Annual Gathering, April 24, 2021
The Anglican Women will have their Annual Gathering at Christ Church, Mt. Pleasant, Saturday, April 24 from 9 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. Joanne Ellison, of Drawing Near to God Ministry, is the keynote speaker and she will be teaching on “Faith Moving Forward: “Who do you say that I am?” Learn more.
President’s Report 2019-2020
Greetings in the name of the one who knows all and loves us, Jesus Christ.
By God’s grace, each President builds upon the firm foundation of Jesus Christ and, with the help of the Board, continues the work of former presidents. It has been a privilege. We continue to offer you those events you said are most needed…the Retreats, the Annual Gatherings, special meetings as needs arise and encouragement in mentoring.
(Due to unsettled trademark issues a 2019 Resource Manual was not published. Below is a recap of the years 2019 and 2020 from the Diocesan level.)
May 2019 – the Annual Gathering was held at St. Paul’s, Summerville, with Bishop Mark Lawrence teaching on “Godly Hospitality/The Power of Healing Hope.” We were encouraged to extend the same hospitality to our neighbors as our Lord extends to us. An afternoon workshop on “Overcoming Anxiety” taught by Jessica Smith of St. Paul’s, addressed this very pervasive temptation by equipping us with scripture, a resource and follow up Bible Study. The financial gift offering was divided between St. Alban’s Chapel at The Citadel and Gloria Kwashi’s Safe Haven in Nigeria. The Diocesan Periodical Club awarded checks to our seminarians in February.
October 2019 – Anglican Women’s Retreat with Bishop Mark Lawrence at St. Christopher Camp and Conference Center. The theme was “Gift and Giver: Life by the Spirit.” He gave us clear teachings on the gifts, their use, the fruit of the spirit and encouragement to work within our gifting. From the list in Romans 12, I taught a workshop on “How to Identify your Gift” using three handouts which explained the different gifts, motivations, and their roles in the church. Prayer for the Clergy of our Diocese is vital and was strongly encouraged and a 31 Day Prayer Guide was given out as a tool and reminder.
Finances for the Women’s Ministry are now handled through the Diocesan Treasurer’s Office. Our fiscal year runs from January to December. This arrangement has helped us align with our Diocese, simplifying transactions. All monies are to be written to The Anglican Diocese of South Carolina (or ADOSC), on the memo line “ie. Women’s Ministry – Praise and Glory.”
I began meeting with Ann Johnson and Jayne Gurley who do a Mentoring Ministry. It is part of Joanne Ellison’s Drawing Near to God Ministry. My goal is to deepen relationships, glean insights and motivate more of this in our Diocese. The need is ever present to encourage more discipleship and mentoring among ladies of all ages in our Diocese.
The year of 2020 has VIRTUALLY been a doozy! Due to Covid 19 restrictions Women’s Ministry activities within most parishes were either cancelled, postponed, zoomed or done virtually. The potential to reach more ladies via the technology is something we can be thankful for. At the Diocesan level we did the first Virtual Annual Gathering.The silver lining however is that the teachings are available via the Diocesan website! They can easily be accessed for women’s gatherings in your churches. The material is rich and inspiring.
April 2020 – Virtual Annual Gathering – Teachings by Beth Snyder, testimonies from around the diocese and one from Europe focused on “Christian Hospitality.” We were encouraged to be creative with the love of God and reach out, regardless of the restrictions. At this writing this is still a timely approach. Jayne Gurley of St. Phillip’s also spoke on The Heart of Mentoring with scripture, testimonies and having rich experience in this field. Both are well worth a listen.
October 2020 – Women’s Retreat Live at St. Christopher with our main speaker, Susan Yates. Our theme was “Finding Shelter in Times of Uncertainty.” Susan aptly served up God’s Word on a silver platter as she taught us that God’s Word, His Way, His Promises are all far bigger than our issues, problems or our stage in life. Bishop Lawrence’s teaching on Psalm 91 with his personal testimony of how God intervened to protect his family was full of wonder at God’s amazing power. Jayne Gurley presented a workshop on Mentoring using the Book of Ruth to show us the Father’s heart in this very blessed calling. It was rewarding to see a greater participation across the generations, especially from our younger women. Praise God! All the main teachings were recorded and available through the Diocesan website. They make terrific resources for your local Women’s Ministry.
All Praise and Glory funds collected in 2020 and 2021 will go to St. Alban’s Chapel at the Citadel. The funds are dispersed twice a year in May and December. Diocesan Periodical Club funds were dispersed in February and will be again this coming February to our seminarians. Thank you for your generosity! Articles on both of these ministries, reviews of our retreats, and an article on prayer were all submitted in recent issues of the Jubilate Deo.
The Anglican Women are glad to offer a special “E-Newsletter.” We highly welcome you to contribute! Why not share with us what God is doing in your parish, what Bible Studies your ladies have been enjoying, testimonies of His grace, upcoming events that are open to others. Subscribe to the newsletter here.
UPCOMING ANNUAL GATHERING – 2021
Please plan to join us LIVE at Christ Church, Mt. Pleasant on April 24.Our keynote speaker will be Joanne Ellison, a well-known Bible teacher with Drawing Near to God Ministry. We have had some thrilling Word centered conversation about the day, and we are praying for a full outpouring of God’s blessing and favor on the day. You won’t want to miss this one. More details are forthcoming so stay tuned! Bishop Lawrence will also be sharing in the day’s addresses. This may be one of our last opportunities for our Bishop teach us before he leaves for God’s next plan. Let’s show him our love and thanksgiving as we support him with our presence.
