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Diocesan Office Closed November 26-28 PDF Print E-mail
The Diocesan Office will be closed for the Thanksgiving holiday Wednesday, November 26-Friday, November 28. We will reopen on Monday, December 1, 2014.
Advent and Christmas Offerings Around the Diocese 2014 PDF Print E-mail

The following is a listing of special services and events held around the Diocese during Advent and Christmas. For Christmas Eve and Christmas Day service times visit individual church websites.

Advent Wreath Event, St. John’s, Johns Island, November 30

The Wreath is a powerful symbol of our anticipation of the birth of Jesus. It is also a great tool to gather the family together to prepare for Christmas. All are invited to join with St. John's parish from 12:30 pm in their Parish Life Building to spend time making wreaths, having discussions, and a whole lot of fun!

Choral Evensong to Commemorate the Church Act of 1706, November 30

Old St. Andrew’s, Charleston, is hosting, and along with the other 9 original colonial Carolina parishes (including Christ Church, St. Andrew’s, St. Bartholomew’s, St. Denis’, St. James’, Goose Creek, St. James’, Santee, St. John’s, Berkeley, St. Paul’s, St. Philip’s, St. Thomas’) is presenting a service of Choral Evensong for St. Andrew’s Day (the day this act was passed) on November 30th at 5:00pm. A combined choir from the parishes will lead the worship on this evening. The Rt. Rev’d C. FitzSimons Allison will preach. A reception will follow the service. Download the poster.

Tuesdays in Advent at St. Michael’s, Charleston

Each Tuesday morning in Advent (December 2, 9, 16 and 23) St. Michael’s will be offering a 7 a.m. service of Holy Communion followed by a breakfast.  These mornings will bless young and old alike, so consider coming before taking your children to school.

Advent Quiétude, St. Michael’s, Charleston, December 3

On Wednesday, December 3, St. Michael’s will be offering a 5:30 p.m. worship service incorporating music, scripture, prayer, and silence.  Nursery Provided.

St. Nicholas Celebration, St. John’s, Johns Island, December 3

Have you ever wondered who St. Nicholas really was? All are invited to join with St. John's, Johns Island, to learn how the real Santa Claus points us to the real Gift Giver, with crafts, story time, a family-friendly worship service, and dinner. Begins at 6 p.m.

Ned Simmons to Give Testimony at St. Philip's First Wednesday Men's Lunch, December 3

Men: A great way to start off your Advent by attending St. Philip's "First Wednesday" Men's lunch Dec. 3 from noon until 1:00 p.m. in the St. Philip's parish hall. Ned Simmons will share his testimony. A delicious hot lunch is provided with a suggested donation of $5.00. It's the best downtown lunch deal in Charleston: nourishment for body and soul. All men are invited regardless of religious affiliation.

Christmas Handbell Concert, Christ-St. Paul’s, Yonges Island, December 5

The Palmetto Bronze Lowcountry Community Handbell Ensemble will be performing a Christmas Concert at Christ-St. Paul’s, Yonges Island, on  Friday, December 5 at 7 p.m. There is no charge for admission, but donations are appreciated and will go towards missions.

St. Nicholas Day, Christ Church, Mt. Pleasant, Saturday, December 6

St. Nicholas Day is a drop-off event for children 1 year—5th grade to provide parents with some kid-free time (to go Christmas shopping...or on a date) in exchange for a donation to Christ Church Youth Missions. The Ministry Team, along with youth volunteers, will lead a fun-filled day (from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m.) including the story of St Nicholas, crafts, Polar Express movie, games and an appearance by a “special guest.” Participants are asked to bring a bagged lunch.  Suggested donation is $10/child. They will also offer gift wrapping in the Parish Hall or at a self-serve station for an additional donation. Reservations are required—Please register at  Contact Robin Quick for more information, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or (843) 884-9189 x232.

St. David’s, Cheraw, Tour of Homes, December 7

St. David's School is holding it's 16th Annual Holiday Home Tour on Sunday, December 7 from 2 p.m.-6 p.m.  Tickets are $15.00 and can be purchased at St. David's on the day of the tour or by calling in advance (843) 537-0544 or (843) 537-3832.  Take advantage of this opportunity to glimpse into six beautiful, historic homes that will be decorated for Christmas.  Old St. David's Episcopal Church will be open as well.  Also, please join us for light refreshments and a tour of St. David's.

