October 1, 2020

2020 Annual Diocesan Convention This Saturday

Join us on Facebook Live, October 3 at 9:00 a.m

Connect on Facebook to follow the minute-by-minute action. 
  • Join in a time of opening worship
  • Watch the Bishop's address
  • View the elections in real time
  • Review the budget
  • Welcome the new clergy - and a new parish
  • View the ministry videos
Watch the Convention.

Hello! Meet Joe!

Children playing the organ? Yes! And loving it!

Have you ever seen a child play the organ? It’s not the typical scenario one envisions when thinking of organists, but I have. In fact, I have seen dozens of them. I am the founder and director of Junior Organ Experience (JOE) a summer organ program for youth. My usual job is behind a piano, as an instructor, accompanist, and church musician.
Read the story.

Five Vocational Deacons to Be Ordained October 17

Celebrate and hold the following individuals in prayer as they are ordained Vocational Deacons on Saturday, October 17 at the Cathedral of St. Luke & St. Paul’s. Details for the gathering are still being developed.
  • Claudia Berry Carucci, St. Helena’s, Beaufort
  • Harry R. Easterling, Jr., St. Paul’s, Bennettsville
  • George F. “Skip” Reitmeier, Holy Cross, Sullivan’s Island 
  • William Ricks Riggs, Sr., St. Paul’s, Summerville
  • Nelson T. Weaver, St. Timothy’s, Cane Bay

Men's Ministry Logo2020 Men's Summit with Bishop Mark Lawrence: "Faith in the Home."

WHEN: Saturday, October 31 from 8:30 am to 11:30 am

WHERE: Your church; Your home!  We are asking our churches to invite and host their men to participate at your church or at their home for the Men's Summit. 

HOW: A live, virtual presentation via Facebook Live or YouTube. Registration and further technology details to follow.

CONTACT:  Summit Leader, Russ Gantt,

Men: Don't Miss Men's Ministry News

The leadership team of Men's Ministry in the Anglican Diocese of South Carolina have created their own email newsletter. Read the most recent issue. To sign up click the link below.
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Want to bring the sound of the Chapel into your home?

Order your Palms Project CD  Today

(Digital Downloads available immediately)
This album of worship songs was produced as a way to support the ministries of St. Christopher Camp and Conference Center. 
THE PALMS PROJECT is an album of worship songs we (former camp staff) chose to reflect the last decade of worship at St. Christopher. It was recorded in the Chapel of the Palms in hopes of capturing the sonic qualities that make us all feel so at home. The microphones, set up around the room really capture the worship experience. Sadly, there was not a room full of campers to join in that worship and the chapel yearned for their chorus. We worked hard with the time and resources available. We hope you can find joy and peace in this album!
Order now.

WellSpring, October 16-17

A Concert of Prayer, Worship, and Intercession; A Time of Refreshing in the Presence of the Lord

SplashCome to St. Christopher Friday, October 16- Saturday, October 17 (any time between 9 am – 9 pm) as local worship teams and intercessors lead us in song, prayer, Scripture reading, prayer walking, listening, and resting in God.

Come for an hour or two or stay through both days!

At Wellspring we will offer participants a time to draw near to God and be immersed in his grace and mercy. During this season of uncertainty and upheaval in the wake of global pandemic, racial wounds, polarized politics, and natural disasters, let’s offer ourselves and our world to God in a posture of humility and repentance that we might be healed and prepared for a time of revival in our land.

Tell your story in the Jubilate Deo

The deadline for the next issue is November 6.  If you've got a story about what God is doing in and through a ministry of your church - share it with the Diocese. Learn more

Tickets & Accommodations Available for 2021 PGA Championship

PGA information
A generous benefactor has given St. Christopher four “Wanamaker Club” tickets for the 2021 PGA Championship to be hosted on Kiawah Island.  He is the same benefactor that did this for the 2012 PGA to launch our fundraising efforts for the restoration of the Chapel of the Palms.  These four premier ticket packages will be paired with the use of the Historic Bishop’s Cottage and offered in a drawing for contributions of $1000.  The value of this package is $10,000.  The drawing is planned for December 1st, and will not be offered to any more than 100 entries in hopes of raising $100,000 on behalf of St. Christopher.
Learn more.
In the News:

Mary Whyte Donates Paintings for St. Christopher

Artist's Gift highlighted in the Post & Courier

"...Whyte, who has created art in honor of the African American communities that have long lived along the barrier islands, thought to use artwork as a way to save the facility. One of the paintings that is part of the fundraising initiative depicts a woman, Georgeanna, pulling on her veil as she walks in front of the old Hebron Church on Johns Island’s Bohicket Road. Georgeanna is a longtime Johns Island resident who befriended Whyte. The fundraising goal is $125,000. Read the story.
Donate now.

