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The following 2017 Lenten programs and events are being offered across the Diocese of South Carolina. All are free (unless otherwise noted) and are open to the public. Note: they are listed by Deanery.

To add your parish's events or programs contact the Communications Office,


Beaufort Deanery

Lenten Parish Dinner and Video Series, St. Jude’s, Walterboro, March 8-April 15
“Who Is This Man?” by John Ortberg

On Wednesday evenings from 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm St. Jude’s will be hosting a dinner and video series.  The complexity, depth, and power of Jesus’ life are unique and unprecedented. His vision of life has impacted the development of everything from art and science to government, medicine and education. Just as amazing is the revolutionary way he treasured children, honored women, and had compassion on the suffering – none of which were esteemed amidst the prejudices of the ancient world.

Come and enjoy a parish dinner of soup and sandwiches followed by a 20-minute video on the incredible life of Jesus and his impact on the world and every life he touches.

March 8: The Man Who Won’t Go Away

March 15: A Revolution of Humanity

March 22: The Power of Forgiveness
March 29: Why It’s a Small World After All

April 5: Three Days That Changed the World

Charleston West Deanery

Lenten Evensong, Saint James, James Island, March 5

The Parish Choir of Saint James Church will present a service of Choral Evensong for the First Sunday in Lent at 5:00 pm on March 5. The Rt. Rev. Alex Dickson will be the homilist. Music by Bach, Stanford, & Mendelssohn. Liturgy taken from 1662 BCP. A reception will follow.

New: Brown Bag Wednesday Lenten Recitals.Saint James, James Island, March 8-April 5

Saint James, James Island, is presenting a Wednesday Lenten recital series at noon from March 8 through April 5. All recitals will last a half hour and a paper bag lunch will be provided. Admission is free and offerings will be accepted.
March 8 - Pam Dickson, flute
March 15 - Chris Walchesky, organ
March 22 - Paul Thomas, organ
March 29 - Matthew Wilkinson, piano
April 5 - Ann Caldwell, performing artist

Lenten Series at Christ-St. Paul’s, Yonges Island, March 8-April 4

Christ-St. Paul's, Yonges Island will offer 6:30 p.m. Wednesday Soup Suppers with guest speakers focused on "Revived and Walking in the Light." We are ready to guide you through a series of teachings and gatherings to "stir us on, rev us up, and set out eyes on our Light Source." Come gather at the table, share in a soup dinner, be enlightened and challenged by God’s teachings from a series of dynamic speakers as we study the letters to the seven churches from Revelation and engage in lively discussions.  Children and youth will participate in their own groups.

March 8: Bishop Steve Wood - Revive the Passion / Be Zealous and repent  
March 15:  Bishop Mark Lawrence - Revive your first love/ Remember from where you have fallen
March 22: The Rev. Jeffery Miller - Revive for the Crown of life/ Be faithful unto death
March 29: Mr. Stan Winder - Revive the truth/ Confront false teaching and hold fast to the truth
April 5: The Rev. Gary Beson - Revive our Works/ Wake up and remember what you received and heard

Florence Deanery

Chelsea HamshawLenten Quiet Day with Chelsea Lawrence Hamshaw, St. Matthew’s, Darlington, April 1

The Women's Ministries of St. Matthew’s, Darlington, will host a Quiet Day, Saturday April 1, from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. Chelsea Lawrence Hamshaw will lead the meditations and the Rev. Hunter Jordan will celebrate the Holy Eucharist. Lunch will be served. Reserve your spot by emailing your name and phone number to or mailing the information (along with a $5 donation per person) to St. Matthew’s Church DCW (Quiet Day) 210 S Main St, Darlington, SC 29532.  (If you are making email reservations you may pay on arrival – cash or check only). If childcare is needed, please indicate on your reservation.  Register by March 20, 2017.

why doctrine mattersWhy Doctrine Matters, Lenten Series, St. John's Florence, March 9-April 6

St. John's Church, Florence, will offer a Lenten Lunch series with guest speakers focused on "Why Doctrine Matters." The Parish will host Holy Eucharist at 11:00 a.m.; Lunch will begin at 11:45 p.m. and the Teaching Series will follow at 12:10 p.m. with blessing and dismissal at 12:50 p.m.

