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 8,970 members across 11 counties in South Carolina. The presbytery office, located in Florence, supports 68 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               

February 22,  2017

Prayers for...
(Send request to presbyeducator@gmail.
Our two churches for the week:
Trinity Presbyterian
Church, Maysville, Othan Franklin, commissioned ruling elder.
Trinity Presbyterian Church, Surfside Beach,
Tony Larson, pastor.

Fred "Tripp" Brogdon, III
(First, Sumter) Columbia Theological Seminary.
Marcy B. Carl (Georgetown) Dubuque Theological Seminary.
(Next Week)
Florence area Minister & Educator lunch, Stefano's,
12 pm.

Winter Stated Presbytery Meeting,
Melina Presbyterian Church,
9:30 am.

Education & Nurture Ministry, Presbytery office, 1:30 pm.

Worship & Spiritual Formation Ministry, Presbytery office,
10 am.

Upcoming Events


Stewardship Kaleidoscope Conference 

Financial Help for Conferences

If you need financial help to attend PCUSA worship and/or spiritual conference, scholarship help might be available.  Contact Julie Cox

or Lola Faye Craig for more information.

Local Church Information
[If your congregation is planning an event you would like to advertise, please submit the  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.]

Employment Opportunities
Important Links

Camp Pee Dee Retreat Center

Thornwell Home for Children


SC Inn (Montreat)

Montreat Conference Center

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Winter Stated Presbytery Meeting
The Winter Stated meeting of the Presbytery of New Harmony will be held on Saturday, February 25, 2017, at
Melina Presbyterian Church
3539 Black River Road
Gable, South Carolina 29051

Please alert your commissioners about the time and place.  
Clarendon-Lee-Sumter Cluster
Lenten Luncheons for 2017
2017 Clarendon-Lee-Sumter Cluster Lenten Luncheons will begin on March 1, 2017.  The first luncheon will be at First Presbyterian Church, Sumter, with Teaching Elder Carnell Hampton delivering the message. 
Each luncheon begins at 12 noon and will be over by 1 pm.  Luncheons will be held on Wednesdays through April 5.  You may download the schedule of places and presenters. 
Lay School of Theology-Spring, 2017
PUCSA logo in circle
The Spring Session of 2017 version of Lay School of Theology will meet March 31 - April 2, at Presbyterian College, Clinton, SC.
The Lay School of Theology is for 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. 

Download the brochure with registration information.  Register by March 8.

Board Connections Available
 Click on the graphic above to access the Board Connections.
"Back to Our Future"
ARW-Arts, Recreation, & Worship Conference
May 8-15, 2017
Montreat, NC
The Arts, Recreation and Worship Conference is an experiential 5-day event focused on recreation, worship, community, creativity, and the arts. It is designed for those who want to deepen their creativity, broaden their leadership skills, and experience personal spiritual renewal. In addition to whole group worship and recreation events, participants select from a wide range of unique courses.
ARW is connected to the PCUSA and welcomes pastors, educators, youth workers, church volunteers, camp and conference professionals, recreation workers of all denominations, and anyone interested in the arts, recreation and worship to participate in the workshop.
Next Church Conference
March 13-15, 2017
The theme for the 2017 National Gathering is "Wells & Walls: Well-Being in a Thirsty World." Our guiding scripture is John 4:1-42 - the Samaritan woman at the well.
In John 4 we are told of Jesus' encounter with the Samaritan woman at the well, her encounter with her people, and Jesus' words to the disciples. In the person and story of Jesus Christ we see movement across barriers, new understanding, and life-giving transformation as a consistent pattern.
As we look toward the 2017 National Gathering, as we invite local congregations and regional leadership to come together in the nation's heartland of Kansas City, we recognize there are many walls and wells that manifest in our lives. In March of 2017 - [get more information]
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
The Floods are Over..? Not for Everyone
Presbyterian Disaster Relief Mission Opportunity
Please consider joining the 5 churches of the Florence Missional Cluster as they serve in flood relief through PDA( Presbyterian Disaster Assistance.)
May 1-6, 2017, Florence or Horry Counties in S.C.
  • Volunteers may commute to and from work site 
  • Volunteers may serve any # of days (one day or all days)
  • All skill levels are needed
  • Skill assessments and release forms must be filled out ahead of time.
If you are interested, please contact:
South Carolina Inn has new email address
The South Carolina Inn at Montreat has a new email address.  Due to revisions in their website, it was decided to change the email address of South Carolina Inn at Montreat to scinnmontreat@gmail.com.  Please update your contact information to facilitate easier communication with Chuck Brown at South Carolina Inn at Montreat. 
South Carolina Inn at Montreat offers a great location for church and family retreats.
Whether you need a family getaway, adult or youth retreat accommodations, a church-wide retreat location, or a place for a personal sabbatical, South Carolina Inn offers rooms in the William Brearley Home or the recently updated Kirk Apartments for your use.
Check for availability on our website at www.scinnmontreat.org or call us at 828-669-7460 for information. 
Work Days at
Camp Pee Dee Retreat Center
Camp Pee Dee New Logo 2nd Wednesday of month
The intent of work days at Camp Pee Dee Retreat Center is to take care of all God has graciously given, so that we can continue to glorify God in the midst of creation, to develop faithful disciples of Jesus Christ, and to welcome all with Christian hospitality.
With 550 acres, 30 buildings, 2 lakes, a swimming pool, a campground with 10 RV hook-ups, and a 15-element high ropes course, there is always a need for renovations and improvements. 
We have many projects lined up each month:
  • Disassemble the sheds from the horse pasture and relocate two to the canoe  lake and one to the shop area. 
  • Install metal roof on cabin 9. 
  • Install handrails in the showers of cabins 9 through 12.
  • Clean and reseal the roof on the shop. 
  • Clean walls and appliances in dining hall. 
  • Replace the hand washing sink in the dining hall. 
  • Clean windows in all buildings. 
  • Clean up debris from Hurricane Matthew 
  • Split firewood  
  • And much more. 

