Sunday School is a historic pillar to who we are at Second Church, and we recognize that when it comes to kids, sometimes Sunday morning is still the best (or only) time to discover the love of God. So while many of our adults’ Sunday School equivalent may be on a Wednesday night, a traditional and vibrant Sunday School form exists to educate our children and our greater church family.
SUNDAY SCHOOL 9:45 a.m.
Pre-School, (Room 106)
We have something for everyone, even pre-schoolers. Our teachers are dedicated and love the kids. You can feel confident that your child will feel safe and welcomed in this in our pre-school class.
Kindergarten, Rock Solid (Room 107)
Children begin to learn the Lord’s Prayer and the books of the Bible at this age through interactive activities and stories.
The BIG House (grades 1-5), Rock Solid (Children’s library Room 208)
An ongoing homegrown production, the BIG House combines worship, crafts, and teaching into a wonderful high-energy blend. Students gather in the Chapel for worship first thing in the morning, and then are escorted to the Children’s Library for the lesson. The group is then split between grades for age appropriate teaching that is clear and concise.
Parent's Morning Out
Nothing like a good parachute game in the morning! We had a fun time playing during our Parents' Morning Out
2016 Christmas Pageant
It is becoming altogether more difficult to refuse to believe what our culture says we need to do and have in order to be of value. In light of this, we at Second Church feel a great sense of urgency to teach about Who true worth comes from to the younger generations so that they might stop judging themselves by worldly standards, stop settling for temporary fulfillments, and instead choose everlasting fulfillment through a life lived with Jesus Christ.
Our chief objective is to motivate the younger generations within the church to first desire and then grow in a personal relationship with their Heavenly Father. It is our deep hope to help them build their lives on a solid foundation...to help them build their lives on the only foundation that is truly solid: Jesus Christ.
At Second Church, we believe in incarnational ministry. In other words, the power of presence. This belief comes from countless scriptural observations of transformation that took place in the lives of those who spent time with God; spent time in His presence. After all, Jesus went outside of the church, outside of the temple. He met with people where they were, as they were, earning the right to be heard.
Church buildings and youth programs can - without a doubt - be awesome tools through which to present the extravagant love of God, but the impact made by time spent in these buildings and programs will almost certainly fail to be long-lasting if personal investment in the lives of the youth involved is lacking. When buildings and programs become more important than personal relationships, it is inevitable that things will quickly go awry and opportunities for true growth will be stunted. This is why investing on a personal level with the youth of our church is a huge priority.
What we ultimately hope to communicate to the youth at Second Presbyterian Church through time spent with them and love poured out to them is God’s deep delight in spending time with them and God’s love that He longs to pour into their lives. Along with this hope is a hope well-expressed in the Mission Statement of Young Life, a non-denominational youth ministry. The hope is as follows:
“To nurture kids so they might grow in their love for Christ and their knowledge of God's Word and become people who can share their faith with others.”
At Second Church, we are particularly passionate about this. That is, particularly passionate about investing in discipleship. We firmly believe in the impact that one changed life can have on another, the impact that that life can then have on another, and so on and so forth. It is because of this belief that through sharing in God’s ministry, our aim is to go deep before going wide. This takes time, patience and most of all trust in the Lord’s faithfulness to complete every work that He begins.
And the Word became flesh, and made His dwelling among us. John 1:14
We loved you so much that we delighted to share not only the gospel, but our very lives with you as well. 1 Thessalonians 2:8
Following Christ means living a life marked by servanthood. More than it being the "right" thing to do, it is the life-giving thing to do! We were wired to serve; created with gifts that when used to the glory of God, make us come alive. Through pursuing ways in which we can meet the needs of our community, our deep desire for the youth of Second Presbyterian Church is that they grow in their desire to live lives of service - not for the sake of mere Christian duty, but for the sake of love.
For it is the love of Jesus that compels us. 2 Corinthians 5:14
Don't hesitate to contact Olivia Looney, Director of Children, Youth & Education, by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or at the church office - (843) 723-9237.
College + Journey
We love our college students! Second Church is only three blocks from the College of Charleston campus, so cars are not necessary to join us on aSunday morning. Our church family also has a long history of being a church home to many students from MUSC and the Citadel, including providing host families for Cadets. We’re excited about the energy that our students bring, as they often take the lead roles in our community service projects and mentoring our youth. So if you’re in college or working on your graduate degree, please consider making Second Church your Second family while you’re away from home.
Distance from Colleges and Universities:
Charleston School of Law: 2 Blocks College of Charleston: 3 Blocks Trident Technical College: 2 & 4 Blocks Medical University of South Carolina: 7 Blocks Art Institute of Charleston: 9 Blocks The Citadel Military College of South Carolina: 5-minute Drive and is on CARTA Route 20 (King Street/Citadel). The bus stops at the edge of Wragg Square on Meeting Street.
Wednesdays, 6:15-7:30 pm, College of Charleston campus, Stern Student Center
Mondays, 6:30-7:30 pm, Citadel Campus, Mark Clark Hall, Greater Issues Room
Journey meets at The College of Charleston for a unique worship set, student-written liturgy, local speakers from around the city, Q&A and discussion. The group includes students from College of Charleston, The Citadel, and other local colleges. The Journey PSA is also very involved in missional service and social events, including mission trips with area churches.
Whether you’ve just entered the work world, are recently married, or starting a family, Second Church is an amazing place to put down roots. The community of young adults is growing faster than any other generation here, and they are passionate for Jesus Christ. Come be a part of helping to build this new and exciting dimension of our Second family.
Young adults attend both the 9:30am Chapel and 11:15am Sanctuary worship services. A number of young parents and young adults will be at Supper at Second at 5:30pm on Wednesday nights.
