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

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


Contact staff:

This Week in New Harmony
    Building Community Through Information

   November 28,  2018

Prayers for...
(Send request to presbyeducator@gmail.
Our two churches for the week:
Mt. Pisgah Presbyterian Church, Hartsville, Marshall Ivey, commissioned pastor.

Mt. Sinai Presbyterian Church, Mayesville,
Franklin Colclough, moderator of session.
Fred "Tripp" Brogdon, III
(First, Sumter) Columbia Theological Seminary.
Marcy B. Carl (Georgetown) Dubuque Theological Seminary.

Caitlyn Hathaway (First, Hartsville)
Union Presbyterian Seminary, Richmond.

Darren Wilson
Union Presbyterian Seminary-Charlotte.

Flury Wison
Union Presbyterian Seminary-Charlotte.
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 Home for Children


SC Inn (Montreat)

Montreat Conference Center

New This Week
Happening This Week in New Harmony
(Unless otherwise noted, all meetings are held at the Presbytery office.)
Florence Area Minister Lunch
November 28, 12 pm.

Camp Pee Dee Director Search Team (ZOOM)
November 29, 10 am.

Regional Officer Training
December 1, 9:00 am, John Calvin Presbyterian Church
To Receive material, register by emailing office@newharmonypres.org.
New Harmony Presbytery's Office hours 
Monday - Thursday, 9 am - 5 pm
Attention All Deacons & Elders
You are urged to take advantage of this opportunity to be a better church officer.  If you have not registered for one of the four officer training events being held around the Presbytery of New Harmony, email the office with information concerning which event you will be attending.  You will receive material after you have registered. 

The events are from 9:00 am - 1:00 pm with refreshments and registration beginning at 8:30 a.m.: 
  • December 1, at John Calvin (2000 Marsh Ave., Florence) 
  • December 8, at Manning Presbyterian Church (231 N. Brook St./Hwy. 30) 
  • January 12, at First, Cheraw (300 Market Street) 
  • January 19, Trinity, Surfside (2061 Glenns Bay Rd., Surfside Beach)
The outline of this training will be the ordination questions for Ruling Elders and Deacons; topics to be covered will include Presbyterian/Reformed theology, polity, history and social witness. 

Regarding Ruling Elders 

PCUSA logoA Monthly Series for Spiritual Leaders by Joan Gray
This month's thoughts are on the topic of "Letting God Be God in the Church"-  ...God cannot give our churches everything God wants us to have until we leaders are willing to let go of our need to be in control of the church and through faith let God take charge. Actually, it is a great relief when we are able to let God take God's rightful place as head of the church and we take our places as junior partners in God's work... (read the entire article here).
News from SC Inn at Montreat Board
At their fall meeting on November 12, the Board of Trustees of the South Carolina Inn accepted the request from Chuck Brown to end his employment as the manager of the Inn.  
Chuck has faithfully served the Inn for 23 years.  In the time that Chuck has served, the Inn has undergone significant improvements to the facility.  These improvements include upgrades to the Kirk Apartments, recently installed heating and air conditioning units in the apartments, renovations to the William Brearley home, as well as the general maintenance to the facility.  Anyone who has stayed at the Inn has enjoyed the best breakfast in Montreat which Chuck has prepared for many guests over his 23 years of ministry.  The Inn is in stable financial condition as Chuck leaves to pursue other opportunities.
The SC Inn Board is actively at work during this interim period.  The Inn is blessed by our staff person, Jody Speight, who will continue to oversee housekeeping and kitchen responsibilities.  Various board members will fill in other roles during the coming months.  Our personnel committee will be seeking a short-term interim and we will soon be advertising for a new staff person.
We thank you for your support of the SC Inn.  We are excited by our future and encourage you to support and spend time at "Your Home in the Mountains."
Transitional Ministry
Education Offerings-2019
PUCSA logo in circle Week 1:  Introduction to Transitional Ministry
This course is for individuals who are considering ministry in temporary settings (as an interim, transitional or designated pastor) or are experiencing ministry in these transitional times. Materials presented will include the basics of transitional ministry and will be of value to all congregational pastors regardless of ministry setting.
Week 2:  The Practice of Transitional Ministry
This course is the second part of the transitional ministry education sequence and is tailored for those who want to go deeper, and who may already be serving in a temporary position. Prerequisites: Completion of Week 1, ordinarily between six months and six years prior (or by prior approval of the faculty team leader) and the completion of assignments provided upon registration.
Transitional Executive Education
This course is designed for experienced transitional leaders who are interested in serving in wider councils of the church.
Spouse Track
This course is designed for individuals whose spouse maybe considering or engaged in transitional ministry. Spouses learn in a retreat-like atmosphere with learning opportunities to understand transitional ministry and ample free time to hike, read and relax. 

For further information, dates, and places, click here and click on the pdf symbol in the middle of the page.
Latest News From PCUSA
Thanks for Clean-Up Buckets

Many thanks to all who packed and delivered clean- up buckets for area  flood victims. Together we collected 34 buckets from NHP. 

We are grateful to each one of you who contributed to this effort, to the presbytery staff for receiving them and to David Gregg of Hopewell P.C. for delivering them to the warehouse in Mullins.

