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.
Anglican Women’s Gathering, May 4, 2019
Bishop Mark Lawrence urged the women of the Diocese to look to Jesus for both an example of hospitality and for the ability to be hospitable at the annual gathering of Anglican Women held at St. Paul’s Church in Summerville, May 4.
“Jesus was the embodiment of God’s hospitable nature in both his teaching and life,” he said.
He pointed out how different our world of today is from the world of Scripture.
We as a culture have become suspicious (of strangers), “but God invites them all to the party. He welcomes them!” said Bishop Lawrence.
“We protect ourselves from strangers,” he said. “Hide your money, lock your door, chain your bike.” He told how we, as a culture, have become suspicious of those who look different or speak another language… but God “invites them all to the party. He welcomes them!” he said.
Calling hospitality both a spiritual gift and a cultivated virtue the Bishop said coming into a relationship with Christ is what enables us to be hospitable. He reminded us that we cannot be people who practice hospitality until we have experienced the hospitality of God toward us – the blind, deaf, and needy. “You can’t give what you don’t have,” he said. The two talks, one on God’s hospitality toward us and the other our hospitality toward others are available here.
Those gathered thanked Yvonne Duty, of The Church of The Resurrection, North Charleston, for her service as the President of the Anglican Women for the past two years. All of the past board members were recognized for their service to the ministry to women.
New Leaders Installed
Patricia Smith, of St. Paul’s, Summerville, who will serve as the new President, was recognized and, along with the other board members for 2019-2020, was installed by Bishop Lawrence.
Patricia shared that the vision for the Anglican Women mirrors that of our diocese, “Making Biblical Anglican Women for a Global Age.” The second half of the women’s vision is to follow the Titus 2:3-5 model of women mentoring women.
The Board, along with many volunteers, will offer two major opportunities for women to be strengthened in their faith. There will be the Annual Gathering each year and a Women’s Retreat.
This year’s Women’s Retreat will be October 25, 26, and 27 at St. Christopher Camp and Conference Center with Bishop Lawrence as the keynote speaker. Workshops on topics particularly of interest to women will also be offered.
At the gathering May 4, Jessica Smith, of St. Paul’s, led a workshop on the Battle of the Mind, sharing the victory she’d experienced in her own life, as well as practical tools for those struggling with anxiety and uncontrolled thoughts. St. Paul’s will be offering a Bible Study based on the book The Believer’s Battle Strategy, by Christie Michaud, every Friday from 9:30 – 11:15 a.m. beginning Friday, May 31, running for eight weeks. Anyone interested can contact St. Paul’s for more information.