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An invitation to a holy Lent

Visit the Diocesan 2018 Lent Page for...
- Lenten Quiet Days
- Special studies and speakers
- Resources for devotion and study
- And much more!

The Episcopal Church in South Carolina

Special Lenten Programs

Seek, Knock, Ask – A Lenten Journey of Discovery
Wednesdays, February 21-March 21, 6:00 p.m.
For the Southern Deanery, including:
Christ Church, Denmark

St. Mark's, Port Royal
​All Saints, Hilton Head Island
All Saints, Hampton
(joined by Holy Communion Allendale & Heavenly Rest, Estill)
The Episcopal Church in Okatie
This five-part Wednesday evening series will explore the foundations of our faith. If you're considering reception or confirmation into the Episcopal Church or just want to refresh your faith, these classes are for you. They'll be taught round-robin style by clergy from the Southern Deanery with a different presenter each week. 
Topics include:
  • Who is God to Me? The Creeds and beyond. . .
  • Who am I to God? Child, companion, caretaker. . .
  • What is the Church to me? Eat, learn, pray, love. . . 
  • What am I supposed to do? Mission, ministry and me. . . 
  • Why is the Episcopal Church for me? Our story, structures and other distinctives. . .
Each week begins with a simple supper at 6:00 p.m.
Find a complete schedule of classes and locations here.

Downtown Charleston: Lenten Preaching Series
Wednesdays, 12:00 p.m. February 21-March 21

St. Stephen's, Charleston and its rector, the Rev. Adam Shoemaker, will be part of the Ansonborough neighborhood Lenten Preaching Series on Wednesdays at 12:00 p.m. with the clergy of five other downtown Charleston churches. Each church will host a 30-minute service with a guest preacher. A simple lunch will be served after the service. All are welcome.
February 21: Centenary United Methodist, 60 Wentworth St.; the Rev. Willie J. Hill Jr.
February 28: St. John's Reformed Episcopal Church, 91 Anson St.; the Rev. Greta Bridges
March 7: St. Johannes Lutheran Church, 48 Hasell St.; the Rev. Lorenzo Moses
March 14: Trinity United Methodist Church, 273 Meeting St.; the Rev. Adam J. Shoemaker
March 21: St. Stephen's Episcopal Church, 67 Anson St.; the Rev. Alvin Shrum

Technicolor Jesus: What Pop Culture Tells Us About Christianity
Wednesdays at 12:00 p.m., February 21-March 21 
The Episcopal Church on Edisto offers this popular lunchtime series this Lent. Beginning with Noonday Prayers, a presentation and discussion of religion and pop culture will survey the landscape of Christian themes appearing in movies. Aided by visits from Cn. John Zahl and Cn. Caleb Lee from Grace Church Cathedral, Edisto's Priest in Charge, the Reverend Paul Gilbert, will help lead the discussion using film clips from various sources. A light lunch follows the discussion. All are welcome.

​Soup & Sandwich Bible Study
Good Shepherd, Summerville
Wednesdays, 6:00-7:30 p.m. February 21-March 21

Practice, not Perfect: A Lenten Primer
Wednesdays at 6:45 p.m. February 14-21

Grace Church Cathedral will offer a weekly Lenten program on Wednesday evenings, following the Community Supper at 6:00 p.m. The first speaker will be the Right Reverend Robert Gillies, retired Bishop of Aberdeen and Orkney in the Scottish Episcopal Church. His topic February 14 will be Approaching the Cross.
February 21: Approaching the Season, with the Very Rev. J. Michael A. Wright
February 28: Approaching the Self, with the Rev. Cn. John Zahl
March 7: Approaching the Scriptures, with the Rev. Cn. Caleb J. Lee
Marchh 14: Approaching the Sacred, with the Ven. Calhoun Walpole
March 21: Approaching the Future, with Bishop Skip Adams.

Noonday Eucharists
Grace Church Cathedral  will celebrate Holy Eucharist daily during Lent, adding to its regular schedule a Lenten series of services at 12:00 p.m. on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday & Saturday from February 15-March 24. These will be in addition to the regular Wednesday and Sunday services at Grace.

We Are All One in Mission
Wednesdays, February 21-March 21
12:15 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. 
Church of the Messiah, Myrtle Beach 
and St. Philip Lutheran Church will jointly offer Wednesday teachings and reflections on the "Five Marks of Mission." Each program is offered twice; the evening program will include a simple soup-and-salad supper at 6:00 p.m.
February 21: The Rev. Jason Lee, St. Philip Lutheran Church, "To proclaim the good news of the Kingdom  "      
February 28: The Rev. Dick Albert, St. Philip Lutheran Church, "To teach, baptise and nurture new believers"
March 7: The Rev. Caroline Goodkind, Priest Associate of the Church of the Messiah, "To respond to human need by loving service"
March 14: The Rev. Beth Neubauer, St. Philip Lutheran Church, "To seek to transform unjust structures in society"
March 21: The Rev. George Welles, Priest Associate of the Church of the Messiah, "To strive to safeguard the integrity of creation, and sustain and renew the life of the earth"

Weekly Supper & Evening Prayer
Wednesdays, February 21-March 21
6:00 p.m.

St. Catherine's, Florence will serve a simple meal each Wednesday in Lent, followed by Evening Prayer at 7:00 p.m.

End of Life Issues
Sundays, February 17-March 17
10:00-10:45 a.m.

