April 15, 2020

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Lost Soles Men’s Hike

On a Men’s Hike we hike in and out with spiritual purposefulness. We prayed at the trail head and asked the men the first of a series of questions which would be posed throughout the weekend. “Why am I here?” For what reason has the Holy Spirit opened up this time for me to be in God’s wonderful creation for the next few days? 
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New Name for Safeguarding

Armatus/Safeguarding God's Children

Have the staff and volunteers at your church had the required training?

Child playing with blocksAs part of our commitment to protecting the children and youth in our care, the Diocese requires staff and volunteer training in an in-depth educational program for preventing and responding to child sexual abuse in everyday life and in ministry. That program is now called Armatus Learn to Protect, by Praesidium. Armatus workshops are held in The Anglican Diocese of South Carolina as requested by individual congregations. Most congregations are also utilizing the ease of online training to keep their employees and volunteers current with this essential training. To find out more contact the Rev. Canon Jim Lewis.  Learn more

Upcoming Ordinations in May

We have three ordinations next month:

Jeff Bennet will be ordained to the transitional diaconate at 11 a.m. on Saturday, May 1 at the Cathedral of St. Luke and St. Paul, Charleston. A graduate of the Citadel, Jeff will be pursuing his Ph.D. in New Testament and Christian Origins at the University of Edinburgh in the Fall.

Laura Bowman, a member of Grace Anglican Parish, in North Myrtle Beach, will be ordained to the transitional diaconate at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, May 5 on behalf of Grace Anglican Parish. The service will be held at Wampee United Methodist Church, Little River. Clergy are to wear red stoles. You are asked to RSVP to

Taylor Daniel, who serves as the Director of Student Ministry at St. Michael's Church, Charleston, will be ordained to the transitional diaconate at 6 p.m. on Sunday, May 23 at St. Michael's. Clergy are to wear red stoles. 
In the News

Book Honoring Saint James' Tricentennial Featured in the Charleston Mercury


Virginia Bartels entertains and educates with historical context for current-day worship

Charleston Mercury with St. James Book"In writing Saint James Church, the author sets out to tell the true story of the history, leadership, societal changes, growth and Christian accomplishments of St. James Church, one of Charleston’s oldest parishes located on James Island. She does so in spades.

The task Mrs. Bartels assigned to herself is epic, with 270 pages of content and another 90 pages of footnotes and addendums. Not only is it clearly a labor of love, it is told lovingly by an author committed to capturing the real and complete story of this historic church.

Particularly fascinating are the stories of St. James during the years of its founding, the Revolutionary War, the War Between the States, the Roaring 20s, the Great Depression, World War II and the church’s leadership role in the civil rights movement. Obviously these are the areas where Mrs. Bartels most clearly demonstrates her chops as a history sleuth, but it’s also where she demonstrates her skill at conveying facts via engaging and interesting stories..."  Read more. 

Anglican Women's Gathering, April 24

Anglican Women's Postcard
Today we opened registration to our sisters in the ACNA.  Ladies from the Diocese of the Carolinas and the Reformed Episcopal Church will be invited to register for any remaining seats.  If you are planning to attend, please register today. The registration deadline is April 16.   Learn more. and register.
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Job Openings

New: Rector, The Church of the Holy Comforter, Sumter
The Church of the Holy Comforter in Sumter, SC is seeking a Rector who can lead their congregation in growing in the Gospel and in missions within their community and beyond. For further information about who they are and what they’re looking for in their next rector, please click on the Parish Profile.  To submit a cover letter and resume please email  Sue McDuffie (Senior Warden) (803) 236-1438; Michael Carges (Search Committee Chairman) (803) 968-1477.

Additional positions currently listed:

  • Priest, The Church of the Cross, Bluffton
  • Minister of Music, St. John's Chapel, Charleston
  • Director of Food Services, St. Christopher Camp and Conference Center
  • Family and Children’s Minister, St. Bartholomew’s, Hartsville
  • Director of Student Ministries, St. Jude’s, Walterboro
  • Assistant Teaching Positions, Good Shepherd Day School, Charleston
  • Part-Time Bookkeeper, Church of the Good Shepherd, Charleston
  • Social Media Coordinator, The Anglican Diocese of South Carolina
  • Director of Children’s Education, Old St. Andrew’s, Charleston
  • Administrator, LAMB Institute
View all current job openings

Highlighted Events

 10th Annual “Behold the Man” Pilgrimage 

October 23-November 5, 2021

The 10th annual “Behold the Man” pilgrimage will take place October 23-November 5, 2021. This experience of a lifetime leads men on a journey to reclaim biblical manhood by walking in the footsteps of Jesus. The foundation of this 13-day men’s pilgrimage includes two essentials: the theological and biblical narratives of Israel, and the sacred Holy sites of Jesus’ earthly life. The curriculum adds a unique, experiential, adventurous and challenging men’s spiritual retreat to the land of Jesus, as we together Behold the Man. To learn more contact Jay Crouse. Learn more

Anglican Women's Retreat

October 1-3, 2021

Ladies, Mark your Calendars! Dana Henry will lead our Annual Women’s Retreat at St. Christopher October 1-3. She will be speaking on “Finding our Identity in Christ.” Dana is a Licensed Professional Counselor in the state of Pennsylvania, in private practice (Hope Christian Counseling), with over 18 years of experience specializing in work with individuals, couples, and families. Dana has been married to The Rev. Dr. Bill Henry for 30 years, and they have three grown children and one awesome grandchild! Learn more.