March 9 – What is Doctrine & Why Does it Matter? The Rev. Dr. Jimmy Agan, Intown Community Church, Atlanta, GA
March 16 – Doctrine of Original Sin: The Rev. Dr. Donnie McDaniel,Church of the Good Shepherd, Charleston, SC
March 23 – Doctrine of the Trinity:The Rev. Todd Simonis, The Parish Church of St. Helena, Beaufort, SC
March 30 – Doctrine of Christology: The Rev. Marshall Huey,Old St. Andrews Parish Church, Charleston, SC
April 6 – Doctrine of Salvation By Grace Through Faith: The Rev. Rob Sturdy, St. Andrew’s Church, Mount Pleasant, SC The Ridley Institute

Georgetown Deanery

allison fitz jlhLenten Dinner and Study with Bishop Allison, Prince George Winyah, March 7-21

Prince George Winyah Church in Georgetown will be offering a lenten series, Reformation and True Freedom, led by Bishop FitzSimons Allison on Tuesday nights during lent. Dinner (soup and cornbread) will be provided at 6:00 PM, Lenten study from 6:30-7:30PM. Everyone welcome!
Tuesday, March 7 - Martin Luther
Tuesday, March 14 - John Wesley
Tuesday, March 21 - Charles Wesley

Charleston Deanery

Father Nicholas AmatoCentering Prayer Workshop with Father Nicholas Amato, Mepkin Abbey, St. Philip’s Church, March 9
St. Philip’s, Charleston, is hosting a day-long Centering Prayer Workshop with Father Nicholas Amato, author of Living In God, Contemplative Prayer and Contemplative Action and an associate priest at Mepkin Abbey. Father Nicholas has personally practiced contemplative (centering) prayer for 45 years and has led numerous retreats and parish missions with this focus. The gathering, from 8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.  will be held in the Chapel of the Good Shepherd (behind the sanctuary of St. Philip's). Registration and a $20 fee is required, but a light lunch will be provided; contact Felicia at St. Philips (843-722-7734) to secure a spot.

Teaching Series, Christ Church Mt. Pleasant, Wednesdays March 8 – April 5

Christ Church, Mt. Pleasant will offer several Bible teaching and discussion groups March 8-April 5 from 6:30 – 7:30pm. Learn more and register.

FIVE BIBLICAL MEN - Led by The Rev. Ted Duvall
What can the lives of Abraham, Moses, Peter, Paul and especially Jesus teach us about strength, weakness, leadership, holiness, work, spirituality and more? Come and see!
LIVING WATERS - Led by The Rev. Joyce Harder
Weary? Stressed? Overwhelmed? Yearning for encouragement and refreshment? Come drink Living Waters from beloved Psalms!
POLITICS, WORK, & SEXUALITY - Led by The Rev. Gary Corcoran
Young Adult Offering; What difference does Christianity make for our living? And must we all agree?
THE REPLIES OF JESUS TO JOB - Led by The Rev. Jim Workman
For people with losses and for those who want to help them.
YOUTH - Led by Allie Kodrzycki
Youth Life Groups and individuals are encouraged to gather during Lent for a time of compline prayer and songs. Snacks will be provided.
CHILDREN - Led by the Children’s Ministry Team
Join us on Wednesday Nights in Lent as we explore family traditions they can share. We know that kids rock and we can’t wait to see what happens when families explore Lent@Home. If it is Children’s Ministries… it means snacks will be provided!

Orangeburg Deanery

Wednesday in Lent at St. Matthew's Fort Motte

For three weeks in Lent, (March 8,15, and 22) St. Matthew's, Fort Motte will offer a 6 p.m. soup supper followed by teaching and healing service
March 8- Johnny and Jean Corbet, St Michael's Church, Charleston
March 15- The Rev Robert Horn, Holy Apostles, Barnwell
March 22 - The Rev. John Sosnowski, Church of the Holy Comforter, Sumter

On March 29, they will offer a 6pm soup supper followed by movie "Risen"
On April 5, there weill be a Fort Motte Prayer Meeting

For more information contact the church at (803) 874-1333.

Anglican Leadership Institute January 2017 Class

The Third Anglican Leadership Institute is now history. As I write some are still in the air, and some have landed and rejoined their families.

