Anglican Women’s Gathering, May 4, 2019
Bishop Mark Lawrence urged the women of the Diocese to look to Jesus for both an example of hospitality and for the ability to be hospitable at the annual gathering of Anglican Women held at St. Paul’s Church in Summerville, May 4.
“Jesus was the embodiment of God’s hospitable nature in both his teaching and life,” he said.
He pointed out how different our world of today is from the world of Scripture.
We as a culture have become suspicious (of strangers), “but God invites them all to the party. He welcomes them!” said Bishop Lawrence.
“We protect ourselves from strangers,” he said. “Hide your money, lock your door, chain your bike.” He told how we, as a culture, have become suspicious of those who look different or speak another language… but God “invites them all to the party. He welcomes them!” he said.
Calling hospitality both a spiritual gift and a cultivated virtue the Bishop said coming into a relationship with Christ is what enables us to be hospitable. He reminded us that we cannot be people who practice hospitality until we have experienced the hospitality of God toward us – the blind, deaf, and needy. “You can’t give what you don’t have,” he said. The two talks, one on God’s hospitality toward us and the other our hospitality toward others are available at www.dioceseofsc.org under “Teaching Resources” and “Anglican Women.”
Those gathered thanked Yvonne Duty, of The Church of The Resurrection, North Charleston, for her service as the President of the Anglican Women for the past two years. All of the past board members were recognized for their service to the ministry to women.
New Leaders Installed
Patricia Smith, of St. Paul’s, Summerville, who will serve as the new President, was recognized and, along with the other board members for 2019-2020, was installed by Bishop Lawrence.
Patricia shared that the vision for the Anglican Women mirrors that of our diocese, “Making Biblical Anglican Women for a Global Age.” The second half of the women’s vision is to follow the Titus 2:3-5 model of women mentoring women.
The Board, along with many volunteers, will offer two major opportunities for women to be strengthened in their faith. There will be the Annual Gathering each year and a Women’s Retreat.
This year’s Women’s Retreat will be October 25, 26, and 27 at St. Christopher Camp and Conference Center with Bishop Lawrence as the keynote speaker. Workshops on topics particularly of interest to women will also be offered.
At the gathering May 4, Jessica Smith, of St. Paul’s, led a workshop on the Battle of the Mind, sharing the victory she’d experienced in her own life, as well as practical tools for those struggling with anxiety and uncontrolled thoughts. St. Paul’s will be offering a Bible Study based on the book The Believer’s Battle Strategy, by Christie Michaud, every Friday from 9:30 – 11:15 a.m. beginning Friday, May 31, running for eight weeks. Anyone interested can contact St. Paul’s for more information.
The purpose of this organization is to help make Biblical Anglicans for a Global Age by offering Annual Gatherings, Retreats and other events which will deepen and strengthen the spiritual lives of women, encouraging them to mentor, and be mentored.
Anglican Women’s Resource Manual
The Anglican Women’s Resource Manual is a must-have resource for ministry leaders. It’s full of information about our Diocesan churches, ministries, outreach efforts and more. Many thanks to Janet Stoda, Anglican Women’s Communications Coordinator for her work on this booklet. If you have edits/updates contact her at email@example.com
Anglican Women’s Gathering, April 21, 2018
Bishop Mark Lawrence urged the women of the Diocese to entrust their hearts to God in his talks at the annual diocesan women’s gathering held at St. Paul’s Church in Summerville, April 21, 2018.
Talk 1: In this first talk the Bishop spoke about the woundedness of the human heart and the importance of our entrusting our hearts to God.
Talk 2: In talk Bishop Lawrence spoke how the entrusted heart impacts family relationships.
Sermon: In his sermon, Bishop Lawrence urged women to engage their imaginations to picture what awaits us in heaven. “To imagine the glory of heaven will transform our perspective o today which will in its time transform tomorrow the blessed hope of everlasting life.”
Greetings from the President of the Diocesan Women’s Ministries
Greetings and welcome to the Diocesan Women’s Ministries page!
Diocesan Women’s Ministries evolved from the firm faith foundation laid by generations of women who came before us and worked tirelessly to the glory of God.
Our Vision Statement “To transform the hearts of women through the power of Jesus Christ” undergirds everything we do – whether it be the Annual Gathering of Women in the spring; our fall Women’s Conference or our one-day retreats. We pray that everything we do helps you draw closer to Christ and to be transformed by him so together we can impact the world for the glory of God.
We’ve been blessed by the support and guidance we’ve received from Bishop Lawrence, by the help and support of Peter Rothermel, Diocesan Coordinator of Christian Faith Formation, and by an amazing group of speakers.
