Shepherd Me, O God” was the theme of the Anglican Women’s Gathering held at All Saints’, Florence, April 30. Women from 16 different churches joined in the event which, in addition to time for teaching, offered opportunities for worship, small group fellowship, and workshops.
Sherry Schumann, Executive Director of Christian Grandparenting Network and a charter member of the Legacy Coalition, was the keynote speaker. Interspersing stories from her own life with lessons gleaned from Philip Keller’s book, A Shepherd Looks at Psalm 23 she had attendees engaged, looking at the Psalm with new eyes.
“The Annual Gathering was truly wonderful,” said Sunny Walker, President of the Anglican Women, who organized and led the day. “I really thought I learned something valuable – what Psalm 23 really is.”
Susie Crawford of Redeemer, Pineville said, “I wanted to stand up and say, ‘Amen!’ That woman (Schumann) can preach!”
“I’ve gained a whole new perspective on Psalm 23,” said Bethany Tapp, of St. David’s, Cheraw. “I learned that I am completely dependent upon Him just as sheep are dependent upon their shepherd. I am lost without Him, in all aspects of my life.”
Schumann also spoke on the importance of “The Blessing,” what it is, what the different components are and how it’s done. “I loved that she pointed out that we bless people on behalf of God,” said Tapp, “and that blessings are based on a person’s worth because of God’s love and not what the person does or is going through.”
In addition to the main teachings, two workshops were offered. Chelsea Hamshaw, who serves as the Administrator and Director of Music at the church, led a workshop on the importance music plays in worship; Patricia Smith, former President of the Anglican Women, and a member of St. Paul’s, Summerville, taught on discipleship.
Throughout the day the women engaged in times of spirit-filled
worship led by Hamshaw.
“It was such a happy gathering,” said Catherine Jones, of St. Philip’s Church, Charleston. “It was an excellent program and turned out to be a beautiful day. I saw people I hadn’t seen in ages!”
President Walker encouraged everyone to attend the upcoming fall retreat in October, which will be led by the Rev. Dr. Sandi Kerner, Chaplain at the Prayer Center at St. Christopher. The theme for that retreat is “Take Heart!”
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by Joy Hunter, Editor