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    • Kidney Donation I’ve never had the opportunity to go on a Missions trip to Burundi, the Ukraine, or any other distant land where Christianity is a new and often dangerous faith.  However I recently completed a different type of Mission, one that was not destined to change dozens or even hundreds of lives, but rather a single…
    • Sunday School For those who have not yet received a Parent Packet to start off this fall, please pick one up Sunday mornings in front of the Chapel. Inside this helpful packet you will find: a welcome letter, Sunday school registration form, Sunday school discipline policy, Fall Calendar, and family activity sheets full of great ways to…
    • “Houston we have contact.” Sharing Faith with your Children by Jessica Wood Growing up as a child there were many moments in my life that I can remember being so worried about something, that I ended up holding my breath. The Apollo 13 mission was one of those moments. My Grandfather worked for NASA as one of their top engineers and my father would…
    • Meet Justin Hare, Youth Minister by Peg Eastman Justin Hare’s roots at St. Michael’s church run deep. His grandparents, the late J. C. Hare, and Connie Hare attended St. Michael’s as did his parents. He remembers fondly coming to the church offices as a young child and being quizzed on mathematics and helping his grandmother stuff the Messenger before it…
    • Lowcountry Family Cookout with Simon Guillebaud Nothing goes better with the new fall season than a fun, relaxed cookout! Sunny and 75 degrees made for a picture perfect time at Dave and Linda Soutter’s house on the intracoastal waterway, where nearly 35 folks gathered to enjoy some fellowship, dinner, and a message from Simon Guillebaud.  We had a variety of fun…
    • Children’s Worship Organization We are so excited about diving into the great world of Jesus with your children in our time during Children’s Worship. We have pre made name tags full of children and parents’ information (parents please take time over the next few weeks to look over these tags to make sure that the information is correct).…
    • Advent Wreath Workshop The smell of greenery will continue to fill the air of the Kinloch room for years to come. Christmas seems to come earlier every year. With Christmas decorations beginning to come out in July, it is hard not to get lost in the commercialism that is the season. That is why we take the opportunity…
    • Christmas Pageant Reflection O Little Town of Bethlehem . . . Angels We Have Heard On High . . . Joy to the World, The Lord is Come! These songs summarize the 2010 St. Michael’s Christmas Pageant for me in which 81 children and 8 adults unveiled to a packed audience the story of the miraculous birth of…
    • Youth Testimony I have so many things to be grateful for, especially in this holiday season. St. Michael’s is certainly at the top of my list. I initially came to St. Michael’s about a year ago, but did not commit to coming regularly until August of this year. Church has always been at the center of my…
    • Kanuga Thank You!!! Thank you to all the parents and volunteers who helped with the children during the Kanuga weekend. With your love and support we were able to have a wonderful program. Special thanks goes out to Helen Smith, Elizabeth Zadig and Cindy Hines for the extra time and energy they put in to making this event…
    • Jesus Weekend 2011 I love this retreat. It is my absolute favorite that the Diocese puts on all year for a number of reasons. First, taking an in-depth look into the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus always has some amazing outshoots. Secondly, it is purposely quieter and more contemplative which allows everyone to really wrestle with answering…
    • Recap – Pantry Feb. 2011 Some of the youth and their families had a great return visit to the Church of the Holy Communion Feb 11. With about 15 people total at 7am, many hands made light work of packing groceries for the needy in the community. The “Pantry” which Holy Communion clears out every month has been filled with…
    • Reflection on St. Michael’s Youth Group Camping and Kayaking Weekend From April 8-10 we took a group of students on a kayaking and camping weekend through Camp St. Christopher.  Justin, Molly, and I were the leaders as well as two very well equipped leaders from St. Christopher’s Outdoor Encounters program.  All we had to do was bring our clothes and other basic necessities as they…
    • Holy Week & Easter: From Behind the Camera by Jessica Wood As many of you noticed I was tagging along on most of the Holy week events taking pictures. This granted me the privilege of seeing the Spirit of God move through each child and family throughout the week. Leading many events sometimes does not give one the chance to really step back and see how…
    • Sunday School Teacher Reflection What a blessing it has been this Spring helping teach the 4K and 5K (Four-Year-Old and Five-Year-Old) Sunday School class! I have witnessed first-hand the power of families partnering with the church in the spiritual nurturing of children! It’s been fun to see the children, many of whom clung to their parents’ legs in the…
