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225th Diocesan Convention

The 225th Convention of the Diocese of South Carolina will be held March 11-12, 2016 at the Church of the Cros, Bluffton, SC.  Convention information may be found here.
Friday, March 11, 2016 1:00 pm - Saturday, March 12, 2016 5:00 pm
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Echols Ordination

echols charlesDr. Charles L. Echols III will be ordained to the Transitional Diaconate at 6 pm on Wednesday, March 16, 2016 at  St. Matthew's Parish Church, Fort Motte.

Charles has Masters degrees from Trinity School for Ministry and St. Andrew's University (Scotland), and a PhD in Biblical Studies from Cambridge University (England).  He and his wife, The Rev. Janet Roberts Echols, served with Anglican Frontier Missions in Pune, India for five years before returning to the Diocese. In India Charles taught Old Testament at Union Biblical Seminary, the oldest evangelical seminary in India. He is the author of several books and is currently teaching at South University in Columbia.
Wednesday, March 16, 2016 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
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March 18-20, 2016

It’s an interactive journey. Centered on Bible teaching, creative worship, contemplation, and celebration and it’s designed to stir your soul and renew your mind.

Each spring a group of students retreat for worship, for teaching and for plenty of time alone with God!

Dave Little will be our speaker this year.  Dave is Youth Minister at St. John’s Vancouver in British Columbia.

St. Christopher Camp and Conference Center

For Ninth – Twelfth Grade Students


Learn more.

Friday, March 18, 2016 5:00 pm - Sunday, March 20, 2016 6:00 pm
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Grandparenting Conference

grandfatheringGrandparenting That Matters: Leaving a Legacy Worth Outliving You

View a schedule for this event.

March 18, 6:30 p.m. Grandfathers only

March 19, 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. All Grandparents

This Grandparenting event, which is being held at The Church of the Redeemer in Orangeburg, is designed to work alongside churches to help engage and equip this generation of grandparents in the battle for the hearts, minds and souls of the next generation—their grandchildren. These events will help grandparents understand the cultural realities of today and how to prepare our grandchildren to walk in the truth in a world that rejects truth. This seminar will be led by Cavin Harper, founder and director of the Christian Grandparenting Network. Cavin, a former pastor,  hails from Colorado Springs, CO.

Session One: OWN UP! Does Your Legacy Matter?
Session Two: WISE UP! The Issachar Factor
Session Three:  GEAR UP: The Pains of Grandparenting (Adult Child Relationships)
Session Four: SPEAK UP! Unleash the Power of Spoken Blessing
Session Five: STEP UP! Take the Hill Country!
Session Six; Q&A Time 

harper cavin2March 18, 6;30 p.m.: MAN UP! A Time for Real Heroes (Grandfathers only)
March 19,  9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. Grandparenting  Conference (All Grandparents)

The Church of the Redeemer, Orangeburg (1606 Russell Street, Orangeburg, SC)
Soup and Salad lunch provided on Saturday;  Reservations requested by March 16.
Contact Susan Ulmer at (803) 534-3794 to make your reservation.
Questions: Mike Sheedy 843.345.4596 or
View a complete schedule of Cavin Harper events in South Carolina.

Saturday, March 19, 2016 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
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Voices of the Anglican Communion Event

voices ang commA Gathering of Friends from Africa and South America, April 11

On Monday April 11 at 6 p.m. the Diocese will host an event at the Cathedral in Charleston where a number of honored guests from Africa and South America will speak about their work. A soup reception will follow. No reservations needed. All are encouraged to join us for this unprecedented gathering. Download the poster.

