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03/12/2017 SERMON





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2305 N. Williston Road, Florence, South Carolina

Visitors Welcomed

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, March 26, 2017, Sunday School (A Lenten Study: From Fear to Love) at 9 AM hosted by Cynthia Hayes, followed by the Holy Eucharist Rite I service beginning at 10 AM with Father Don Hayes as our celebrant, and with 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, March 27, 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 and Gary Pearce will lead us in Bible Study 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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