s teachings from a series of dynamic speakers as we study the letters to the seven churches from Revelation and engage in lively discussions. Children and youth will participate in their own groups.
March 8: Bishop Steve Wood - Revive the Passion / Be Zealous and repent March 15: Bishop Mark Lawrence - Revive your first love/ Remember from where you have fallen March 22: The Rev. Jeffery Miller - Revive for the Crown of life/ Be faithful unto death March 29: Mr. Stan Winder - Revive the truth/ Confront false teaching and hold fast to the truth April 5: The Rev. Gary Beson - Revive our Works/ Wake up and remember what you received and heard
Lenten Quiet Day with Chelsea Lawrence Hamshaw, St. Matthew’s, Darlington, April 1
The Women's Ministries of St. Matthew’s, Darlington, will host a Quiet Day, Saturday April 1, from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. Chelsea Lawrence Hamshaw will lead the meditations and the Rev. Hunter Jordan will celebrate the Holy Eucharist. Lunch will be served. Reserve your spot by emailing your name and phone number to email@example.com or mailing the information (along with a $5 donation per person) to St. Matthew’s Church DCW (Quiet Day) 210 S Main St, Darlington, SC 29532. (If you are making email reservations you may pay on arrival – cash or check only). If childcare is needed, please indicate on your reservation. Register by March 20, 2017.
Why Doctrine Matters, Lenten Series, St. John's Florence, March 9-April 6
St. John's Church, Florence, will offer a Lenten Lunch series with guest speakers focused on "Why Doctrine Matters." The Parish will host Holy Eucharist at 11:00 a.m.; Lunch will begin at 11:45 p.m. and the Teaching Series will follow at 12:10 p.m. with blessing and dismissal at 12:50 p.m.
March 9 – What is Doctrine & Why Does it Matter? The Rev. Dr. Jimmy Agan, Intown Community Church, Atlanta, GA March 16 – Doctrine of Original Sin: The Rev. Dr. Donnie McDaniel,Church of the Good Shepherd, Charleston, SC March 23 – Doctrine of the Trinity:The Rev. Todd Simonis, The Parish Church of St. Helena, Beaufort, SC March 30 – Doctrine of Christology: The Rev. Marshall Huey,Old St. Andrews Parish Church, Charleston, SC April 6 – Doctrine of Salvation By Grace Through Faith: The Rev. Rob Sturdy, St. Andrew’s Church, Mount Pleasant, SC The Ridley Institute
Lenten Dinner and Study with Bishop Allison, Prince George Winyah, March 7-21
Prince George Winyah Church in Georgetown will be offering a lenten series, Reformation and True Freedom, led by Bishop FitzSimons Allison on Tuesday nights during lent. Dinner (soup and cornbread) will be provided at 6:00 PM, Lenten study from 6:30-7:30PM. Everyone welcome! Tuesday, March 7 - Martin Luther Tuesday, March 14 - John Wesley Tuesday, March 21 - Charles Wesley
Centering Prayer Workshop with Father Nicholas Amato, Mepkin Abbey, St. Philip’s Church, March 9
St. Philip’s, Charleston, is hosting a day-long Centering Prayer Workshop with Father Nicholas Amato, author of Living In God, Contemplative Prayer and Contemplative Action and an associate priest at Mepkin Abbey. Father Nicholas has personally practiced contemplative (centering) prayer for 45 years and has led numerous retreats and parish missions with this focus. The gathering, from 8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m. will be held in the Chapel of the Good Shepherd (behind the sanctuary of St. Philip's). Registration and a $20 fee is required, but a light lunch will be provided; contact Felicia at St. Philips (843-722-7734) to secure a spot.
Teaching Series, Christ Church Mt. Pleasant, Wednesdays March 8 – April 5
Christ Church, Mt. Pleasant will offer several Bible teaching and discussion groups March 8-April 5 from 6:30 – 7:30pm. Learn more and register.
FIVE BIBLICAL MEN - Led by The Rev. Ted Duvall What can the lives of Abraham, Moses, Peter, Paul and especially Jesus teach us about strength, weakness, leadership, holiness, work, spirituality and more? Come and see! LIVING WATERS - Led by The Rev. Joyce Harder Weary? Stressed? Overwhelmed? Yearning for encouragement and refreshment? Come drink Living Waters from beloved Psalms! POLITICS, WORK, & SEXUALITY - Led by The Rev. Gary Corcoran Young Adult Offering; What difference does Christianity make for our living? And must we all agree? THE REPLIES OF JESUS TO JOB - Led by The Rev. Jim Workman For people with losses and for those who want to help them. YOUTH - Led by Allie Kodrzycki Youth Life Groups and individuals are encouraged to gather during Lent for a time of compline prayer and songs. Snacks will be provided. CHILDREN - Led by the Children’s Ministry Team Join us on Wednesday Nights in Lent as we explore family traditions they can share. We know that kids rock and we can’t wait to see what happens when families explore Lent@Home. If it is Children’s Ministries… it means snacks will be provided!
