PREPARING FOR LENT: Wednesday, March 20, 2019 - Saturday, April 20, 2019

posted May 23, 2016, 3:48 PM by CalvaryEpiscopal Church   [ updated Feb 20, 2019, 1:57 PM ]

Ash Wednesday Services

March 6, 2018
Unless otherwise noted these services include the Ash Wednesday Liturgy, Imposition of Ashes, and Holy Eucharist.

Good Shepherd, Summerville: 6 pm Ash Wednesday service.

Holy Cross Faith Memorial, Pawleys Island: 7 am Imposition of Ashes and Communion; 12 pm Imposition of Ashes (no Communion); 7 pm Imposition of Ashes with Communion and Choir

Church of the Messiah, Myrtle Beach12:15 pm and 7:00 pm

St. Catherine's, Florence12 pm Episcopal Service; 7 pm Lutheran Service. The Rev.  Phil Emanuel, priest in-charge  for St. Catherine's, will be the officiant for both services.

St. George's, Summerville: 
12 pm and 6:30 pm (Nursery is available at 6:30 p.m.)

St. Mark's, Charleston: 12 pm and 5:30 pm

St. Stephen's, Charleston: 12 pm and 5:30 pm

St. Stephen's, North Myrtle Beach:  7:00 am, 12:00 pm, and 6:00 pm.

St. Thomas, North Charleston: 12 noon and 7 pm.  The Rev. Dr. Jim Taylor will celebrate and The Rev. Rick Lindsey will preach at the 12:00 noon service.  Fr. Lindsey will celebrate and Fr. Taylor will preach at 7 pm. All are welcome.

Lenten Studies, services and worship
round the Diocese


"The Five Seasons of Prayer" 

Wednesdays at 12 noon beginning March 13

The Episcopal Church on Edisto – How do we make sense of prayer? Are some prayers more effective, and by the way, when we say prayers out loud where do they go anyway? For such a well-known part of our church life, praying is a mystery. In five sessions participants will study written, sung, silent and corporate prayer, and even write their own. Each 40-minute session will be followed by lunch.

Lenten Suppers and Worship in Florence
Wednesdays at 6 pm beginning March 13
St. Catherine's, Florence will join with Cross and Crown Lutheran Church to offer a light supper with international themes at 6 pm followed by an evening service at 7 pm during Lent.

“How to be a Christian in 2019”
Wednesdays at 6 pm March 13-April 10
St. George's, Summerville: Based on the Third Chapter of St. Peter’s First Epistle, this teaching series will be taught by the Rector, the Very Rev. Chris Huff. Each evening will begin with a soup supper and fellowship. A nursery is available. The word on the street is that our nation is more divided economically, socio-politically and culturally than ever before. You can feel the stress and strain at almost every seam of our national fabric. While the Church used to be a unifying factor in our society, her voice has been sidelined from the Public Square. Who, then, informs how we should live? The First Epistle of Peter declares that our job as followers of Jesus is to be a blessing in every context of life. Fr. Chris will draw from examples of life, music, cinema and song, showing what “being a blessing” should look like in every age… especially in 2019.


Lenten Programs at St. Thomas, North Charleston
Thursday, March 21 and Thursday, April 4

St. Thomas, North Charleston: Each program will begin at 6:00pm with a potluck supper, followed by worship and program.  All are welcomed. 

Lenten Suppers, Worship and Discussion
Wednesdays at 6 pm, March 13 – April 10
Good Shepherd, Summerville: Light supper and fellowship followed by Eucharist and small group discussions.


'Death & Dying: A Class about Life & Living'
Sundays, March 10 through April 7 at 9 am
Good Shepherd, Summerville: Death is a part of life from which none of us can escape.  We deal with the death of friends and family members during our lifetimes; and each of us must eventually die.  Led by Michael Szymanowski, the goal of this class is that, in facing death as a fact, we may claim this gift of life more fully. Topics will include how to deal with grief, what Scripture says about life after death, how to celebrate a life even at the time of death, helping children with the topic of death, how to help others who are grieving, practical advice on funeral planning – and more. 

