Lenten Season Around the Diocese

posted Feb 1, 2016, 4:42 PM by CalvaryEpiscopal Church   [ updated Mar 5, 2020, 1:11 PM ]

Shrove Tuesday & Ash Wednesday Services

Shrove Tuesday, February 25, 2020

All Saints Episcopal Church, Hilton Head Island
Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper & Races, 5-7 pm
The clergy and staff are excited to be your hosts for the annual Pancake Supper & Races! First, we will have a delicious dinner, then the pancake races will begin! There is no cost to participate in and enjoy in the evening's festivities. All are welcome!​

Church of the Good Shepherd, Summerville
Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper & Compline, 6-8 pm
Enjoy pancakes & sausage, beads & masks, New Orleans jazz, and lots of fun surprises!  Held again this year at Good Shepherd!!  Please RSVP to church office:  goodshep.summerville@gmail.com or 843-225-7590. Service of Compline to follow meal & festivities.

Church of the Messiah, Myrtle Beach 
This year the church is offering a Shrove Tuesday Pancake Lunch at 12 noon! The lunch will be held in Wingard Hall at St. Philip Lutheran Church. All are welcome; children eat for free and there is a suggested donation of $5 for adults. 

The Episcopal Church in Okatie, Ridgeland
All are welcome to this Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper from 6-8 pm at 231 Hazzard Creek Village, Okatie, SC.

Grace Church Cathedral, Charleston
The youth of Grace will host the annual Pancake Supper on Shrove Tuesday (February 25) from 5:30-7 pm. There is no cost to attend, but donations to support youth ministries at Grace are always appreciated. If you have any questions, please contact Nick Kohlmann at nkohlmann@gracesc.org

Holy Cross Faith Memorial, Pawleys Island 
All are welcome and invited to a Shrove Tuesday pancake supper beginning at 5:30 pm.

St. Anne's Episcopal Church, Conway
The church will celebrate the annual Mardi Gras celebration at 5th and Main Street (the old post office/Horry County Museum) in Conway from 6-9 pm. Find more details here.

St. Catherine's Episcopal Church, Florence 
Joint Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper with Cross and Crown Lutheran at 6 pm (3123 W. Palmetto, Florence, SC)

St. George's Episcopal Church, Summerville 
The Men’s Ministry will be serving from 6-8 pm in the CE Building.  Everyone is invited!  The cost is $6.00 per person ($15 per family). Tickets may be purchased at the door (please sign up in the narthex so we will know how much bacon to prepare) or in advance on our website at:  www.stgeorge-sc/web-store. 

St. Mark's Episcopal Church, Charleston
The church will offer a free Pancake Supper on Shrove Tuesday from 6-8 pm with sausage and bacon in the Parish House at 16-18 Thomas Street. The event is sponsored by the Saint Mark's Men's Club.

St. Stephen's Episcopal Church, North Myrtle Beach 
The ECM will host the annual pancake supper on Shrove Tuesday (February 25) from 5 to 7:00 pm in the Parish Hall. Tickets for the dinner are $5 at the door and include pancakes, bacon, sausage, and drinks. All are welcome!

St. Stephen's Episcopal Church, St. Stephens
The Annual Pancake Supper will be held from 5-7 pm at the St. Stephen's Episcopal Parish House.  The cost is $7 for adults and $4 for children ages 12 and under. Proceeds will benefit Oasis, the church's Alzheimer's Respite Care Program. All are welcome!

Ash Wednesday, February 26, 2020

Church of the Good Shepherd, Summerville
Holy Eucharist and Imposition of Ashes - 7 am and 6 pm
An early morning service at 7 am will supplement our usual evening service this year, for those who may be working or otherwise unable to attend at 6 pm and also to reach others beyond our own congregation.

Church of the Messiah, Myrtle Beach 
Services of the Holy Eucharist with the Imposition of Ashes will be offered at 12:15 pm and 6:30 pm at St Philip Lutheran Church, 6200 North Kings Highway.

The Episcopal Church on Edisto, Edisto Island
Holy Eucharist with the Imposition of Ashes will be offered at 6 pm.

