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Presiding Bishop of Anglican Province of South America Reassures Diocese that It’s Part of Anglican Communion PDF Print E-mail

“You are not alone,” says Bishop Zavala, speaking for primates of the Global South, which represents two-thirds of the world’s Anglicans

Bishop Lawrence (lft) with Bishop ZavalaCHARLESTON, SC, May 21, 2015 – Repeating the reassurances spoken by a stream of visiting Anglican bishops during the past three years, the Presiding Bishop of the Anglican Province of South America told Bishop Mark Lawrence and others from the Diocese of South Carolina, “My brothers and sisters, you are not alone. You continue being part of the Anglican Communion.”

The Most Rev. Hector “Tito” Zavala, Bishop of Chile and Presiding Bishop of the Anglican Province of South America, made his comments in clear English during a meeting at the Cathedral Church of St. Luke and St. Paul, Charleston, May 20.  He said that, despite the Diocese’s separation from the Episcopal Church in 2012, the Diocese continues to be recognized as Anglicans by the majority of the worldwide Anglican Communion.

“I'm here with you with the consent of the Archbishop of Canterbury," said Bishop Zavala. He told those gathered that Justin Welby, the Archbishop of Canterbury, was with the Global South Primates "Steering Committee" in a meeting in Cairo, Egypt in 2014 when "we decided to establish a Primatial Oversight Council to provide pastoral and primatial oversight to some dioceses in order to keep them within the Communion" said Bishop Zavala.
"We are with you," says Bishop Zavala; Meetings May 20 PDF Print E-mail
Tito and Miriam Zavala, Allison and Mark LawrenceBishop Tito Zavala, Presiding Bishop of South America, was with us at Diocesan Council today, May 19, 2015.

"We are here to know you, to be with you, to say with our presence that we, in the Global South, are with you and want to do the best we can for you so you can continue being part of the Anglican Communion," said Bishop Zavala.

Don't miss the chance to meet with him tomorrow, May 20, 2015. He'll be at St. Matthias, Summerton, from 10 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. and at the Cathedral, Charleston, from 5:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.  Read more about and register for the meetings below.

Christ Church Florence Welcomes The Rev. Dr. Donald R. Hayes as Vicar PDF Print E-mail
The Rev. Dr. Donald HayesChrist Church, Florence, will welcome the Rev. Dr. Donald R. (Donnie) Hayes as their new Vicar on Sunday, May 24, 2015 during the Celebration of a New Ministry.  The service of Institution will begin at 5 p.m.  

The Rt. Rev. Mark J. Lawrence, 14th Bishop of the Diocese of South Carolina, which includes 53 churches in the eastern part of SC, will officiate at the service and the Rev. Kay Fryman, deacon of St. John's,Florence will assist as the Bishop’s Chaplain. A number of clergy including the Very Rev. Ken Weldon from across the Diocese are expected to participate in the service.  The Rev. Dr. Jim Helton of St. David's, Cheraw will provide the homily while the Rev. H. Frederick Gough of St. Barnabas, Dillon will read the Gospel.  Mr. Jim Hepler and members of the choirs of St. John's and All Saints are expected to provide the music along with a brass quartet.  Mr. Chandler Collins will be the Cantor of the Psalms.  A prelude of special music written especially for an Institution Celebration by Johannes Sebastian Bach will open the service.

Hayes accepted the call to be the Vicar of Christ Church, Florence in February of this year.  He was ordained in Richmond, Virginia in June 2010 and served in various Anglican jurisdictions after seminary.  He was Curate at St. Paul's by the Sea in Calabash, N.C. part of the Orthodox Anglican Church as well as Vicar of St. Patrick's Church Garden City part of the Anglican Church in America.  For the past two years he has been priest-in-charge of Our Saviour Anglican Catholic Church, Florence.  This June, Hayes will celebrate five years of ordained ministry. 

Christ Church is one of the oldest churches in Florence County and the oldest Anglican Episcopal church.  It was consecrated in 1859.  It is constructed in the Carpenter Gothic style.  It was recently recognized as one of the 18 most beautiful churches in South Carolina.  It seats around 250 people. 