And what a great group they were. They spanned the full Anglican spectrum:

  • -  From the Rector of a posh downtown parish in a mid-sized Australian city to the General Secretary of the Anglican Church of Burundi;
  • -  From a Rector in Brunei where Sharia Law prevents him from even having a Christmas tree outside the Church to a leader of young adults in a large Brazilian church who surfs in his spare time;
  • -  From a bishop in northern Nigeria where unless a man "steals" another man's wife his own wife might accuse him of "not really being a man" to the assistant Rector of a booming Northern Ireland church who finished off 6 books while he was with us;
  • -  From a former "Lost Boy" of South Sudan who runs a diocese that cannot afford him any salary and whose family must live in exile to a Deacon who assists the former President of GAFCON...

And on it goes. 16 marvelous people -- all Anglicans from 12 enormously different socio-economic situations  living in cultures vastly different from each other. Yet all united in Jesus Christ and experiencing the joy of becoming a family. Our closing dinner was a time of deep prayer followed by hugs all around. Those Africans love to hug.

horowitz daffodil project croppedFr. Bob Horowitz was surprised by the St. Jude's Church family by the planting of a daffodil garden in his honor after services on December 11

Organized by Senior Warden Margie Williams, the garden is part of a worldwide Daffodil Project, which aspires to build a living memorial in eternal remembrance of the 1.5 million children who perished in the Holocaust and in support of children who continue to suffer in humanitarian crises in the world today.

The shape and color of daffodils represent the yellow stars, which Jews were forced to wear during the Holocaust.  "Yellow is the color of remembrance.  Daffodils represent our poignant hope for the future.  They are resilient and return with a burst of color each spring.  The daffodils honor the memory of those who perished and also serve to honor those who survived," Williams said.

The daffodils were planted under the sign in front of St. Jude's Church in honor of Horowitz's Jewish heritage and his ministry here.  "God has blessed him so that he has become a blessing to us," Williams said.

Sauls Challenges Churches to “Love People, Institutions and Cities to Life” at Listen & Speak Conference

There are three ways the Christian community can respond to society in a post-Christian age, according to Scott Sauls, speaker at the recent Listen & Speak conference held at the Cathedral of St. Luke and St. Paul in Charleston this past October. “Christians can compromise, they can judge, or they can bless and serve. Compromise is ineffective,” said Sauls. “Judging hurts things; all that’s left is loving and serving.”

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Post-Christian Culture

    Nominal Christianity is going away, according to Sauls, pastor at Christ Presbyterian Church in Nashville, TN. Sauls went to Nashville after having spent five years on the staff of Redeemer Presbyterian Church in New York City with noted pastor and author Tim Keller.

The Rev. Dr. Charles EcholsCummins Theological Seminary in Summerville is pleased to announce the appointment of the Rev. Dr. Charles L. Echols as a new Adjunct Professor of Old Testament.  For this Spring Semester he will be teaching a course in the Major Prophets.  In 2005, he was awarded the degree of Doctor of Philosophy in Old Testament by the Faculty of Divinity, University of Cambridge, England.  He also holds degrees from the University of St. Andrews in Scotland and Trinity School for Ministry, Abridge, Pennsylvania.

In 2016, Dr. Echols was ordained a Priest in the Diocese of South Carolina by Bishop FitzSimons Allison, and he serves as Curate of the Church of the Redeemer, Orangeburg.  He is also an Adjunct Professor in the Doctor of Ministry (D.Min.) program of the College of Theology, South University, Columbia.  He has authored three books, and written several articles, papers, and reviews for inclusion in other books, journals, and seminars.  From 2008 to 2013, Dr. Echols taught Old Testament courses in India, on the Faculty of Union Biblical Seminary in Pune.

The Very Rev. Dr. Julius Barnes, President and Dean of Cummins Seminary, has said, “Dr. Echols is the third new member to join our faculty in less than a year.  We want the low country community to see that Cummins is expanding its program of quality theological education – raising the bar of excellence - for training clergy and lay persons for mission and ministry in the Church of Jesus Christ.”  Anyone who wants to join Dr. Echols in his course in the Major Prophets, or take any of the other courses offered should call the Seminary at (843) 873-3451.  Or, stop by our campus at 705 South Main Street, Summerville, SC 29485.  Our courses are held on Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday afternoons and evenings, and on Saturday morning and are designed to be available for those who work at other jobs.


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