Six Parishes Join Together for Fall Men’s Hike

A dozen men from six different parishes joined together to hike a portion of the Foothills Trail in upper South Carolina, October 21-24, 2021. The Rev. Jeremy Shelton led us on the trail with a study on Jonah. Like Jonah, the hike gave us an adventure and a message to share.

The 25-mile hike on the Foothills Trail from Upper Whitewater Falls took us from North Carolina into South Carolina, to the border of Georgia along the Chattooga River and back. Around the campfire at night, we shared what we learned that day and the challenges we had faced. Like Jonah, we set aside our own comfort and supported the needs of our “Hike Brothers” along the trail. While parts of the hike were a challenging feat of endurance, there was an understanding that we “got to” pick up our packs and lay down the “need to’s,” “want to’s,” and “have to’s” of the world.

On Sunday we celebrated Eucharist on the mountain and finished our hike with a trip to Fuddruckers.

Which parishes joined us? St. John’s, Johns Island; St. Jude’s, Walterboro; Christ St. Paul’s, Hollywood; Saint James, Charleston; St. David’s, Cheraw and Good Shepherd, Charleston.

If you want to join a future Men’s Hike, or are planning a Men’s Hike and would welcome others into your group, contact me, Les Sease, Diocesan Men’s Hike Ministry Coordinator, at

By Les Sease, Christ St. Paul’s, Hollywood