  • •    Bishop Rob Martin, Diocese of Marsabit, Anglican Church of Kenya
    •    Rose Kanyunyuzi, head of the Go Project in Uganda
    •    Bishop Joseph Abura, Diocese of Karamoja, Anglican Church of Uganda
    •    The Rev. Raymond Bukenya, the Diocese of Karamoja, Anglican Church of Uganda
    •    Bishop George Kasangaki, Diocese of Masindi-Kitara, Anglican Church of Uganda  
    •    The Rev. Paul Ssembiro, recent past Provincial Coordinator for Mission and Evangelism in Uganda, and the present Country Team Leader of African Enterprises
    •    Bishop Elias Chakupewa, Diocese of Tabora, Anglican Church of Tanzania
    •    Bishop Rafael Samuel is the Bishop of Boliva
    •    The Rev. Geison Vasconcellos, Diocese of Recife, Brazil
    •    Bishop Nelson Ojeda, Auxiliary Bishop of Chile


Read more:
Monday, April 11, 2016 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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St. Alban's 75th Anniversary

St. Alban’s Chapel, The Citadel, to Celebrate 75th Anniversary, April 15

On April 15, St. Alban’s Chapel at The Citadel will hold its 75th Anniversary celebration. St. Alban’s Chapel reaches Citadel cadets with the gospel and trains them to go out into the world as transformative disciples of Christ. It is a ministry of The Diocese, Church of The Holy Cross, Citadel alumni and friends. As we commemorate over 75 years of ministry, we will honor the past, celebrate the present and anticipate the future growth of ministry.
This Anniversary Celebration will feature a dinner with Bishop FitzSimons Allison as the Guest of Honor, with other Special Guests to include Gen. John Grinalds, former president of The Citadel. Bishop Allison will help us remember the past through a brief presentation on the remarkable life of Dr. William Porcher DuBose, Citadel Class of 1855. Dean DuBose had a transformative encounter with Christ at The Citadel that changed the trajectory of his life. Following graduation and the War Between the States he eventually became the Dean of the School of Theology at the University of the South at Sewanee.  There he mentored two generations of clergy from all over the South. Most historians regard Dean DuBose as the most significant voice to emerge from the Episcopal Church, and he is believed to be the only Citadel graduate and South Carolinian who has a feast day (18 August) in the calendar of the Episcopal and Anglican Churches in America.

Most of the evening will celebrate the current ministry of the St. Alban’s Chapel Society and Student Vestry. One current student recently shared:

The Saint Albans Vestry has also been a huge help to me. Even though we are supposed to be teachers to knobs, I have learned more about God in the past year than I have in my whole life. Saint Albans to me is the clearest picture of what I think Jesus wanted the Church to become. It is kind, it is loving and above all, it is faithful to its mission. I was initially a skeptic. Now every week I receive the undiluted word of God and only find myself wanting more. I read The Bible. I pray. I help others come to their own faith in the Lord.   Where else can you find testimonies of this and other 18-22 college students who are coming to Christ and being discipled in their faith? This is to be celebrated!  

Looking forward in ministry will include the unveiling of new ministry opportunities at The Citadel and beyond.  Exciting advances in technology, understanding of deeper discipleship methods, and outreach to campuses around the state will be shared and cast as a vision for the future.

This event is sponsored by the St. Alban’s Society Board and chaired by Myron and Ann Harrington of Charleston.  It will be held at The Carolina Yacht Club, E Bay Street, Charleston.  To register or host a table, contact Anna Smith, event coordinator, at  You can find out more and register on our website

To register or host a table for the anniversary dinner contact Anna Smith, Fundraising Counsel, at To learn more visit
Friday, April 15, 2016 10:00 am - 11:00 am
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SOLD OUT: DWM One Day Away with Allison Lawrence and Chelsea Hamshaw



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Watch a video invitation to Going Deeper from Allison Lawrence and Chelsea Hamshaw .

Women, Join with women from across the Diocese for a one-day away gathering focused on Going Deeper, Saturday, April 30, 2016  at Holy Trinity Windermere, 95 Folly Road, Charleston. Registration will begin at 9:15 a.m. and our program will start at 10 a.m.

Allison Lawrence, wife of the Rt. Rev. Mark J. Lawrence, XIV Bishop of South Carolina, and her daughter Chelsea Hamshaw, wife of the Rev. Jason Hamshaw will be speaking on Going Deeper. Together we’ll explore what it means to go deeper in faith: deeper into scripture which leads us deeper to the cross of Christ and deeper into relationship with one another.

Following their presentation we will have lunch and then share Holy Eucharist together.

The cost of the event is $15 and a nursery is available.