Church Plant in Need of Utility Trailer

Black trailerDo you have an enclosed utility trailer no longer in use and taking up space? Good Samaritan Anglican Church, a church plant in Summerville, is looking for a covered utility trailer to store and haul their equipment and supplies from week to week. If you have a trailer that you’d be willing to donate or sell, email the Rev. Tyler Prescott and let him know. Thank you!

Additional Upcoming Events

NEW: LAMB Party with a Purpose, October 15
LAMB, a ministry in Tegucigalpa, Honduras, founded 20 years ago by Suzy McCall (from our Diocese) will be holding their 11th Annual Party with a Purpose at LAMB in Honduras (virtually) on October 15, 2020 at 7pm. Suzy will be the keynote speaker. Everyone is invited to join to this Party With A Purpose to celebrate all that God is doing in Honduras. This fundraising event will be online this year. Learn more and register.

WellSpring, October 16-17
A Concert of Prayer, Worship, and Intercession; A Time of Refreshing in the Presence of the Lord. Come to St. Christopher Friday, October 16- Saturday, October 17 (any time between 9 am – 9 pm) as local worship teams and intercessors lead us in song, prayer, Scripture reading, prayer walking, listening and resting in God.  Learn more. 

Thunder of the Spirit Patriot Prayer RideOctober 17
The Well By the Sea Anglican Church in Myrtle Beach is organizing an opportunity for Christian bikers to gather, ride and pray against the darkness for their city, government and nation. Riders will gather at 10 a.m. with KSU (Kick Stands Up) at 11 a.m.  The ride will last about 1.5 hours. A light lunch will be served after the ride at the church. To register contact the Rev. Tom Woodle, Rector. "No pay. Just ride and pray!"

The Anglican Women's Retreat, October 23-35 - WAIT LIST OPEN
The Anglican Women’s Retreat with Susan Yates, to be held at St. Christopher, October 23-25 is now filled but the organizers do have a wait list and - at press time - no one is on it.  There may be a cancellation. If you'd like to attend contact Mary Kauser at  (843) 814-4035.

NEW: Matthew 25 Gathering 2020, November 13-14
Matthew 25 exists to equip, gather, connect, and offer refreshment for ACNA practitioners working in ministries that serve the vulnerable, marginalized, and under-resourced. Their platform also exists to help churches within ACNA to learn about and connect with the work serving those on the margins, happening within our denomination.  November 13 10am-1:30pm M25 Gathering; November 14 11am-1pm Soul Care Retreat Learn more.

Thankgiving Retreat, November 25-28
Join us for the annual St. Christopher Thanksgiving Retreat and let us do the cooking for you! Contact the Rev. Dr. Sandi Kerner for more information.
Learn more.

People News

Valerie FischerValerie Fisher, who has served on the staff of St. Helena’s, Beaufort for the past 18 years recently stepped down from serving as their Office Manager and Executive Assistant to the Rector. In his farewell, the Rev. Shay Gaillard, writes, “I can only tell you what I told Valerie this week: ‘I couldn’t have done it without you.’  This was not hyperbole, but the honest truth based on the support I received. Valerie served at St. Helena’s on the staff team for 18 years, and we want to wish her and Marc well in this new season of life.”

Archbishop Ben and Mama Gloria KwashiPlease keep Archbishop Ben Kwashi, Archbishop of Jos, Nigeria, and General Secretary of GAFCON in your prayers. He is undergoing treatment for cancer. In a message from GAFCON Archbishop Foley Beach wrote, "Archbishop Ben & Mama Gloria along with their children are grateful for your prayers and concern. At this stage there is little to report and the family asks for privacy while treatment continues and further tests are carried out. Please pray for Archbishop Ben, that he will be comfortable and pain free during the chemotherapy, and that it will be effective in dealing with the tumour." Read the full message. 

The Rev. Marcus KaiserCongratulations to the Rev. Marcus Kaiser, Rector of Church of the Holy Comforter, Sumter on his calling to be the next Dean of St. Peter’s Anglican Cathedral in Tallahassee, FL.  In a letter to Holy Comforter, Kaiser writes, “It has been a privilege and honor beyond anything I can explain to have worked and served alongside you for the past 11 years, and even more so as your Rector for the last six. I want you to know that I am not being called away from you, but to St. Peter’s and serving the wider Church.” His last Sunday at Holy Comforter will be October 18. Read the letter. 

Alonzo CrawfordAlonzo Crawford has accepted a call to serve as the Director of Youth Ministry at Christ Church, Mt. Pleasant. In a note to the congregation, Rector, Ted Duvall describes Crawford as, "mature, down to earth, faithful, hard-working, called to ministry, smart, fun, ...and ready to start!" In a video message to the church Crawford, who will begin at the church in October,  says, “It is my sincere conviction that local parish youth ministry is more important than it’s ever been and I’m so humbled and grateful that the Lord has called me to partner with all of you in doing the critical but joyful work of discipling the youth of Christ Church.” Alonzo, and his wife, Lauren, have a 2 1/2 year old daughter, Cora. View the message.

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