June 3, 2021

Clergy Renew Ordination Vows 

Service "Bittersweet" and "Encouraging"
“It was an amazing day of worship for me,” said the Rev. Tripp Jeffords, Rector of St. Paul's, Summerville. “To see fellow clergy and laity all together, singing to the glory of God, gave me chills.”

“It was great to be back together,” adds the Rev. Canon Todd Simonis, Diocesan Canon for Church Planting, and Associate Rector at St. Helena’s, Beaufort. “You get used to seeing people virtually for so long it was great to be able to give them a hug.”

In his sermon, Bishop Lawrence reflected on the encounter between Elijah and Elisha in 2 Kings 2:1, 6-14 where prior to Elijah being taken up to heaven Elisha asks for a “double-portion” of Elijah’s spirit. 
Read more; listen to the sermon; view a photo album.
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Update from the Bishop's Search Committee

The following excerpt is from an email the Search Committee Chair, the Rev. Jason Collins, sent to his congregation. 

In May, the Bishop Search Committee interviewed the Nominees via Zoom.  This was an initial meeting to ask basic questions of the nominees that helped confirm that these godly men were indeed called to remain in the search process.  Those that remained in the process began an extensive and exhaustive series of background checks and physical and psychological evaluations to help verify that they have the mental and physical stamina required for the office of Bishop.

This June, the Bishop Search Committee will split up into smaller teams to go and visit the nominees in person.  There will be another round of interview questions that will be asked of the nominee and his spouse.  The teams will also see the nominee in their own “environment” and hear them preach.  At the end of June, the Search Committee will convene again and prayerfully decide which of the Nominees will be recommended to the Standing Committee to become a Candidate for Bishop Coadjutor.

Read the full email
Please continue to hold the process, the committee
and all involved, in prayer. 

No SpamKeep an Eye out for SPAM

Recently some of our clergy have a received emails claiming to be from Bishop Mark Lawrence. If you receive a similar email do not respond. Bishop Lawrence's correct email is  Anything coming from a variation such as: is SPAM. 

God Just Kept Calling His Name

A Pringle Franklin Interview with Matthew and Henrietta Rivers

His true love kept waiting...
For much of his life, the Rev. Matthew Rivers, Rector of St. John’s Chapel, Charleston, kept running from God, chasing after the good life. He knew God, but did not have a relationship with God. Even when God tried to answer his prayers for the perfect wife, the self-described "knucklehead" wasn't cooperating when she showed up. Watch and see how God led him to the wedding altar after more than 45 years as a bachelor. 
Watch the Video

Hands will plant in it.Tonight: Diocesan Church Planting Roundtable

(via Zoom)

Thursday, June 3 at  7 p.m.

The subject will be "Church Planting: First Steps."
Bishop Mark Lawrence will be participating in this discussion. Everyone interested in learning more about church planting is welcome. Join the Zoom call. To learn more about church planting contact the Rev. Canon Todd Simonis, Diocesan Canon for Church Planting.
Join the Zoom call.

Highlighted Events

Movie Nights Under the Pines at Good Shepherd

June 4, July 2, August 6

Good Shepherd, Charleston, is hosting movie nights under the pines on the first Friday of the month for the summer (June 4, July 2, and August 6). Their first movie is The Incredibles and will start at 7:30 pm. Bring snacks, beach blankets, chairs, and bug spray!  Learn more.

Fourth of July Retreat

July 2-6

Celebrate our nation’s independence at St. Christopher's annual July 4th Retreat! They offer three-night or four-night stays- rates include lodging, meals, and all the weekend activities. Bring your whole family or several friends and leave the cooking to them. Learn more

Naturalist with crab

Barrier Island Day Camp

June 14-17, 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Children in grades 4-9 are invited to attend the Barrier Island Day Camp weekdays. Options are available for full or half week. Campers are led and taught by Senior Naturalists who have a Bachelor's degree and years of Lowcountry training. Learn more

Write for the
Jubilate Deo 

Deadline: July 2

Have you seen God at work in your parish? Are you discovering a new ministry? Bringing life to an old one? Tell your story in the upcoming issue of the Jubilate Deo. We will be printing this issue. The deadline for submissions is July 2. Submit an article

A bit of levity....