Holy City Advent Lessons & Carols Service, the Cathedral, December 7

Cathedral, Charleston, December 7, 6pm w/ Holy City Hymns
On Sunday December 7 at 6 p.m. all are invited to the Cathedral for a ‘feast’ of scripture readings and music led by the Holy City Hymns Collective, a group of local worship musicians who play traditional hymnody in a contemporary style. We will hear from God’s word and sing to the coming King as we prepare our hearts for Christmas.

A Concert of Seasonal Music, Resurrection, Surfside, December 7

The Church of the Resurrection choirs and area musicians will be offering a a service of nine lessons and carols at 4 p.m. on Sunday, December 7.The event is free with donations being received to benefit the music program of the church. Reception following. For additional information contact Karen Kearney at (843) 215-4500.

Blue Christmas Service, St. Michael’s Charleston, December 10

On Wednesday, December 10, St. Michael’s, Charleston will be hosting a 5:30 p.m. Blue Christmas Service, a special service for those grieving over the loss a loved one.  This is a contemplative healing and Eucharist service accompanied by gentle music.  There will be time to come to the altar to receive prayer and comfort. The quiet interludes between brief spoken devotions and music will offer time to reflect on your joys and sorrow. This candlelit service is a time to slow down and allow our Lord to touch you in a new and deeper way, healing both old and new losses in your life.  Prayer ministers will be available to pray with you should you decide. Come and offer this time to Him. Open to the community. Nursery provided

East Cooper Concert Series: Christmas Around the World, Christ Church, Mt. Pleasant,  December 11

Internationally acclaimed soprano, Maggie Cook, once again teams up with Dr. Lorna Barker and her 30-voice choir for a unique musical trip around the world. Sure to put everyone in the Christmas spirit, this concert which will be held at 7 p.m. on December 11 will conclude with an audience sing-along of Christmas favorites. Join us following the concert for a champagne reception while viewing the Christ Church Crèche Collection. Tickets are $15 for adults, $8 for students and can be purchased at For more on the East Cooper Concert Series visit

Family Fun: A Cross Christmas, the Church of the Cross, Bluffton, December 12

On Friday, December 12, from 5:30 - 8 p.m. the Church of the Cross, Bluffton, will have an evening of family fun including a photo book, cookie decorating, an outdoor Nativity scene with live animals, family crafts, an outdoor movie screen and rides on their Christmas train. There will be music, food and more. This is a free event, open to the public. Learn more.

Be Still and Know God, St. Christopher, December 12-14

This Advent take time to focus on the most important aspect of your life as a Christian: Your ongoing personal relationship with our heavenly Father. Jesus died that we might have access to the presence of God once again, just as Adam and Eve experienced in the garden. Supernatural encounters with the Spirit of God should be the expectation of every believer. However, our lives are so busy, especially during the Advent season, that we rarely slow down long enough to intentionally turn our gaze toward Him and acknowledge His presence with us. Neglect of intentional time alone with Jesus ultimately leads to an inability to hear His voice, burnout and fruitless ministry as we work out of our own strength instead of His power and presence. Father Rob Kunes will be leading December's Be Still and Know God Retreat. Learn more.

St. Philip’s Church, Charleston, Christmas Tour of Homes, December 13

St. Philip’s Church is excited to announce its Christmas Tour of Homes on December 13, 2-5 p.m.  Proceeds will help defray expenses for an upcoming April 15, 2015 concert by the Canterbury Cathedral Choir.  There will be six beautiful South of Broad homes - rarely open to the public - featuring four 18th century houses on lower Meeting and Church Streets, a 19th century house on South Battery and an early 20th century house on Tradd Street. What better way to get in the holiday spirit than to experience the inside of these beautiful homes, adorned with Christmas decorations, while enjoying some festive music and hot apple cider. Tickets are $35 and sales are limited. Contact Travis Dew (843) 813-5184 with questions or ticket purchase.  For more information, see St. Philip’s “In Spire” online.

Christmas Cantata, St. John’s, Johns Island, December 14

St. John's, Johns Island, invites all to join them for an evening of beautiful choral arrangements that point to the birth of our Savior, and stay for the reception to follow. 6 p.m., Sunday, December 14.