'The Way of Love'
Each Sunday in March at 10 am
St. Stephen's, Charleston: The Way of Love is a way of life. More than a program or curriculum, it is a return to the ancient pathways and Rules of Life that followers of Jesus have observed for centuries. They knew the power of commitment to a core set of practices – Turn, Learn, P ray, Worship, Bless, Go, Rest – and the power of gathering in a small group where you find love and support for living into these commitments. Meet each Sunday in St. Stephen's Hall. Child care is provided. Find a flyer here.

Quiet Days and Retreats

Silent Weekend Retreat with the Order of St. Helena
March 15-17 in North Augusta, SC

The Order of St. Helena, a women's monastic community in The Episcopal Church, offers Silent Weekend Retreats at the convent in North Augusta, SC, with the next retreat planned for March 15-17. Silence begins after Compline on Friday and continues through Eucharist on Sunday. A donation of $160 includes all meals and one optional spiritual direction session. Three more retreats are offered later in 2019. Find details and registration here.

"Lazarus, Come Out" 
Saturday, April 13 in Sewanee, TN
The Community of St. Mary in Sewanee, Tennessee, is offering a quiet day in preparation for Holy Week called “Lazarus, Come Out: Reflections on John 11,” led by New Testament scholar and poet Bonnie Thurston. Read more about the event here. Online registration is available here.
Each year at Lent, people worldwide participate in Lent Madness, the “saintly smackdown” in which 32 saints do battle to win the coveted Golden Halo. Calling itself the world’s most popular online Lenten devotion, Lent Madness brings together cut-throat competition, the lives of the saints, humor, and the chance to see how God works in the lives of women and men across all walks of life.
Resources from The Episcopal Church
Looking for a Lenten program of study, prayer or reflection for a group or for yourself? The Episcopal Church has posted a page filled with resources and curricula.

Included is "Life Transformed: The Way of Love in Lent," based on the Way of Love introduced by Presiding Bishop Michael Curry at the last General Convention.

Visit the page here.

Episcopal Relief & Development: Lent 2019

Episcopal Relief & Development offers daily meditations for the season of Lent, available in print, or as a daily email. Find out more and subscribe to the daily meditations at this link.

Shrove Tuesday
​& Mardi Gras Events

March 3, 2019
St. Stephen's, Charleston: Mardi Gras Blues Choral Evensong at 5 pm. The St. Stephen's Choir, a New Orleans-style band, choral works by William Dawson and Jester Hairston, and hymns and spirituals. A festive Mardi Gras reception will follow.

March 5, 2019

Good Shepherd, Summerville: Pancake Supper, 6-8 pm with pancakes and sausage, beads and masks, New Orleans jazz and fun surprises. 
Holy Cross Faith Memorial, Pawleys Island: Shrove Team Trivia, prizes, and pancakes at 5 pm.​

Church of the Messiah, Myrtle Beach: Pancake Supper at 6 pm

St. Catherine's, FlorenceShrove Tuesday meal with members of  Cross and Crown Lutheran Church at 6 pm.

St. George's, Summerville: Pancake Supper from 6-8 pm served by the St. George's Men's Ministry. Cost is $6 per person or $15 per family. Questions? Contact the church office at 843-873-0772.

St. Mark's, Charleston: Pancake Supper with sausage and bacon, served by the St. Mark's Men's Club, 6:00-7:30 pm. Served at no charge.

St. Stephen's, North Myrtle Beach: ECM Pancake Supper, 5-7 pm

St. Thomas, North Charleston: 
Pancake Supper from 5-7 pm in Good Shepherd Hall.

Good Friday Offering
​for the Holy Land

Presiding Bishop Michael Curry has called on Episcopal churches and dioceses to support the ministry of our Anglican sisters and brothers throughout the Province of Jerusalem and the Middle East with a special Good Friday offering. Visit this link to read a letter from the Presiding Bishop, and find bulletin inserts and other resources for the Good Friday offering.

Holy Week 2019


 Good Shepherd, Summerville: Maundy Thursday service at 6 pm


Good Shepherd, Summerville: Good Friday service at 12 noon