Welcome to the Presbytery of New Harmony

 
 

Office Hours
Monday - Thursday, 9:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m.

(If you want to see someone in particular, you will want to call ahead to see if that person is available)  


Telephone 843-662-8411 

Street and Mailing address
2352 Presbyterian Road
Florence, South Carolina 29501


Electronic mail
Email general requests here.
Email webmaster requests here.

 

Happening in New Harmony Presbytery
(All meetings by ZOOM, unless otherwise noted.)
 
Committee on Preparation for Ministry - May 10, 9:45 am.
 
ZOOM Orientation - May 12, 5:30 pm.
 
ZOOM Orientation - May 13, 9:00 am.
 
Grand Strand Ministers' Lunch - May 13, 12 pm.
 
Presbytery of New Harmony Stated Meeting - May 15, 8:30 am. by ZOOM.
 
South Carolina 5 Presbytery Executive Presbyters - May 20, 10:30 am.
 
Cheraw Ministers' Lunch - 12 pm.
 
New Harmony Presbytery's Office Hours - Monday - Thursday, 9 am - 5 pm.
 
Some Presbytery Staff are working at the office and some at home. Therefore, it is best that you first contact them by way of the Presbytery number, choosing the appropriate extension or by emailing them.
Slides from Rev. Denise Anderson's Presentation Available
 
Rev. Denise Anderson's slides from her presentation at the February Stated Meeting of the Presbyter of New Harmony are available for your viewing here.

 

New SC Inn at Montreat Website

Please us https://scinnatmontreat.org/ for accessing the South Carolina Inn at Montreat website.  The other address has been hacked.

Link to view Worship Service at Presbytery Meeting
 
The Reverend Denise Anderson is an ordained minister in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) and currently serves as Coordinator for Racial and Intercultural Justice with the Presbyterian Mission Agency in Louisville, Kentucky. She was Co-moderator of the 222nd General Assembly of the PC(USA). Denise serves on the Spiritual Leaders Cohort of the Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival, the strategy team of NEXT Church, and on Union Presbyterian Seminary’s Syngman Rhee Global Mission Center Advisory Council. She preached during worship at the 100th Stated Meeting of the Presbytery of New Harmony. You may view that worship service here
 
A brief summary of the Presbytery meeting will be coming out shortly.
 

 

Scam Alert
Please do not ever respond to any emails purporting to be from anyone on staff at NHP... from Gavin, Julie, Juanita or Mary... using a gmail address. If you reply, you will be asked to help purchase gift cards for staff, for cancer patients, etc. IT'S A SCAM! 

NO ONE on NHP staff will ever request you to purchase a gift card!
 
NHP staff, including Gavin, Julie, Juanita and Mary will only email you from their work email which ends with newharmonypres.org.

 

Monthly Lunches
 
Instead of having weekly ZOOMs, we are going to transition back to our monthly cluster lunch gatherings, except we are going to do so, for the remainder of the year, by ZOOM. As a reminder, the schedule is as follows:
 
Grand Strand Ministers' Lunch by ZOOM: 2nd Thursday, 12 noon
 
Sumter Ministers' Lunch by ZOOM: 3rd Monday, 12:30pm (This is a change from 2nd Monday in order to not conflict with the monthly CPM meeting.)
 
Cheraw Ministers' Lunch by ZOOM: 3rd Thursday, 12 noon
 
Florence Ministers' Lunch by ZOOM: 4th Wednesday, 12 noon
 
As usual, Juanita will send you a reminder and the link, which is also below, a week prior. However, please mark your calendars.

 

Helpful Resources for In-Person
Worship & Activities
 
Download these helpful resources on COVID-19 for in-person worship and activities. Please review and/or forward them on to appropriate leaders in your congregation/s. 

 

PC(USA) Guidance on Sacraments
During Pandemic
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Who are your The Office of the General Assembly and the Presbyterian Mission Agency's Office of Theology and Worship have together prepared a statement on the sacrament of baptism and services of ordination and/or installment during the COVID-19 pandemic. 
 

 

Guiding Council Continues to Recommend Not Resuming In-Person Activities
 
Your Guiding Council met Thursday, June 27.  With the rising cases of the Coronavirus, they continue to strongly advise that in-person worship and activities NOT resume at this time. They know that resuming in-person worship and activities is a decision of the Session and not the presbytery or its council; they affirm this in our Presbyterian polity and Constitution. They also know that there are Sessions that have either resumed in-person worship and/or activities or have decided to do so in the near future, utilizing the Guidelines recently distributed; they would, of course, urge err on the side of more, rather than less, precautions and safeguards. Please let them know if there are ways that they can be of assistance and support

 

Guidelines for Reopening In-Person Worship
 
Moderators and Clerks,
 
Attached are the Guidelines for reopening in-person worship and activities, which are slightly revised from the draft you recently received. These Guidelines were unanimously adopted by your Guiding Council to assist and support your Session in its plans for reopening.
 
We are aware that some Sessions have set a date for reopening or are planning or conducting outdoor worship, using the draft Guidelines sent to pastoral leaders a couple of weeks ago, to make preparations. Many other Sessions are not rushing to reopen but continuing to provide worship and activities through means other than in-person and inside. The Guiding Council reaffirms, once again, that it is the Session that determines when and how a congregation reopens to in-person, inside worship and activities. However, the Guiding Council continues to advise and encourage this not yet happen.
 
We have just past the surge in cases and deaths for this area, but with the reopening of many businesses, there is a concern on the part of medical and health experts that cases and deaths could easily spike. Additionally, we are aware that many of our members are in vulnerable categories.  Thus, the Guiding Council encourages that each Session take this time to develop a strategic plan for your congregation and context for the time it does reopen to in-person, inside worship and activities. The attached Guidelines are to assist and support those Session plans in a way that ensures the safest way to do so at the time determined by the Session.
 
Please reach out to me or Julie should you need any assistance and support. We are grateful for your leadership and continue to pray for you and your congregation.
 
 
God bless. Gavin
 
Rev. Gavin D. Meek
Transitional Executive Presbyter/Stated Clerk
New Harmony Presbytery
Gavin@NewHarmonyPres.org
Office 843.662.8411
Cell 646.546.0522

 

Questions Churches Should Answer
Before People Return
 
Ken Braddy, Director of Sunday School for Lifeway Christian Rewources, outlines 24 questions churches should answer before congregations return to "normal" worship.  Click on this link to learn the questions.
 

 

Weekly Coronvirus Update from PCUSA
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