Welcome to the
Presbytery of New Harmony


The Mission of the Presbytery of New Harmony is to strengthen, nurture, and sustain its congregations and ministers, and to participate in the wider mission of the church through its higher governing bodies.

The Presbytery of New Harmony, a member of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), is situated along the northeastern coast of South Carolina. We have 7,534 members across 11 counties in South Carolina. The presbytery office, located in Florence, supports 65 congregations and 80 resident ministers.

Please feel free to browse our website to find out more about us.

If you cannot find what you're looking for, please feel free to contact us at the addresses listed
below.

Presbytery of New Harmony
PO Box 4025
Florence, SC
29502-4025
Phone  843-662-8411
Fax      843-665-1408

office@newharmonypres.org

Contact staff:
firstname@
newharmonypres.org 

Happening This Week in New Harmony
(Unless otherwise noted, all meetings are held at the Presbytery office.)
 
Property Committee
August 15, 3 pm.

Cheraw Area Minister & Educator Lunch
August 16, 12 pm, River's Edge, Cheraw.

Vision Implementation Team
August 21, 1 pm.

Guiding Council
August 21, 3 pm.

Florence area Minister & Educator Lunch
August 22, 12 pm, Stephanos

Education & Nurture Ministry
August 23, 9:30 am.

Congregation Development Ministry
August 23, 4:30 pm.
New Presbytery Office Hours
Starting immediately, New Harmony Presbytery's Office hours will be Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. However, please note that we are currently without an Office Administrator, so until a new one is hired, it is possible that the office maybe closed at other times.
New Harmony Presbytery Searching for Part-Time Office Administrator
New Harmony Presbytery is looking for a part-time (Monday - Thursday, 9 a.m. until 5 p.m.), temporary (through the end of the year) Office Administrator.
 
We are seeking someone with the following qualifications: experience in administrative work in an institutional environment; good computer skills with knowledge of Microsoft Office including Word, Publisher, Excel and PowerPoint and Google Forms; well versed in the use of e-mail and the Internet; ability to gain proficiency in the use of NHP's data base; competent in the operation and maintenance of office equipment; good administrative, organizational, and communication skills and ability to be self-motivated; a good work ethic, ability to maintain confidentiality and work with a variety of personalities.

Interested persons are to send resume's to Rev. Gavin Meek, Transitional Executive Presbyter/Stated Clerk at Gavin@NewHarmonyPres.org  
Nominating Committee Needs
Your Suggestions
Your NHP Nominating Committee seeks your help, asking that you provide us suggestions for the following:
 
Camping Ministry
Congregational Development Ministry
Committee on Ministry
Committee on Preparation for Ministry
Education & Nurture Ministry
Finance
Guiding Council
Mission
Nominating
Property
Worship and Spiritual Formation
 
Please contact members of the Nominating Committee (Mary Kendall Bittle, Rachel Chandler, or Carrie Hampton) and/or Gavin Meek, Transitional Executive Presbyter/Stated Clerk or Julie Cox, Associate Executive Presbyter/Stated Clerk for further information.   
Inspirational Occasions at
Presbytery Meeting
Commissioners and guests at the Special Called Presbytery Meeting were inspired on several occasions.  One of those inspirational times was reports from commissioners to the General Assembly.  During the next several weeks, we will give you opportunities to experience these occasions as they are reprinted here.  This report is from Susan Holton, ruling elder commissioner.
 
IT WAS AN HONOR AND PRIVILEGE TO SERVE AS NEW HARMONY'S COMMISSIONER TO THE 223RD GA. IT WAS TRULY THE MOST AMAZING EXPERIENCE OF MY LIFE AND I THANK YOU SO MUCH-IT WAS A GIFT.

EACH YADD AND COMMISSIONER WAS ASSIGNED TO A COMMITTEE AND THERE WERE 50 OF US ASSIGNED TO THE MISSION COORDINATION COMMITTEE.

WE HAD 14 OVERTURES TO CONSIDER AND ONE OF THEM WAS ENTITLED, "CONCERNING SMALL CHURCHES." I WAS PARTICULARLY INTERESTED IN THIS OVERTURE BECAUSE THERE ARE SO MANY SMALL CHURCHES IN THIS PRESBYTERY AND I HAPPEN TO BE A MEMBER OF ONE-SWAN LAKE/SUMTER. BECAUSE OF THIS, I BELIEVE IT WAS PROVIDENTIAL THAT I WAS ASSIGNED TO THIS COMMITTEE. THIS OVERTURE ASKED APPROVAL TO CREATE A NEW DEPARTMENT TO OVERSEE, GUIDE, WORK WITH SMALL CHURCHES (CHURCHES WITH A MEMBERSHIP OF 50 OR LESS) AT A COST OF 3 MILLION DOLLARS. I KNEW THAT THIS WAS EXPENSIVE BUT I BELIEVED THAT SMALL CHURCHES NEEDED AND DESERVED THIS RECOGNITION AND ASSISTANCE.