There will be a variety of projects for all skill levels and age groups. If you can come for the day we will be grateful to see you.  Lunch will be provided.  Please contact Jason Steen a couple of days before the Wednesday you are coming at (843) 479-3051 to sign up. 


Download the Flyer.   

Mommy & Me Camp
Camp Pee Dee New Logo March 24-25, 2017 
A camping ministry opportunity for 3, 4 and 5 year olds!
This will be a 22-hour camp experience for young children and their mothers or grandmothers.   Participants will arrive at camp on Friday between 5:00 and 5:30 pm and depart on Saturday at 3:00 pm.   Activities will include worship, crafts, Bible study, recreation games, canteen, campfire, s'mores and much more.   
The cost: 
Single family occupancy - $100/adult and child,            $40 each additional child
*Double family occupancy - $80/adult and child, $40 each additional child 
*Double occupancy requires families making arrangements to bunk together.
Space is limited. 
Registration deadline is March 10. 
To register, please complete the attached registration form, and mail it along with a non-refundable deposit of $30 to Camp Pee Dee Retreat Center, 1201 Camp Pee Dee Road, Bennettsville, SC 29512. 
Should you have any questions or need additional information, please contact Program Director Kelly Boone Sloan at  (843) 479-3051.
Mission Opportunity to Lesvos, Greece
Please consider a mission opportunity to serve Syrian refugees in Lesvos, Greece. Our team will work under the leadership of Greater Europe Mission and will be serving families in a variety of ways as they seek to adjust to life in this refugee camp.
Date: July 16-27, 2017
If interested, please plan to attend the first planning meeting on Thursday, March 2, 6:00 at the New Harmony Presbytery Office.
For more information contact, Lisa Culpepper, 843-229-0346, Lisabculpepper@gmail.com.
Smaller Member Congregations Retreat
March 17-19, 2017
Come join other members of smaller membership congregations (100 members or less in worship) March 17-19, 2017, at Epworth-by-the-Sea, St. Simons Island, GA, for a retreat designed to re-energize with worship, relaxation, & prayer. This year's theme is Choices: "Choose this day whom will serve." Joshua 24:15.
Keynote speaker will be Anna Carter Florence.
To download a brochure, click here.  
Congregational Development Ministry has scholarship funds available for participation in this conference.  They have also made a contribution to assist with the conference, itself. 
If you are interested in financial assistance complete the financial assistance request form available on the Presbytery of New Harmony website.  The deadline to apply is March 20, 2017.
Interested persons should complete the financial assistance request form available on the NHP website.
Deadline to apply, March 20.
Save the Date!
July 6-8, 2017
The PCUSA's  Big Tent is meeting in St. Louis, July 6-8, 2017. Mark your calendar and join us for worship, workshops, and the opportunity to engage and connect with other Presbyterians. More information coming soon!

Job Opportunities

(Jobs will be listed for four editions.  If you have not filled the position and want it to be listed for another series, please notify me.)

Save the Date for
2018 Church-wide Gathering of Presbyterian Women!
The 2018 Churchwide Gathering of Presbyterian Women will be held August 2-5, 2018 in Louisville, Kentucky. 2018 is also the year that PW celebrates its 30th anniversary! Follow this link for more information: http://pma.pcusa.org/ministries/pwgathering/.


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