St. Philips Church Tea Room Announces 2019 Dates

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April 29 @ 11:30 am – May 3 @ 2:00 pm

CHARLESTON, SC — Historic St. Philip’s Church is pleased to announce the date and time of our 2019 Tea Room. This year our Tea Room will be open the week of April 29th-May 3rd, 2019, between the hours of 11:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. and will again offer a delicious Lowcountry lunch. The Tea Room is located in the Parish Hall and courtyard at the corner of Church and Cumberland Streets in downtown Charleston.

Established in 1680, St. Philip’s Church was the first Anglican church in South Carolina and is also the oldest parish in the state. It began at the corner of Meeting and Broad Streets, now the site of St. Michael’s Church and moved to its current location in the early 1700s. Today its congregation includes parishioners whose families have worshiped at St. Philip’s for more than twelve generations and are among the many volunteers serving at the Tea Room. The tradition of the Tea Room started in 1952 as the “Tea Garden” by the Women’s Auxiliary and was then directed by Mrs. Carlton (Hattie) Davies.  The church is excited to continue the tradition again this coming year.

At this spring’s Tea Room, Lowcountry luncheon favorites will return, such as “Charleston Receipts” okra soup, pimiento cheese, classic chicken salad and shrimp salad.  A wonderful selection of desserts, made by parishioners, will include Hummingbird Cake, Grand Marnier Cheesecake and Huguenot Torte as well as a wide variety of other treats.

Once again we are delighted to provide several dining choices for guests.  Due to its popularity guests may choose to take advantage of the Tea Room’s original 1952 outdoor format that allows them to dine outside in our beautiful courtyard or on our Parish Hall’s veranda. The Parish Hall will also have plenty of indoor seating with live piano music to enjoy during lunch.  Patrons will also have the opportunity to place takeout orders with delivery provided to downtown locations.  To place a takeout order please call (843) 722-7291.

Throughout the week, homemade items, baked goods, St. Philip’s souvenirs and other treasures will be sold in our Tea Room gift shop.? Our historic church building will also be open for tours.? Proceeds from the Tea Room benefit St. Philip’s international and local missions, St. Philip’s choirs, and youth ministries.? For more information, please call (843) 722-7734 or visit

The MUSC and Friends and Christ Church Presbyterian Host Dinner and Bible Study Every Tuesday

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The MUSC and Friends weekly Bible meets each Tuesday night for dinner and Bible study. We begin with dinner at 6:45 and are studying Jesus In His Own Words.

Please let Pastor Ross know if you have any questions.

When:? Every Tuesday until December 18, 2018 – 6:45pm – 8:45pm

Where:?Christ Church Presbyterian –?104 Broad St, Charleston, SC 29401

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Charleston finds faith in an unlikely place, The Charleston Music Farm

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By Mark A. Leon

Charleston, South Carolina, known to so many as the Holy City, is decorated with church steeples throughout its majestic skyline. It is a place of recreation and pleasure, but also where so many come to reinforce or restore their faith.

Sometimes, faith can come from the most unlikely places including a music/concert venue and bar. The Charleston Music Farm has witnessed some of the most powerful forces in rock, rap, punk, funk, bluegrass, folk, pop and country appear on stage over the years. Yet, every Sunday at 9:00 AM and 11:00 AM, it is converted to a house of worship for families, students, visitors and homeless. It is a haven, without prejudice or judgement. The City Church partners with this venue to create a setting unlike most houses of worship you will ever see.

Across the street at the museum, a daycare is run to keep the young and rambunctious youngsters at bay while the parishioners spend 90 minutes in song, prayer and community.
At the end, they are released to the arms of their loving parents with smiles and warmth.

As you enter the building, you hear a young Christian rock band play music from the heart. At the bar, you are greeted with French press coffee and local pastries.

I have often attended services alone, but have never felt alone. During the early part of the services, we are asked to turn to our neighbors, shake hands and offer a warm greeting. It is a way to remind us that we are all here together and for a brief moment in time, it doesn’t matter if we are rich or poor, happy or sad, married or single, but accepted.

The sermons are human, refreshing and pure. From the NFL playoffs to the tragedy at Sutherland Springs, the words are not about preaching a religion, but understanding our place in this world and how we can work together to make it better.