Intercessory Day of Prayer

May 22, 2021

We invite you to join us for our Intercessory Day of Prayer from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, May 22, at The Prayer Center. The format we use now typically follows this pattern: We meet at The Prayer Center at 9:00 a.m. and begin with worship. Fr. Bob Lawrence shares prayer concerns with us, and the way he senses God moving in this place. By 9:45 a.m. we disperse to listen to God, to prayerfully walk the grounds or be still as God leads, attentive to what we sense in creation all around us. Around 11:15 a.m., we re-gather to share what we have received.  Email The Rev. Dr. Sandi Kerner, Chaplain, to register.


Be Still & Know God Contemplative Retreat

June 4-6, 2021

Are you longing to get away and get quiet so that you might become more aware of the presence of God? Then please join us for this contemplative retreat led by the Rev. Elizabeth Bumpas. This weekend retreat does not include a lot of teaching…it’s simply about creating space for silence and solitude to connect with the Lord. The group will gather together in the mornings and evenings for Scripture meditation and there is a long period of silence (no talking) on Saturday afternoon.  There are only 10 spots available. To register contact the Rev. Sandi Kerner at St. Christopher at 843-768-0429.

Additional Upcoming Events

Clean up Day at St. Christopher Sponsored by Cursillo, April 17
Who wouldn’t love to spend the day at St Christopher Camp and Conference Center! The Cursillo community will be hosting a cleanup day at April 17 at 9 a.m. We need as many hands as possible. All are welcome! (Even if you’ve never been on a Cursillo). Learn more and sign up.

Barrier Island Family Weekend, April 26-28
The March 26-28 Barrier Island Family Weekend is now FULL. We are accepting names for wait lists. Due to overwhelmingly positive response, we have added an additional session- April 26-28 is open for registrations.Ready for outdoor fun? Discover the scientific world using all your senses exploring and learning about the environment around you at St. Christopher,  April 26-28. The days will be filled with discovery while the evenings will be filled with fun activities and making memories.  Learn more

Clergy Renewal of Vows, May 18
St. Christopher Intercessory Day of Prayer, May 22
Clergy Family Picnic, May 31
Fourth of July Retreat, July 2-6 
15th Annual St. Christopher Summer Camp Staff Regatta, July 24
Walkabout for Bishop Candidates, Week of September 11 
Anglican Women's Conference, October 1-3
Wellspring of Life, Healing Retreat, October 3-5
Election for Bishop Coadjutor, October 16
SE Intentional Grandparenting Conference, November 5-6
Annual Clergy Conference, November 8-10
Consecration and Conv., March 11-12, 2022

Remembering Parishioners Who Have Died Due to COVID

We will be memorializing parishioners from Diocesan churches who have died as a result of the COVID-19 virus in the Journal of the 2021 Convention of The Anglican Diocese of South Carolina. We invite you to add the names of parishioners from your parish who have died as a result of the virus by submitting names here

People News

Dr. Lorna BakerDr. Lorna Baker, who has served as the Director of Music Ministries for Christ Church for 30 years will be stepping down May 30. The Rev. Ted Duvall, Rector, wrote, on recognizing her contribution to the church, “I can say that for me personally, my sorrow to see Lorna step down is only matched by my gratitude for the over 30 years that she has so faithfully and effectively led all of our musical offerings. For ten of those years, I have been blessed to enjoy, appreciate and be lifted in spirit by Lorna's musical gifts, leadership, and faith. She has my heart-felt thanks and best wishes for the next season in her life!”

Levi HenkelLevi Henkel has accepted a call to serve as the Director of Music Ministries at Christ Church, Mt. Pleasant, beginning Sunday, June 6.  Levi, has been the Music Pastor for St. James Evangelical Reformed Church and the Assistant Conductor of Southern Seminary's Doxology Vocal Ensemble in Louisville, Kentucky. He has a Bachelor of Music from Wheaton College, a Master of Divinity from Southern Seminary in Louisville, and anticipates a Doctor of Worship Studies in June from the Institute for Worship Studies in Florida. Levi and his wife Anna have a daughter Makinley (9 months). 

The Rev. Matthew RiversThe Rev. Matthew Rivers, Rector of St. John's Chapel, Charleston, was honored by the Charleston Police Department at the beginning of this year as their 2020 Citizen of the Year. We apologize for the delay in relaying the news. Congratulations, Matthew! View the announcement

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