Love Came Down
Sunday, December 23rd at 10am
This Christmas, CSP’s Children and Youth will be celebrating the birth of Jesus and the 50th Anniversary of the historical Earthrise with Love Came Down, a dramatic offering of the Gospel on Sunday, December 23rd at 10am. In the dramatic presentation of Love Came Down, the congregation will experience and celebrate the birth of Jesus while looking down upon the Earth from up above with angels.
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January 6th: Light up the Skies!
6pm Oyster Roast / Bonfire and Burning of the Greens (Outside)
Oysters, Chili, Hot Dogs
Traditional King's Cake
Light up the skies with our trees and greenery.
Look for the place in the back of the church to drop off your trees and wreaths.
Bundle up and join your CSP Family for the annual Christmas Light Hayride through James Island County Park.
We will all meet up at Saint James Church on Camp Road at 5:00pm, then board the wagons and begin our trek through the park. We do stop for a short break to walk around and enjoy the concessions and gift shops.
Contact Andrew with any questions.
Let's make an Advent Wreath
Sunday, December 2nd, during Big Breakfast
Dust off your Advent wreaths and bring it with you to Big Breakfast on December 2nd where greens, nuts, berries, etc. will be available for your family to spruce up your wreath to use this Advent.
For those that need a base, we will have them available for your family to create a natural wreath to use on your table. Packs of Advent candles can be purchased for $5.00 each.
Join the Advent Conspiracy - Each Advent Season we join the Conspiracy to keep Jesus the focus of Christmas as we learn to Worship Fully, Spend Less, Give More, and Love All.
In doing so, we spend less on ourselves so we are able to give more. At CSP, we support Love for the Least Ministry and partner with fr. Jerry and Stacy Kramer to give food and gifts to the Christian refugees in Northern Iraq.
As we prepare our hearts to celebrate the birth of our Savior, may we learn toWorship Fully, Give More, Spend Less, and Love All .
Christ-St. Paul’s Veteran’s Day Service
Join your Christ-St. Paul’s Family in honoring all Veterans and those loved ones who have served both present and past. This will be a Sunday you will not want to miss with a special honorary visual presentation and the children of KidZone presenting the Offertory.
LET’S HONOR OUR VETERANS
We will be providing an honorary presentation, similar to the slide to the left, for Veteran’s Day on Sunday, November 11th. We would love to remember and honor your loved ones who have served in the past, those who are currently in the military, and also your lost loved one. Please submit all information to CSP by October 29th.
KidZone’s Special Veteran’s Day Performance
During the 10am service on Sunday, November 11th, the children of KidZone will be led by Debra Conley, CSP’s Director of Music Ministry, in a special performance during the Offertory.
Parents, please help to prepare for this event by practicing with your children at home and by making sure they attend practice at 9:30am in the Choir Room on Sunday, November 11th.
This will be a morning that you will not want to miss!
ALL SAINTS CELEBRATION 2018
“Where have you come from? And where are you going?”
These are the questions posed by the angel of God in Genesis 16:8. The year 2018 marks the 10 year anniversary of the completion of the sanctuary and we celebrate a decade of ministry that has flowed from our collective worship in this space! It seems timely for us to pause and ask these same questions, and to participate in two events designed to help us remember our past story, celebrate our present story, and begin to write the story of our future.
1. Attend Evensong, Thursday, November 1st at 7pm in the sanctuary where we pause to hear our ancient story, to remember the blessings and the adversities of the past, to remember the people who have gone before us and made it possible to stand where we stand, and to remember how our lives have been changed.
2. Worship at 8am and 10am, November 4th, with special guest, Very Reverend Professor Chris Hancock, theological advisor to the Ridley Institute and one of Father Craige’s seminary professors, bookended by a Big Breakfast and an all-parish dinner. Let's celebrate the present with feasts and fellowship, worship and praise, and a good old-fashioned covered dish dinner.
Then, in response to the question "Where are we going?" we will consider the future and the story of the next decade as we dream and seek God's will for our work across the globe, here in our community, and in our homes and personal lives. Start remembering... and as you remember take note. Start dreaming... and as you dream, dream big.
Jesus repeated these same words in John 8:14: "...my testimony is true, for I know where I came from and where I am going..." May we together, with all the saints gone before and to come, know where we came from, and where we are going.
