Second Church takes seriously the baptismal vows to partner with families to help raise children in the faith. Children’s ministry at Second is vibrant, interactive and experiential as we seek to help children experience God’s transformative love.
Each week Sunday School is offered following the children’s sermon for children K5-5th grade upstairs in the educational building. We use curriculum by Illustrated Children’s Ministry titled An Illustrated Compassion: Learning to Love Like God. Here’s a little bit about the curriculum: No matter where you are on the theological or political spectrum, it's clear our world needs more compassion. An Illustrated Compassion turns to scripture and looks for examples of God's compassion throughout the Bible, and also asks what it might look like for all of us to lead more compassionate lives.
We also offer childcare for children newborn- 4K each Sunday morning and Wednesday evening. Our childcare professionals are trained and background checked to ensure a safe and happy environment for each child. Childcare is located in the education building.
Each Wednesday evening during the school year, children of all ages, and their families, are invited to join us for an evening of fun and discipleship. Through interactive lessons and recreation children are able to experience the Bible stories through multiple learning styles. We also use a curriculum from Illustarted Children’s Ministry. Similar to the curriculum used in Sunday school, An Illustrated Invitation: Joining God at Work in the World, is a creative, interactive 12- week curriculum that helps children walk through stories of the faith.
Throughout the year we host special events such as:
- Easter Egg Hunt: Children from First(Scots) and Second Presbyterian come together at our church for a fun morning together.
- Homecoming Sunday: a special Sunday where we recognize our milestone years within the church.
- Blessing of the Backpacks: the time in the year where we send our young people, and teachers, back to school knowing God is always with them!
- Parents Night Out: a fun night of for children; these events serve as fundraisers for our Educational Ministries.
- Trunk or Treat: the Wednesday before Halloween we gather for an evening of intergenerational fun and fellowship for our community. Children are able to sport their Halloween costume early!
- Advent Craft Night: this is an evening of crafts for children to begin to prepare and experience the Advent Season.
- Christmas Pageant: each year, after much hard work, our children present the Christmas story for a family Christmas worship service. The service is followed by dinner and fellowship for all!
Join us on Sunday mornings, Wednesday evenings and at these occasional special events as we help children experience God’s love in fun and authentic ways.
At Second we value the impact our young people have within our congregation. Our youth serve as ushers, liturgists and musicians in worship.
Each Wednesday youth are invited to join us for dinner, choir and Bible study. Dinner begins at 5:30 with choir from 6:00-6:30 with Dr. Julia Harlow. Choir is followed by Bible study in the youth room where our young people learn how to put their faith into action.
Each Second Sunday, following the church-wide luncheon, middle and high school youth are invited to join us for a time of fellowship and mission. Each month’s activity will be announced ahead of time. Be sure to follow along on our Facebook page for all updates.
There are multiple ways for youth to volunteer throughout the year and each summer at VBS. Each summer we participate in Week 2 of the Montreat Youth Conference and the Middle School Conference in July. In addition to those life giving summer trips, we also take a back to school trip to Carowinds. There are so many ways for our young people to find community within this place— we hope that you will join us!
We love our college students! Second Presbyterian is only three blocks from the College of Charleston campus, so cars are not necessary to join us on a Sunday 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 Charleston church home.
Join us for worship Sundays at 11:15 a.m. - We’re a progressive, affirming congregation where everybody feels welcomed. Though we’re an historic church, we’re not stuffy. You’ll fit right in whether you’re in jeans and flip flops or dressed in your Sunday best. There are college students up in the choir and in the nursery too on Sundays, so join us for Brunch Bunch after worship the first Sunday of each month or for Second Sunday Lunch to get a chance to meet them too.
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 The Citadel Military College of South Carolina: 5-minute drive and is on CARTA Route 20 (King Street/Meeting). The bus stops at the edge of Wragg Square on Meeting Street.
Journey is a college arm of the Charleston Atlantic Presbytery that was an extension out of Second Presbyterian for many years. Journey continues to meet at The College of Charleston and The Citadel for a unique worship set followed by Q&A and discussion like that fostered at Second Presbyterian Church.
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.
A number of young parents and young adults will be at the Second Sunday Lunches each month and at Supper at Second at 5:30pm on Wednesday nights. There are discipleship actives for kids and bible study groups for adults after Supper on Wednesdays too.
Young adults and families walk together to a nearby restaurant for Brunch Bunch after worship the first Sunday of each month. There are monthly and quarterly opportunities for young adult fellowship too. From bonfires to beach days this group of young adults and families meet around town and in each other’s homes as a time of community and fellowship. There is even a 2019 progressive dinner in the works!
We also have "Young Professionals" groups that meet weekly for bibles studies. These Tuesday groups in West Ashley and downtown meet around town in a different member’s home each week for wine & cheese and lively discussion.
Contact Jordyn (firstname.lastname@example.org) for more information on group locations and the exciting things going on in the Young Adult Second Family.
“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!
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 Nights are all about fellowship, discipleship & growing in our faith at Second. We split into groups at 6:15, so you can join in a book study even if you aren't able to make it to supper. We have study groups for all ages, including adults. Scott Kerkstra will be leading a Men's Book Study and there are a few Women's Groups that meet upstairs.We hope you will join us!
All children & youth are invited up to the Youth Room or downstairs to the nursery at 6:15. We will start our evening of discipleship with a recreational activity that relates to our lesson. From there we will break off into our age-appropriate studies. Each week our youth put their faith into action through study, art & service. Our elementary students learn about the powerful, miraculous and awesome ways God works in the stories of our faith. Our preschool students even take part in learning the Bible stories.
Join us for Wednesday Night Suppers starting at 5:30 p.m. followed by bible studies, rehearsals and activities at 6:15 p.m.
SECOND SUNDAY LUNCH
Join us on the second Sunday of every month for a time of food, fun and intergenerational fellowship following the 11:15 a.m. worship service. Please bring a side dish or dessert to share. Forgot your dish to share? No problem, join us anyways! We hope to see you there.
Young adults & families are invited to come for brunch & fellowship the 1st Sunday of each month. The group will meet at the front door of the Education Building after the 11:15 service and walk/drive to our restaurant of choice.
For more information contact Liv Looney or Lee Lingle.
AFTER WORSHIP FELLOWSHIP
Congregants enjoy refreshments and extended fellowship after the worship service in the Fellowship Hall or on the portico as the weather allows. It’s a nice time to catch up with one another and the extend discussion spawned from the service.
SECOND SUNDAY BOOK CLUB
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.
AND SO MUCH MORE! There are community events throughout the year including our annual Oyster Roast, Seconds Please Tea Room, Seersucker Suit and Fancy Hat Sunday. Make sure to sign up for the Newsletter and follow Second on Facebook so you don’t miss invitations to these special fellowship events.
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.
Become a Member
About three times a year, we offer a “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 a 2-hour session usually held on a Saturday morning. 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