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

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


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Happening This Week in New Harmony
(Unless otherwise noted, all meetings are held at the Presbytery office.)
Complete Calendar
Grand Strand Area Minister & Educator Lunch
August 9, 12 pm, Surf Diner, Surfside Beach.

Presbyterian Women Fall Helpshops
August 11, 9 am, First Presbyterian Church, Myrtle Beach.

Sumter Area Minister & Educator Lunch
August 13, 12:30 pm, Willie Sue's, Sumter.

Committee on Ministry
August 14, 2:30 pm.

Cheraw Area Minister & Educator Lunch
August 16, 12 pm, River's Edge, Cheraw.
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
Guiding Council
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 guest at the Special Called Presbytery meeting were inspired on several occasions.  One of those inspirational times was the reports from commissioners to the General Assembly meeting this summer.  During the next several weeks, we will give you opportunities to experience these occasions as they are reprinted here.  First, will be the report from Young Adult Advisory Delegate Cate Henderson.] 
"The General assembly for me has been an absolutely amazing, encouraging and insightful experience of the decision making group for the Presbyterian church (USA) at our highest council level. After experiencing the  223rd General Assembly I am so happy that I am a member of such an incredible denomination. And I hope that after sharing my 10- day experience you can have a sense of why. I would like to thank the you as a presbytery for electing me to serve....
"...After we ?nished the exercise, we sat down and talked about where we standing at the end of the exercise and how that made us feel. I couldn't think of anything else to say except that I felt so blessed to never have to think about whether or not I was going to college, or that I never had to leave a house because of not being able to pay rent, or that I have never had to go hungry....

"...To sum up what General Assembly meant to me the words of Apostle Paul in Galatians, 'For in God there is neither jew nor gentile, neither slave nor free, nor is there male and female, for you are all ONE in Christ Jesus.' Amen." 
Latest News from Board of Pensions
You may view the latest news from the Board of Pensions by clicking on this link.  


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


Presbytery Spring Meeting Digest
The Digest of the Ninety-Second Stated Meeting of the Presbytery of New Harmony is available.

You may download the Digest in bulleting insert form to share with your congregation.


General Assembly Bulletin Inserts                     
PUCSA logo in circle Pre-order your General Assembly bulletin inserts today. Inform your congregation with bulletin inserts that give concise, level-headed summaries of what's coming. A front/back bulletin insert produced by the award-winning staff of the Outlook will present some of the key issues the assembly will consider. Click here to order. Inserts will be available May 30. You will receive regular and large print versions. Korean and Spanish translations will be available. Post-GA bulletins (available June 23) will help you share balanced, non-anxious news coming out of GA with your congregation.  Pre-order now.


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,
John W. Dennis, Jr.
Congregational Development Ministry



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