Mondo - October 19th - 21st
Mondo is an exciting weekend for middle school students that presents the gospel and help students grow together in their faith. Youth groups come to Mondo to engage in dynamic worship, hear from lively speakers, and enjoy energetic activities.
This year’s theme is “Welcome To Babylon”. Our speaker will be The Rev. Hunter Jordan. Music will be led by The Birdsongs!
Regenerate - November 9th - 11th
Regenerate is an amazing opportunity for high school students to grow in their faith! On this weekend, youth groups come together to hear a dynamic message, engage in lively worship, and enjoy time building relationships with one another.
Our Theme this year is “Welcome To Babylon”. Our speaker will be The Rev. Rob Sturdy. Music will be led by The Birdsongs!
Contact Andrew if you would like to attend.
All Christ St. Paul's men are encouraged to attend the Men's Summit III 2018 on Saturday, September 29th, 9:00am to 12:30pm.
Bring your Bible for entrance.
Men are invited to gather at St. Paul’s in Summerville from 9 a.m. -12:30 p.m. for a series of talks by Bishop Lawrence on “A Work to Do.” “We shall look at gifts and callings that abound for us and make for flourishing as men and as the Body of Christ,” said Lawrence. “Regardless of your circumstances you have in Christ the power and freedom to do meaningful work. You have a work to do!”
COME HOLY SPIRIT
Everything You Ever Wanted to Know about The Person and Work of the Holy Spirit (almost everything) from Creation to Eternity
Monday Evenings & Tuesday Mornings this Fall
Mondays from 6:30-8pm and Tuesdays from 9:30-11am
September 11th - October 30th
Take part in this 8 week seminar developed by Cindee Pratt.
Special Event for those in this study scheduled for the weekend of October 12th, with guest speaker, Stacy Kramer.
Register for the study today by calling the CSP office! Workbooks $15.
Rally Day this year is gearing up to be a lot of fun with something for all ages. Dress comfortably for the day and enjoy the fellowship!
An extra special Big Breakfast will be served at 9:00am between services. Ministry leaders will be available to explain some of the many ways you can become more involved in the life of CSP!
COVERED DISH LUNCHEON AFTER THE 10AM SERVICE CSP is loaded with awesome cooks, so prepare your favorite dish to share and enjoy getting to know others and catching up with friends.
DID SOMEONE SAY WATER SLIDE... Yes, Ms. Tapley has ordered the RIPCURL WATER SLIDE to be waiting for the Children after the service so dress ready for fun! Likewise, Andrew will have some activities planned for the Youth, one of which will include A WATER BALLOON TOSS (we hear this to be one of Ms. Nancy's favorites)!
And we can't forget to mention the Pre Rally Day festivities taking place on Saturday, Aug. 8th, from 4-6pm, at the youth campus:
Youth's Back to School Bash Live Concert featuring Chip Cooley and his band, followed by a Techno performance by Elijah Kuzia! The afternoon will include special back to school activities with fun games, awesome party food, and surprise give-aways but youth must be present to win prizes.
Refocusing on Mission:
Diocesan Gatherings with Bishop Mark Lawrence
Thursday, August 9th, at 7pm
Saint James, James Island
Bishop Mark Lawrence will be leading gatherings at five locations around the Diocese at which he will speak to some of the current events that sap our strength, answer questions and refelct on how to re-focus and build a Kingdom and Gospel mindset.
Father Craige and the leadership of CSP will be attending the West Charleston Deanery gathering on August 9th, at Saint James. Everyone in the parish is invited to the gatherings and encouraged to attend. If for some reason you cannot attend on August 9th, feel free to attend whichever meeting is most convenient. Check the E-News or the Diocese website to find out places and dates/times of the other gatherings.
Following the Bishop's Gathering, Father Craige and the Vestry are planning small get-togethers across the parish the last three weeks of August as a follow-up and to answer any questions you may have. This will also be an opportunity to share our plans for the near future.
Tuesday's with Andrew
Beginning June 19th CSP Youth will be meeting up every Tuesday to participate in a fellowship activity! These activities are available for rising 7th graders to graduating seniors!
Summer 2018 Tuesday's with Andrew Schedule
- June 19th Velocity
- June 26th: The Incredibles 2 Movie
- July 3rd: Nerf Gun Fight
- July 10th: Beach Day/Surfing with Chip
- July 17th: Summer Youth Quest
- July 24th: Bowling
- July 31st: Whirlin' Waters
Summer Table Talk
Every day students sit around a lunch table sharing their opinions about life, gossip, trends, politics, and even religion. High School Youth are encouraged to join me where we will test our opinions with the Truth found in scripture, allowing us to share the Gospel with our friends. Meeting place and time is subject to change.