    • A Special Thank You! A special thanks goes out to our Sunday school teachers and subs. Thank you for bringing the truth of God’s love to each child here at St. Michael’s. Enjoy your summer: Lizzie Smith, Martha Dougherty, Margaret Brockington, Joanna Ghegan, Eleanor Kuhl, Molly Young, Stacy Townsend, Margaret Bryant, Jeannie Lyles, Molly Young, Anne Wimberly Holman, Elizabeth…
    • A special Thank you goes to all the Volunteers of VBS. You helped bring it all together! View Pictures from Vacation Bible School Kimmy Strang Annettia McNabb Ashley Severance Mary Perrin O’Kelley Stacy Townsend David Crosby Libby Zadig Patty Alexander Emily Acker Anne W. Holman Missy Sauls Anne Kelly Martha Dougherty Beth Webb Hart Joanna Ghegan Rachel Temple Trap Marshall Dan Polon Peggy McKinney Amy Smith Cameron Smith Dawn Dyke Julia McKinney…
    • Youth Confirmation Testimonies We have had an AMAZING Confirmation class this year. They have done so much and are wonder children of God! It has been an honor to see each of them grow this year in their faith! From attending intense classes and engaging through tough material to the retreat called Jesus Weekend at Camp St. Christopher,…
    • Beach Event July 2011 We had a blast at the beach. Where there is sand, there is fun. This event was well worth it. We arrived at 3pm to set up, it was an adventure. The Carr family was gracious enough to allow us to use their beach home for restroom breaks and cover (just incase the weather went…
    • Do You Know Harriott Johnson? By Peg Eastman For those of you who may not have met Harriott Johnson, she is a lifelong parishioner at St. Michaels. She remembers the Rev. Albert Stuart giving a “very strict” confirmation course, for he made them learn practically every prayer in the book. In those days, Holy Communion was given only once a month, and during…
    • Testimonials from the Spring Parenting Life Groups: Prep for Parenting provided us for a wonderful foundation to begin our journey as new parents. We learned so much about nursing, sleeping, basic newborn care, and how to get your baby on a regular feeding/sleeping routine. We also had ample opportunity to ask questions and have fellowship with the leaders and other soon-to-be parents.…
    • Help Your Kids Be Faith Heroes Children’s heroes can be fictional or real, from cartoon and movie characters to pop singers and fire fighters. The Bible is filled with faith  heroes whom God used to fulfill his plan of salvation. But not all of these heroes were adults. David, a shepherd boy, defeated the giant Goliath, and Mary was a teenager…
    • Family Ministry Retreat St. Christopher, July 2011 As summer approaches, our family starts to count down the days until we go to “family camp” at St. Christopher with our extended family, our brothers and sisters in Christ.  We have experienced so many wonderful things during our time together at this retreat… our first dip in the mud pit, kayaking, sailing and our…
    • Noah’s Nursery (0-35 months) & Noah’s Pre-school, ABC Bible Class (3 & 4 year olds) Our nurseries continue to grow and the Lord has blessed us with wonderful caretakers for all of the precious children at St. Michael’s.  We are honored to spend time with your infants, toddlers and preschoolers on Sundays and all through the week.  Our desire is to partner with families to provide a safe, nurturing environment…
    • Fall 2011 Kick Off Reflection We had a great time at kick off this year! It was such a great blessing to see so many families come back together after the summer. We had six family activities scattered around the room to open up our time together. Families learned about Family Prayer, My Church, Family Devotions, Family Service, Family Meal…
    • Meet Jan Beebe By Peg Eastman Jan Beebe and her husband Lucius moved to Charleston just after he retired from the Air Force. A circuitous route brought them to the Holy City. Née Moffett, Jan had a happy childhood in Laurel, Mississippi, enjoying the carefree life of a small town. Unfortunately, her mother became ill during her teenage years, causing Jan…
    • The Blessings of “Mr. Ben” Speak to Church Event By Charles W. Waring III After I said a final goodbye to Mr. Ben, I drove to visit Dede Waring, my sister, and her son, Julian Byrne, a first grader. My wife, Susan, drove her own car and met me in Moreland. We walked in the house to find Julian — uncharacteristically — with his head looking down; he was…
    • D6 Conference Reflections Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God, the LORD is one. Love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. These commandments that I give you today are to be on your hearts.  Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at…
    • Family Activity: True Treasure When your family gathers together have a blank poster on the wall with the word treasures written on top. Have different colors of paper on the table. As a family use the pieces of paper to write down or draw what you think are treasures. Then take them and place them on the poster board…