Hayes and his wife, Cynthia, have been married for 27 years.  She is the church secretary of The Church of the Advent in Marion, S.C.   They have two daughters, Tiffany and Carlyn.  Both daughters are married to deputy sheriffs.  Patrick (Tiffany) Boone is a Captain with the Kershaw County Sheriff's office in Lugoff-Elgin, S.C. while Justin (Carlyn) White is a member of the S.W.A.T. Canine Unit of the Volusia County sheriff's office in Port Orange, Florida.  They have six grandchildren.  Joshua Boone, Gracie Boone, Tyler White, Savannah White, Andrew White, and Emily White.

Bishop Lawrence to Ordain Son-in-law, Jason Hamshaw PDF Print E-mail

Bishop’s Son-in-law, Jason Hamshaw to be Ordained May 26; Prince George, Winyah, Episcopal Church, Georgetown

Jason Hamshaw; photo by Chelsea HamshawJason Hamshaw stands out.  It isn’t just the height of the 6’5” 31-year old, who is set to be ordained a transitional deacon in the Diocese of South Carolina at a service in Prince George Winyah on Tuesday, May 26 at 6 p.m. It isn’t his soft-spoken English accent. Hamshaw was born and raised in London, England. Nor is it simply his family connections. Hamshaw is married to Chelsea Lawrence, the youngest daughter of Bishop Mark and Allison Lawrence.

Hamshaw stands out, and has for some time, for his out-spoken passion for Jesus Christ and for leading others into a deeper relationship with Him.

“I’ve always been fairly visible about my faith,” says Hamshaw.  “God got a hold of me young. Growing up in England helped in some ways because it’s not considered a good thing to be a Christian.  I was bullied for bringing my Bible to recess. Kids would pick on me. But at the same time my public faith seemed to be a strength for other Christians at the school.”

At age 11 he began helping with children’s ministry and by the time he was 13 Hamshaw was leading his own Bible Studies. 

“By around age 15 I had three or four Bible study groups I was leading and when I was 16 I started three Christian Union groups in my high school.  I was always involved in evangelistic missions, talking to people on the streets about Jesus. He’s given me this passion in the clearest way. It’s a hard world. There’s a real enemy out there and the only solution is Christ.”

While a teenager Hamshaw read the testimonies of Christian martyrs and the Scripture verse Philippians 1:21 – “To live is Christ, to die is gain,” made an impact.   “I used to think and pray, ‘Lord, I would die for you!’” says Hamshaw. “And I would hear Jesus say, ‘Yes. You’re willing to die for me, but are you willing to live for me?”

“When I’ve gone astray I’ve felt God’s crook bringing me back,” says Hamshaw. “I have strong convictions and long for deeper intimacy with God. I know when it’s there and when things are not right, there’s a deep emptiness.”

Hamshaw attended seminary at the Oak Hill Theological College in London and through a series of mission trips he established a friendship with the Rev. Andy Morgan who was the then-youth minister at Prince George, Winyah. When Morgan was transitioning into a job as assistant Rector he told Jason that the youth ministry position would be opening up.  Within two weeks of finishing seminary Hamshaw found himself interning and then a year later youth minister at Prince George.

Hamshaw bumped into his wife-to-be, Chelsea Lawrence, for the first time when he had taken the Prince George youth group to Brookgreen Gardens’ ‘Night of a Thousand Candles.’ Chelsea was there, on a separate visit, with her parents, the Bishop of the Diocese of South Carolina and his wife, Mark and Allison Lawrence.

“I had heard Allison was praying about setting me up with one of her daughters,” says Hamshaw. “And her mother had been telling her about me on that same trip (to Brookgreen Gardens.) 

“We had recently had our confirmation,” says Hamshaw, “so when the kids saw the Bishop they all shouted out to him. I told them not to bother him, but we all stopped and talked.

“When I saw her, God put it in my heart – ‘Could this be my wife?’”