Often, I will look around and think that only seven short hours ago, these floors were packed with beer drinking music lovers screaming the words of their favorite band playing on stage and now we are in a place of peace and reflection. In a way, both emphasize faith and loyalty to a cause, in just slightly different ways.

As my eyes wander around the hall, I am comforted by the vision of students, elderly, families, couples and homeless sitting together in a harmonious place.

The Sunday services at the Charleston Music Farm at 37 John Street in downtown Charleston reminds us that church is not about the physical structure, but the message. The City Church in partnership with the Charleston Music Hall is a place, regardless of your denomination or level of faith, safe for all to come, listen, pray and belong.

GALLERY: Gone but not forgotten – Stono Baptist Church and Cemetery – Ravenel, SC (175 Years Old)

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By Mark A. Leon

Life happens in a heartbeat.? Generations come and go and often times, we preserve the legacy of those that shaped the world we live in.? Some foundations lose their value and become relics seen only by passing cars on the highway.? Yet history has a way of maintaining the ruins and reminding us of the families, communities and pioneers that struggled to give us the joys we have today.? Through their faith, they found meaning and salvation.

The Stono Baptist Church in Ravenel, South Carolina was founded in 1842.? Today, the church sits in ruins, but the names of those that graced the halls of this small church remain forever resting.? Surrounded by mating bugs, dragonflies, bees, broken glass and corroding wood remain something beautiful, a 175 year old church that continues to stand proud.? There may not be services or congregants now, but its memory lives on.

Take a photographic walk with us as we explore the Stono Baptist Church and Cemetery, celebrating 175 years of faith and bond.
















A Walk Through Old Sheldon Church

By, Minta Pavliscsak

It was threatening rain off and on all day so typical lay on the beach all day plans were out. So we decided on a road trip to finally go check out the Old Sheldon Church Ruins. We picked up a bag of guacamole chips and a ZZ Ward CD, and we were on our way.

If you head south on 17, just before you hit I-95, you will find Old Sheldon Church.

The church was built between 1745-1755 and was partially burned in 1779 by the British during the Revolutionary War. It was rebuilt in 1826 only to be burned again by General Sherman during his march from in 1865.

Since Sherman’s march, letters have surfaced stating that the church actually did not burn. The letter, written by?Miton Leverett in 1866, explained that the inside was merely torn up beyond repair. Supposedly the materials were used to repair other places that were affected by Sherman’s torch.?



Now only the brick infrastructure remains, along with a few columns towering around it, the front four still commanding your initial attention as you walk up to the church site. These columns are said to be America’s first attempt at imitating a Greek temple.

As you walk inside the church, there is an altar type stone and the final resting place of Colonel William Bull. Colonel Bull played an integral part in assisting with the development of Savannah’s grid pattern layout.

Lovingly called “Sheldon” after Lt. Gov. William Bull I’s plantation, the church is officially named Prince William’s Parish Church. Lt. Gov. Bull paid for most of Sheldon Church.

Church services are still held here the second Sunday after Easter.


Quirkiness of Historic Ravenel – Just a Stone Throw Away

When was the last time you got in your car and drove 30 minutes out of town just to explore.? In case you didn’t know, South Carolina is filled with unique and quirky little towns, marshes, residents, and traditional quaint living.? There is so much to see if you just take yourself off the main stretch and let yourself be free.

We spent a few hours outside the Charleston city limits to see what we could discover in the town of Ravenel, SC.? Here is what we found in this town of 2465 people.

Built in 1842, this Baptist Church is no longer in service, but look what we found inside.

This was the highlight of the morning finding this organ piano.? I true piece of history.


If two words can bring a tear to your eyes, this tombstone did it.


Wonder where Scarlet was hiding all these years?

We have cactus in South Carolina and they are situated right on Scarletts Retreat

Maybe a quirky roadside antique shop is more your speed.


We encountered some turn of the century photos.

flea market

A flea market filled with true old treasures is always a great way to spend some time.


Maybe you want to feel like you are part of the old west.


Make sure you go to the creek and catch an nice summer breeze.

All this less than 30 minutes from your doorstep right in Charleston County.? Next time you are thinking, what should we do?? Go explore and maybe catch a bite at Angel Oak Restaurant on the way back to Charleston.