Summer 2018 Table Talk Schedule
- June 20th: Being a Young Adult Christian
- June 27th: Relationships
- July 11th: Special Guest Speaker
- July 18th: Summer Youth Quest
- July 25th: Working Towards Your Values
- August 1st: Christian Work
Please e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you want to get updates on our Tuesday's with Andrew activities or Table Talk small group!
Vacation Bible School & Summer Youth Quest Registration is Now OPEN
July 16th - 20th, 9am - noon
All children who have completed kindergarten through 5th grade are invited to attend this summer's VBS.
The children will embark on a week of fun discovering Jesus form eternity past to eternity future through interactive bible stories, lively music, exciting crafts, delicious snacks, and energy-filled games.
Summer Youth Quest: Mind Games
All children who have completed 6th through 12th grade are invited to attend this summer's Summer Youth Quest.
Delicious breakfast, check. Exciting games, check. Amazing musical worship, check. New awesome friends, check. Engaging questions by some of the best small group leaders, check. The only thing we are waiting for is you! Sign up for an awesome week of fun, fellowship, and discipleship this Youth Quest!
On Sunday afternoon, July 8th, at 3pm, we will be baptizing adults and children on Edisto Beach. Additionally, during the same service we will be immersing those previously baptized people who would like to make a public recommitment of their Baptismal Covenant. Those desiring to be candidates for either opportunity should contact Lynn in the parish office as soon as possible. We will have a short preparation class prior to July 8th for all those participating. Plans are underway to make this a parish wide celebration, so everyone is invited and encouraged to join.
Celebrate Life This Spring
Participate in the Lowcounty Pregnancy Center Baby Bottle Campaign
Once again, CSP is reaching Beyond our Walls to support the Low Country Pregnancy Center by participating in their Baby Bottle Coin Collection Campaign. Filled baby bottles can be returned to the CSP Narthex (church lobby) on Father's Day, June 17th.
Low Country Pregnancy Center is a wonderful ministry to have in our area. Last year they had 6800 client visits in their two Charleston offices.
The proceeds from the Baby Bottle Campaign help:
- Save the lives of babies from abortion.
- Provide life-revealing ultrasounds.
- Save the souls of the lost.
- Provide parenting skills for new moms and dads.
- Provide diapers, clothes, blankets, etc. for new babies.
- Minister to women suffering from the pain of a past abortion.
Time for some tea party fun!
WHEN WAS THE LAST TIME YOU DRESSED UP FOR A TEA PARTY?
Whatever the answer, that's too long ago! So we are pulling out the silver tea service and borrowing the fine china - just for you!
Mothers, daughters, grandmothers, granddaughters, aunts, nieces and stand-ins for all of the above, age 9 and up. (No childcare provided.)
Afternoon tea on May 5th from 2:30-4:30pm at CSP
Don your best dress and hat - pearls and gloves optional.
Tea, cookies, finger sandwiches and other tasty treats
Tickets go on sale mid-April ($2 each / $5 family limit)
Broken to Beautiful ~ In the Hands of the Father
Our guest speaker is Patti Wheat, a former member and current close friend of the parish. Patti, who served as our Director of Music Ministry back in the early 2000s, now lives in Nashville but has learned that you never really leave CSP behind. She is a Creative Design and Technology Consultant and frequently works with the CSP staff.
Holy Week Sermons
Lenten Series: Profiles of Courage
All children 5th grade and under are invited to our CSP annual Easter Program and Egg Hunt on Saturday, March 31st from 10am - noon.We will begin in the church with a short program, then hunt for over 1000 filled eggs. We will end the fun morning with a "healthy" reception of delicious finger foods to help balance out all the candy found in the eggs.
Small, individually wrapped candy donations can be dropped off in the church office.
Holy Eucharist with dramatic stripping of the Altar. Maundy refers to the commands Jesus gave his disciples at the Last Supper: To love with humility by serving one another and to remember his sacrifice. We will end the service with the reading of the account of the agony in the garden. Matthew 26:30-46.
A Prayer Vigil will be kept in the church until the Good Friday Service at 6:30pm.
