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 12 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
2352 Presbyterian Road
Florence, SC 
29501
Phone  843-662-8411

Email us.

 

This Week in New Harmony
    Building Community Through Information 

May 27, 2020 

Upcoming Presbytery Meetings
 
August 18, 2020
First Presbyterian Church, Cheraw.
 
November 14, 2020
Ebenezer Presbyterian Church, Dalzell.
 
February 20, 2021
First Presbyterian Church, Myrtle Beach.
Prayers for...
(Send request to presbyeducator@gmail.
com
.) 
 
Churches of New Harmony and elsewhere as they endeavor to stay in touch with members.
 
Wisdom, guidance, and good health in this era of coronavirus.
 
Our two churches for the week:
 
New Harvest Presbyterian Church, 
Franklin Colclough, 
Moderator of Session.
First Presbyterian Church, Olanta, 
Jim Clark, 
Moderator of Session.
 
Candidate
 Marcy B. Carl (Georgetown) Dubuque Theological Seminary.

Inquirers
Caitlyn Hathaway (First, Hartsville)
Union Presbyterian Seminary, Richmond.
 
Joseph Jumper
(First Myrtle Beach)
Columbia Theological Seminary
 
Darren Wilson
(Friendship)
Union Presbyterian Seminary-Charlotte.

Flury Wilson
(Friendship)
Union Presbyterian Seminary-Charlotte.
 
Randolph Green (Congruity Presbyterian Church)
Local Church Information
 
If your congregation is planning an event you would like to advertise, please submit  information, to Avery Dickson by Monday of the week you want it published.

Local Church Mission Information

If your congregation has participated in a mission project or trip recently, we would like to share it with our presbytery.  Please submit the information to Avery Dickson.

Important Links

Camp Pee Dee Retreat Center


Thornwell 
 

PCUSA

SC Inn (Montreat)

Montreat Conference Center
 

Presbytery Office Info
Address
2352 Presbyterian Road, Florence, SC 29501
 
 
Phone
(843) 662-8411
 
New This Week
Happening In New Harmony Presbytery
(Unless otherwise noted, all meetings will be by ZOOM.)
 
New Harmony Pastoral Leaders
May 28, 11:30 am, ZOOM.
 
Cultivation & Empowerment 
Committee
May 28, 5 pm, ZOOM.
 
Self Development of People Webinar
June 5, 2 pm.
 
Committee on Preparation for 
Ministry
June 8, 9:45 am, ZOOM.
 
Committee on Ministry
June 9, 2:00 pm, ZOOM
 
Presbyterian Women Coordinating Team
June 13, 10 am, ZOOM.
 
All future meetings of committees will be by ZOOM until you are notified otherwise.
 
New Harmony Presbytery's 
Office Hours  Monday - Thursday, 9 am - 5 pm.
 
Presbytery Staff is working from home.  You may contact them through the Presbytery phones and choosing the extension of the person you are trying to reach or by email.
Weekly Coronvirus Update from PCUSA
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Orientation Video for General Assembly
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The linked video below is good preparation for the upcoming General Assembly.  Due to Covid-19, the General Assembly will be held online this year. 
 
 
South Carolina Inn Is Open
South Carolina Inn
The South Carolina Inn is open once again to welcome you to Montreat!! We write this letter to you from the front porch of the Inn. Today a gentle rain is providing nourishment to the North Carolina mountains. Tomorrow the sunshine should return to enjoy another beautiful day to walk around Lake Susan. The wonder of God's creation seems to be made manifest clearly here in Montreat.
 
We write to update you on the Inn, local ordinances in place, and the adjustments that we are making so that you can continue to have wonderful experiences at "your home in the mountains." Currently, the Inn is making adjustments to abide by county statutes now in place and to provide a safe and comfortable place to stay. We encourage you to make and keep your reservations for June and the following months. Due to cancellations of Montreat conferences we have availability that we would not ordinarily have during the summer. 
 
The Inn has not been able to welcome guests since mid-March. The staff of Emily, Jenny, and Gene have used this time to deep clean the house and the apartments. You will notice the difference when you arrive. Be sure to check out the patio kitchen that is available for all guests. We have also accomplished some much-needed repairs like new steps outside of the apartments and the main kitchen has new appliances.
 
