March 26, 2020

Way to Go Online, Church!

Congrats to all the churches who were able to provide services online this past Sunday. What a variety:
  • St. Philip’s, Charleston, offered a pre-recorded service inside their historic building with (a well-spaced) choir and organ.
  • St. John’s, Johns Island, held a  Facebook Live service on the porch of the rectory with the marsh as its backdrop.
  • Good Samaritan, Summerville, (a new church-plant) held a live-zoom call service with all their members appearing on the screen.
  • Christ St. Paul’s, Yonges Island, interspersed live video from their church building with pre-recorded prayers of the people with parishioners speaking from different locations.
A few churches experienced technical difficulties, but as one person remarked,“…not only has the Church broken down the four walls, but we also broke the Internet!” 

If your church needs help going online, contact us and we’ll help you connect with resources. 
View a list of Diocesan church services online.

Five Churches One Service - Online

“Something cool has come out of the pandemic,” writes the Rev. Jason Collins, Rector of St. Paul’s, Conway.  He realized some of the nearby smaller churches were scrambling to get services online so five churches combined to pre-record a worship for their stay-at-home congregations. St. Paul’s, Conway; St. Paul’s, Bennettsville; St. David’s, Cheraw; Advent, Marion and Christ Church, Florence all participated. 

Bishop Extends Diocesan Directive


No On-Site, In-Person, Worship Services through at Least Palm Sunday

In response to the evolving situation regarding the coronavirus, and out of concern for the welfare of our people as well as the larger community, Bishop Mark Lawrence has extended his directive regarding on-site, in-person, worship services for churches within the Diocese until at least Palm Sunday. The Bishop is communicating with all rectors and vicars via online conference calls on a deanery by deanery basis. We are waiting to see how the situation unfolds before extending that directive further.

The Bishop wrote in a note to the Diocese, “Be assured that these measures are issued not out of fear, but out of love and concern for the welfare of all and to assist in defeating this virus. As St. Paul says in his final letter to Timothy, ‘God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.’”

Happy 70th Birthday Bishop Lawrence!

On March 19, Bishop Lawrence turned 70! Of the staff's Zoom rendition of Happy Birthday, the Bishop said, "The Mormon Tabernacle Choir is not threatened at all!” 

Job Opening:

Porter-Gaud School - Lower School Chaplain 2020 – 2021

Porter-Gaud School is seeking a full-time Lower School Chaplain beginning with the 2020-2021 school year.  The Lower School is comprised of grades 1 through 4.  This position is school year only (10 months) and comes with benefits including health insurance, dental, and retirement.  The Lower School Chaplain fosters spiritual development for Porter-Gaud students, teaches religion classes and provides pastoral care to students, faculty, and families.  As primary responsibilities, the Lower School Chaplain leads weekly Lower School chapel for students and teaches Lower School religion classes.  Full-time Middle School and Upper School Chaplains round out the department. Learn more.

Closings and Cancellations


Diocesan Office Remains Closed

While the Diocesan Office is closed the staff continues to work remotely. They can be reached at (843) 722-4075. 

Annual Gathering of Women Cancelled

In a note to the Diocese, President of the Diocesan Anglican Women, Patricia Smith, wrote, “At this time our Anglican Board has decided to cancel the Annual Gathering scheduled for April 25. We shall see as time unfolds if this is to be a final cancelation or simply a postponement. We are unclear at this time. Needless to say we are very disappointed, however we know God is working in many other mighty ways during this time and we surrender to His greater will.”

St. Christopher Closed to All Guests

Due to the pandemic, St. Christopher is closed to all guests, including those with a St. Christopher-issued decal.  The Seabrook Island Security gate has been asked to turn back any vehicles trying to enter the property with a St. Christopher-issued decal.  This is being done in an effort to protect the health of their resident and commuting staff and families as well as the health of those attempting to come to St. Christopher. The staff looks forward to welcoming everyone back once the health crisis has passed. 

Make the Most of the Time with your Children at Home

Resources for Faith at Home

Amy Watson Smith, Director of Ministry to Children and Families at St. Philip’s Church, has collected a group of resources for families to use to deepen their faith. 
Download now.

Did you cancel your Lenten Suppers? No need.
Try what Christ St. Paul's did instead. 

Respirators, Tyvek Suits and Exam Gloves Donated to MUSC

Haynsworth and Anderson prepare to deliver supplies.Leftover supplies donated by The Anglican Diocese of South Carolina for Hurricane relief last year including 120 N95 respirators, 130 Tyvek suits and five boxes of exam gloves were donated to the Medical University of South Carolina this week. Hats off to Stephen Haynsworth, Diocesan Disaster Preparedness and Relief Coordinator, and Bill Anderson who took the supplies to the hospital.  

Are you social-distance "Neighboring"

How are you, or how is your church loving your neighbors?

If you have stories of how you or your church are meeting the needs of the sick, elderly, those with compromised health, the lonely in your community, please let us know. Let's inspire one another!
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