We also have two active "Young Professionals" groups that meet weekly. These make up the backbone of our young adults at Second Presbyterian. These groups meet at the following times:
“As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another.” (Proverbs 27:17)
We know that Godly men pray. They always have; they always will. So that’s where we start — with a Willingness to Pray. We ask God for His ideas on how to move forward in our lives and in our fellowship.
We Create a Place for Connection: We want 2ndPC men to grow deeper in their walk in Christ with other men, but that won’t happen unless we are connected. We currently meet each month on the last Saturday morning for fellowship, good food and a short message delivered by a guest speaker. We attend sporting events together. We host interesting speaking events for the entire congregation to attend. And we are constantly on the lookout for new and interesting endeavors, both indoors and outdoors, in Charleston and beyond.
We Create a Safe Place for Sharing: The men who come to the Men’s Society events know that what is shared around the table stays around the table, especially as we’ve discussed our professional and personal lives, our families and our marriages within the context of scripture. Men who come have said it’s a lot easier to discuss these issues with other men than in a mixed-gender small group setting.
We Create a Culture of Invitation: The Men’s Society events are successful because of the personal invitations we extend to men to participate. The Saturday morning breakfast exists because of the personal invitations we extend. Announcements and bulletin notices are great for getting the word out, but personal invitations are more personal and work best.
We Create a Culture of Service: Men want to serve alongside their brothers. They want to serve their church and community. We are developing a culture of service in our group’s DNA — whether it is assisting another church mission (like the annual Tea Room) or doing yard work for senior members of the congregation. There is a sense of excitement as we plan ways to serve our community — both within the church and outside it.
Do you want to become a better son, brother, father or husband? Do you want to become a better Christian? Then come out and join us for our next 2ndPC Men’s Society event.
The purpose of the Second Presbyterian Missions Committee is to provide support beyond the walls of the Church, meeting local, national and global organizations at their point of need and inviting them into a dynamic relationship with Christ. Our goal is to reach people at all ages and stages in their journey with Christ, both in the Church and with the organizations we support.
Missions work is grounded in scripture. Matthew 25:35-36 recounts: For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat; I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink; I was a stranger and you invited me in; I needed clothes and you clothed me; I was sick and you looked after me; I was in prison and you came to visit me.
Second Presbyterian Missions directly supports the following organizations and activities: The Colin McKay Grant Home Coastal Crisis Chaplaincy Hands of Christ Medical Benevolence Foundation Presbyterian Mission Agency (PCUSA) Presbyterian Disaster Assistance Sea Island Hunger Awareness Foundation The Shaw Center Star Gospel Mission Water Mission
We are especially pleased to support a missionary through the Presbyterian Mission Agency, Leisa Wagstaff in South Sudan.
In addition, our congregation supports four Presbyterian Church-wide special offerings and two sponsored by the Charleston Atlantic Presbytery and Second Church: Pentecost One Great Hour of Sharing Peace and Global Witness Christmas Joy Presbyterian Homes of SC Thornwell Home for Children
In 2015, Second Presbyterian became the downtown distribution center for Hands of Christ, whose mission is to bring Presbyterian Church (USA) congregations together to meet the basic needs of children showing them Christ’s love. Distribution of school uniforms and school supplies at Second with the help of Zion Olivet and First (Scots) Presbyterian took place on August 10-11, 2015. 157 families and 396 children received the outpouring of love from Hands of Christ, thanks to over a hundred volunteers from local Presbyterian churches. This year’s distribution will take place on Monday and Tuesday, August 8 and 9 at 5 PM. Please consider volunteering during this incredible activity.
Please join us as we extend God’s reach beyond the walls of Second Presbyterian. Thank you for your support!
Thanksgiving at The Shaw Center
Christmas on Mary Street, Shaw Center, December 18, 2015
Christmas on Mary Street at The Shaw Center
The Shaw Center, Christmas on Mary Street 2015
Wednesday Night Supper at Second
Wednesday night is for the whole congregation, with something for everyone. Join us for supper, fellowship, worship, and midweek programs.
The 2nd Edition Book Club meets on 2nd Tuesday of each month at 6:30pm.
Fred and Sarah Schuh coordinate this group. Please contact Fred Schuh if you would like to join or learn more about this group and he will add you to the email list, confirm the book choice of the month and remind you of the date and time. His email address is email@example.com.
The older generation that has held Second Church together for so many years, through its good times and its bad, is forever treasured among our congregation and what truly makes us an inter-generational church. That being the case, we don't separate the "older and wiser" into a self-contained ministry, but instead welcome them into the vibrancy of our many worship, fellowship and service opportunities. Second Presbyterian has several members who reside at the Presbyterian Village in Summerville and in other assisted living situations in the Charleston area. We keep in touch through weekly mailings of the church bulletin and regular visits from the pastor and our Care Team members.
Becoming a Member
About three times a year, we offer a two-part “What We Believe” class. This class is for anyone wanting to know more about (or freshen up on) the essentials of the Reformed Christian faith as well as our requirement for membership in the church. It is original, systematic, and philosophical -- and we can guarantee there’s really nothing quite like it. The class is led by our Minister, Rev. Cress Darwin. The class consists of two 2-hour sessions, usually on Saturday mornings (coffee provided). If, after completing the class, you are interested in joining Second Presbyterian Church, we hold a brief "New Member Welcome" ceremony as part of our Sunday Worship Service soon after the completion of each class. What We Cover: ** God’s plan, the disconnect between God and humanity, and three major wordly systems of trying to bridge it. ** The world’s 10 “Jesuses” vs. the biblical Jesus. ** The historic creeds, communion and the Lord’s Prayer. ** The history of the Presbyterian Church. ** The values and vision of Second Presbyterian Church and how YOU become part of it. Questions? Interested? Email Rev. Darwin at firstname.lastname@example.org.