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 - October 11, 9:45 am.
 
Committee on Ministry - October 12, 2 pm.
 
Grand Strand Ministers' Lunch - October 14, 12 pm, El Cerro Grande.
 
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.
Lay School of Theology at Presbyterian College
Sponsored by the Five Presbyteries of South Carolina
 
The fall session of the S.C. Lay School of Theology
will be October 15-16, 2021
in-person, at Presbyterian College. 
Registration materials will be available in the coming weeks.
 
FOR WHOM: Lay persons who wish to
 
1. Participate in an in-depth study of the Bible, Theology, or Church History.
2. Be trained as a Commissioned Teaching Elder.
3. Better prepare themselves to teach the Bible or Church School.
4. Serve as Directors of Christian Education.
5. Be certified by the Association of Presbyterian Administrators.
 
PLEASE NOTE: These courses are not for ministers, candidates for the ministry, or those considering changing denominations to the PC (U.S.A.).
 
For additional information, click here.

 

SC Inn at Montreat - Your Home in the Mountains

Come to Montreat, North Carolina, nestled in the foothills of the Black Mountains, east of Asheville, NC. The South Carolina Inn is open year-round and ready for you. The inn is owned, operated, and supported by the Presbyterian Churches USA of South Carolina with a mission to provide a retreat for clergy, families, individuals, and attendees of Montreat Conferences. We also welcome and provide lodging for groups, families, individuals, and anyone seeking respite from everyday life.

The South Carolina Inn is a hidden gem, with guest rooms equipped with twin, double or queen beds. The Kirk Apartments have AC/Heat and kitchenettes. The Inn is a perfect for reunions, workshops, and large gatherings. Conveniently located on the edge of the Montreat College campus, the Inn provides affordable accommodations for students’ families when they come for orientation, attend sporting events, or when they just want to have brief visits with their loved ones. Come on up to your home in the mountains! Visit us at www.scinatmontreat.org for more information.

 

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.

 

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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