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

office@newharmonypres.org

 

This Week in New Harmony
    Building Community Through Information

   July 24,  2019

Upcoming Presbytery Meetings
 
October 8, 2019
Melina Presbyterian Church, Gable.
Prayers for...
(Send request to presbyeducator@gmail.
com
.) 
 
 
Our two churches for the week:
 
Melina Presbyterian Church, Gable,  
Samuel Sparks, pastor.
 
Mizpah Presbyterian Church, Darlington, Frank Colclough, moderator of session.
 
Candidates
Fred "Tripp" Brogdon, III 
(First, Sumter) Columbia Theological Seminary.
 
Marcy B. Carl(Georgetown) Dubuque Theological Seminary.

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

Darren Wilson
(Friendship)
Union Presbyterian Seminary-Charlotte.

Flury Wilson
(Friendship)
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
 

PCUSA

SC Inn (Montreat)

Montreat Conference Center
 

 
New This Week
Happening in New Harmony Presbytery
(Unless otherwise noted, all meetings are held at the Presbytery office.) 
 
 

July 25, 3 pm, Vision 

Implementation Team.


July 31, 11 am, Committee on 

Representation and Nomination.


Aug. 1-3, Big Tent, Baltimore, MD.

 

Aug. 3, 9 am, Presbyterian Women Helpshops, 

Melina Presbyterian Church.


Aug. 4-6, Vital Congregation Facilitators Training, 

Baltimore. 

 

New Harmony Presbytery's Office Hours 

Monday - Thursday, 9 am - 5 pm
Clemson Presbyterian Student Association
 
The Clemson University Presbyterian Student Association strives to foster a community based in the love of God displayed to us through Jesus Christ by loving and welcoming all. In community, we seek to wrestle with tough questions, grow in faith, and have fun! If you are a student or know a student attending Clemson or have questions, please feel free to contact Rev. Michael Sanchez (Michael.Sanchez@forthillchurch.org). 

Find out more! Download our flyer
Seminary for a Day Event
UPSEM Logo
Union Presbyterian Seminary, Richmond Campus
Saturday, September 28, 2019
 
Union Presbyterian Seminary offers Seminary for a Day Event. You are invited to join us Saturday, September 28, 2019, at the Richmond campus for Seminary for a Day.  Open to the entire community, the event consists of keynote addresses and workshops where participants can engage the faculty of Union Presbyterian Seminary at our Richmond campus across a wide range of relevant and practical theological topics. Use this link to view the full, robust line-up of workshops. 

Cost for the day is $25 and includes lunch provided by Jason's Deli. This is a full day of learning in a fun, engaging environment on the historic Richmond campus. Register Here
Early Registration for SOAP Event 
"The Art of Yes and... when church doesn't go according to plan"

SOUTH ATLANTIC PUERTO RICO REGION OF APCE

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

Worship and Music: Rev. Bill Carter (Presbybop Music)
 
Early Bird Deadline August 1 for SOAP EVENT.  Early Birds save $25 by registering by August 1. Register online here.
Beware of a Scam for Church Members
 
The Latest News from 
the Board of Pensions
 
Plan Ahead for Disasters 

The Congregational Resource Guide
If your congregation is looking for help, this is the place to start. 
Latest News From PCUSA

News from Mid Council Relations
 
Presbytery
Communications Workshop 
Sponsored by Program Council

This day long workshop, conducted by communications professionals on the Presbyterian Mission Agency staff, will give you tips and techniques to better reach your audience. We'll offer insights and guidelines on creating a communications plan for your congregation, discuss the "do's and don'ts" of media relations and "pitching" stories to your local media. You'll learn proven techniques for using social media tools like Facebook and Twitter and leave with tips that will make your communications more effective and help increase your reach. 

Topics May Include: 
+Strategic Communication Planning 
+Social Media 
+Media relations 
+Websites 
+And More

When: Monday, September 16 9:30 am - 3:30 pm, including boxed lunch 
 
Where: New Harmony Presbytery Office 2352 Presbyterian Road Florence, SC 29501
 
*Please email office@newharmonypres.org to guarantee a seat. We ask for $ 5 contribution toward the cost of lunch. 
SC5 Leader of Leaders
 
"How do you nurture a culture of life-long faith formation?"
 
South Carolina Leader of Leaders
March 24, 2020
Forest Lake Presbyterian Church

John Roberto, Leader 
 
For more information, download the flyer.  
Presbytery Office New Address
The Presbytery has not moved, but the address has been changed.   We are no longer using PO Box 4025.  The address to use is 2352 Presbyterian Road Florence, SC 29501.
 