    • More than just Paintball On Saturday Oct 29, children, youth, young adults, and parents gathered in North Charleston for our first church-wide paintball and picnic! Men, women, young and the young-at-heart all gathered at 9:30am for a day of fun and fellowship! It was certainly a colorful day, due to both the effect of well-aimed paintballs and the weather.…
    • Mondo Weekend Reflection From October 14th through 16th myself and Ana Catherine as leaders had the great opportunity to take Wimberly Zadig, Emily Burnett, Renee Dougherty, Josiah Vice and Gus Crump (From St. Philips) to Mondo Weekend out at Camp St. Christopher.  We left Friday afternoon and returned Sunday for the parish wide meeting. The theme for the…
    • A Walk Through Our 1st Communion Mini Retreat Dear St. Michael’s Families, Do this in the remembrance of me. Jesus said these glorious words as He sat with His disciples during the Last Supper.  This dinner began just as any other Passover they had shared together over the last three years of Jesus’ life. But Jesus chose this time of remembrance to show…
    • Re:Generate 2011 Reflection ~ High School Fall Retreat About 200 high school students from across the Diocese met at Camp St. Christopher Nov 11-13 to hear Simon Guillebaud teach on Colossians 1:12-14. The theme of this weekend was “Redemption,” and it was in these verses that Paul was praying for the church at Colossae. Paul’s prayer was that the believers there (we can…
    • A Christmas Message Have you ever wondered what it would have been like to live in the time when Jesus was born? Life would be so very different from now. The streets would be made of dirt, animals would be the only form of transportation, and the Romans would be in charge of our lives. This paints a…
    • Christmas Pageant Reflection Each year as Saint Michael’s sends out the email to parents for children to take part in the annual Christmas pageant, my daughter Lindsay says “I would like to be an angel, or a reader, or the star, or a speaking part, but definitely not a shepherd.”  I think it might be something about the…
    • Iofredo Family Dear St. Michael’s, We want to thank you so very much for all of your love, support, and most of all for your prayers for our family and for our daughter Riley.  When we moved to Charleston in July from Cleveland, Ohio, we never would have imagined that Riley would be diagnosed with a congenital…
    • A Most Wonderful Christmas Gift It was a beautiful Monday morning when we got the call.  Col. Mac Radcliffe has been in a bike accident, run over by a truck!  It was true.  Mac was on his bike on the way to the grocery store to get food for the St. Michael’s Tuesday morning breakfast when he was hit.  Thanks…
    • Make Faith-Friendly Resolutions The beginning of a new year offers the promise of a fresh start. Many people celebrate by resolving to make changes, often related to how they care for their bodies. This year, take time to reflect on what you can do differently in your home to strengthen your family—and each member’s faith in God. Use…
    • Jesus Weekend Reflection This year’s Confirmation class of 7 went out to Camp St. Christopher for my favorite retreat we do as a Diocese – Jesus Weekend. This is an intense couple of days where we go through the life, death , and resurrection of Jesus. This year was a bit different as we specifically looked through Mark’s…
    • A Review on the Movie Courageous The movie Courageous was a great and inspirational movie for law enforcement officers and their families. The men in this movie were easy for me to relate to on a personal level being that I’m and officer in this field as well and have a young daughter myself. Law enforcement officers put their lives on…
    • 5th-6th Grade Lenten Lock-In 2012 With just over 20 folks piling into St. Michael’s Belser Building Friday evening, many had no idea what was in store. 5th and 6th graders brought their sleeping gear, Bibles, journals, and suitcases in for this annual event where we aim to familiarize the 5th graders with the youth ministry. This year did not disappoint!…
    • When Guilt is Good I love Lent. And Lent gets a bad rap. It drives me nuts that we in the church can make Lent to be almost a “second wave” for our recently forgotten New Year’s Resolutions (I am guilty of this!). Simply put, New Year’s Resolutions are primarily about us; Lent is primarily about Jesus. It also…
    • Madison McNeill’s Testimony Below is a testimony by one of our youth – Madison McNeill – given at a Lenten Tuesday morning breakfast service. Madison is a delightful young woman who loves the Lord and St. Michael’s. She also loves tennis and playing competitively, especially with her father, Dan. I hope you are blessed by her story! –…
    • Children’s Worship Hey kids 5k through 2nd grade – join us all summer long for children’s worship 10:20 am. We will have lots of fun learning about Jesus and how to bring him in our home all week! Every kid will receive weekly take-home tool bag of fun to explore with their family. Want to be a parent…