Wednesday in Lent at St. Matthew's Fort Motte
For three weeks in Lent, (March 8,15, and 22) St. Matthew's, Fort Motte will offer a 6 p.m. soup supper followed by teaching and healing service March 8- Johnny and Jean Corbet, St Michael's Church, Charleston March 15- The Rev Robert Horn, Holy Apostles, Barnwell March 22 - The Rev. John Sosnowski, Church of the Holy Comforter, Sumter
On March 29, they will offer a 6pm soup supper followed by movie "Risen" On April 5, there weill be a Fort Motte Prayer Meeting
For more information contact the church at (803) 874-1333.
From Northern Nigeria to Northern Ireland; Third Anglican Leadership Institute Concludes
Written by The Very Rev. Dr. Peter Moore
The Third Anglican Leadership Institute is now history. As I write some are still in the air, and some have landed and rejoined their families.
And what a great group they were. They spanned the full Anglican spectrum:
- From the Rector of a posh downtown parish in a mid-sized Australian city to the General Secretary of the Anglican Church of Burundi;
- From a Rector in Brunei where Sharia Law prevents him from even having a Christmas tree outside the Church to a leader of young adults in a large Brazilian church who surfs in his spare time;
- From a bishop in northern Nigeria where unless a man "steals" another man's wife his own wife might accuse him of "not really being a man" to the assistant Rector of a booming Northern Ireland church who finished off 6 books while he was with us;
- From a former "Lost Boy" of South Sudan who runs a diocese that cannot afford him any salary and whose family must live in exile to a Deacon who assists the former President of GAFCON...
And on it goes. 16 marvelous people -- all Anglicans from 12 enormously different socio-economic situations living in cultures vastly different from each other. Yet all united in Jesus Christ and experiencing the joy of becoming a family. Our closing dinner was a time of deep prayer followed by hugs all around. Those Africans love to hug.
Sauls Challenges Churches to “Love People, Institutions and Cities to Life” at Listen & Speak Conference
There are three ways the Christian community can respond to society in a post-Christian age, according to Scott Sauls, speaker at the recent Listen & Speak conference held at the Cathedral of St. Luke and St. Paul in Charleston this past October. “Christians can compromise, they can judge, or they can bless and serve. Compromise is ineffective,” said Sauls. “Judging hurts things; all that’s left is loving and serving.”
Nominal Christianity is going away, according to Sauls, pastor at Christ Presbyterian Church in Nashville, TN. Sauls went to Nashville after having spent five years on the staff of Redeemer Presbyterian Church in New York City with noted pastor and author Tim Keller.
There is no question what a precious treasure our children are. As leaders in the Diocese of South Carolina, we have a moral, spiritual and canonical obligation to exercise due diligence in assuring that their faith formation happens in a safe environment. History teaches us clearly that this is not an outcome we can take for granted. There are steps we can and must take to assure the joy of their Christian Faith is not stolen from those in our care.
It is with that purpose in mind that the Diocese offers the “Safeguarding God’s Children” workshops across the Diocese. The workshops continue to be led by Mrs. Polly Sosnowski, whose years of service as a licensed clinical social worker in South Carolina make her a marvelous resource for this training. The training provided will cover the necessary material to fulfill both diocesan canons and local parish guidelines. The next workshops offered are:
Tuesday, January 24 10:00 am -1:00 p.m. Holy Cross, Sullivan’s Island
2520 Middle Street, Sullivan’s Island, SC 29482 (843)883-3586 or email (firstname.lastname@example.org ) to “register”
Saturday, January 28 from 10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. Trinity Church, Myrtle Beach
3000 North Kings Hwy, Myrtle Beach, SC 29577 (843)448-8426 or email Patty Von Schoppe (email@example.com ) to register The cost is $5 per person for lunch provided.
Saturday, February 11 8:30 a.m. -12:00 p.m. Cathedral of St. Luke and St. Paul, Charleston
If you have anyone in your parish who works regularly with children or youth, they must have this training. If you would be interested in being the host for such a workshop yourself, that would be blessing to your own parish as well as others nearby. On-line training is also a viable option for some parishes. Contact the Rev. Canon Jim Lewis at (843) 722-4075 to discuss what would work best for you, but do make sure your staff and volunteers are appropriately trained.
Thanks in advance for your cooperation in helping make the Diocese of South Carolina a safe place for all our children.
There are many words associated with Christmas. A word association would yield various responses such as Christmas—presents, candles, tree, shopping, carols, Jesus. But I’d be surprised if in a group of twenty people at least one didn’t say—“home”. Christmas is one holiday most people want to celebrate at home—just ask one of our servicemen or women. The popular song of the WW II era expresses this sentiment well:
I’ll be home for Christmas/You can count on me
I’ll be home for Christmas/If only in my dreams.
Even among those who are not concerned about being “home” for the holidays, chances are they at least want to be with family or close friends. Certainly the heart of the Christmas message is not about home or even family, yet, when the angels first announced their message to the shepherds, “Fear not … for to you is born a savior who is Christ the Lord”, the breathless Bedouins did in fact find the Holy Family there around the manger. While perhaps not a house or an inn, the stable was a home—at least for the night!