Calvary's 170th Anniversary News

posted Jul 4, 2016, 6:42 PM by CalvaryEpiscopal Church   [ updated Aug 1, 2017, 9:07 AM ]

Countdown to Anniversary Celebration

The founding of Calvary Church in 1847 was to establish a special church for enslaved persons in the Charleston community.
ea paralleled the thoughts of many people that there was a need to evangelize them in the decades after 1820.  At the 58th Annual Convention of the Diocese of South Carolina in February 1847, Mr. Henry D. Lesesne, prominent attorney and chairman of the Vestry of St. Philip’s Church, introduced resolutions pointing to the religious instructions of Charleston’s slave population.  A committee chaired by Mr. Lesesne chose The Reverend Paul Trapier as the first minister of the proposed congregation to be known as Calvary Church.

Calvary's "Birth" dates: 
Organized:  September 2, 1847
Consecrated Original Church Building:  December 23, 1849
Consecrated Current Church Building:  1942

It is with great enthusiasm that the Anniversary Committee invites all members of Calvary Episcopal Church to be a part of Calvary’s 170th anniversary celebration.  It will be a celebration that promises to be uplifting, inspirational, and transformative.  Most appropriately, our theme is “Celebrating 170 Years of God’s Faithfulness”.  Since Calvary’s founding in 1847, the enduring presence of our Lord has been felt throughout the ages.  God’s love, grace and mercy continue to sustain us; this calls for a celebration!

The Anniversary Luncheon will be held at the North Charleston Marriott, 4770 Goer Drive, North Charleston, SC on September 23, 2017 at 12:00 p.m.  Charleston News 2’s Carolyn Murray will be hosting the event.  The Rev. Canon Terence Alexander Lee, Rector of St. Gabriel's Episcopal Church, Hollis, NY will be our guest speaker.  This is a ticketed event, $45.00 for adults and $20.00 for children 12 and under.  The Anniversary Eucharist will be held at Calvary Episcopal Church, 106 Line Street, Charleston, SC on September 24, 2017 at 10:30 a.m.  The Reverend Dr. James Barney Hawkins IV, Vice President for Institutional Advancement at Virginia Theology Seminary, will be our Celebrant.  

Tickets will go on sale during the second week of August. Don't miss out on this monumental event. See Ms. Jewell Dingle for tickets.

~ Your Anniversary Committee

Your Anniversary Committee is busy putting together our anniversary celebration.  Our hope is to make a joyful celebration that will continue from July 29 with the Crab Crack and continue until the end of the year 2017.  We ask for and welcome your questions and suggestions.  Things that are in the works:

ECW & Men of Calvary Crab Crack  -  July 29, 2017
Anniversary Luncheon  -  September 23, 2017   Speaker:  The Reverend Canon Terence Alexander Lee
Anniversary Service  -   September 24, 2017   Speaker:  The Reverend Dr. James Barney Hawkins IV

TENTATIVE ACTIVITIES - Plans are incomplete
Family Feud 
Senior Celebration