The Downtown Community Group is hosting a food and supply drive for Charleston Area Senior Citizens (CASC)—an outreach opportunity located just around the corner from us. Most CASC programs and services target low-income seniors and are offered at no charge. CASC runs a free food pantry at their Ansonborough House, provides free in-home care and services to those who are homebound, and runs a Meals-on-Wheels program to the Tri-County area. CASC is currently in need of non-food supplies (undergarments, linens, adult diapers, etc.) in addition to pantry staples. Here’s a full list of items needed. Contact a member of the Downtown Community Group or Laura Philpott for more info. Donations can be placed in the boxes in the foyer of the sanctuary where they’ll be collecting food and supplies through Sunday, August 9.
Are you a medical wife? Do you know any residents’ wives or doctors’ wives who are new to Charleston? Redeemer Presbyterian Church in Charleston, SC, is proud to partner with the Charleston chapter of Side By Side, a ministry of CMDA for medical wives. Side By Side is a non-denominational, Bible-based ministry that seeks to encourage, support, and minister to women in medical marriages through fellowship, Bible study, and prayer. They seek to help connect the wives of medical and dental students, residents, fellows, staff physicians, and dentists here in Charleston.
With Redeemer’s proximity to MUSC, we worship with many medical families, including Dan & Emma Flaugher who moved to Charleston a few years ago. Emma is the coordinator of the Charleston chapter of Side By Side, and she shares a little of her experience below:
Side by Side was like life-support for me when I first arrived in Charleston. I knew nobody, felt extremely isolated, and my husband’s residency demanded 99% of his time. It was through community with those women that I grew in my faith and dependence on Christ, learned to love and support my husband in the midst of his crazy schedule, and made lifelong friendships. This isn’t a group that nibbles on appetizers and exchanges niceties; this is a life-giving network of women who deeply care for one another and desire to walk this road together, side by side.”
Side By Side kicks off during the summer months as new students and residents move into Charleston. Contact Emma directly to learn more about this vital ministry to the medical community, and join their Facebook group.
Community groups at Redeemer Presbyterian Church in Charleston, SC, are more than just Bible studies. These small groups that meet in homes throughout the city seek to influence and impact their communities, sowing the love of Christ and the Word of God through these outposts of Redeemer.
As our groups change their pace for the summer, we look forward to hearing about outreach events and opportunities in different neighborhoods around Charleston. Read about the latest projects and outreach events our community groups are involved in.
One community group is hosting a women’s Bible study on Tuesday mornings this summer with childcare included, as an outreach to moms and kids in the West Ashley area. Contact Nancy Eriksen for details.
And, if you’re part of the Redeemer family, we want you to be part of a community group! Find specific information here about each of our groups.
This Saturday, April 18 members of the James Island Community Group, deacons, and other volunteers from Redeemer will gather at 8 am at Florence Crittenton for a work day and breakfast with the staff and residents. No experience needed to make a difference in the lives of these at-risk, young mothers, so join us!
We need volunteers of all skill-sets, including cooking, handiwork, cleaning, and evangelism to help. We’ll be doing minor maintenance repairs for them, cleaning their chapel so they can use it for an upcoming training seminar, and providing breakfast for fellowship with the staff and residents. If you’re able to help with this outreach, contact Thomas Szymanski or Robert Wood so they can organize our efforts and laborers.
Redeemer Presbyterian Church in Charleston, SC, boasted two teams in the Walk for Water this past Saturday, March 22. Some of the “not Downtown CG” Team is shown above prior to the walk.
Some of Redeemer’s second team, the “Downtown Community Group,” is shown above. Between both Redeemer teams, we raised over $800 for Water Missions International!
With nearly 4,000 walkers this year, this 9th Annual event was their biggest yet–and Redeemer’s best participation, too!
Contribute to a Redeemer team or join us in our Walk for Water this Saturday, March 21 downtown beginning at Brittlebank Park. Redeemer has the privilege of supporting a local charity, Charleston’s own Water Missions International! Redeemer has two groups registered to walk, and each team is accepting additional walkers and donations now.
The Downtown Community Group formed the first team (donate or join here), and then threw down the gauntlet to the other community groups. In response another team formed–aptly named “not the Downtown CG” (donate or join here). So pick your side, throw your support behind one (or both) of these Redeemer teams, and donate to a great charity that provides not just clean drinking water to needy communities around the world but also Living Water.
