Janis Blocker, Charleston Atlantic Presbytery Recording Clerk and Clerk of Session of Bethel Presbyterian Church in Walterboro, led a Clerk of Session Training via Zoom in the Fall of 2020. If you were not able to attend live (or just want a refresher), you can view the recording below as well as download relevant handouts.
Archives for 2021
The Spring Stated Meeting of Charleston Atlantic Presbytery will be held Tuesday, May 18 at 9:30 am via Zoom. Commissioners attending the Zoom meeting must pre-register below by May 13. Now that many of us have been using Zoom for over a year, the zoom training session offered Sunday, May 16 at 6:30 pm is optional. You are encouraged to attend if you do not feel comfortable with your zoom expertise (outlined below) – being familiar with all of the zoom features is essential for full participation in the meeting and to help ensure we are efficient with our time.
Anyone who is not a commissioner or approved visitor can join us on Facebook Live.
Minister members who are unable to attend and churches that will not have representation at the presbytery meeting should contact Michele Jones (email@example.com) by Friday, May 14 to request an excused absence.
We will share a Joys video during the meeting. Please send pictures of your church in action (along with a brief one-line description) since our last meeting (February 27), along with a brief one-line description, to firstname.lastname@example.org by Tuesday, May 11 to be included.
Please read THE HANDBOOK thoroughly so you are prepared for the meeting. Contact the moderator/chair of the ministry team if you have questions about their report. Contact Stated Clerk Catherine Byrd or Associate Stated Clerk Donnie Woods if you have questions about procedures or the Standing Rules (found on page 2 of the handbook). Our meeting begins with worship – you can follow along with the Order of Worship.
The past moderator has put together these Zoom Instructions to help you prepare to fully participate in the presbytery meeting. Please review this document thoroughly and ensure you feel confident in your Zoom Expertise prior to attending the meeting:
- You have already downloaded ZOOM onto your computer or device with audio AND video and will make sure the program is updated, if needed, no later than the day before the CAP meeting.
- You can launch ZOOM and, when entering, then initiate both auto and video with ease.
- You can rename yourself, using your first and last name, your role initials (below), and your congregation.
- TE = Teaching Elder members of Charleston Atlantic Presbytery
- RE = Ruling Elder Commissioner from a Session
- CP = Commissioned Lay Pastor
- CE = Christian Educator
- L = CAP Leader, moderator of ministry team or commission
- GA = GA Commissioner
- SC = Synod Commissioner
- CM = Corresponding Member (voice, no vote)
- V = Visitor, approved by Stated Clerk (voice, no vote)
- You can go back and forth between GALLERY and SPEAKER views.
- You can access the PARTICIPANTS window and can RAISE your ZOOM HAND
- You can participate in a POLL.
- You can MUTE and UNMUTE with ease by either clicking the MUTE and UNMUTE button or by holding down the space bar while muted in order to speak.
2021 Virtual Spring Gathering
Saturday, April 10, 2021
Zoom Meeting Opens – 9:30 am
Worship Service & Business Meeting 10:00 am – 1:00 am
Registration has now closed – The Zoom link will be sent to by April 8.
Winter Meeting 2021 ReCAP
At the Charleston Atlantic Presbytery Winter Meeting 2020—a year ago—none of the plans we had going forward included learning how to function remotely. But Winter Meeting 2021 proved we have learned. Call to order on Saturday February 27, 2021, didn’t occur until 10:15, not because of technical problems, which would have been this stated clerk’s fear a year ago, but because the STEPS team of the Nurture Ministry Team presented their second electronic STEPS (Studying, Teaching, Equipping, Praying, Serving) event starting at 9:00. Three workshops were offered and were well attended from throughout our presbytery and beyond; at least one participant attended from his home in Colorado!