Katie Cannon Scholarship Available
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The Presbyterian Mission Agency has created a scholarship to honor the name and legacy of The Rev. Dr. Katie Geneva Cannon, a pioneer and legend in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). The Women's Ministry Fund (E049991) supports Presbyterian women of color, clergywomen, college women, and other women with opportunities for leadership and spiritual development as well as mission opportunities in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). Up to $1,500 will be awarded for expenses for a leadership development event in the United States for qualifying applicants. Apply Here
Downloadable Studies from
The Thoughtful Christian
 
Whether planning ahead for summer or looking for Christian education options for virtual study, these downloadable studies will save time and money.  Click here for more information.
A Recommendation from
Synod Executive, Joyce Lieberman
 
"As your sessions are meeting virtually, they may find this helpful in putting together their rules to do so."
 
Churches Receiving Grants for Local Mission 
 
The COVID-19 Partnership Grants Team has approved six grants for local mission or technology to the following congregations: Indiantown; Kingston, Conway; Manning; Summerton; Trinity, Mayesville; and Trinity, Surfside.
 
On behalf of New Harmony Presbytery, Julie Cox and Gavin Meek applied for and received a $7,500 grant from Presbyterian Disaster Assistance.  This money is going to assist and support the Guiding Council's approved COVID-19 Partnership Grants for Local Mission.  These local mission partnership grants are assisting and supporting congregations that are actively responding to the need and pain within their particular communities.  
 
You may download and complete a grant application. 
Downloadable Resources
 
PC(USA) Church Store Offers Downloadable Resources. As many of you are continuing to navigate digital ministry, these resources help you easily share resources with your congregation at an affordable price. Check these out and browse through all downloads to find what your church needs.
VBS for Virtual or At Home
 
Presbyterian Outlook Staycation Bible School 2020-Feet That Follow:   Families of elementary-aged children will go on a journey exploring the places Jesus traveled and discovering the ways we can travel and share God's love while staying right in our own homes!  Churches will receive a PDF download with five days of VBS.  Each day will include a key Bible verse and lesson complete with instructions and activities.  Available June 1- Churches less than 200 members: Order for $20; Churches more than 200 members: Order for $30
 
 
Compassion Camp: Be Loved, Be Kind, Be You (from Illustrated Ministry)- Church leaders can lead as much or as little content as they would like online (whether led live via Facebook Live or Zoom or by sending/uploading recorded videos); otherwise, it can be led at home by grown-ups. For K-Grade 5 as well as some preschool activities. For information on daily themes and curriculum structure go to VBS Infoguide. Church version is $149.99 and Family Version is $24.99.

 
I've Got This with Jesus (from Urban Ministries, Inc)- With the guided resources and the church's favorite video streaming platform, virtual VBS can happen. Five sessions for all ages- to order and learn more about the theme go   HERE. Planning Kit $79.99 Leaders' guides and student books are an additional cost.
 
Ode to ZOOM - Parody Medley
 
Click the link below to view this Parody of ZOOM!  Enjoy!!
PCUSA Stated Clerk Weighs in
On Digital General Assembly
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For nearly two months, the Office of the General Assembly has been working on how to conduct the 224th General Assembly (2020) in the midst of a pandemic. The COVID-19 virus derailed plans for a full assembly gathering in Baltimore next month and work continues to prepare for an online assembly with a shortened agenda.

The Reverend Dr. J. Herbert Nelson, II, Stated Clerk of the General Assembly of the PC(USA), says it's an opportunity to consider a new way of being church in the 21st century. 
 
PC(USA) Store Resources
 
COVID-19: HOW TO NAVIGATE
YOUR NEW REALITY
 
From Church Mutual Insurance
By now, you are acutely aware that the world in which you and your congregation are living looks very different these days. The global pandemic known as the coronavirus (COVID-19) is now a local crisis - everywhere. And it has upended every aspect of how you lead your organization.