What a blessing to partner together in mission as the churches of New Harmony. Let us continue to keep our neighbors in our prayers and let us continue to serve Better Together.  
--Lisa Culpepper
Hurricane Florence Response in
New Harmony Presbytery
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Even before the flood waters have receded, an outpouring of support from Presbyterians around the country has been flowing into New Harmony Presbytery.  Many are asking how to donate to relief efforts.  There are several ways. 

Monetary donations may be made directly to the Presbytery of New Harmony. If you wish, you can designate your donation to a specific member church or organization within the Presbytery.  Send checks to P.O. Box 4025, Florence, SC  29502-4025.
Or, you can donate through Presbyterian Disaster Assistance on-line by going to: pda.pcusa.ord/situation/hurricane-florence/.  Donations through PDA will be used throughout the disaster coverage area for Florence relief.

Supplies Needed at
Evans Correctional Facility

 Rev. Annette Brewer, Chaplain at Evans Correctional Facility in Marlboro County recently reached out to us with a list of items she could use for residence of the facility.  These items can be brought to the Presbytery office for Annette to pick up.  The list includes:


Office Supplies:  pens, pencils, legal pads, composition notebooks, file folders, 1 inch binders, and 3 inch binders.

Music and Sound Equipment:  drumsticks and microphone cables (type to be announced later).

Personal Hygiene:  solid deodorant, toothpaste, and toothbrushes. 

Any help with these items will be appreciated. 

PCUSA & Montreat
Save the Date 
"The Art of Yes and..."


WHEN:    November 14-16, 2019
WHERE:  St. Simons Island, GA-Epworth by the Sea                 http://epworthbythesea.org
Featured Speaker: Rev. MaryAnn McKibben Dana
(Author of God, Improv, and The Art of Living)

Worship and Music: Rev. Bill Carter (Presbybop Music)
The Board Bulletin - Fall 2018
After each regular meeting of the Board of Directors of The Board of Pensions of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), the Board of Pensions publishes The Board Bulletin. This Bulletin reports key information presented and actions taken at the fall 2018 meeting that affect plans and programs administered by the Board of Pensions.
Montreat Youth Conference
Montreat Lake Once again, it's time to start planning for Montreat Youth Conference. Registration for the 2019 conference is open now, and we can't wait to see familiar and new group registrations coming in!  
Executive Position for
Florence Presbyterian Community
With the recent retirement announcement of the current Executive Director, this excellent opportunity offers an Executive Position for the Presbyterian Community at Florence. 
Equipping for Economic Justice Advocacy

December 4, 2018

McGregor Presbyterian Church
6505 St. Andrews Rd., Irmo, SC
Door opens at 9:00 AM
Ends at 2:00 PM
Bishop Samuel Green, 7th Episcopal  District,  African Methodist Episcopal Church
Rev. Dr. Willie Gable, Pastor Progressive Baptist Church     New Orleans
Registration: $10 per person is due Wednesday,
November 28, 2018.

Reclaiming Vitality: 
7 Biblical Marks of Vital Small Churches

Association of Smaller Congregations Annual Conference

Epworth-by-the Sea, St. Simons Island, GA 

March 15-17, 2019.
Keynote:  Kathryn Threadgill, Associate for Vital Congregations, Presbyterian Mission Agency.
Bulletin Inserts for Earthquake Disasters
PDA Logo "As you know, there have been many disasters over the past few weeks that have not received much media attention.  The needs in each of these situations are substantial and unique.  We are distributing this invitation for support to our churches and members, trusting that the church will be able to respond."  --  Bryce Wiebe, our director of Special Offerings, Presbyterian Mission Agency.
                        Big Tent, 2019
Baltimore, Maryland has been selected as the location for Big Tent 2019. The event will be held August 1-3 at the adjacent downtown Radisson and Lord Baltimore Hotels.  Additional event details will be published as they become available.  
College Conference at Montreat, 2019
Montreat Gate
 Every January, we start the new year in Montreat by welcoming over 1,000 college students to College Conference at Montreat!

This year, the theme is Compassionate Community and keynote speakers include Eboo Patel, Chaplain Carol Dalton, residents of the Swannanoa Valley Correctional Center, and Chaplain Sharon Spencer. Aisha Brooks-Lytle will be preaching. 2019 College Conference @ Montreat - Compassionate Community.
If you have the need to advertise a job position or promote a church function, please send the relevant information to presbyeducator@gmail.com.
Organist/Pianist & Adult Choir Director
Williamsburg Presbyterian Church in Kingstree is seeking an organist/pianist and adult choir director to begin in February, 2019.  The active, energetic adult choir meets on Wednesday evenings before church supper and Sunday mornings before worship to practice.  The congregation is blessed with a Moeller organ. 
This part-time position has a negotiable salary.  Resume' should be sent to wmsbpresbyk@ftc-i.net or 411 N. Academy St., Kingstree, SC 29556.
Financial Assistance
Financial Help for Worship & Spiritual Formation Conferences
If you need financial help to attend PCUSA worship and/or spiritual conference, scholarship help might be available.  Contact Julie Cox for more information.
Congregational Development Ministry offering grants for
positive and inspiring programs
The Congregational 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 2018, 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.


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