Grace Church Cathedral, Charleston 
Imposition of the Ashes at 7 am, 12 noon, and 5:30 pm
At 5:30 p.m., 4-6-year old children are invited to attend a program while their parents and older siblings attend church (followed by the Community Supper). Children will meet in Room 107 right after the children’s choirs sing to begin the service in the church.

Holy Cross Faith Memorial, Pawleys Island 
Services will be held at 7 am. (with Eucharist and Ashes); 12 Noon (Imposition of Ashes only); and 7 pm (with Choral Eucharist & Ashes).

St. Anne's Episcopal Church, Conway
The church is offering services at 12 noon and 6 pm together with (and at) First United Methodist Church in Conway again this year. Services will be offered at 12 noon in the Hut Chapel (the brick chapel on the corner of 5th and Main) and then at 6 pm in the main church located at 1001 5th Avenue in Conway, SC.

St. Catherine's Episcopal Church, Florence 
Ash Wednesday service at Noon with Fr. William Coyne.

St. George's Episcopal Church, Summerville 
Ash Wednesday services are at 12 noon and 6:30 pm.  

St. Mark's Episcopal Church, Charleston
Ash Wednesday services will be offered at 12 pm (with music) and 5:30 pm (said service).

St. Mark's Episcopal Church, Port Royal
Holy Eucharist with Imposition of Ashes at 12 noon and 5:30 pm.

St. Stephen's, Charleston
Ash Wednesday services will be held at 12 pm and 5:30 pm.

St. Stephen's Episcopal Church, North Myrtle Beach 
Services will be offered at 7 am, 12 noon, and 6 pm.

St. Thomas Episcopal Church, North Charleston
Ash Wednesday services will be offered at 12 noon and 7 pm.

Lenten Studies, services and worship
round the Diocese

Inquirers' Classes and Confirmation Studies
Many churches offer opportunities during Lent for people to prepare to be Confirmed, or received into the Church, or to reaffirm their baptismal vows. Please contact any of our churches to learn more.

Lenten Studies

The Meaning of Jesus Grace Church Cathedral, Charleston 
Each Sunday at 10:10 am, this team-led study with Fr. Bryce and Chris Greenwell is inspired by the book by Marcus Borg and Bishop N. T. Wright entitled, The Meaning of Jesus.  Presentations will highlight different visions of who is Jesus of Nazareth. Our goal will be to inspire a discussion about Jesus through different visions of meaning. Topics will include the birth of Jesus, the divinity of Jesus, the death of Jesus, the resurrection of Jesus, and the return of Jesus. Plan on joining us in a study that seeks to deepen our understanding of Jesus and his mission for the world and all who follow in his name.

Living the Resurrection - Church of the Good Shepherd, Summerville - Sundays from 9-10 am
Traditionally Lent has been a time of preparation for Baptism for catechumens specifically and a preparation for Easter for all Christians generally. This year, beginning Sunday, March 1, our Adult Christian Education class will be using the book “Living the Resurrection” by Bishop C. Franklin Brookhart as our Lenten class. While participants do not need to read this book to gain much from this class, reading the text will definitely enhance the learning. This class will be led by Father Mike Szymanowski. If you have any questions, please email him at michael29485szy@gmail.com or call or text him at (843) 998-5920. 


Church of the Good Shepherd, Summerville
Join your Good Shepherd friends for this Lenten tradition of Soup & Sandwich Suppers and Bible Study every Tuesday evening at 6 pm during Lent, beginning on March 3. A simple supper is followed by informal discussion of the Daily Lectionary. Look for the sign-up sheets in the church.


All Saints Episcopal Church, Hilton Head Island
Once again, the congregation of the Southern Deanery will share a common program during the Lenten season. Beginning on March 4 and continuing through April 1, Wednesday evenings start with a simple supper at 6 pm before a different clergy member from throughout the deanery offers a presentation on several signs and symbols in our worship. 

Church of the Messiah, Myrtle Beach 
Wednesdays in Lent - “Sing the Song and Tell the Story” 
Join us at 5:30 each Wednesday during Lent for a Simple Supper followed at 6:30 pm by Evening Prayer with the Great Hymn of Faith and Telling the Parables of Jesus in St Philip Lutheran Church at 6200 North Kings Highway.