Camp Pee Dee Retreat Center
 
Mark Your Calendars!!
Camp Pee Dee Open House
Camp Pee Dee New Logo
 
Sunday, Sept. 29, 2019
 
Come and look around YOUR camp, 
Enjoy an open swim
Starts at 2:30 p.m.
Worship at 4 p.m.
Food and fellowship to follow.
Hope to see you all here! Invite your friends.
 
Five F's of Camp
Camp Pee Dee New Logo
  • FOOD- Great variety of delicious chooses  with plenty of fresh fruit, salads, s'mores one night, a cookout by the lake and more
  • FRIENDSHIP/FELLOWSHIP - planning for great cabin groups, lots of community building activities, wearing nametags, counselors that have training to help with any homesickness concerns or bullying
  • FUN - we have a new group building games like a maze, half pipe relay, spider web, the bridge, water toys, sand volleyball and much more
  • FAITH- a chaplain will be on hand each week - a leader in their own congregations who loves God and people, who will lead Bible studies, will be present at mealtimes, assist with planning our daily worship
SAFETY-we've established a specific phone that will be answered 24 hours a day
 
Hope you will check out your options at www.camppeedee.org to register. Discounts for siblings.  Bring a friend to camp gift and there are scholarships available. Come enjoy God's awesome creation.
Send Your Children to Camp Pee Dee
Camp Pee Dee New Logo
Church camp experiences have molded many young women and men with the Christian community experience they provide.  Katie Bryant and Scott Jensen are working diligently to provided an exciting, fun-filled, Christian experience that will help deepen the faith of those who attend Camp Pee Dee Retreat Center this summer.  
 
If you want to provide an experience for your children that just might change their lives, consider sending your children, grandchildren, or children in your community to Camp Pee Dee Retreat Center.
 
To find out the exciting opportunities at Camp Pee Dee Retreat Center, download the Summer Camp brochure. Contact Kaiti or Scott with any questions.  
Camp Pee Dee Retreat Center's GO List
Camp Pee Dee New Logo
Camp Pee Dee Retreat Center has developed a GO (Gift Opportunity) List.  On the list are items which Camp Pee Dee Retreat Center could use to enhance its ministry.  
 
The list is set up as a bulletin insert.  Please download the listand place it in your bulletin/newsletter to help Camp Pee Dee Retreat Center with some of its needs. 
PCUSA & Montreat
 
We thank Trinity Lutheran Church Foundation, Greenville, SC, for providing funding for this event. 

Contact Trudy for more information. Thank you for your continued interest in and support of the South Carolain Christian Action Council. We look forward to seeing you on October 15!
 
Sincerely,
Trudy Bouknight
South Carolina Christian Action Council, Inc
803-461-3206
 
 
Registration for Big Tent Now Open
Register Now
Big Tent 2019, in Baltimore, MD
Join Presbyterians from across the US in Baltimore, MD for an energizing three days of worship, Bible studies, learning opportunities and active engagement with one another and the community!
Nurture Your Children's Helpful Instincts
When children hear about people in need, they want to do something.
 
The Jerry Can curriculum engages young worshipers in understanding the needs of others, especially in times of disaster, and showing what they can do to help.
 
This curriculum centers on Jerry Can, a fun, energetic character that connects our response to disaster with one common denominator: the need for access to clean water.
 
Created by Christian educators, the Jerry Can curriculum can be presented in a single lesson or across five sessions.
 
For more information and download the free curriculum, click here.
Your One Great Hour of Sharing Funds 
at Work
PDA Logo
Record breaking flooding and tornadoes have devastated lives and communities in Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri, Ohio, Michigan, Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Oklahoma, Texas and Mississippi. Your hearts, like ours, have been broken as the fatalities increase. Levee breaches are causing flooding in Iowa, Missouri, Illinois, Louisiana and Arkansas, which will further the destruction in residential areas and agricultural land, and result in greater loss of life.
 
Presbyterian Disaster Assistance (PDA) is strongly engaged in responding to flooding and tornadoes in twenty presbyteries and six synods. Because of your gifts to One Great Hour of Sharing, PDA has been able to respond immediately, offering initial grants and National Response Team members to assist with assessments, and will be able to respond throughout the long term recovery. Church damage grants have been disbursed to support affected churches' continuing ministries, such as food pantries and emergency shelters, to be able to assist their communities in this time of great need.
Short-Term Mission
PUCSA logo in circle
A short-term mission trip, with good planning and leadership, can be an engaging and meaningful experience, with mutual benefit to the people who go and to the people receiving the group. Participation in a mission trip offers you and your church group a chance to share your time and talents with mission partners from other cultures and realities. Through the trip you learn from each other and worship and serve God together.
When preparing for a short-term mission experience, it is vital to approach the trip with open hands and hearts, realizing that God is already present in the place you are going.

Who's this toolkit for?

