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Hurting Coast

Transforming hearts in that key mission field we call the Northeast (from Richmond, VA, to Maine)
The most dire mission field in the United States, as over 1,000 churches will close in that region this year
As one scholar said, if we lose the Northeast for Christian faith, we lose our Country for Christian faith.

Contact Scott Myers, Captain for the Hurting Coast

Recent Articles in the Messenger Newsletter

Archived Articles in the Messenger Newsletter

  • Hurting Coast Testimony September 19, 2010 What we now call the Hurting Coast was once a vibrant religious society. As Alexis de Tocqueville, who spent most of his 9 months in America north of Virginia, reported in his1835 classic Democracy in America, “while the law permits Americans to do what they please, religion prevents them from conceiving, and…
  • A Message from the Rev. Canon Doug Peterson It has been a joy for Joanne and me to be part of St. Michael’s following my time as Episcopal chaplain and math professor at The Citadel. To some, though, we may seem like strangers, since there are two things that take us away from Charleston for extended periods of time. One is our summer…
  • Bus Fundraiser We set out a few short weeks ago to bring our entire congregation together in a joyful outpouring of love and blessings for the parishioners of an inner city Church 988 miles away in Dorchester , MA.  As most of you know, our plan is to raise the necessary funds to provide a safe mode…
  • Shagging to the Glory of God On July 15, the Kinloch Room was a lively place! You may have thought you were on a Lowcountry beach a half-century ago instead of a in a church parish hall, thanks to our decorations team of Amy Smith, her mother, Cameron Smith, Nicole Nicholson, Charlotte Nicholson, and Julia McElhinney, and countless others who donated…
  • Reflection by Julie Akers I had been on the Hurting Coast Task Force since October 2010 and after meeting Dan and Michelle and understanding their mission, it was easy to become excited about my first “mission trip”!  St. Michael’s had raised money, through generous contributions from the parish, to purchase a mini-school bus to help pick up the children…
  • Update from Christ the King Dorchester July 2011
  • Dorchester Mission “Missions exist because worship doesn’t” – John Piper This is perhaps the best reason we as a church body have felt called to go on mission to a place like Boston, or even the Hurting Coast at large. In fact, this is the very reason we call it “hurting” in the first place. Indeed they…
  • Christ the King Dorchester Newsletter Christ the King Dorchester September 2011 Newsletter
  • Ministry in Maine 2011 The summer of 2011 was the third summer for Joanne and me to be part of the Church of Our Father in Hulls Cove, Maine (just three miles from the center of Bar Harbor).  This parish is one of four Episcopal parishes on Mount Desert Island (where Bar Harbor is located) and is almost certainly…
  • Holly Craighead’s Report of Her Summer Activities What a delight it was to serve as a missionary/summer intern along with our friends, Doug and Joanne Peterson, at Church of Our Father. My life was filled with helping at Sunday Eucharists, weekday Eucharists, healing prayer services, and Morning Prayer. Whenever asked, I was able to give a homily or lead a Bible study.…
  • Christ the King, Dorchester Newsletter April 2012 Christ the King Dorchester April 2012
  • Dorchester 2012 Our 2012 Youth and Parent Dorchester Mission team has been finalized, and we are excited to prepare and head up there to continue the great work started last year! Our team members include: William and Jeanne Lyles Cameron, Amy, and Michael Smith Carter and Morgan Falk Wimberly and Al Zadig Molly and Justin Hare Please…
  • Summer Mission On the Hurting Coast: Broken Steeple, Broken People There it was, First Parish Church staring at us as we walked up Meeting House Hill in Boston’s Dorchester neighborhood.   Not only is First Parish Church (1631) the oldest congregation in the City of Boston and one of the oldest in the United States, it is a symbol of the Christian movement  in the founding…
  • 2012 Dorchester Mission Trip: Justin Hare Acts 16:5 “So the churches were strengthened in the faith and grew daily in numbers.” In New Testament missions, we see two kinds of mission work – evangelism (sharing the gospel with non-believers) and edification (building up the body of Christ – those who already possess faith). This year’s trip to Dorchester was precisely what…
  • 2012 Dorchester Mission Trip: William Lyles I joined the youth to help the hurting coast and got on a plane to Boston the morning of July 21st.  My thoughts were that the trip would be exhausting and a bunch of work.  Instead, I found out that we spent time getting to know people, praying for them and seeing the hard times…
  • Action Team Captains Holy City Jodi Barr was born and raised in Charleston. She is married to Capers Barr and the mother of Capers (19) and Cannon (15). Jodi has been a member of St. Michaels for 2 years and presently serves as a member of Janie Wilson’s Pink Bus board. She is a talented artist and is…
  • Hurricane Sandy Relief Are you feeling called to help with the disaster after Hurricane Sandy?  Many people have asked how they can help after countless people have lost their homes, family members, or have no electricity after the devastating storm that hit the New England coast on the night of October 29, 2012.  Sandy killed more than 100…
  • Boston Trip The message is clear that the tide is changing in New England.  Last week Scott Myers, David and Christen Reese went to New England for 2 days to meet up with Woody White and Paul Johnson to visit churches in order to find out what their needs are.  The trip was amazing, and it is…
  • Hurting Coast Mission to Boston October 24th thru October 26th This October St. Michaels sent Scott Myers, Christen Reese and Myself David Reese to Boston Mass to reach out to churches and missions in New England that are preaching the Gospel Message. A vision was formed at St. Michaels 4 years ago, to send missionaries to the corners of the earth (ACTS 1:8) to share…
  • Alpha Mission to Boston Have you ever heard of Alpha? Chances are that if you live in South Carolina the answer is yes. Your chances are even better if you live in Charleston because you have probably seen the banners on churches and billboards on I-26.  As a parishioner, whether you have been coming six months or sixteen years,…
  • Alpha Mission to Boston Reflections Our entire Alpha Mission team was blessed to serve the community of Boston while away this past weekend and we each came home full of the Spirit, having witnessed so many amazing testimonies. We were fortunate to be able to host and train six different churches while in Boston at our Alpha Weekend Taster. After…
  • Hurting Coast Update This has been a strongly emotional year for the Hurting Coast. Many of us watched in the unfolding tragedy in Boston, only to find out that though a ministry partner in Dorchester, we had first hand testimony about the young boy Martin Richards who was killed on April 15th.  There is a hunger for peace…
  • Summer Plans for the Petersons We are sometimes asked what our summers in Maine are like.  In many ways our life there is like our life anywhere: there are meals to be prepared, gardens to be tended, lawns to mow, rooms to be cleaned, repairs to be made, as well as friends to entertain and be entertained by.  But there…
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