Register here.

Saturday, April 30, 2016 9:15 am - 3:00 pm
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St. Christopher Sunday

Mark your calendars for St. Christopher Sunday, May 1, 2016. We encourage you to pray with your local parish for the ministry and fruit of St. Christopher. Be bold in your prayer for this Holy place and the work of our Lord Jesus Christ. Please follow the link below to our website for more information on how you can partner in prayer with us during this special Sunday. Downloadable posters and bulletin inserts are also available on the website.
Sunday, May 01, 2016 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
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re:generate Youth Event

November 11-13, 2016?

re:generate is an amazing opportunity for high school students to grow in their faith!  On this weekend, youth groups come together to hear a dynamic message, engage in lively worship, and enjoy time building relationships with one another.
Details will be announced later in the spring.?
The Birdsongs will return this year to lead us in worship!

Learn more.

Wednesday, May 25, 2016 10:00 am - 11:00 am
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Diocesan Night at the Riverdogs

Take Me Out to the Ball Game! June 3

Diocesan Night at the Charleston Riverdogs

RiverdogsJoin with others from all across the Diocese of South Carolina for a night of fun Friday, June 3 when the Charleston Riverdogs face Kannapolis. Bishop Lawrence will be throwing out the first pitch. It's red shirt day, but to show we're all together, we're encouraging our group to  wear a navy blue shirt.  The game starts at 7:05 p.m. and ends with a fireworks show. Bring friends and neighbors. This is a great opportunity to connect with others throughout the Diocese.

The Diocese has reserved seats together in Section 203. Unfortunately the seats in our reserved section have sold out.    You can still join us! Simply order your tickets on Riverdogs site and selecti seats for the June 3 game either in or near section 203.  There are still seats in that area.

Getting Your Tickets
For those who ordered tickets in the reserved Diocesan section before we sold out, you can pick up your tickets on the day of the game by going to the Will-Call window and letting them know you are with the Diocese of South Carolina and giving them your name (or the name the tickets were reserved under).

Rain Date
Right now the game is still on - but if it's rained out we will notify everyone who's ordered tickets via email. The tickets will be moved to another night.

Who's bringing the largest group? Right now it's Christ St. Paul's, Yonges Island with St. Timothy's Cane Bay coming in second. Your tickets will be available to pick up at the will-call window the evening of the game. 

Questions?  Contact Joy Hunter.


Friday, June 03, 2016 7:05 pm - 10:05 pm
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Ordination to the Vocational Diaconate

Diocese of South Carolina Logo
God Willing The Right Reverend Mark Joseph Lawrence
XIV Bishop of South Carolina
will ordain

James Anthony Cato

Daniel Paul Farley

Roger Marion Griffin

Joyce Cameron Harder

Barbara Lynne Holliman

Gerald Lee McCord

Samuel Tracy Turbeville, Jr.

to the
Sacred Order of Deacons
in Christ's One Holy Catholic and Apostolic Church
Saturday, June 11, 2016
Eleven o'clock in the morning
The Cathedral Church of St. Luke and St. Paul
126 Coming Street
Charleston, South Carolina

Your prayers and presence are requested.

Clergy: Red Stoles
Reception to follow
Saturday, June 11, 2016 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
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grandcamp schuman grandpaGrandcamp will be held at St. Christopher Camp and Conference Center June 20-24, 2016.

The Amazing Race
A grand faith adventure for Grandparents and their Grandkids

Grandparents and their school-age grandchildren are invited to join in a grand adventure this summer, as GrandCamp focuses on “the Amazing Race,” for its theme. GrandCamp will be held June 20 - 25, 2016, on the sandy shores of St Christopher Camp and Conference Center.Bishop Mark and Allison Lawrence will join us at the “Starting Gate” with some encouraging words and stories. The Rev. Ted McNabb will lead our times of intergenerational worship as well as some fun songs around the campfire. Register soon as the deadline is quickly approaching.

Your faith will grow, your relationship with your grandchildren will grow, and your relationship with God will grow. And what’s more… you’ll have more fun than you thought possible! You’ll laugh, play, talk, smile and share life together as you enjoy morning Bible studies and afternoons of kayaking and swimming. GrandCamp is truly a transformational experience.  So, join in "the Amazing Race" for one of the best investments you will ever make in the this life.

