Instead of a pancake supper on Shrove Tuesday, St. Christopher’s holds an oyster roast. The first oyster roast at St. Christopher’s was held in 1961 and is still a popular community event. Offerings include steamed oysters, boiled shrimp, clam chowder, hotdogs with homemade chili, baked beans and coleslaw. Childcare with a hotdog dinner for children under the age of 12 is available at no charge with the purchase of an adult ticket. The night of the event there will be a drawing and a wine cork pull, $20.00 per pull. These two events are cash or check only at the door. Doors open at 5:30 pm, Oyster Roast begins at 6:00 pm and ends at 8:00 pm. Early entrance for socializing and decorating at 5:00 pm with an additional $50.00 purchase of a private table seating 8. Private tables are limited in number.
Tickets can be purchased at the Church Office Monday-Thursday 9am until 1:00 pm with cash or checks or online. Get your tickets early we hope to see you there.
This powerful event takes place on Good Friday each year. St. Christopher’s, along with the other local Episcopal churches as well as some other denominations, walk through Downtown Spartanburg taking turns carrying a wooden cross, stopping at 12 spots for scripture readings on a journey with Christ to his crucifixion. The journey ends with a short service at The Episcopal Church of the Advent.
The Sunday afternoon closest to October 4th, in celebration of St. Francis of Assisi, St. Christopher’s holds a blessing of the animals. Everyone is encouraged to bring their pets to this service held on the lawn next to the church, where they will be blessed by our vicar and deacon.
A quiet and contemplative service is held each Veteran’s Day in the church with the lighting of candles in honor and remembrance of the Veterans in our lives. A Labyrinth made out of American flags is installed in the lawn next to the church for people to walk while praying.
After the Easter service, young children gather with their baskets and join in on an Easter Egg Hunt.
The Sunday before school starts back, St. Christopher’s holds a blessing of the backpacks during the service. Students, teachers and others who work at or attend school bring their backpacks to church and receive a blessing before the start of a new school year.