I am personally blessed to be part of the team that is the Diocesan Women’s Ministry Council. This awesome group of women all said, “Yes” when they sensed the call to serve on behalf of the women of our Diocese and beyond. We hope you will take the opportunity to get to know us, get involved, and say “Yes” when you hear God’s call to serve wherever that may be – in your home, your church, your community, and the world.
I and all the members of our council look forward to meeting you at our upcoming Diocesan Women’s Ministries events.
Thanks and Blessings,
Yvonne Duty – President, on behalf of the DWM Council
September 2017 Women’s Retreat
The Women’s Retreat was held September 22-24, 2017 at St. Christopher Camp and Conference Center. The Speaker was Karen Mulder of “Wisdom of the Wounded,” an organization dedicated to supporting caregivers and those in need of care during crises. Every woman is a caregiver at every age. Karen gave us many ways to be better caregivers by connecting with God, connecting with our families, and connecting with friends and neighbours. The theme of the retreat was “CONNECTIONS.”
Over 200 Women Gather to “Go Deeper” in Faith
with Allison Lawrence and her daughter Chelsea Hamshaw
Over 200 women from across the Diocese gathered at Holy Trinity, Charleston, on Saturday, April 30 to hear teachings from Allison Lawrence, wife of the Rt. Rev. Mark J. Lawrence, XIV Bishop of South Carolina, and her daughter Chelsea Hamshaw, wife of the Rev. Jason Hamshaw. Chelsea spoke on the importance of covenant, focusing on the difference between God’s covenant with us and a contract. Allison fleshed out what that means in practical terms using stories from her own life to encourage women to step out in faith.
Following the teaching portion of the day the women met in small groups, enjoyed a delicious boxed lunch, had a business meeting in which the executive board stepped down and the new board was installed, and shared in a service of Holy Eucharist. The Rev. David Dubay, Rector of Holy Trinity, preached and Bishop Mark Lawernce celebrated.
Shifting Landscapes; From Mine to His”
The Rev. Martha Horn
In September, 2015, just one month prior to her ordination to the priesthood and three months prior to her death, the Rev. Martha Horn, Chaplain for the Diocesan Women’s Ministries, led a women’s retreat at St. Christopher Camp and Conference Center on the theme “Shifting Landscapes: from mine to His.” She offered this teaching again in November 2015.
The following three videos are of her teaching at St. Christopher.
Teaching 1: Who is Jesus? This teaching focuses on the Nicene Creed and three important Christological events that point to the deity of Christ.
Teaching 2: In Jesus Christ we have incarnational identity. This teaching dives into the Gospels of Matthew and John to answer a foundational question: What does it mean to be a disciple of Christ who is incarnational?
Teaching 3: The sovereignty of God and His Landscapes: This teaching defines the word sovereign and outlines God’s landscape through the book of Job. The Rev. Martha Horn concludes her teachings with a lesson about the authority and power of Jesus Christ in each of us.
Questions for Small Group Discussions
The Diocesan Women’s Ministries council is growing and working toward our God-given vision and mission:
Biblical Womanhood: Understanding the “S” Word – Submission
A video series by the Rev. Shay Gaillard, Rector of the Church of the Good Shepherd, Charleston
In preparation for presenting and living out our mission statement, we, the council members, had to ask ourselves some tough questions. Perhaps the most challenging question was, “What does Biblical womanhood look like?” We get a glimpse of what the Bible says about womanhood from Titus 2:3-5. We could also read Proverbs 31 and catch a different perspective of Biblical womanhood. For us on the council, the most challenging part of Biblical womanhood came down to one word. The “S” word. Submission. It was fascinating to hear how each member of the council defined submission. No two members had the same definition! Evidently, this little word carries a lot of emotions and feelings. It would certainly be easier to sweep it under the rug and not pay it any attention!
Obviously there are some very important connections between Biblical womanhood and this little word “submission.” The council approached Rev. Shay Gaillard, rector at the Church of the Good Shepherd in Charleston, to see if he could help us, the members of the council, understand the Biblical meaning of submission. Not only did he agree to teach us, but he also let us video each of the four different teachings so we can share them with you!
These teachings are for all Christians, not just women. We are all called to submit to our Lord Jesus Christ. We are all called to live lives of submission. It is so critical for us to understand from a Biblical standpoint what submission means. Fr. Shay’s teachings take us from submission in the Godhead all the way through submission in our relationships.
Please take time to watch and share these videos:
The attached handout is helpful to use with the videos.
Contact information: Diocesan Women’s Ministries; firstname.lastname@example.org or on Facebook at Women’s Ministry of the Diocese of South Carolina