Join the men of Redeemer Presbyterian Church in Charleston, SC, and other downtown churches for the First Wednesday Luncheon at St. Philip’s Parish Hall on Wednesday, March 8 at noon. Here’s more information about this month’s guest speaker.
In January Redeemer hosted over 50 youth and adults, and in February we hosted over 70 youth and adults at these two Lowcountry Youth Group gatherings. Both of these events could only happen because of the prayers and helping hands of MANY people! Members of our Christian-ed. youth team (Chad Slayton, Kyle Babb, and Lauren Turner) planned and guided group games for the youth. Members of our Redeemer music team (Fred Hudson, Chad Slayton, Butler Stoudenmire, and the Champion family) spent hours rehearsing and practicing praise and worship music. Countless talented cooks in the Redeemer family prepared crockpots of chili, pounds of barbecued pork and chicken, pans of macaroni and cheese, beverages, desserts that vanished quickly, and other side dishes in January and February to feed very grateful participants. Peter Mathias (January) and Jared Carlson (February) prepared messages to edify and challenge the youth. Our Pastor Craig both months welcomed each church, mingled with youth and sponsors, and even dashed out to procure extra food when more youth arrived than we had expected. Truly, these Lowcountry Youth Group events showed the Redeemer family on a mission together! Thank you for your prayers, your work, your participation, and your fellowship in ministry to the youth God has entrusted to us.
Our 7th Annual Chili Cook-Off & Square Dance with our MUSC international friends is right around the corner on Wednesday, February 15 from 6-8 pm in our Fellowship Hall. Here’s how it works: We bring pots of chili, and our international friends are the judges. Winners receive the coveted gold, silver, and bronze ladles. After dinner, we’ll enjoy learning how to square dance with our international friends. Kurt and Morgan Brewer have a limited number of tickets available for Redeemer participants, so we can have an accurate count. Childcare will be provided.
Here’s how to participate:
- Make a pot of your best chili and bring it to the church on Wednesday, February 15. Or help provide sour cream, shredded cheese, drinks, cornbread, or chips–if making chili isn’t your thing. Use this form to tell the Brewers what you’re bringing.
- Come hang out with internationals, learn to square dance, and enjoy the best chili Redeemer has to offer. Email Morgan Brewer to get a ticket for this event.
Got old clothes you’re tired of? Want something new and different? Join the women for an informal clothing swap on Friday night, February 24 from 7-9 in the nursery rooms at Redeemer Presbyterian Church in Charleston, SC. Bring your gently used items to contribute, then “shop” for some new stuff. We’ll have clothing, accessories, shoes, men’s clothing, kids’ stuff, maternity, and more! Though we’ll have stuff for everyone in your family, this event is for women only. Bring clothing racks or mirrors to help us display the items, or bring a snack to contribute. No need to bring money! Contact Beth Plante for more information.
The last Sunday in January we hosted our brothers and sisters from St. John’s Reformed Episcopal Church, our neighbors just a few blocks away on Anson Street, for a big joint worship service here at Redeemer Presbyterian Church in Charleston, SC. Our choirs joined forces and led us in special worship music, and Rev. Willie Hill preached from Philippians 4:4-7. Listen to the sermon here. What a privilege to worship across cultures, races, and denominations!
In addition to our Christmas Eve service, we will also have special worship services on both Sunday, December 25 and Sunday, January 1 at 11 am in our sanctuary at Redeemer Presbyterian Church in Charleston, SC. Here’s our electronic bulletin for our Christmas Day worship service. There will be no Christian-education hour those Sundays, so just join us for worship at the special time of 11 am. Our Christian-education classes for all ages will resume on Sunday, January 8 at 9:15 am. If you’re new and looking for worship service info, check here.
Children of all ages are welcome in our worship services anytime. We will have our usual nurseries open and staffed on New Year’s Day, but there will not be any volunteers working our nurseries on Christmas morning.
