Fling Open the Windows of Our Lives
to receive all that God has in store ahead
So...Ready...Set...Grow! Come join us as we laugh with new friends, enjoy yummy finger foods, play some games, and hear a few encouraging stories from our sisters at various places and stages in their walk with Our Lord.
Help to make this event a huge success and be a part of the preparation. Contact Cindee Pratt if you are interested in hosting a table, selling tickets, decorating, setting up or cleaning up, providing door prizes, or preparing yummy finger foods to share.
Manly Men Living Authentic Lives
Let’s Get Real
All men are invited to a hearty breakfast, enjoying fellowship and encouragement while hearing from guest speaker, The Rev. Carl Green, and a witness talk by our own Francis Allston on Saturday, May 18th, 8:30am - 10:30am.
Talk to Johnny Parish or Les Sease for more information.
The Rev. Carl Green was born and raised in Barbados, West Indies. At sixteen years of age he became a Christian and was blessed to have a pastor who immediately began training him to be active in his walk with the Lord. His training for the ministry continued in England, where he lived for 17 years.
After coming to America, he became an ordained minister with the Assemblies of God, and continued working with “the last, the least, and the lost” in homeless shelters and missions here in the Charleston area. While part of the 5 fold ministry team at Agape Ministries, he took over the Institutional Ministries, going into hospitals, nursing homes and educational facilities in Charleston, as well as prisons all over South Carolina with a team of about a dozen lay ministers. When he relocated to St. James Church, he continued the ministry as an outreach from St. James becoming John 8:36 Ministries.
Because of the great area of need, the prison ministry takes most of the time, and it is a blessing to still be in contact with men and women in more than 30 states who found the Lord as their Savior while incarcerated. Many of these folks are now working in ministries of their own, extending the kingdom of God.
All children 5th grade and under are invited to our CSP annual Easter Program and Egg Hunt on Saturday, April 20th from 10am - noon. The children will participate in the Easter Experience, where they will get a glimpse of Jesus’ life, crucifixion, and resurrection. The cemetery and playground will be scoured for candy filled eggs and tummies will be filled with a variety of delicious finger foods at the Easter reception after the hunt.
Empty plastic Easter Eggs to be stuffed with INDIVIDUALLY WRAPPED candies can be picked up in the Narthex and should be returned filled by Sunday, April 14th.
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.
Throw on a CSP shirt and join Ms. Lynn and the rest of the CSP staff for a fun filled Saturday morning!
Join Team Christ-St. Paul's Church, on March 30th as we walk to change lives forever through the gift of safe water. It only takes about an hour to walk 3 miles beginning at 9am at the Riverfront Park in North Charleston. Our CSP Global Missions Team encourages you to join in and walk with them to raise money for Water Missions International.
Go to CharlestonWalk.org to sign up. Be sure to indicate that you would like to be part of Christ-St. Paul’s team!
Wednesday Lenten Soup Suppers
What are you seeking for in life? We all seek happiness, but where are you looking for that happiness? You probably know the futility of investing emotionally in things of this world (shadows, replicas, imitation, and visual distractions) and not in the things of Christ (substance). As Christians we sometimes chase after shadows rather than the substance of all good things - Christ Jesus. This is only compounded because we are afraid of change and of losing those things we’ve been holding on to, and we hang on to things long after they‘ve lost their value or usefulness.
This Lent we will be exploring how we can Go On as we learn to let go of those shadow things. Our Soup Suppers will begin March 13th! 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.
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.
To help us prepare for a more meaningful season of Lent, a special class, Praying like Jesus, is being offered on Saturday, March 2nd, from 9-12:30pm.
Do you find Jesus’ life of prayer exciting, challenging, or baffling? In this class on prayer you will learn that, with the Holy Spirit’s guidance, Jesus invites you into a life of prayer with access to the same resources that he enjoyed. This class is open to everyone interested in basic instruction on how to pray for yourself and for others.
The Rev. John Burley, Associate Rector at St. Andrew's Church, will be our special guest leading this class on prayer. Fr. John and his wife Gale spent 22 years serving in Virginia churches and now enjoys the gentler climes of Mt. Pleasant, where he also servers in pastoral care.
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 the body - “A Work To Do.” Read More/Register at ChristianMensConference.org
Looking forward to kicking off Youth Ministry in 2019 with a Souper Bowl Party followed by our exciting new series on Kingdom Living!
Join the CSP Youth in the Ministry Center to watch the first half of the big game, enjoy delicious Taco Soup, and to compete to be the best Foosball player.
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.
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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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.