Register now.

Monday, June 20, 2016 11:00 am - Friday, June 24, 2016 12:00 pm
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Salmon Memorial Service

The Rt. Rev. Edward L. Salmon, Jr.

The Diocese of South Carolina will hold a
Memorial Service of Holy Eucharist for
The Rt. Rev. Edward L. Salmon, Jr.
XIII Bishop of South Carolina
Wednesday, July 6, 2016
4:00 p.m.

The Cathedral of St. Luke and St. Paul
126 Coming Street
Charleston, SC
Light reception to follow in Wellbrock Hall

Clergy: White stoles


In lieu of flowers, the family has requested that memorials be made to: SPEAK, The Anglican Digest, 805 County Road 102, Eureka Springs, AR 72632-9705. Memorial gifts may be given online here. 

The funeral for Bishop Salmon will be held at the Church of St. Michael and St. George in St. Louis, Missouri on Thursday, July 7 at 7 p.m.

Wednesday, July 06, 2016 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
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ALI Evening with Dr. Ken Boa

Anglican Leadership Institute Presents

An evening with Ken Boa

An Evening with Ken Boa
September 7, St. John’s, Johns Island

Rewriting Your Broken Story: Gaining an Eternal Perspective on your Christian Walk

Author of more than 15 books on spiritual formation, worship, leadership and the Bible, Ken Boa, a layman, reaches men and women all over the world, but especially in his home city, Atlanta. He’ll be speaking on "Rewriting Your Broken Story: Gaining an Eternal Perspective on your Christian Walk." This event will begin at 7 pm with coffee and end at 8:30. Nursey care will be available from 7 p.m. onwards.

NEW from Dr. Ken Boa
Rewriting Your Broken Story: The Power of an Eternal Perspective

Rewriting  your Broken Story, new book from Ken BoaHow do you fix a broken story? In this fallen world, life is often not how we thought it would be. Jobs vanish, relationships crumble, and health fails. How do we find the hope to persevere? We can make sense of our broken stories by seeing them in the context of a larger and greater story. Ken Boa shows how God can transform our lives with an eternal perspective when we live with the end in mind. In light of eternity our struggles are temporary and our plot twists are not fatal. We are hard-wired by God with eternity in our hearts, and that longing gives us purpose, blesses others, and helps us make a lasting mark on the world. Knowing our future is crucial to living our present. When we see our stories within His greater story, we learn to live with a heavenly perspective and follow it all the way home. Purchase book.


Wednesday, September 07, 2016 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
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DOK Fall Assembly

September 10, DOK Fall Assembly, Trinity, Myrtle Beach

Sherry Schumann, speaker and writer for the Legacy Coalition: Grandparenting that Matters will be the speaker at the DOK Fall Assembly which will be held from 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. at Trinity Church, Myrtle Beach on Saturday, September 10. The theme is “Being a Child in the Kingdom of God. Registration ends September 1. Register here.  For additional information contact DOK SC Assembly President, Kathy House, at or 843-679-9100.

More information is available at for anyone interested in learning more about The Order of the Daughters of the King. If someone has a question or is interested in starting a new chapter, please contact DOK SC Assembly President, Kathy House, at or 843-679-9100.

Saturday, September 10, 2016 9:00 am - 10:00 am
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Men's Summit with Bishop Lawrence

Men, View a video invitation from Bishop Lawrence to the upcoming Men's Summit.


Men's Summit Video Message from Bishop Lawrence



mens summit 2016

Men: Join Bishop Mark Lawrence for a Diocesan Men’s Summit, Saturday, September 17, 2016 from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at St. Paul’s Church, 316 West Carolina Avenue, Summerville.

It’s been said that the journey from the head to the heart is the longest, most difficult journey you will ever encounter. It’s also the most important one you will ever make. Join Mark Lawrence, Bishop of the Diocese of South Carolina, for a diocesan men’s summit examining what God has say about this journey and the direction of our lives.