Worship followed closely upon the call to order. Once again the electronic format allowed attendance in ways we would not have imagined last year. Music was provided by Dr. JooSoo Son, Traditional Music Director at Providence Presbyterian Church on Hilton, head playing that church’s organ and piano. Rev. Cibele Santos Associate Pastor at Providence preached the sermon, “Prayer, Unite Us,” from Providence’s pulpit. For the Sacrament of the Lord’s Supper, worshippers were transported to Hebron Zion PC on Johns Island where Rev. Patricia Jones pronounced the words of institution. Other worship leaders participated from James Island PC, Bethel PC (Johns Island), and Edisto PC. Works of art relating to parts of the service were shown on screen, presented by “A Sanctified Art, LLC” which had presented one of the STEPS workshops. You can view the worship service HERE and download the worship bulletin HERE so you can follow along.
During the business portion of the meeting, Stephen McDonald, Camp Director of Bethelwoods Camp and Conference Center, presented the exciting news that Bethelwoods is planning for summer programs! There will be opportunities onsite at Bethelwoods, a one week day camp at the new CAP facility at Park Circle, and “Camp in a Van” opportunities for churches almost anywhere. Covid shutdowns dealt Bethelwoods quite a blow in 2020, and Stephen thanked CAP for its monetary support, which helped the camp persevere.
The moderator of the Committee on Representation, Rev. Cameron Smith, was live in person via zoom to report on vacancies on CAP teams and committees. She emphasized the importance of having members participate from across the presbytery, both Ruling Elders and Ministers of Word and Sacrament. Vacancies and Opportunities will be listed in the Chatline.
The co-moderator of Service to Others Ministry Team, Sandro Otero, reported that plans are underway to plan a return mission to Puerto Rico, if the COVID-19 way be clear, next fall. Additional work of that team was presented in the written report in the handbook and as part of the “Celebration of Joys” video that was played during the meeting.
The Celebration of Joys video also revealed the ways congregations across the presbytery have met the Covid challenges and moved their ministries outdoors (not just for worship but also for programs, fellowship and outreach), into spaces allowing for social distancing while masked, and online (many a shepherd and little angel are now on video for posterity). The creativity of our members is wonderful.
THE HANDBOOK contains the full reports of all ministry teams, committees and commissions. The work of the Shepherding Team, the Commission on Ministry, the Stewardship of Financial Gifts of Ministry Team, The Preparation for Ministry Team, Nurture Ministry Team and other information of interest are contained therein. The reader does not have to have been a commissioner or even in attendance at the meeting to benefit from this information. Questions or comments can be address to the moderator of each or to the stated clerk.
Submitted respectfully and with great joy,
Catherine Byrd, Stated Clerk
STEPS in Winter was held on Saturday, February 27 via Zoom. You can view the recorded workshops below.
1. The Pandemic and Children and Youth led by Rachel Ward- The pandemic has upended the lives of everyone, but how specifically does it affect our children and youth. This workshop will discuss ways parents and the church can ease the stress. Rachel Ward is a counselor and a member of Providence Presbyterian Church. View the workshop HERE.
2. Holy Disunity: How What Separates Us Can Save Us lead by Layton Williams- Join the author of this book as she proposes that our primary calling as humans is not to create unity but rather to seek authentic relationship with God, ourselves, one another, and the world around us. And that means actively engaging those with whom we disagree. Our religious, political, social, and cultural differences can create doubt and tension, but disunity also provides surprising gifts of perspective and grace. By analyzing conflict and rifts in both modern culture and Scripture, Williams explores how our disagreements and differences—our disunity—can ultimately redeem us. Layton Williams is an ordained PCUSA minister and writer. She has worked with Sojourners and NEXT Church. View the workshop HERE.
3. Planning for Holy Week and Easter with Sanctified Art- This workshop will provide creative and meaningful ways to celebrate Holy Week and Easter in your congregation and homes. Sanctified Art is a talented creative team formed as the result of each member discerning ways to blend their creative talents with ministry. They are trained theologians and pastors in addition to being artists and creators. Sanctified Art offers their creative gifts to resource, provoke, guide, facilitate, and enrich the spiritual lives of worshipers around the world. View the workshop HERE.