We are now in a new year where we hope and trust that our God is sovereign over all and ever calling us into closer fellowship with Him and one another. Since April of 2020, the Church has been, as Bishop Lawrence put it, “shuttered.” God tells us to shine as lights and not hide that light of Christ being in the midst of a crooked and perverse generation. Let us be wise as serpents and harmless as doves. He is faithful, good, and steadfast in His love for us. Because He is and with persistent FAITH MOVING FORWARD into 2021, we ask God to forgive our sins and heal our land as we humble ourselves, pray, repent, and seek Him with all our heart. This is not a time for us to be asleep on our watch but alert! He is coming back. We pray He will find faith on the earth when He returns.
“Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching.” Hebrews 10:25
Blessings of His grace and goodness,
President, Anglican Women
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Videos Available Online
Though the virtual gathering is past, the content is still available online and is perfect for individual watching, use in a small group or Sunday School class. The messages have been lovingly prepared by Beth Snyder and Jayne Gurley!
Beth, who hails from Walterboro, SC, wears many hats – wife, mama bird, Grammie. She is married to the Rev. Greg Snyder, and they have served St. John’s Parish Church on Johns Island for over 17 years. Many of you know Beth as the Executive Assistant to Bishop Lawrence and Diocesan Convention Coordinator for over 10 years. Her spiritual gifts of encouragement, administration, discernment and prayer are used in her ministry to the Bishop and diocese. Beth will be speaking on “LOVING YOUR NEIGHBOR – Biblical Hospitality from the Heart of a Southern Celebrator.” She will also feature some friends who will share testimonies of how the Lord has worked in different situations.
Jayne, a member of St. Philip’s Church, Charleston, has been married to Tom for 51 years, has three beautiful daughters and nine lively grandchildren. She is a writer and speaker and has published six children’s books. She is a member of the American Board for Save the Mothers, an initiative recognized by the U.N Jayne has given presentations to teens and university students on God’s plan for healthy relationships. Jayne is the co-founder of Face to Face Mentoring Ministry, a part of the Drawing Near to God Ministry which is led by Joanne Ellison. Jayne will be speaking on “WOMEN MENTORING WOMEN,” addressing some of the main issues we deal with along with sharing clear directions to take. It will help us immensely put deeper into practice the art of loving our sister neighbors.
Sheltering at home with Christ,
President, Anglican Women
Greetings from the President of the Diocesan Women’s Ministries
2020 VISION FOR 2020
Recently my oldest daughter suffered tremendously from a ruptured cornea, describing it as “worse than labor.” With healing prayer and a strict protocol to follow, we trust her vision will be completely restored. This incident caused me to think how vital clear vision is for our lives. Looking back to remember, looking around to discern and looking forward to plan are all part of vision, critical for living abundantly and victoriously in 2020.
Looking back briefly over 2019 – at our Annual Gathering on May 4, we feasted on rich spiritual food as Bishop Mark Lawrence held out the heart of Christian Hospitality. The Art of Neighboring book was recommended as a tool to help us live out the second great commandment – “Love our neighbors as ourselves.” In the afternoon, a workshop on Overcoming Anxiety was offered. Many ladies purchased the resource, The Believer’s Battle Strategy for deeper Bible study on the topic. Our Retreat in late October with the theme, Giver and Gift: Life by the Spirit, deepened our understanding of our Father God, the many gifts and the fruit of the Spirit. We were taught the essence of each gift and fruit and what it looks like to walk by the spirit. Workshops were held to help us identify our gifting, another to hear testimonies on how the older women have mentored younger women in the church and still another where a fun, creative art project was done. Prayer guides were distributed to aid and encourage us to faithfully intercede for all our clergy, including our Bishop.
Our Praise and Glory fund richly blessed the ministry of St. Alban’s Chapel at the Citadel and six seminarians received the benefit of the funds collected through the Diocesan Periodical Club. Thanks so much for your generous support. Great job!
Our daughter said that to look to the left or the right was excruciatingly painful. This can be the case when we look at the world and its leaders around us. As it says in Psalm 2:1-3, “Why do the heathen rage, and the people imagine a vain thing? The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers take counsel together, against the LORD, and against his anointed, saying, Let us break their bands asunder, and cast away their cords from us.” We see there is an unholy momentum accelerating as many attack God’s commands, seeking to remove moral boundaries from society, including the sanctity of life, marriage and sexuality. The current global pandemic draws us to our knees for the many seriously afflicted by the COVID 19 virus and its deep financial impact on families, the church and so many businesses. Our clergy and national leadership desperately need our daily intercessory prayers and support to stand firmly in these challenging times and to boldly speak God’s truth.
Not paralyzed by fear, we look up to our Lord for courage and faith. Our new logo depicts our “looking around” protocol…prayer, daily Bible reading, Holy Spirit driven private and corporate worship, and good works as we speak the truth in love to our neighbors.
At our “Virtual” Annual Gathering, May 2 beginning at 9:00 a.m., we will enjoy hearing more on the second commandment as “Beth Snyder and Friends” share their wisdom and testimonies of how they have practiced the Art of Neighboring.
Jayne Gurley, a leader in the Face To Face Mentoring Ministry of Drawing Near to God, will share on the theme extolled in Titus 2:3-5 of older women mentoring younger women. Lastly, the closest neighbors we are to love are our families. This fall at our Annual Retreat on October 23-25 we will hear Susan Yates from Falls Church, VA speak on many issues related to faith and family.
As we draw from the past, engage the present and look forward to the future, our vision of what God is doing to guide us becomes clearer. No need for excruciating pain, fear or paralysis, our clear vision protocol keeps the path simple and plain as we earnestly and wholeheartedly love God and our neighbor.
God’s richest blessings,
President, Anglican Women
The purpose of this organization is to help make Biblical Anglicans for a Global Age by offering Annual Gatherings, Retreats and other events which will deepen and strengthen the spiritual lives of women, encouraging them to mentor, and be mentored.