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Diocesan Youth Commission Accepting Applications! PDF Print E-mail
Youth Commission 2013The Department of Youth Ministries is seeking high school students interested in applying to serve for the 2014-2015 academic year.  Our Youth Commission is comprised of cheerful servants who demonstrate spiritual maturity and leadership gifts and desire to develop skills while serving our Lord. This leadership group serves on youth events as well as at Diocesan Convention each year. Their role in events includes leading small groups, sharing testimonies, leading activities, and providing behind the scenes support.  They are a vital part of our ministries! Serving on Youth Commission involves a commitment to several weekend events as well as two training days. Students are expected to serve in a leadership capacity in their church as well.
Mary Frances Ahl Installed as President of Diocesan Women's Ministries PDF Print E-mail
Outgoing President Ann Dennis and Incoming President Mary Frances AhlPictured left, Ann Dennis, outgoing President with incoming President Mary Frances Ahl. View event photo album.

Women from across the Diocese of South Carolina gathered at St. Matthew’s Church in Darlington, May 3, 2014 for their 130th annual meeting.  Hope was a repeated theme of the gathering, with Bishop Mark Lawrence focusing on hope in Christ in his sermon and Mary Frances Ahl, incoming President, and member of Church of the Resurrection, North Charleston, sharing her hope for the future of women’s ministries.

Ahl introduced the new name of the group, “Diocesan Women’s Ministries.” The Board selected the name, with the Bishop’s concurrence.

She also introduced the new vision statement, “To transform the hearts of women through the power of Jesus Christ,” and mission statement: “Equipping women to live out a Biblical model of womanhood from generation to generation by providing a network of resources, Biblical studies, prayer ministry, and mentoring through the transforming power of our Lord, Jesus Christ.”
SC Supreme Court Rejects TEC Appeal PDF Print E-mail

Justices' Decision Clears the Way for Trial to Protect Local Assets From Takeover

CHARLESTON, SC, May 7, 2014 – The South Carolina Supreme Court has rejected an appeal by The Episcopal Church (TEC) and its local subsidiary, The Episcopal Church in South Carolina (TECSC), ending their latest effort to delay a trial to block the two groups from seizing Diocese of South Carolina property.

The high court’s decision to return the matter to the circuit court means that the issue can now go to trial. TEC and TECSC have filed several state and federal appeals, apparently aimed at delaying the discovery process in advance of the trial that is scheduled to start on July 7.
Gallant and St. Andrew's Honored by Sheriff's Office PDF Print E-mail
Sherriff Al Cannon Honors the Rev. Jimmy GallantThe Rev. Jimmy Gallant, Vicar of St. Andrew's Mission Church in Charleston, and the members of St. Andrew's were honored on April 22, 2014 during the Charleston County Sheriff's Office Awards Presentation. Gallant and members of his parish were recognized for the actions they took in caring for a homeless family this past January.

The commendation read,

Dear Rev. Gallant and Members of St. Andrew's Episcopal Church,

During the extreme cold weather in January, the Sheriff Al Cannon Detention Center opened its Work Camp facility as a warming shelter for the homeless. The shelter was open for two days. There was a family of five, consisting of a mother, three children and an 81-year-old grandmother, with absolutely nowhere to go. After reaching out to many churches for assistance, you were contacted. When you learned that the staff at the Detention Center was trying to raise enough money to provide the family lodging for a week's stay at a hotel, you paid, without hesitation. The following Sunday you made arrangements for the family to attend your church for services. You, along with members of your congregation stayed in contact with the family until a permanent residence was found. Once an apartment was secured, additional assistance with furniture and other needs was also provided.

The actions of you and your church members gave this family encouragement and hope in a difficult time. Because of all that was done, the family is now able to have a place to call home and connections in Charleston County.

For your dedication and hard work, I am proud to present you with a Special Recognition Award for the First Quarter of 2014.

Yours truly

J. Al Cannon, Jr.
John Barr's Convention Sermon, "I am the Door" PDF Print E-mail

The Very Rev. Dr. John Barr in Processional“I am the Door ”

Sermon Excerpt
By The Very Rev. Dr. John Barr

This is an excerpt from the sermon the Very Rev. John Barr, Rector of Holy Comforter, Sumter, preached during the Holy Eucharist service at the  223rd Convention of the Diocese of South Carolina at Christ Church in Mt. Pleasant, on March 14, 2014.

Scripture reading: John 10:1-10

Listen to the sermon

Where are you with the door?”

“It may be some of you have been around door talk so much you’ve thought by osmosis you’ve gone through the door yourself.

And permit me Just tell you about what happened to me. It may be that some of you are continuing in a life you never began – doing Christian things but you never went through the door.

When I was a young priest I was in the Mississippi delta and we had a wonderful lady named Bessie who kept our kids and she just hated it that I had these prayer books. She knew that that was from Satan because she would say, “Why do you have to use a book, can’t you just pray?” And frankly, I couldn’t very well. And she kept saying, “John, I want you to go to my church.” “Well I always had an out. I said, ‘Well, Bessie I’m respectfully employed Sunday mornings, I’d love to go with you, but I just can’t go Sunday mornings.” And she said, “But you don’t understand – it’s 5 o’clock in the afternoon.”
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