    • Doe Warren – Lifelong Member of St. Michael’s For those of you who may not have met Doe Warren, she attends the 10:30 service and sits in the back of the north side of the church. Christened Theodora A. Porter Gregorie, her family and friends always called her “Doe.” Her association with the Episcopal Church goes back generations. Her great grandfather was the…
    • 2011-2012 Youth Year in Review This year really flew by! I certainly don’t have the space to recap everything we did but I did want to share with you my own “Top 5 list of seeing Jesus at work in our youth”. For a full visual year in review, join our Facebook group called “St. Michael’s Student Ministry” to see…
    • Congratulations to our Graduates! Lois Buist from Wando to the University of South Carolina Frank Dougherty from Porter Gaud to the Citadel Joseph Howell from Porter Gaud to St. Andrew's University in Scotland Ellen Hudson Brown from Ashley Hall to the College of Charleston Elizabeth Kitchens from School of the Arts to an internship with Harper's Ferry in West…
    • Confirmation Testimonies Youth Confirmation Testimonies My name is Charlotte Basala and I am thirteen years old and am a part of the 2012 confirmation class of St. Michael’s church. In the spring of 2010, my father was diagnosed with stage four Cancer with no origin. At the time I was in sixth grade and really didn’t understand…
    • Cyndee Cave New Children’s Ministry Director Since March of this year, Cyndee Cave has graciously served as the Interim Children’s Ministry Director.  Effective July 1, 2012, Cyndee has agreed to become the permanent Children’s Ministry Director.  Cyndee’s leadership through Easter, Festival of Faith and VBS has blessed both the parish and the staff.  She is an enthusiastic member of our team. …
    • VBS Testimonies and Thank Yous Thanks for such a wonderful week!!!  Henry had an absolute blast!!  I know it was a lot of time and energy on your part - thank you!!! ~ Carey Goldsmith The Best VBS I have ever seen! God has touched you with the gift to pour into HIS children. Thank you for sharing this blessing…
    • Libby Williams, Longtime Member of St. Michael’s Libby Williams and her twin sister Margaret were originally Methodists. At the urging of a good friend, Mona Martin, they joined St. Michael’s in 1947 when Albert Stuart was rector. They dutifully took the confirmation course and were confirmed by Bishop Carruthers. Several years later, their brother George also became a member of St. Michael’s.…
    • Confirmation Testimony: Daniel McGuinn Throughout my life my mom has been taking me to church. She has been doing so since I was born. When I was much younger I felt that I was being dragged to church, but as I got older and less distracted I started to listen to what was being said and felt that it…
    • VBS Helps Operation Christmas Child Kudos to Cyndee Cave & her Team for hosting an inspiring VBS at St. Michael’s this June!  On Monday, Cyndee enthusiastically included Operation Christmas Child (OCC) in VBS, having Susan Prescott & Duval Acker explain what OCC is, why it matters, and who receives the shoeboxes. Children were encouraged to consider all that they’ve been…
    • Parenting Life Groups •  Preparation for Parenting: For expecting parents or parents of children younger than 5 months ~ 6 week long course. •  Babyhood Transitions:  For parents of children between the ages of 5 – 12 months, lasts 2 weeks. •  Preparation for the Toddler Years: For parents of children between the ages of 12 – 18…
    • Open Tuesday Women’s Bible Study 12:00 Noon - 1:00pm Starts again on Sept. 4 (Room 204) Women of all ages are welcome to join. We are studying Grace for the Good Girl: Letting Go of the Try-hard Life by Emily Freeman Questions: Call Amy Smith - 843-906-1064 Call Christine Meredith with the Saints Alive Book Store to order a copy…
    • Myrtle Waves Youth Trip Summer Heat + Water slides + friends = a perfect recipe for a great youth outing!   With the help of Cyndee Cave, the youth crammed into two vehicles on Monday August 13 for a day-adventure to Myrtle Waves Water Park. Unlike the other water parks, Myrtle Waves is a park that boasts not only…
    • First Communiuon 2012 We had a lovely group of children receive their First Communion this past Sunday. Father Al did a wonderful job teaching the children  the meaning of Communion and why we use certain items during the mass. Before we arrived to the Sanctuary we received a special treat by Jeannie Lyles who read a portion of…
    • The Thornleys Return Welcome Diana and George, and Tyler, Ronnie & Sophia There are many scriptures about adoption in the Bible, whether referring to believers being adopted as children of God or regarding the care of orphans.  The Thornleys are living out this charge in more ways than one!  As many of you may know, George and Diana…
    • Honoring Parents: Why This Command Should Not Be Ignored by DiscipleLand The fifth commandment instructs us to honor our father and mother (Exodus 20:12). Paul’s inspired words affirm this command: “Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right. Honor your father and mother which is the first commandment with a promise, so that it may be well with you, and that you may…