Thanks to your generous donations and packed shoeboxes, Redeemer Presbyterian Church in Charleston, SC, filled 101 shoeboxes to send around the world with Operation Christmas Child! Huge thanks to Vince & Wendy Dammai for heading up the collection and delivery.
COMMUNITY THANKSGIVING SERVICE: Redeemer’s choir is participating again this year at the Community Thanksgiving Service hosted at Second Presbyterian Church (342 Meeting St., 29403) on Tuesday, November 22 at 7 pm. Churches of many denominations and backgrounds come together each year in this blended service focused on thanksgiving and community.
THANKSGIVING: Do you have an extra spot at your Thanksgiving dinner table? Do you need a place to go for Thanksgiving dinner? Contact Gray Morgan to be matched up.
ADVENT: Our adult classes will continue with their studies of the Gospel of John during the Advent season. The Youth classes (both middle and high school) will have a special Advent focus for the next four weeks. Our Redeemer Kids will be rehearsing their songs and such during the Christian-education hour at 9:15 am on Sundays during Advent for their Christmas Celebration. Please make every effort to have your preschool and elementary children present for these rehearsals. They are very excited to share the birth of Jesus with the Redeemer family at their Christmas Celebration on Sunday evening, December 11.
PARENTS’ NIGHT OUT: Need to do a little shopping without the kids? Check out details for our Parents’ Night Out event at the church on Saturday, December 3 from 5-8:30 pm.
REDEEMER KIDS CHRISTMAS CELEBRATION: Redeemer Kids will tell the story of Jesus’ birth through Scripture, songs, and sets on Sunday, December 11 at 5:30 pm.
CHRISTMAS PARTY AND TALENT SHOW: We’re movin’ on up to the East Side! Since our congregation has grown so much in the past two years and we don’t all fit in our Fellowship Hall, we’re having our annual Christmas party and talent show in The Cedar Room at The Cigar Factory (701 East Bay St., 29403) on Sunday, December 18 at 6 pm. With an abundance of space, we’re planning a special kids’ section with special tables, decor, and activities for them. Of course we’ll have the talent show: Both kids and adults are encouraged to perform! We’ll have a piano on site, and Fred is happy to accompany any singers if needed (email Fred Hudson to arrange his help). And be sure to email Craig to be added to the program for the evening if you’re interested in sharing your talents! New this year, we’re encouraging each community group to perform–serious or funny, skits or songs, whatever your group would like to perform! For dinner we’ll do finger foods, and we’ll need plenty of them! Bring multiple dishes to share, and get some ideas from this potluck signup sheet or add your own. We’re excited to celebrate with our growing church family!
SPECIAL SERVICES: We’ll have a Christmas Eve service on Saturday, December 24 at 6 pm. We’ll have a morning worship service on Sunday, December 25 and on Sunday, January 1 at a special time of 11 am but no Christian-education classes and no Children’s Worship during the sermon. While our nurseries will be open and available for parents to use, we will not have anyone slated to serve in the nurseries for both the Christmas Eve and Christmas morning services. All children are welcome in these worship services! Our usual nurseries will resume for Sunday, January 1.
Parents at Redeemer, we’re hosting a special night of fun and games for your kids (babies through elementary) at the church on Saturday, December 3 from 5-8:30 pm. Whether you need to get some Christmas shopping done or just want to grab dinner with your spouse, we want to host your kids for the evening with generous help from adult volunteers and our youth. For just $5/family, your little ones will get supper, games, and special activities appropriate for their ages.
As a PARENT, what do I need to do?
- Register your child(ren) using this form before November 30. We must know how many children to prepare for: You can pay at the door, but you can’t register at the door.
I want to help!
- Contact Ashley Lowry to volunteer to play with kids for the evening for this outreach event to families.
- Collect and bring to the church your medium and large cardboard boxes. We’re planning a super-cute activity for the kids but need some boxes to make it happen.