"Alleluia! The Lord is Risen Indeed!"  "Yaaaaaay!"

Baptized as an infant at the beginning of the COVID pandemic, a young parishioner at Holy Trinity, Grahamville, returns to in-person worship for the first time and responds to the opening acclamation with enthusiasm. Thank you to the Rev. James Gibson, Rector, for sharing this clip.

New Job Openings


St. Christopher is Hiring!

There are numerous openings at St. Christopher including Director of Food Services, Naturalists, Facilities Technician, Guest Services Associate and Food Services Associate. Join the team. Learn more

Summer Staff and Hospitality Workers, Kanuga

Kanuga has a great need for summer staff positions for Guest Period, as well as many year-round hospitality positions, and a handful of Camp Kanuga summer positions. They need housekeepers, servers, front desk, chefs, room attendants, laundry staff, and more!  Learn more.

Student Ministry Position In Greenville  

St. Paul’s Anglican Church, Greenville, (ACNA Diocese of the Carolinas) is interviewing to fill their full-time Student Ministry Director position.  A passion for youth and a heart for discipleship is required to grow and equip our students for life beyond middle and high school. SPC is praying for someone who is a team player, assertive and able to meet and grow relationships not only with the youth but also build trust with the parents of the youth. Read more

Additional Positions Available

  • Pastoral Care Minister, St. Michael’s Church, Charleston (position updated)
  • Rector, The Church of the Holy Comforter, Sumter
  • Director of Student Ministries, St. Jude’s, Walterboro
  • Administrator, LAMB Institute
  • Minister of Music, St. John’s Chapel, Charleston
  • Assistant Teaching Positions, Good Shepherd Day School, Charleston
View all current job listings.

Upcoming Events

Summer Camp Begins, June 11
Barrier Island Day Camp, June 14-17
Eve's Fun Park Dedication, June 21
GrandCamp 2021, June 21-25
Jubilate Deo Deadline, July 2
Fourth of July Retreat, July 2-6 
15th Annual St. Christopher Summer Camp Staff Regatta, July 24
Last Day of Summer Camp, August 7
Intercessory Prayer Day at St. Christopher, August 21
Walkabout for Bishop Candidates, Week of September 11 
DOK Fall Assembly, September 11
National Grandparents Day of Prayer, September 12
Diocesan Council, September 23
Always Forward Church Planting Conference, Sept. 30-Oct 2
Anglican Women's Retreat, October 1-3
Wellspring of Life, Healing Retreat, October 3-5
Cursillo Weekend, October 14-17
Electing Convention for Bishop Coadjutor, October 16
Behold the Man Pilgrimage, October 23-November 5
SE Intentional Grandparenting Conference, November 5-6
Jubilate Deo Deadline, November 5
Annual Clergy Conference, November 8-10
Intercessory Prayer Day at St. Christopher, November 13
Diocesan Council, December 9
Consecration and Conv., March 11-12, 2022

People News

Kenneth PadgettKenneth Padgett recently accepted a call to serve as the Pastoral Assistant at Christ the King-Grace, Waccamaw, Myrtle Beach.  Kenneth was born and raised in the South Carolina Lowcountry. He and his wife, Rebecca, (married 13 years) have two sweet daughters, Eisley (10) and Lyla (6). Kenneth served 11 years in the US Navy and Air Force.  He completed his undergraduate studies at The College at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary and a Master of Arts in Old Testament at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. Kenneth is currently a PhD Candidate in Biblical Studies at Trinity College, Bristol (UK). 

Patrick & Daniel WieberPatrick and Danielle Wieber recently started working as the Missions Interns at Christ the King Grace Waccamaw in Pawleys Island. Patrick and Danielle are both from Jacksonville, Florida. They became close friends in high school, and eventually reunited years later after Patrick completed four years in the United States Marine Corps and Danielle finished a college internship with the Walt Disney Company. They married in April 2019, and welcomed their first child, sweet Jane, in March 2020. For the last two years, they have been mentored and followed the call as full time NAMS Missionaries, to spread the Gospel of Jesus in Exmouth, England. Unfortunately, COVID-19 has placed their move across the pond on pause, but thankfully God’s ways are always higher. In their time at Christ the King Grace they will give close attention to children’s and youth ministries, gaining more experience for when God calls them overseas.

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