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

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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.
Recognizing Veterans Sunday PDF Print E-mail

soldier saluting flagRecognize our Veterans, Active Military and their Families on Sunday, November 9

In the 1960s and 70s, a popular TV public service announcement aired at 11 pm: "Do you know where your children are?"  Today, we need to ask, "Do you know where our service members are?" They're around the world, conducting missions from humanitarian assistance, to keeping midnight watch, to some in perilous operations.  They're in the air, on land, and at sea.

Our diocese is blessed with many military families, and countless retirees and veterans and their families. On Nov 9, the Sunday before Veteran's Day, we ask that you remember and say a prayer of thanksgiving and for God's safety for all those who have served our nation, all those still serving, and especially for their families.

Eternal God, protect and assist all those, at home and abroad, by land, by sea, or by air, who are serving our nation.  We especially thank you for all those who have served this nation, this good land Thou hast given us.  We ask special blessings for their families who also bear, and have faithfully borne, additional untold sacrifices.  Almighty God, watch over them, and cause them to know that none can pluck from Thy hand those who put their trust in Thee, through Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen.

To learn more about ministering to those in the military and their families, contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it USAF, Ret., Church of the Holy Comforter, Sumter, Military Outreach Ministry
Bishop of Bolivia in SC December 5-21 PDF Print E-mail

Bishop Raphael Samuel, Bishop of Bolivia in SC December 5-21

The Right Rev. Raphael Samuel, Bishop of Bolivia, and his wife, Michelle, will be visiting our diocese from December 5 through Dec 21.  Bishop Samuel has served in Bolivia for almost 20 years as an Anglican missionary from Singapore, appointed by Archbishop Moses Tay.

+Raphael is presenting his vision for the Diocese of Bolivia, which includes schools and theological training for clergy.  He hopes to expand the work of mission in Bolivia, which is in essence a missionary diocese in the Province of South America.  The Province of South America has come out of the old Province of the Southern Cone.

Bolivia is a country of great need, both spiritual and financial, and churches are not encouraged by the ruling powers.  There is a great need for people to work alongside the churches in the Diocese.  The churches of the Diocese are involved in mission, from caring for children from the markets to caring for the children of workers who are absent all week. Some churches try to help homeless and others try to find medical help for those in need.

Unfortunately, in Bolivia, the laborers are few.  Bishop Samuel is trying to change that.  It is his vision for the Diocese of Bolivia, its people and its churches, that Bishop Samuel will be presenting to the churches in our Diocese.

Bishop Samuel will be in the Florence Deanery from the December 5-9.  He will preach at Holy Comforter in Sumter on December 7, and will speak at an evening meeting at St. John’s, Florence, on December 8.  Everyone who has an interest in missions is invited to one of the sessions.  December 10-11, he will be speaking in the Pawley’s Island/Myrtle Beach area.  On Saturday, December 13 he will be going to Charleston and speaking at St. John’s, John’s Island on both Saturday and Sunday.  His last scheduled meeting, at this time, is on Monday, with Bishop Lawrence and others..

If you are interested in having Bishop Samuel as a speaker or preacher, please contact either Fr. Jim Blanton, at 803-487-6770, ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ) or Fr. Bob Lawrence at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , or(843) 768-0429.

Bishop Samuel and Michelle are here as guests of the Diocese of South Carolina and Adelante Bolivia, Inc.  Adelante Bolivia is a 501c3 corporation founded in 2012 by missionaries who have a heart for Bolivia.  Fr. Blanton, Fr. Marcus Kaiser, Bishop Samuel, and Bishop Frank Lyons serve as the current Board of Directors.  All funds go directly to missions in the Diocese of Bolivia.
Diocesan Periodical Club Ingathering, September 28 PDF Print E-mail

Diocesan Periodical Club BookmarkA 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 DPC’s purpose 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 28. Download the DPC Sunday Bulletin Insert. 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:

 A case of Bibles for elderly ministry at St. John’s Chapel

 Pew Bibles for Citadel Cadets

 Teen Bibles for York Place

 Christian Children’s Books for the LAMB Institute in Honduras

 Prayer Books for ministry in the Dominican Republic

 Prayer Books for St. Christopher Camp and Conference Center

 Hymnals and Prayer Books for two church plants

 Text books for seminarians

Bishop Lawrence Calls for Fasting and Praying for the Persecuted Church September 14-15 PDF Print E-mail
September 4, 2014

Diocesan-Wide Prayer for the Persecuted Church: September 14-15


Dear Friends in Christ,

Many of us have been following with alarm the persecution of Christians in various countries of the Middle East and Africa. Concern has been expressed within our diocese by priests and laity of the need for us to have a diocesan response to this current crisis. 

Church of the Holy SepulchreAt our Diocesan Council Meeting last week all concurred that as Bishop I would appoint an upcoming Sunday to be set aside for specific prayer and intercession for our brothers and sisters in Christ who are in the midst of this persecution as well as a day for fasting on their behalf.  I have appointed September 14th as a Sunday for such diocesan wide intercession.  It is the Sunday nearest to Holy Cross Day which is transferred this year to be observed on Monday, September 15th

Although it is technically a “feast” day, I am suggesting that we use Holy Cross Day,  Monday, September 15th as a called fast day for personal and corporate self-denial and intercession whether corporately or individually observed depending upon the constraints of parish and personal schedules.  I believe there is virtue in many within the diocese banding together in prayer, self-denial and offering in solidarity with fellow Christians around the world. 
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