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Safeguarding God's Children Workshops Scheduled
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
126 Coming St,.Charleston, SC 29403
843.530.2669 or email (firstname.lastname@example.org ) to register
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.
A Christmas Message from Bishop Lawrence
Homes for Christmas
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!
It’s Beginning to Look a lot Like Christmas – Except It Isn't.
It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas everywhere you go.
Except it isn’t. In the Church, this is not the Christmas season. This is the Season of Advent.
Advent & Christmas Events Around the Diocese
The following Advent and Christmas events are open to the public. To add an item to the list email it to: email@example.com.Festival of Advent Lessons and Carols
St. Helena’s, Beaufort, December 10
The Parish Church of St. Helena will offer a candlelight Festival of Advent Lessons and Carols at 5 p.m. on Saturday, December 10. In this service, which dates to the late 19th century, we listen to seven Scripture lessons which recount the Fall, the promise of a Messiah, the Incarnation, and the Great Commission to preach the Good News. Each lesson is followed by a carol or other song that reflects on the lesson's message and a brief prayer.
Presence before presents: Can we have a Christmas revival?
I slipped into the pew with my wife and two sons. Looking around the church, a dreadful thought crossed my mind: in less than a decade this service will no longer exist. Why? Perhaps 20 people had gathered and few were younger than retirement age. In a matter of years it will only make sense to forego the whole thing. For the rector who has one less service to organize, that might be a relief. The priest who led the service remarked about the incredible numbers of people who had attended services the night before. But I was filled with sadness. Let me tell you why.