Outreach + Service


Did you know? Your Missions Committee has donated an average of $15,000 to local, national and global organizations every year for the last 5 years. This is the fourth year Second Presbyterian has provided $15,000 in funding for The Journey/Campus Ministries. Second Presbyterian will be providing $8,000 in Undesignated Mission giving to the Charleston Atlantic Presbytery in 2014. While Crisis Ministries (now "One-Eighty Place") continues renovation work on their kitchen, $2,000 will be donated during the year to help support the critical need for meals in the community.

Second Presbyterian Church members and the Missions Committee provided the following support in the first half of 2014: Water Missions International Walk for Water: 12 walkers and virtual walkers generated over $600 in registration fees and donations. Coastal Crisis Chaplaincy: The Committee donated $1,000 plus a $500 individual donation. Presbyterian Communities of SC: $1,392 was collected during the Mother’s Day Offering, which included a generous $500 individual donation. Beth Heyward Missions in Lesotho, Africa: An individual donation of $500 was received. See Beth’s storyOne Great Hour of Sharing: $1,420 was collected during the Palm Sunday offering.

"Seconds Please" Tea Room: Served an estimated 600 guests during the last two weekends in May. Proceeds support our Missions activities. This is a direct result of the personal commitment and talents of our members and friends.

Organizations, Individuals and Programs Supported by Second Presbyterian Church Missions Include: Beth Heyward Missions, Bible Foundation Shipping, Boys & Girls Club (Shaw Center), Chris Bowers Mission Trip, Coastal Crisis Chaplaincy, Colin McKay Grant Home, Coward-Bolivia Service, Crisis Ministries, Feeding of the Multitude, Florence Crittenton Home, G.O.A.L., Habitat for Humanity, Heifer International, Help for Haiti, Kai Dutton Fund, LEAP, Medical Benevolence – Congo, Medical Missions (Oriente), Presbyterian Disaster Assistance, Presbyterian Communities of SC, Presbyterian Student Assoc., Rural Missions, Star Gospel Mission, Thornwell Home, and Water Missions International

Special Offerings Include: One Great Hour of Sharing, Mother’s Day – Presbyterian Communities, World Hunger, Pentecost (2014 Missions Offering), Peacemaking, Thornwell Home, and Christmas/Joy Gift

The Missions Committee cares what you think! Take our survey or e-mail us at missionsatsecond@gmail.com

Help your Missions Committee with minds, hands, hearts and prayerful donations - we thank you!
- Sarah Hartman, Cathy Hinson, Gary Jaffe, David McClure, Peter Rupert, David Savard, Patterson Smith, and Kate Stanton

Upcoming Opportunities to Serve

Souper Bowl of Caring

On Sunday, Feb 5th, join this nationwide, youth-led effort that our church participates in every year. Members of our congregation are encouraged to give a donation as they are leaving worship services on Souper Bowl of Caring Sunday. The donation goes towards a local mission of the youth's choosing. 

Organizations we support

Coastal Crisis Chaplaincy
The primary mission of the Coastal Crisis Chaplaincy is to provide pastoral care and counseling for employees and families of law enforcement and emergency service agencies, as well as the general public; assist the coroner in notifying individuals who have lost family members in an unexpected manner; assist the Mobile Crisis Unit and SWAT teams in hostage negotiations and other local emergency situations; and to provide follow-up visitations in the home or in the hospital for victims of crimes and their families. The Chaplaincy is a Judeo-Christian organization that works closely with all law enforcement and emergency agencies and personnel in the Charleston area to provide assistance during emergency situations. www.coastalcrisischaplain.org

One80 Place
One80 Place opens its doors to all persons in crisis and need, providing food, clothing, shelter and spiritual guidance. www.one80place.org

Boys and Girls Club of America
The Boys and Girls Clubs provide programs and services that enhance the development of boys and girls by instilling a sense of competence, usefulness, belonging and influence.  These clubs offer a safe place to learn and grow - all while having fun. www.bcga.org

Crisis Ministries
Crisis Ministries provides food, shelter and hope to end homelessness and hunger one person at a time, one family at a time. www.crisisministries.org

Thornwell Home for Children
As a ministry of the Presbyterian Church (USA), Thornwell is a joyful Christian community that offers hope and wholeness to children and families. www.thornwell.org

Colin McK. Grant Home Trust
This trust provides housing funds to Charleston Presbyterians over the age of 40 who have a financial need in the area of housing. For more information contact the church office.

The Charleston Bible Society
The Charleston Bible Society exists to encourage a wider circulation of the Bible and the study of the Holy Scriptures by providing used and new Bibles to those in the Charleston area who need them-without cost or comment from the Society. www.charlestonbiblesociety.org

Heifer International
The mission of Heifer International is to work with communities to end hunger and poverty and to care for the earth by providing families with livestock and training so that they need not depend on others to feed their children. www.heifer.org

Water Missions International
Water Missions International is a Christian, nonprofit organization that provides clean, safe water to people in developing countries and disaster areas through a variety of technologies.  Their goal is to provide sustainable access to safe water so that no person should perish for want of safe drinking water. For more information contact David McClure at (843) 991-8914. www.watermissions.org

Medical Benevolence Foundation
The Medical Benevolence Foundation provides hope and healing to those most in need.  This foundation supports healing ministries in more than 100 hospitals and clinics throughout the world. www.mbfoundation.org