Jason and Chelsea Hamshaw and their familyTheir first date was an arranged group event with Chelsea’s mother, the Fueners (the Very Rev. Paul Fuener, Rector of Prince George’s and his wife, Becky) and the Rt. Rev. FitzSimons Allison (the 12th Bishop of the Diocese of South Carolina) and his wife, Martha, all attending.

“We dated for six months before becoming engaged,” says Hamshaw. “We connected and then pursued each other in front of the youth group, trying to be role models for how it can be done.”

Now married for 5 ½ years the Hamshaws have three sons, Benjamin (4), Mark Peter (3) and Lawrence Simon (8 months).

Asked if being the Bishop’s son-in-law puts more pressure on him, Hamshaw laughs, “It’s more a privilege,” he says. “It’s a blessing to have his wisdom. Mark and Allison are both great role models for our children. That’s a great blessing. It’s also a great blessing to see the fruits of being married to someone from a Godly household, reaping the benefits of growing together with Chelsea’s maturity. I hold leadership very highly and I greatly respect my Bishop, who also holds the office of Father. Of course there is pressure, good pressure, but none compared with that of God, my highest authority. But I find great comfort in the verse “perfect love casts out all fear,” which I have found to be true.”

Though evangelism is a passion for Hamshaw, when he moved to the United States, he sensed a greater call toward pastoral care.

“As God’s moved me more into a shepherding role in working full time in ministry there’s been a shift. Instead of just going out, I’m sensing a deep love for his people and coming amidst them, caring for people and leading them deeper into His word (the Bible).”

Hamshaw feels the weight of the upcoming ordination.  “I’m looking forward to greater fulfillment in this journey of God’s call to Christian leadership. The big thing really though is living into the office that Jesus laid out as the Good Shepherd and modeling that for people so we all can be moving toward Christ together. Seeing God transform lives is an immense privilege and honor.”

The ordination will also be an answer to the prayers of one very special family member. Hamshaw’s maternal grandmother Florie D’Souza, who he describes as a “faithful, prayerful woman” has been “praying for many, many years for a priest in the family.” His ordination is, in part, an answer to that prayer.

The Very Rev. Paul Fuener, Rector of Prince George Winyah, will be preaching at the Ordination. The Very Rev. Mark J. Lawrence, the 14th Bishop of the Diocese, which separated from the Episcopal Church in 2012, will ordain his son-in-law. Clergy from around the Diocese, which has 53 member churches, have been invited to participate in the procession.

The service is public and all are welcome. The church will host a reception afterward.

Download a high resolution image of Jason Hamshaw. Photo by Chelsea Hamshaw
Presiding Bishop Tito Zavala Visiting Diocese, May 20 PDF Print E-mail

Coffee and Conversation with Presiding Bishop Tito Zavala, May 20

Archbishop Tito Zavala; photo by Sue Careless

The Most Rev. Hector “Tito” Zavala, Bishop of Chile and Presiding Bishop of the Anglican Province of South America, comprising the countries of Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Paraguay, Peru and Uruguay, who serves as the Diocese of South Carolina’s liaison to the Global South Primates Steering Committee, will be holding two meetings with the Bishop, clergy and parishioners in the Diocese of South Carolina May 20, 2015. One will be held at St. Matthias in Summerton from 10 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. and the other will be at the Cathedral of St. Luke and St. Paul, Charleston from 5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.

As one of 40 primates of the 80 million member worldwide Anglican Communion, Bishop Zavala will be in South Carolina specifically to encourage and support fellow Bishop, The Rt. Rev. Mark J. Lawrence, and the clergy and lay people of the Diocese of South Carolina.

“We’re grateful for the strong support we’ve received from Anglicans around the world and are especially thankful for this time we’ll have with Bishop Zavala,” said the Rt. Rev. Mark J. Lawrence, XIV Bishop of South Carolina.  “The Global South Primates have assured us of their prayers and their stand with us.”
Though the visits are open, attendees are asked to pre-register, see link below:
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