THE DEBATE BEGAN AND I FOUND IT TO BE HURTFUL. THOSE WHO SPOKE MADE ME FEEL THAT SMALL CHURCHES ARE NOT IMPORTANT, THAT SMALL CHURCHES DON'T MATTER AND THAT WE'RE INSIGNIFICANT. THEY DIDN'T KNOW US- THEY DIDN'T KNOW ANYTHING ABOUT US-THEY ONLY KNEW NUMBERS. THEY WERE TALKING ABOUT MANY OF YOUR CHURCHES AND ABOUT MY CHURCH. A TEACHING ELDER COMMISSIONER STOOD AND SAID, "IF YOU HAVE ONLY 50 MEMBERS, WHAT'S THE POINT?" I RAISED MY HAND TO RESPOND TO THAT BECAUSE I WAS GOING TO EXPLAIN TO HIM-IN CHRISTIAN LOVE-EXACTLY WHAT WAS THE POINT BUT THE MODERATOR RECOGNIZED SOMEONE ELSE WHO CALLED FOR THE QUESTION. [Read the complete report to find out the results.]
  
Special Pricing on
Connections Lectionary Resource

 
Special Pricing on Connections Lectionary Resource. The first of nine volumes from Connections: A Lectionary Commentary for Preaching and Worship will be available this September!

Designed to help preachers connect congregations to Scripture, this upcoming series offers creative commentary on each reading in the three year cycle of the Revised Common Lectionary. It does so first by viewing that reading through the lens of its connections to the rest of Scripture; and then seeing the reading through the lenses of culture, film, fiction, ethics, science, and other aspects of contemporary life.

Commentaries on the Psalm readings are also included that connects them to the other readings for the day and to the congregation's experience of worship. Connections: Year C, Volume 1 will cover Advent through Epiphany. Order today from Thoughtful Christian for a 35% Discount.  
Heritage Center Seeking
Camp Montreat for Girls Memorabilia
Heritage Center Seeking Camp Montreat for Girls Memorabilia. From 1924 to 1967, Camp Montreat for Girls was owned and operated by Montreat College. Girls from Kansas to North Carolina and New York to Florida attended the camp in the summer for four or eight weeks.

We would like to have a display at the Heritage Center in Montreat commemorating this special camp that meant so much to so many young women.  If you attended Camp Montreat or know someone who did, we would like to hear from you.

We are collecting memorabilia, such as, Indian blankets, navy scarfs, memory books, etc. If  you have things from the camp or stories about the camp, please contact: Mr. Bill Walker (Trinity Presbytery) 400 Lake Secession Road, Anderson, South Carolina 29621; by phone at 864.296.4813; or email at btwalker@prodigy.net.  

 

Guiding Council Introduces Transitional Executive Presbyter/Stated Clerk,
The Rev. Gavin D. Meek
Gavin met with the Committee on Ministry, following unanimous recommendation and overwhelmingly positive responses from the Transition Task Force and the Guiding Council. 
 
Gavin was introduced and recommended for membership in New Harmony at the called meeting on July 31.
  
We began his ministry with us on August 1
 

 

Lay School of Theology

The S.C. Lay School, sponsored by the five presbyteries of South Carolina, holds two weekend sessions each year on the campus of Presbyterian College in Clinton. The two-track program offers the Lay Enrichment Track for those who seek spiritual enrichment and study.  The Lay Pastor Track is for those who wish to become qualified to serve as pulpit supply or become eligible for commissioning to a lay pastor position.  
  
The Fall 2018 session is October 12-14.  The Spring 2019 session is March 22-24.  Check the Charleston-Atlantic Presbytery website for registration material approximately six weeks before each session.

 

 

 

Congregational Development Ministry Offering Grants for
Positive and Inspiring Programs

The Congregation Development Ministry is one of the Program Ministries of New Harmony Presbytery and it is here to partner with your congregation. We stand ready to assist churches with their needs and requests. In recent history, many of these have been centered on emergencies, maintenance problems, salary shortfalls and other items that disrupt the mission and ministry of our congregations. In 2017, we are planning to offer assistance in other ways also. The CDM encourages you to apply for grants to do positive and inspiring programs in your church or community. These grants will typically be $2,000.00 each but we will consider any and all requests.
 
We do not know where you might go with this help, but we want your congregation to do something that will bring honor to our Lord and people to His service. These grants may be the encouragement you need to begin a new ministry or undertake a new mission effort. We would love to be a part of these plans.
 
We promise to pray for you and your church and to stand with you as you move forward in ministry. It is our sincere hope that all of us can begin to think positively about our denomination, its mission, and its future. We pray that you will know the joy of a connected and responsive presbytery.
 
We have applications available for you to use so that you can communicate the information that we need. These applications may be found on the presbytery's website after the first of the new year. Please contact me, Johnny Dennis, or Julie Cox with questions or for additional information.
 
May Our Lord Bless You,
Johnny
John W. Dennis, Jr.
Moderator
Congregational Development Ministry
843-997-6804

 

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