2305 N. Williston Road, Florence, South Carolina
Christ Church is listed in the National Register of Historic Places. First organized as a chapel in 1843 by the Rev. N. P. Tellinghast of Trinity Church, Society Hill, South Carolina, this church was formally established as Christ Church, Mars Bluff, in 1856. The Rev. Augustus Moore, who took over the chapel in 1854, became the first rector of Christ Church and served until 1876. This sanctuary, pictured above, on land donated by Dr. Edward Porcher, was consecrated in 1859. By the late 1890s, Christ Church had become a mission church, rather than a parish church, but monthly services continued until they were suspended in 1918. The church began an annual homecoming service in 1927, and held special services, such as Baptisms and weddings, during the 1930s and 1940s; it was officially reorganized as a mission church in 1950. After welcoming a number of visiting priests over the years, Christ Church was reorganized as a parish church on May 24, 2015, and Rev. Dr. Donald Hayes was instituted into the Diocese of South Carolina and made Vicar of the church.
Christ Church is located across from the Country Club of South Carolina, one mile south of Interstate Highway 95, exit 170, and three miles north of U.S. Highways 76/301 on South Carolina Highway 327. (Map) Christ Church is 9 miles from downtown Florence, 17 miles from Darlington, SC and 20 miles from Marion, SC. If you live in any of these areas, please, consider joining our congregation.
This coming Sunday, April 23, 2017, Sunday School at 9 AM hosted by Cynthia Hayes, followed by the Holy Eucharist Rite II service beginning at 10 AM with Father Don Hayes as our celebrant and Mr. George Hobeika as our organist.
Food baskets will be on the back pew of the church each Sunday; please bring canned goods and/or nonperishable food items to put in the baskets on Sunday. The men's club will be distributing the goods and items to the needy at the end of each month.
On Monday, April 24, 2017, a "Healing Service" Holy Eucharist will be held in the church beginning at 5 PM with Father Hayes as our celebrant, after which Father Hayes will lead us in a Bible Study special (Marriage, "Sex", Part 5 of 6 ) beginning at 6 PM in the parish house. All are welcomed.
A Curacy of Souls, Private Confession, is available through Christ Church, by appointment, Father Hayes (843) 618-0815.
Regular Sunday morning events:
10:00 a.m. Holy Eucharist every Sunday except Morning Prayer every first Sunday of the month.
10:00 a.m. Morning Prayer every first Sunday of the month, with fellowship and refreshments following the service.
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COLLECT FOR CHRIST CHURCH
A season of Prayer and Reflection on God's Purpose for Christ Church
Heavenly Father, we praise you and worship you. We know you have called us to do great things. In this season of prayer, help us to discern your will in our lives and in the life of Christ Church. Help us to connect to you in a more meaningful way. And help us to proclaim the love of our risen Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. God, provide your wisdom and light in us so that we may clearly see the purpose you have ordained for us ages ago. Help us to be strong and courageous. And help us to act boldly and fearlessly on the purpose you have designed for us. God, have mercy on us and help us to be patient and kind with each other as we move forward with the love of Jesus Christ. Draw us closer to you and each other. And help us to trust in your will for Christ Church, without reservation. Grant, we pray, the resources and tools necessary to create your kingdom on earth and become the beacon of hope, peace, and joy you have called us to be.
April 09, 2O17
Rev. Dr. Donald Hayes