Hurricane Florence Update

Conway, South Carolina

Flood waters from hurricane Florence continue to rise and are devastating areas in North and South Carolina. The Rev. Jason Collins, Rector of St. Paul’s, Conway, (who sent the photo on this page) wrote, “We have a HUGE mess here. The local Emergency Management Office estimates about 1,000 homes in Conway and 10,000 homes in Horry County will likely flood before this is over. The Waccamaw River hasn’t crested in Conway yet. Please pray for the Lord to move this water out of here (without flooding Georgetown).”

Stephen Haynsworth, the new diocesan Disaster Preparedness and Relief Director, is coordinating volunteers and donations of relief supplies and care bags.

Haynsworth asks each church wanting to help to designate one person to coordinate efforts at that church. The church coordinator should then visit to register his or her team.

What Can You Do?

  • Pray for all those affected as well as for first responders and relief workers.
  • Contribute financially to an organization providing relief. Two groups we are working with are Anglican Disaster Preparedness and Relief and Anglican Relief and Development.
  • Organize the assembly of care bags from your church.
  • Organize a team of volunteers from your church for relief work.
  • Donate to Hurricane Relief

As of mid-day Monday, September 17, we have heard from all of the churches in our Diocese and, thankfully, none have reported any major damage from hurricane Florence. Trinity Church in Myrtle Beach suffered minor damage when some roof tiles were lifted, but that is being repaired now.  A few congregations have reported minor flooding and some parishioners are moving to higher ground before rivers crest.  Most of us are grateful that Florence did not reach the level feared in the forecasts—at least for most in South Carolina.

That said, the hurricane has wreaked havoc for some residents in the Pee Dee region of South Carolina and in eastern North Carolina.  Bishop Lawrence has noted that the Anglican Diocese of the Carolinas has two parishes in and close to the heavily affected portion of North Carolina, Grace Church in New Bern and Christ Church in Little Washington.  He has suggested that any relief efforts our congregations or parishioners want to assist with in the affected communities be coordinated with and carried out in concert with them.

Also we have been in touch with several organizations that are on the ground assessing damage and we will be sending relief supplies with a team to the region as soon as the roads are open and the dangers of rising floodwaters have passed.

We will provide further updates on issues in the affected areas as they become available.

Financial contributions to the Anglican Relief and Development (ARDF) “Hurricane Florence Relief” may be made by clicking the button below.

If you would like to serve locally in collecting supplies or participate in the hurricane relief team contact Stephen Haynesworth at

Hurricane Care Bags

Each bag is to contain:

  • 2 rolls of paper towels
  • 2 rolls of toilet paper
  • Sani-wipes or baby wipes
  • Insect Repellent
  • 2 non-perishable meals for a family of four
    (1 meat and 2 vegetables (for example: macaroni and cheese, canned green beans, canned tuna or chicken) X 2)
  • Cleaning Supplies

Dish soap
Wash cloths or sponges
Lysol liquid or spray or both

  • 1 Prayer Card from church
    Bibles in a separate bag will be given out upon request

Interested in Serving on a Team?

As the flooding progresses various areas will be impacted to different degrees. We will send teams to different areas as they are needed.

St. Paul’s Church, Conway, will host teams of volunteers and can take up to 30 people at a time. Teams and individuals will sleep in the chapel or parish hall (must bring their own bedding). St. Paul’s is partnering with IMPACT Ministries to coordinate cleanup work crews. IMPACT Ministries is responsible for directing all volunteers to work sites.

Check with your rector or vicar to see who is organizing a team from your church. Have your coordinator register the team at When you click on the form, at the message box type, “We want to serve in Conway.” (or another location of your choice)