    • Children’s Worship Jesus Is The Good News! Phil, Buck, and all our What’s In The Bible? friends introduce you to the Gospels. Plus, Clive and Ian ask the tricky questions that most of our kids have...and we probably do too! Why were the Jewish leaders mad at Jesus? What’s a disciple and who were those 12 guys? Why did…
    • Nancy Newton Originally from Orangeburg, Nancy and her husband Aris moved to Charleston in 1974. Later business opportunities took the Newtons to Florida. When they returned to Charleston in 1992, they became reacquainted with Edisto Island friends John and Patti Sosnowski who invited them to attend a service at St. Michael’s Church. The Newtons liked the friendly…
    • Ministry to Children & Families Jesus Is Alive Items needed: 12 plastic eggs for each child, and small slips of paper Don’t let the celebration end with Easter Sunday! Continue celebrating the best news that we could ever hear: JESUS IS ALIVE! Write each letter of the phrase—Jesus is alive—on a small slip of paper. (Make one set for each…
    • Splink – Activities for Familes Did You Really See That? Item needed: computer Go to the website: http://www.optics4kids.org. Look at some of the optical illusions posted there. Did your eyes trick you? Sometimes we are confused or can be tricked into making bad choices. Things are not always as they seem to be and we need discernment to decide between…
    • Youth Merge ~ Justin & Molly Moving ~ Retreat Reflection Events Merge! Our last Merge is this Sunday, May 5th from 4-6pm in the Chapel! Come ready to celebrate with your best sombrero and biggest appetite! We will enjoy some Moe’s and look back on this past year at all God has done in our Youth Ministry with our annual slideshow. We will also have…
    • 5 Faith-Building Keys for Children by Discipleland Ministries 5 Faith-Building Keys for Children by Discipleland Ministries
    • Summer Youth Updates Proposed MUG Schedule for Summer 2013 Youth Ladies! This summer, we will be meeting on Mondays from 9 – 11 am. We will begin downtown at 169 1/2 Tradd St. Charleston, SC 29401 at 9 then we will walk down to a local bakery or coffee shop for bible study and hangout time! Molly is looking…
    • You can make it a Superbook Summer and enjoy a summer of Bible fun! All week long, July 1st–July 5th, Superbook will air on ABC Family at 9:30 a.m. ET. Check out the lineup of Bible adventures headed your way: "In the Beginning": the story of Creation and Adam and Eve …
    • Vacation Bible School Thank You’s and Reflections Thank You To All Who Served Gretchen Hauser Scott Cave Samantha Grow Cindy Philbeck Shea Chambers Diana Thornley Rhett Smith Debbie Doyle Rob McRae Angela Stanley Caity Booman Arthur Bailey Laura Gruber Laura Waring Gruber Katherine A. Curley Aly Cohan Susannah Hubbell Meredith Looney Potter Seibels Carmen Mercer Lindsay Lankau Wimberly Zadig Christian Zadig Elizabeth…
    • Kanuga Reflections Would I be willing to work in the Nursery at Kanuga? This is the question Cyndee Cave asked me early in August. It seemed our space at Kanuga was filling up, and our Nursery would need to be staffed by folks who had already reserved a spot. She knew I had already had the opportunity…
    • The Truth Will Set You Free ~ Mondo Weekend Reflection 31 So Jesus said …, “If you abide in my word, you are truly my disciples, 32 and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”    John 8:31-32 Truth was the theme of the Mondo Retreat Weekend attended by the Middle School Girls’ Youth Group October 18-20,  2013 at Camp St.…
    • Raising Godly Children: How to Make a Lasting Impression by DiscipleLand Staff Raising godly children is not an easy task. In Deuteronomy 6:4-9 we are provided a pattern to follow in raising godly children. Similarly, we see this pattern expressed in the Great Commission (Matthew 28:18-20). What does our Lord mean by His command to ‘make disciples’ and how do we apply His mission in children’s ministry?…
    • Raising a Modern Day Knight How do you know if your son is really ready for manhood? How do you know if you have done all you can to prepare him to be a man? What will he remember that you taught him about being a man? No matter what age your child is, dads are invited to join other…
    • Michaelmas for the Children Michaelmas was an exciting evening for the children. As our speakers came to engage hearts looking toward the hurting coast, our children reached out to them. During Dan’s talk, our children took the opportunity to design a poster of God’s Path and they decorated the 10 Commandments on tablets for the children in the church…
    • Toddler Time Buggy Our toddler program here at St. Michael’s has joined the mission to transform hearts!  Both classes (twelve children each) enjoy mornings of playing and singing childrens’ songs and learning the stories of Jesus.  With the addition of our new six seater buggies, we quickly capture the attention of downtown residents and visitors in Charleston!  It is…
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