Blessing of the Palms Sunday, March 25th
Gather outside on the lawn in front of the Ministry Center where the children, dressed up and waiving their palms and following Sylvester the Donkey (10am), lead us into the service.
Bishop Mark Lawrence will make his annual visitation with youth and adult Confirmation at the 10am service. Please join us for a Reception in his honor and for our newest members of CSP following the 10am service.
RECLAIMING BIBLICAL MANHOOD / Our Three-Year Plan
Over a three year period, the Christian Men's Conference focuses on Reclaiming Biblical Manhood by unpacking each of the three primary aspects of Biblical Manhood (mind, the heart, and the body). In this year’s Christian Men’s Conference, we will focus on a heart to love. Read More/Register at ChristianMensConference.org
Come Dine with the Vestry for our Wednesday Night Soup Suppers
This year you have a special opportunity to dine with the Vestry. They have offered to be our table hosts and will lead a pre-teaching discussion during dinner for the 5 Wednesday nights during Lent beginning February 21st.
"Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go." Joshua 1:9
The topic of our Lenten Series will be Profiles of Courage. We will look to scripture to see the hearts of some very courageous people like King David, Joshua and Caleb, a women who came to Jesus for haling, Paul, and Stephen. It is very interesting to see how each of these characters in the Bible, though very different, used the Word of God to obtain the courage to do the task that was given to them.
The soup will be ready at 6:15pm. Following supper, we will move into the church for a special time of Worship and Teaching, and will dismiss by 8pm.
KidZone will have their own video series, What's In the Bible? by Phil Visher, while adults and Youth are in the church. Nursery provided 6:15-8pm.
For all our wonderful cooks that would like to help, please sign up in the Narthex on Sunday or email Lynn in the office. Soup, Sandwiches, & Salads are all appreciated.
If you are interested in learning more about CSP or inquiring about joining CSP by confirmation or reaffirming your faith, please join Fr. Craige and Nancy for lunch on Sunday, Feb. 28th, right after the 10:00 service. Please RSVP with Lynn in the office. (843-889-2820)
In preparation for Easter, Ash Wednesday gives us a pause to enter a time a fasting, repentance, spiritual discipline and abiding in Christ, and to witness and share the fruit of spiritual growth and readiness.
Services will be held at noon and again at 7pm.
Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper & Team Nigeria Appreciations and Reflections
What a treat, PANCAKES and hearing from TEAM NIGERIA! This promises to be a special evening as the team shares their experiences and reflections from their time in Jos, Nigeria last November. You will be encouraged by the pictures of the children attending Gloria Kwashi's school, the new computer lab building, the All Saint's Celebration, and so much more.
Plans are in the works for a return trip to Jos in the Spring to continue working on the computer lab building you see in this picture. Information on the plans for Team Nigeria 2018 will be shared during the Pancake Supper.
The men's bible study, led by Les Sease, continues on Wednesdays at 7am at Bagel Nation (1975 Magwood Drive, West Ashley.)
The study focuses on a book of the Bible and all men are invited to join the study.
Contact Les Sease or the CSP office with any questions.
January Study: Women's Bible Study continues, meeting each Tuesday morning at 9:30am. Cindee Pratt is leading a study of the book of James. Each week stands alone, you can join at any time.
New Study Starting January 30, 2018: A new Tuesday morning Women's Bible study begins. Workbooks for the Beth Moore study "The Quest: An excursion toward intimacy with God" are available from the church office. ($15)
Have Yourself a Very Different Christmas
at Christ-St. Paul's Church
Sunday, December 24th, Christmas Eve
8:00am - Traditional Advent IV Services
10:00am - Blended Holy Communion Services with the children presenting "Christmas by the Book"
8:00pm - Christmas Worship Celebration with combined choir and praise team
10:30pm - Candlelight Midnight Service at Historic Christ Church in Adams Run
Sunday, December 31st
Service of Lessons and Carols at 8:00am and 10:00am
CSP now offers online giving for your convenience. Click on any Giving link and you will be transferred to the giving portal provided by Shelby Giving. Options for giving include credit and debit cards, bank checks, automatic contributions. Of course, as always, checks and cash will be received on Sundays.
First time users will be asked to create an account; this will be helpful to you to monitor your giving history.
If you desire to designate your gift for something other than the listed fund categories, please contact the church office.
We are pleased to provide you with this service and will answer any questions you have.