All men (teenagers and up) are invited to participate.

Need more Information: Contact Jay Crouse, Coordinator for Men's Ministry at  941.320.0271 or Richard Moore, 2017 Christian Men's Conference Coordinator at 843.693.7003.

Bring your Bible: It’s your entrance ticket.

Register here.

Download a poster to promote this event in your parish.

Saturday, September 17, 2016 9:00 am - 12:30 pm
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Barrier Island 5K Run/Hike

Read details and register here.

The Barrier Island 5K Run/Hike has become a tradition at St. Christopher. In it’s fourth year running, the beautiful 5K tour through St. Christopher’s property is one of the best ways to find your way out to camp, as well as supporting the ministry of this place. All 5K proceeds are allocated to funding our Barrier Island Local Outreach Program. We are looking for businesses and individuals to work with us as sponsors for this coming year’s race. So mark your calendars for September 17th, we will see you then.
Saturday, September 17, 2016 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
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Diocesan Periodical Club Ingathering

Diocesan Periodical Club Ingathering, September 18

A Message from Vicki Sheedy, DPC Chair:

I have the privilege of serving as chairman of the Diocesan Periodical Club (DPC) and want to remind everyone who we are, what we do and why we need your support. The purpose of the DPC is to spread the printed word of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. We send money to seminarians to help purchase text books, purchase children’s books through our Miles of Pennies fund and buy prayer books, Bibles, and other teaching tools for missions that are supported by our Diocese.

This year Diocesan Women’s Ministries are encouraging churches to collect money for the DPC on Sunday, September 18. The DPC is an organization in the Church dedicated solely to providing printed materials throughout the Anglican Communion to those who request help and cannot otherwise obtain it.

Recently DPC funds purchased:
Bibles for the ladies at Hebron Grace Home
Textbooks for seminarians
Bibles and Hymnbooks for churches in need

Jesus tells us to go out into the world and spread the news to all people. All of us are not able to go out and do this, but we can help others do this by donating funds to purchase books. To learn more and order bookmarks to promote the work of the DPC contact DPC Coordinator Vicki Sheedy at

Make checks payable to Diocesan Periodical Club and mail them to C/o Vicki Sheedy

1015 Deer Trail Drive
Santee, SC  29142

Sunday, September 18, 2016 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
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ALI Evening with Bishop Michael Nazir Ali

Anglican Leadership Institute Presents

An evening with Bishop Michael Nazir-Ali

An Evening with Bishop Michael Nazir Ali
September 20, Church of the Holy Cross - I’on

Why Religious Freedom Should Concern Us All

Champion of the oppressed and widely acclaimed as one of the finest spokesmen for orthodox faith in the Anglican Communion, Bishop Michael Nazir-Ali will be speaking Tuesday, September 20 at the (new) chapel at I’On on “Why religious freedom should concern us all.” Coffee will begin at 6:30 p.m., talk at 7:00.

Faith, Freedom & the FutureNEW from Bishop Michael Nazir Ali
Faith, Freedom & the Future

With unique insight and wisdom, Bishop Michael Nazir-Ali surveys the current challenges facing today’s church and provides a compelling hope-filled vision of what a living Christian faith, and its comprehensive outworking, can offer society today. Bishop Michael boldly tackles a range of pressing and controversial issues with astute scholarship and understanding — including: the challenge of Islam, freedom and conscience, the ‘modern family’, bioethics and the uncertain future of the worldwide Anglican Communion and, by implication, other mainline denominations. Purchase book.



Tuesday, September 20, 2016 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
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Miller Institution as Rector of St. Philip's

The Rev. Jeff MillerInstitution of a New Rector
The Rev. Jeff Miller Becomes Rector of St. Philip's, Charleston
September 21, 2016

On Wednesday, September 21, God willing, the Rt. Rev. Mark J. Lawrence, Bishop of South Carolina, will Institute and Induct the Rev. Jeff Miller as the 26th Rector of St. Philip's Church, Charleston. The service will be held at 6 p.m. Your prayers and presence are requested. A reception will follow. Clergy are asked to wear red stoles.
Wednesday, September 21, 2016 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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