Since we don't know when life will fully return to "normal," we know you may need some help navigating the issues that are challenging you most. That's why we created a free toolket stocked with resources for this difficult time. You'll find fresh ideas for keeping your people connected, tips to effectively manage cash flow and a checklist that ensures your facility is safe both now and when it reopens. Plus, our handy infographic can help you identify (and prevent) cyberscams that present dangers while working virtually or remotely.

The word "unprecedented" is mentioned a lot these days - and for good reason. But we have experienced "unprecedented" many times over our 120+ years of service; be assured that brighter, better days always return. Know that we're here to help you today, tomorrow and every day after that.
National Black Presbyterian Caucus
Southeastern Region Conference
 
 
SAVE THE DATE - July  16-18, 2020
Airport Crowne Plaza Hotel
Jacksonville, FL
 
Are You Ready for
Hybrid Online/In Person Worship?
 
When churches decide to resume in-person worship, it seems clear that a lot of people may continue to watch from home. These include: People who would exceed the reduced capacity limits; People in high-risk groups; People who are anxious about going out; and People who've simply decided they prefer online worship. Read the article to see what items you should consider in order to accommodate the at home and the in sanctuary worshipers. 
Questions Churches Should Answer
Before People Return
 
Ken Braddy, Director of Sunday School for Lifeway Christian Resources, outlines 24 questions churches should answer before congregations return to "normal" worship.  Click on this link to learn the questions.
 
Resources To Help With Reopening Churches
 
Below you will find links to several resources to help you with decisions about reopening your congregation.  Please look at these before deciding.
 
Latest COVID-19 Info on
New Harmony Website
 
Visit www.newharmonypres.org  and click on the COVID-19 tab for more information.  You will find helpful links, including churches with online worship services.  
Each year on Pentecost Sunday, we celebrate the gift of the Holy Spirit and the birthday of the church. The Holy Spirit remains with us still, connecting us with the church of the past, continuing to inspire the church of today, and pointing us to the church of the future. Each year, this celebration is marked by receiving the Pentecost Offering which nurtures the faith of those who are the church to come; children, youth, and young adults.  Download the Leader's Guide.
 Ways your members can give
  • Text YOUNG to 56512 to learn more or donate.
  • Call 800-728-7228 x5047.
 
Camp Pee Dee
Camp Pee Dee Retreat Center's Gift Opportunity List
Camp Pee Dee New Logo
 
The list is set up as a bulletin insert.  Please download the list and place it in your bulletin/newsletter to help Camp Pee Dee Retreat Center with some of its needs. 
Leadership Events
 
[For more information, click on links below]
 
Stewardship Kaleidoscope 2020, September 21-23, Cincinnati, "Currents of Faith, Stewardshifts."  Details to follow.
 
Arts, Recreation, and Worship Conference (ARWPostponed - Click here for more information
"Dive Deeper," Montreat Conference Center.
 
Resources
[For more information, click on links below]
 
 
InLighten Films Offer - Click this link   https://inlightenstream.com/premiere and use the Special Code: PCUSA200
 
 
 
Presbyterian Planning Calendars are available here.
 
180 Days of Prayer leading up to General Assembly, daily prayers.
 
Regarding Ruling Elders - Resources, monthly articles, and more.
Recent Articles
[For more information, click on links below]
 
Church Events of Interest
 
 
Currently, we have none to recommend to you.  Stay safe.
 Job Opportunities
 
If you have the need to advertise a job position, please send the relevant information to presbyeducator@gmail.com.  Click on the links below for descriptions of positions. Once you fill or stop searching for the position, please notify presbyeducator@gmail.com
 
First Presbyterian Church, Hartsville, is seeking a part-time Financial Secretary.  If you are interested, contact Rev. Ashley Cheek at  213 Home Ave., Hartsville, SC 29550.
 
Lake City Presbyterian Church Looking for Part-Time Pastoral Leadership.  To learn more, please contact one of the following: Jane Player, worship chair, jane.player1@gmail.com; Corliss Bowman, Clerk, corlissb1@gmail.com; Gavin Meek, Transitional EP & Stated Clerk, Gavin@NewHarmonyPres.org. 
 
 
Part-Time Christian Educator/Youth Director, Kingston Presbyterian Church, Conway.  Contact Jim Burton (843)248-4200.
 
 
 

 

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