St. Nicholas Celebration, Cathedral, Charleston, December 14

Mark this date on your calendar! This will be a great time for all generations to join with the Cathedral as they celebrate St. Nicholas, the man who inspired the story of Santa Claus. We will meet at 4 p.m., do some fun activities and crafts together, hear his story, and eat some yummy treats! Who knows, St. Nicholas might even show up…

17th Annual Charleston TubaChristmas, Cathedral of St. Luke and St. Paul, December 15

The Cathedral will be hosting TubaChristmas on Monday, December 15 at 7:30 p.m. Come out in support of local amateur and professional tuba and euphonium players as they perform classic TUBACHRISTMAS carols. TubaChristmas Concerts are sponsored by and presented with permission from the Harvey Phillips Foundation, Inc., a not-for-profit organization dedicated to “developing, expanding, and preserving the music arts”. This performance is free and open to the public. Please come out in celebration of the holidays and enjoy this unique musical experience. Learn more.

Advent Lessons and Carols, St. Michael’s, Charleston, December 17

St. Michael’s will be holding their Advent Lessons and Carols Service on Wednesday, December 17 at 5:30 p.m.

Crèche Festival Family Night, Christ Church, Mt. Pleasant, December 17

On Wednesday, December 17, Christ Church will be displaying its own collection of creches lent to them by church parishioners. This event, inspired by the annual Crèche Festival at Mepkin Abbey, is a drop in between 5:30—7 p.m. A craft station will be set up for families to make their own crèche to take home. Questions? Contact Robin Quick at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or (843) 884.9189 x232.

Upcoming Mission Trips PDF Print E-mail

Mission to Ethiopia, February 2015, November 2015

The Church of Our Saviour is sponsoring two mission trips in the upcoming year to Ethiopia.  These will be small teams of 8 people each and will primarily focused on the Gambella region of Ethiopia.  Although we will be sponsoring these teams, they will also be open to others from within the Diocese.  We are sending these teams to assist Bishop Grant and Wendy LeMarquand in the building of a mission base and theological training centre in Gambella.

The trips will be of 8 days duration; one trip will be over the first week in February, 2015 and the other over the first week in November, 2015.  Both trips are scheduled to coincide with Mother's Union and Diocesan Conferences so much of the Ethiopian leadership will be present.  We will need men and women, clergy and laity, experienced and novice, young and wise.  You will need to be healthy and willing to accommodate moderate levels of discomfort.  We need those who can teach, have library skills, construction experience, medical skills, musicians and logistical talents.  Approximate costs are $3,000 per person including airfares.  Deadline for application for the first trip is November 24, 2014 and for the second trip September 1, 2015.

Further details will be available upon application (final costs, flight details, visa applications, immunizations, etc). Some training and gathering for prayer in advance of the trip will be required. We are reviewing Ebola and other security issues in the region and will not send the team if there is recognizable risk.  At present there are no cases of Ebola in the area.  You may wish to review the conditions and work of the Diocese of the Horn of Africa at:  Download the application.

2015 Convention Nominations Sought PDF Print E-mail

223rd ConventionEach year at this time, the Clergy and other leaders of the Diocese are invited to provide suggestions to the Nominating Committee for those positions to be filled at the upcoming Diocesan Convention, which, this year, will be held March 13-14 in Charleston.  We have again expanded that invitation to participate in the process this year to include a larger representation of diocesan leaders and hope you will give prayerful consideration to those God may be calling to serve the Diocese.

The attached letter from the Committee Chairman, the Rev. Karl Burns, contains both a nomination form and a list of those positions to be filled at Convention. We're also including a list of who is currently and has recently served to help you in your discernment process.

Please send your suggestions to the Chairman of the Committee, by way of Beth Snyder in the Diocesan office by December 10th. The Committee will be convening in December to make its final recommendations for distribution well ahead of Convention. Working with the suggestions received, and often by further recruitment, the Committee will recommend a slate of nominations to the Convention.

Thanks in advance for your partnership with us in this important work of discernment.

Clergy Gather at St. Christopher for Annual Conference PDF Print E-mail

three photos from clergy conference

One hundred clergy gathered at St. Christopher Camp and Conference Center October 27-29, 2014 for the Annual Diocesan Clergy Conference. The first half of the Conference was led by the Rt. Rev. Ken Clarke, retired bishop of the diocese of Kilmore, Elphin and Ardagh in the Church of Ireland and current Director of SAMS Ireland and UK. His three talks on the life of St. Peter focused on how Jesus sees us, that failure is not final and our response to Jesus’ question, “Do you love me?” Audio recordings of his talks can be found here.
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