“Why should I visit your church?”
Delighted you asked! Church of the Holy Communion has served this community since 1848. From the day we opened our doors we have cherished these essentials:
We worship God in the Beauty of Holiness.
Where else in this city can you find a Mozart mass sung as a mass? (and not as a concert). To step through our doors is to be overwhelmed by physical beauty and spiritual transcendence. It is indeed heaven on earth.
We worship God by serving our neighbor and respecting the dignity of every human being.
After the Civil War, Church of the Holy Communion was the very first voice in the city to provide schools for African American Children. And we have never wavered in this commitment to justice and open and loving inclusion. Today, we are at the forefront in this city for ministries of both justice and mercy. We have a bi-weekly free medical clinic, food pantry, meals-on-wheels. There is a job for everyone, and an opportunity for all to make our community a better place.
We worship God with our heart, MIND and soul.
That is to say, we do not minimize the intellectual calling of our faith. Whether it is in the Montessori based curriculum for our children or the discussion groups for adults, we do not shy away from the hard questions. We can say the Nicene Creed with sincerity AND host Darwin Week. We are secure in our traditional Christian Faith, but we are not afraid of those with differing views. All are welcome in this place, and diversity is a healthy gift. We are members of the Episcopal Church, and therefore the worldwide Communion of Anglican Churches. We are not distracted by local squabbles nor engaged in the rancor and litigation that others have chosen. Sound like a place you would like to visit? You are most welcome at Church of the Holy Communion!
Christian Education classes at Church of the Holy Communion:
Our fall schedule is:
7:30 AM Morning Prayer
8:00 AM Said Mass
9:15 AM Christian Education
10:30 AM Solemn High Mass
12:00 PM Coffee & Fellowship
Christian Education: Catechesis of the Good Shepherd, in the Atrium for our youngest learners. Fr. Clarke will be teaching Confirmation Classes for Middle and Senior High School students together. Fr. Morgan and Fr. Sanderson will be leading a Bible Study on the Book of Isaiah in the Library, and Dawn Balsam will lead the group study on the book: "Searching for Sunday", by Rachel Held Evans, in the Vestry Room.
Additionally: Catechesis of the Good Shepherd classes are held on Wednesday evenings beginning at 4:30 PM, and there are study groups meeting on Wednesday evenings at 6:00 PM (immediately following the 5:30 PM Healing Mass with unction) and at 10:00 AM on Thursdays.
Please call the church office for more information: 843-722-2024
218 Ashley Avenue Charleston, SC 29403
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