St. Stephen's, Charleston
This Lenten series will offer a variety of teachings on end of life issues such as how to care for the dying, how to talk to children about death, as well as how to reflect upon our own mortality.
February 18: The Rev. Adam Shoemaker

February 25: The Rev. Courtney Davis-Shoemaker
March 4: The Rev. Tom Wilson and Mr. Robin Bugbee
March 11: Mrs. Erin Bailey Esq.
March 18: The Rev. Adam Shoemaker

Lenten Supper & Speakers
Thursdays, March 1 and March 15, 6:00-8:00 p.m.
St. Thomas, North Charleston

St. Thomas will offer two Lenten evening programs, beginning with supper at 6:00 p.m. followed by a speaker at 7:00 p.m. Details will be posted soon

Music in Lent

Choral Evensongs
Grace Church Cathedral will offer Choral Evensong each Sunday in Lent at 4:00 p.m. beginning February 18 and continuing through Palm Sunday, March 25Choirs will include Grace's St. Gregory, St. Nicholas, and Parish choirs as well as the local ensemble The King's Counterpoint. All are welcome.


April 17-20, 2018 - EpisComm18 is coming to Kanuga 
The national Episcopal Communicators Conference will be April 17-20, 2018 at Kanuga Episcopal Conference Center near Hendersonville NC. Registration is now open.

Membership in Episcopal Communicators is $75 and well worth it (Membership is by calendar year, so wait til January to join). Members are eligible to apply for conference scholarships, including a special one for first-time attendees. Details are at

#SMS2018 will be September 30, 2018
Social Media Sunday is the day set aside for Christians everywhere to use digital devices intentionally to share their life of faith with the world. It's always held on the last Sunday in September.

Here are some resources for those who plan to participate.

2017 Social Media Sunday Information Sheet for congregations in our diocese

Bulletin Inserts on Social Media Sunday from The Episcopal Church (these are from 2016 but give a great description of the event)

Join the Facebook Group for Social Media Sunday!

NEWS BLOG for the Episcopal Church in South Carolina

News from the Episcopal Church

Here are some of the resources offered around The Episcopal Church for individuals and congregations to use in keeping a holy Lent.

Resources for Lent 2018
Ecumenical Lent Devotions 
Episcopal Church Presiding Bishop and Primate Michael Curry joined the leaders of the Anglican Church of Canada, the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada, and the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America in preparing Lent Devotionsfor the upcoming liturgical season.
Named Set Free By Truth, the Lent Devotions begin with Ash Wednesday on February 14 and continue through Easter Sunday, April 1. Each segment of Set Free By Truthpresents Scripture citations, a reflection, and a prayer.
Set Free By Truth is available for free downloading here.

"Ashes to Easter"
Grace Church Cathedral will be sharing daily inspirational quotations and images to meditate on each day during Lent. You can sign up to receive them by email, or find them posted daily on Facebook and Instagram. 

Here are some additional resources offered around The Episcopal Church for individuals and congregations to use in keeping a holy Lent.

The Good Book Club: 
Churchwide Bible reading program

( Movement has announced the Good Book Club, an invitation to all Episcopalians to join in reading the Gospel of Luke and the Book of Acts during Lent-Easter 2018. Episcopalians will start reading Luke on Sunday, February 11 and read a section of Luke’s Gospel every day through the season of Lent. The entire season of Easter will be devoted to daily readings from the Book of Acts. 

Luke the Liberator
ChurchNext offers Luke the Liberator, a 5-course curriculum, designed for groups, focusing on the Gospel of Luke that will be free to anyone who wants to take it during the entire Lenten season.

​Presiding Bishop Michael Curry has invited people to read and contemplate the Gospel of Luke and the Acts of the Apostles as part of the Good Book Club from Feb. 11-May 20. ChurchNext created Luke the Liberator with 5 expert presenters as part of the Good Book Club’s mission. The curriculum’s title emphasizes Luke’s drive to set captives free through the message of Jesus. Click here for more details.

Meeting Jesus in John
Have you ever wished to deepen your relationship with God? To experience a warm friendship with God? Maybe even fall in love with God – again – or for the very first time? "Meeting Jesus" is a six-week journey and reflection on the Gospel According to John, starting Lent 2018.

Free materials are available to download, including a prayer journal, facilitation guidance for small groups (and more) from the Center for the Ministry of Teaching at Virginia Theological Seminary. It also includes videos from the monks of the Society of St. John the Evangelist. Watch a video about the series here.

Civil Discourse Curriculum
The Episcopal Church Office of Government Relations has developed a five-week Civil Discourse Curriculum, focusing on civil discourse and designed to guide discussions about politics, policy, and legislation, while strengthening our relationships with one another. It was designed as a five-week program to be used during Lent, but also can be used at any point in the year. It's available at no cost here.

Resources for home and classroom from Building Faith (VTS)
The Building Faith website ( has many ideas for observing Lent in your home, including how to create a Lenten prayer space, recommendations for books, and much more. 
Building Faith is a ministry of Virginia Theological Seminary.

Order of St. Helena offers retreats

The Order of St. Helena, an Episcopal women's monastic community, offers Silent Weekend Retreats at their convent in North Augusta, SC, including one during Lent (March 2-4). Read about these retreats here.
Lent Madness 2018
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. See the 2018 Brackets here.