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Grace Church Building Destabilized by Virginia Earthquake PDF Print E-mail

Grace Church, Photo by Holly BehreThe following letter, addressed to the congregation of Grace Church, by the Rector and Wardens, explains the current situation with the building. An update will be provided once it's available. The Rector, the Rev. Canon J. Michael A. Wright, wanted to express his appreciation to neighboring parishes who have already provided support. In a note to Bishop Lawrence, Wright wrote, "Dow (Sanderson) arranged to have a Grace wedding at Holy Communion last Saturday. Great to have the 'Family's' support."

 September 5, 2011

Dear Members of the Grace Church Family,

The Rector and Wardens want to bring everyone up to date on the issues that have arisen with our church building over the holiday weekend.

When Grace Church finished the most recent phase of work on the Saving Grace project, a decision was made to leave more than 20 electronic monitors embedded in the walls to measure and record any movement. Our engineers felt that, barring a seismic event, the building would be stable and safe to occupy until the next phase of work could begin to address the structural issues in the clerestory walls – the walls supported by the columns that run down both sides of the nave. Unfortunately, a seismic event in Virginia on August 23 appears to have affected the building.

On Friday, September 2, one of the electronic monitors showed significant movement. Monitor No. 19 is positioned to measure the thickness of the clerestory wall. Over a period of about 7 hours, the wall became measurably thicker. What this indicates is that the bricks that make up the wall are separating from each other, or “delaminating.” Should that process continue or speed up, it could cause the wall to fail.

Call to Action in the Horn of Africa PDF Print E-mail

Refugees set up temporary homes in Dadaab, KenyaAre you concerned about the East Africa drought and famine? If so, Episcopal Relief and Development is working to make a difference. You may make a contribution to their efforts online or via USPS. Remember, 92% of each dollar given goes directly to programs.

Donate now.

A Message from Harmon Person, our Diocesan Representative for Episcopal Relief and Development:

Worst Drought in 60 Years Brings Famine to the Horn of Africa

In the Horn of Africa, approximately 12,000,000 people have been affected by the worst drought in 60 years.  This includes over 3,200,000 people in Somalia who are in need of immediate life-saving assistance. The famine and conflict have already driven some 800,000 Somalis across the border in search of assistance in Kenya and Ethiopia. The United Nations warns that in coming weeks, the famine will spread to more areas of Somalia and Ethiopia, as well as to Kenya and Uganda. Rainfall usually arrives in November.

Group from "What are Little Girls Made Of?" Visits St. Christopher PDF Print E-mail

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On Friday, July 30th a busload of adorable young girls, dressed in pink tee shirts escaped the summer heat and asphalt of downtown Charleston, for a day of breezy beach fun at St. Christopher.  Sixty happy girls along with their Biblical Family Center counselors tumbled out of The Pink Bus for a day of fun-filled activities. The Pink Bus Ministry, an outreach of St. John’s Mission provides a chance for young girls to have some summer fun who might not otherwise have that opportunity. The ministry returned for their second year to St. Christopher as part of their program. David Gardner, and his team from the Barrier Island Environmental Education Program welcomed them with a picnic lunch, a walk in the woods, and finished the day off with beach activities including swimming, sand castle building, and fun with beach balls.

Building an Anglican Partnership: Irish Teens Visit Diocese of South Carolina PDF Print E-mail

Teens from the Diocese of Kilmore, Elphin and Ardagh sing to Bishop Lawrence and his wife, Allison.Fourteen teens and three leaders from the Diocese of Kilmore, Elphin, & Ardagh are currently visiting our diocese as part of the developing partnership between our two diocese.  The partnership was initiated at the request of the bishops of both diocese. Last summer a group of our teens travelled to Ireland to begin building relationships there.  The team from Ireland arrived on July 7th and are visiting many churches and meeting with youth groups through July 23rd.  They are currently at Camp St Christopher participating in the Sr Session.  Next week they will be staying in host homes and visiting groups in Pinopolis, Charleston's east side, Bluffton, West Ashley, Yonges Island, Summerville, and downtown Charleston.  Already these young people have been encouraged by the vibrant faith of the american teenagers they are meeting.  The next stage for youth in our partnership will be a joint mission trip in summer 2012.  Our hope is that many congregations will catch the vision and see the potential for linking with churches in Ireland.  We have much to offer one another through this partnership.

Churches Urged to Honor First Responders September 11 PDF Print E-mail

aftermath of September 11 attackThe 10 year anniversary of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on the United States is quickly approaching.  It will be on Sunday this year, making it a perfect time for churches to recognize and honor the First Responders of their communities, as well as those serving in the military.

I doubt any of us will ever forget where we were or how we felt as we watched the attack on America unfold.  I would venture to guess that on the following Sunday all churches in the Diocese reflected in prayer, or from the pulpit, the events that occurred five days prior.

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