Grace Church Cathedral, Charleston 
Characters of the Passion, Wednesdays at 12 noon
Led by the clergy of Grace, this is a six-week study on the characters of the Passion story. The hope is to contemporize the experience of those around Jesus during his Passion to lead to a deeper understanding of his Passion, of those who played a part in it, and to draw ourselves into the experience of being a part of Jesus’ Passion. The final session on Wednesday of Holy Week will involve a liturgy in the cathedral chancel which draws on aspects of Archbishop Stephen Cottrell’s liturgy revolving around his book, The Nail. The book could be a good resource for leaders and participants over all six weeks. Characters will include Peter, the Centurion, Simon of Cyrene, Pontius Pilate, Pilate’s wife, and Judas. We will begin with a light lunch at noon and move onto the study shortly thereafter.

St. Catherine's Episcopal Church, Florence 
On Wednesdays during Lent (March 4, 11, 18, 25 and April 1), St. Catherine's Episcopal Church and Cross and Crown Lutheran will hold Simple Suppers at 6 pm followed by a service at 7 pm.

Lenten Days, Special Events, and Retreats

Silent Weekend Retreat with the Order of St. Helena
March 13-15 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 13-15. 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 2020. Find details and registration here.

Lenten Offering on End of Life Planning
The Society of the Companions of the Holy Cross: Palmetto Chapter invites all in the Diocese to a a special Lenten program, End of Life Planning: Essential to New Life on Saturday, March 14. The Rev. Courtney Davis-Shoemaker, Assistant Priest at St. Stephen's Episcopal Church, Charleston, will lead the discussion sharing theological reflections on death and her own experience with the importance of end of life planning. Click here for more information.

Lenten Day with the Dean of Canterbury
Saturday, March 21, 9-1 pm
Grace Church Cathedral, Charleston, SC
 Join the Very Reverend Dr Robert Willis, Dean of Canterbury, as he leads a Lenten Day.  The day will begin with coffee and conversation, followed by a number of presentations by Dr. Willis, and end with time for reflection and questions.  Lunch will be provided.  Please call (843) 723-4575 to reserve your spot.

Lenten Evensong at Bishop Gadsden
Sunday, March 22, at 4 pm
All are invited to attend this Evensong at Bishop Gadsden with the choirs of Grace Church Cathedral and the Very Reverend Dr. Robert Willis.
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

Holy Week and Easter 2020

APRIL 5-12
A listing will soon be available here

​The Way of Love in Lent

Visit our Facebook page and Instagram feed to see our daily posts from The Episcopal Church's "Way of Love in Lent" calendar. Download the calendar and find other Way of Love resources here.

Way of Love Daily Calendar

This calendar, based on Mary Bea Sullivan’s Living the Way of Love (Church Publishing, 2019), offers a daily practice and scriptural reference throughout Lent. Individuals may choose to use this resource to make a daily special intention to turn, learn, pray, worship, bless, go, or rest.

​Resources available in English and Spanish here. Way of Love resources can be used across all seasons.

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.

The journey through Lent into Easter is a journey with Jesus. We are baptized into his life, self-giving, and death; then, we rise in hope to life transformed. This Lent, communities are invited to walk with Jesus in his Way of Love and into the experience of transformed life.  Together, we will reflect anew on the loving actions of God as recounted in the Easter Vigil readings. Together, we will walk through the depths of salvation history into the fullness of redemption.

Join the Rev. Dr. Hillary Raining, rector of St. Christopher’s Episcopal Church in Gladwyne, Penn., as she introduces weekly lessons from Life Transformed: The Way of Love in Lent. These eight videos -- one for each of the Life Transformed sessions and an introduction -- can be used with your congregation, as part of a small group, or for individual learning and meditation.

Additional Resources for Lent from
​The Episcopal Church


The Episcopal Church has posted a page filled with resources and curricula, including "Life Transformed: The Way of Love in Lent," mentioned above.
Visit the page here.

Episcopal Relief & Development: Lent 2020

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.