Gun Sense SC/Stand-up Sunday
Galvanized by the Emanuel AME tragedy, they are an independent, grassroots group of South Carolinians working hard to close the gaps in laws that make it too easy for guns to fall into the wrong hands – while supporting the Second Amendment right of citizens to lawfully own guns. www.gunsensesc.org

Why We Participate in Stand-up Sunday

  • Your congregation cares about 32,000 Americans a year dying from gun violence and South Carolina suffering the fifth-highest rate of gun homicide.
  • The South Carolina Christian Action Council has endorsed Stand-Up Sunday for all SC congregations
  • 84% South Carolinians want background checks on ALL gun purchases. That’s 82% of Republicans and 86% of Democrats. Nationally, 83% of gun owners agree.
  • Stand-Up Sunday doesn’t threaten the 2nd Amendment right to lawfully possess guns.
  • It’s more vital now than ever that the overwhelming majority make its voice heard to keep guns from falling into the wrong hands.

To find the name and contact information for the state senator and state representative in your voting district, go to:  http://www.scstatehouse.gov/legislatorssearch.php
 To access a form letter that you can send to your legislators, click on link: Individual letter
 To access a form letter that your congregation can send to your legislators, click on link: Congregational letter to legislators


While the term ‘evangelism’ may have gotten a bad rap in recent years, our goal is to bring the meaning back to its Greek roots — literally ‘Good News.’ Our congregation wants to share the good news of Christ and his Kingdom in a way that is genuine, effective and loving. If you would like to learn more about this aspect or our church mission, please contact Colin Kerr at citizen.kerr@gmail.com.

Community Partnerships

Lowcountry Christian Consortium
The Lowcountry Christian Consortium, spearheaded by our Rev. Darwin, was formed in 2005 as an ecumenical initiative to do together what a single entity could not -- sponsor and encourage high-quality Christian events in the Charleston area in order to strengthen the unity among churches and reach out to the wider community with the message of faith, hope and love found in Jesus Christ.

Lowcountry Pastoral Counseling Center - Downtown Charleston
The need for quality mental, emotional and spiritual care today is undeniable. Lowcountry Pastoral Counseling Center (LPCC) provides a unique opportunity to integrate one’s faith journey into the healing process. LPCC offers a sliding scale for fees, increasing the accessibility for those in need of counseling services.
Lowcountry Pastoral Counseling Center provides quality, faith-based counseling, life enrichment events, and training to the Lowcountry community by licensed counselors in a private, nonprofit setting.

Their pastoral counselors are skilled therapists who can help with:
• Stress and Anxiety
• Child and Adolescent Problems
• Depression
• Divorce
• Marital and Family Concerns
• Faith Development
• Work or School Problems
• Life Transitions
• Grief and Loss
• Unemployment
• Career Transitions
• Extended Illness
• Trauma Resolution
• Clergy and Congregation Concerns

For additional information contact Tracy Grantham, Director of Clinical Services (843) 795-0238

Charleston Spiritual Ensemble & Gospel Choir
The Charleston Spiritual Ensemble & Gospel Choir rehearse at Second Church weekly and participate in our Sunday Worship services approximately four times each year.
Under the direction of David A. Richardson, the Charleston Symphony Orchestra (CSO) Spiritual Ensemble is a long time dream come true of its founder and President Lee Pringle. The Spiritual Ensemble is the organic outcome of its sister organization, the CSO Gospel Choir’s broad vocal talent focusing on African-American spirituals and sacred music in a variety of performance settings.The Ensemble strives to honor the devout musical tradition that African-Americans formed as slaves after arriving in this country and in particular its relevant history here in the South Carolina Lowcountry. www.csospiritual.com

Other Ways to Serve

On a Committee
Comprised of people from all age groups, committees at Second Church are how things get done! From setting church policy to organizing events, committees and teams do it all. And the opportunities abound. Missions, Communications, Worship & Music, Property, Congregational Life and more -- you will most assuredly find a good match for your abilities and time.

With Music
This side of Heaven, music doesn’t get much more beautiful than at Second Presbyterian Church. But we’re always looking to improve and capitalize on the creativity of our congregation. If you have a passion for music, be it instrumental or vocal, please let us know.
We are always looking for people to join the Adult Choir or the Handbell Choir. Both groups rehearse on Wednesday evenings. Please contact Julia Harlow to volunteer at jharlow@2ndpc.org.

With Flowers
The Flower Guild arranges the flowers for the Sanctuary each week and can always use volunteers with a knack for flower arranging. Contact Sue Henderson at (843) 577-5734 to volunteer.

In the Office
Several times throughout the year, we have projects where we can use office assistance. If you would be interested in helping out, call the office and we'll put you on the list of available helpers.

As a Sunday School Teacher
Wake up a little earlier and be a part of our amazing team of Sunday School teachers. From bible studies to parenting classes to arts and crafts, there’s something for everyone to teach. Or ask to teach your own dream class! Call the church office.

A Passion-Palooza of Opportunities to Share God’s Love
Still feel like something’s missing? Tell us. Better yet, become the change you want to see! Let us know how we can equip and encourage you. Let your own passion be your only limit. So if you want to get plugged in, take the first step. Contact Colin Kerr at citizen.kerr@gmail.com and let him help get you connected. We are waiting for you!