From Caroline McGill of the West Ashley community group:
The West Ashley community group gathered for an outreach cookout last Thursday evening at the Millses’ home in the Gadsden Green neighborhood of downtown Charleston, SC. Equipped with a grill, a few dozen hotdogs, a few dozen cookies, and some fantastic sides (even Mac&Cheese!) we braved the August heat to enjoy an evening of fellowship with neighbors and friends new and old. The kids had a blast playing in the dirt and eating as many sweets as they could sneak! We met folks from down the street and around the corner and even a few new faces from the West Ashley area. Todd Christian manned the grill, and Ian and Jamie Mills were gracious hosts offering their home for bathroom breaks and an escape from the heat and pesky bugs. We even topped off the evening with some cold watermelon from a friendly neighbor!
We really enjoyed it, and it has sparked some of the neighbors to start an evening walking group and to try to make gatherings like this a regular thing to build community in our neighborhood. Since Ian is home all day, he knows more of the neighbors than I do, and it was great for me to have an opportunity to meet some, too. –Jamie Mills
Join the West Ashley community group and others for a hotdog cookout this Thursday, August 7 at 6 pm in the Gadsden Green neighborhood–just a few blocks north of Redeemer’s Ansonborough location in downtown Charleston. Ian & Jamie Mills live in Gadsden Green, and they’ve sent over 40 invitations to their neighbors. So help the Millses and the West Ashley community group meet the neighbors, fellowship, and build connections with our downtown neighbors. Contact Tony Paladino of the West Ashley community group for participation details.
From Megan Busch, a member of the downtown community group:
For about three months, Redeemer’s downtown community group has been praying for God to bring us a ministry designed specifically to serve the people living in our little city. We were presented with the opportunity this past week to organize a Perichoreo event.
Perichoreo is an outreach mentorship program with Burke High School and Burke Junior High School run by Olivia Hines—one of our community group members—and a few of her close friends. The term perichoreo describes a doctrine of the reciprocal inherence of the human and the divine nature of Christ, and the word was chosen to represent the ministry because it references the relationship between the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Olivia explains, “You can think of this relationship as a dance—with each member evenly encircling others. No member of this divine dance of the Trinity dances around the self. Our God is a relational God, and if we are created in the image of Christ, then we are created for relationship and community.”
The downtown community group’s goal in supporting Perichoreo is to create a bridge between the lower-income community in Charleston and the Christian population (that’s us!) living on the peninsula. To do this, we are starting small. This past Tuesday, our team met at Hampton Park equipped with Frisbees, cookies, chips, and a willingness to meet new people. Olivia reached out to the kids who were already participating in her Perichoreo mentorship program, and five students arrived at the park to play, to fellowship, and to simply be silly. Even though many of them had never thrown a Frisbee in their lives, they were good sports (and most were much, much better than my very-non-athletic self). As we move forward in support of this ministry, we pray that the Lord continually sends these same young people back to our events and brings us new kids with whom we can form relationships.
In the fall, the core team at Perichoreo will be looking for mentors—Christians who are willing to spend time during the school year befriending the [awkward, lost, lonely, crazy, youthful, ambitious, fun] teenagers at Burke Junior High and High. We hope that Perichoreo becomes a ministry not just through the social events that our downtown group organizes, but also for others at Redeemer looking to mentor a student, helping him or her learn the love of Christ.
Keep up with the Perichoreo ministry by liking their Facebook page.
On Sunday, April 27 on a gorgeous springtime afternoon, the downtown community group hosted a cookout in Hampton Park for some local kids and their families. Several members of the downtown community group are involved in an after-school mentoring program at a local school, so they’re using their relationships with those students as a way to reach out to whole families.
Downtown community group member Olivia Hines, who also helps coordinate the tutoring program, was elated after the event:
The cookout today could not have been more successful! We probably had more than 60 people there (students, mentors, downtown community group, and several students brought their families with them). It was quite a beautiful sight!
The beautiful green space of Hampton Park easily handled volleyball and cornhole games.
No cookout is complete without deliciously grilled hotdogs.
Forging the bonds of friendship, the members of the downtown community group laughed, played, and loved the students and families who attended the cookout.