This toolkit is for short-term mission and study tour leaders seeking resources for discerning whether to go, where to go and how to prepare for and guide a group.
Minister/Educator Retreat - Save the Date
October 26-28, 2019
Assembly Inn, 
Montreat Conference Center
Leader: Dr. Sam Adams, Old Testament Professor,                                                Union Presbyterian Seminary.

More information will be forthcoming.
Ministers Stay Free at SC Inn at Montreat
South Carolina Inn
Ministers who are a member of one of the five presbyteries of the Presbyterian Church (USA) in South Carolina may stay in the William Brearley Home for up to one week or seven consecutive days each year at no charge.
  
If the minister wishes to stay in one of the Kirk Apartments, the fee will be the difference between accommodations in the William Brearley Home and accommodations in the Kirk Apartments. 
 
Presbyterian Disaster Assistance
PDA Logo
So, You Want to Volunteer in a Disaster Area? Here's how:
Presbyterian Disaster Assistance offers one-stop shopping for scheduling mission trips, work and lodging HERE.
South Carolina Inn at Montreat 
Brochure Available
Your "Home in the Mountains," South Carolina Inn at Montreat, has their 2019 Brochure available.  You may access the brochure here for the latest information. 
 
Visit South Carolina Inn for your housing needs in Montreat, whether for a conference, or to enjoy the mountains and explore the area.  
Transitional Ministry 
Education Offerings-2019
PUCSA logo in circleWeek 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.
 Opportunities
 
If you have the need to advertise a job position or promote a church function, please send the relevant information to presbyeducator@gmail.com.
Wedgefield Presbyterian Church Starts Summer with Service
 
Wedgefield Presbyterian Church, a small congregation, started summer with a Fifth Sunday informal church service, which included a community service project and, of course, a fellowship meal. Prior to this Service Sunday, congregants purchased and donated specific items for the Presbyterian Disaster Assistance "Gift of the Hearts Kits".  Rev. Jody Foster led the service. After a prayer of lament, the 22 congregation members worked together to securely pack the items in a plastic bucket.  Five buckets were lovingly assembled to assist disaster survivors and those in need. 
 
Pictured and representing the congregation (L to R): David Kirven, Clerk; Mary Anderson, Elder and Treasurer; Davis Edmunds, Youth Representative; and Rev. Jody Foster.  
Summerville Presbyterian Church Seeks DCE
 
Summerville Presbyterian Church (Summerville, SC) is seeking a full-time Director of Christian Education (DCE). The purpose of this position is to work with the Session in planning, developing and supervising the Spiritual Growth ministry of the church in accordance with the policies and directions of the Spiritual Growth Ministry Team, the Senior Pastor and the Session. 
 
The DCE will support the Pastor(s) in Congregational and Pastoral Care in accordance with Nurture Ministry Team and Senior Pastor direction. The DCE will directly report to the Senior Pastor and will be responsible for supervising the Youth and Children Leaders.  
 
Interested applicants should submit their resume to summervillepcdcenc@gmail.com.
First Presbyterian Church, Myrtle Beach Seeks Chancel Choir Director
 
First Presbyterian Church, Myrtle Beach,  is searching for a Chancel Choir Director.  
The successful candidate will:
  • Direct volunteer choir members in traditional and special Sunday worship services. 
  • Direct Wednesday evening and Sunday morning rehearsals. 
  • Work with Pastors and Worship Committee to select appropriate hymns, anthems, and special music
If you have an interest or know anyone with an interest, you may download the documents below.   
   
 
First Presbyterian Church, Sumter Seeks Parish Associate of Senior Adults
 
First Presbyterian Church (FPC) is blessed to have an involved, vibrant and faithful senior adult population. The Parish Associate of Senior Adults will provide pastoral presence, leadership and program coordination for our senior adults. This individual will collaborate with a Senior Adult Ministry Team to plan integral faith formation opportunities while focusing on our three core principles; to welcome all, care for all and reach out to a world in need. 
 
For more details, view the full document.
First Presbyterian Church, Sumter, Seeking a Director of Faith Formation
 
The Director of Faith Formation will lead a connectional, intergenerational and comprehensive team approach to ministries at First Presbyterian Church, Sumter. This person will incorporate creative and fresh opportunities that engage our congregation spiritually and academically in accordance with our core principles; to welcome all, care for all and reach out to a world in need.  
 
For more information, download the job description.
Trinity Presbyterian Church, Surfside Beach is Searching for an Accompanist
 
Trinity Presbyterian Church is looking for a part-time accompanist to play piano for the choir and play with the organist for four Sundays a month, plus special services when needed.  If interested, please contact Dr. Diane Scroggins, Director of Music and Arts, Trinity Presbyterian Church, Surfside Beach.  Phone: 843-650-0313.
 
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.

 

Empowered by Extend, a church software solution from