Drayton Mills Elementary School
Drayton Mills Elementary School (DME) is the largest elementary school in Spartanburg District 7 with 724 students. St. Christopher’s partnership with DME focuses on four areas – Support, Food, Clothing and Supplies. Students in need of these basic necessities are identified by school staff.
Retired Educators, Talented, Responsive & Eager to Assist Drayton Staff (RETREADS) is a support group for DME teachers. The group is made up of retired educators and other volunteers who assist the staff and students, whether it is in the classroom setting or providing a student party.
St. Christopher’s maintains a food pantry of non-perishable items donated by the congregation. These foods can easily be placed in the backpacks of students who may otherwise go without food on weekends and holidays.
DME Clothes Closet:
New and gently used clothes are donated and organized by St. Christopher’s. They are then distributed to students as needed by the staff of DME.
School supplies are donated by the people of St. Christopher’s and used to stock a storage closet at DME. School staff distributes these supplies to students who lack the proper school materials.
If you would like more information on how to be involved in this ministry contact email@example.com
Full initiation by water and the Holy Spirit into the body of Christ and the church.
A Rite in which baptized persons make a mature commitment to Christ and receive continual support from the Holy Spirit. It is generally done at the completion of Confirmation classes and involves the laying on of hands by the Bishop.
A celebration of the life of one who has died as they are received into the Heavenly Kingdom. A columbarium for the interment of ashes is at the entrance of the church in the narthex.
The Unction of the Sick is a rite of anointing the sick with oil, or laying on of hands, by which God’s grace is given for the healing of the spirit, mind, and body.
Marriage in the Episcopal Church is a sacramental rite in which in which a man and a woman “enter into a life-long union, make their vows before God and the Church, and receive the grace and blessing of God to help them fulfill their vows” (Book of Common Prayer, p. 861).
The union is understood to be intended by God for their mutual joy; for the help and comfort given one another in prosperity and adversity; and, when it is God’s will, for the procreation of children and their nurture in the knowledge and love of the Lord (BCP, p. 423). At the Declaration of Consent, both persons promise to love, comfort, honor, and keep their spouse, in sickness and in health, and, forsaking all others, to be faithful to their spouse as long as they both live (BCP, p. 424).
The congregation witnesses the couple’s promises, and the members of the congregation promise to do all in their power to uphold the couple in their marriage.
If you are interested in being married at St. Christopher’s you must contact the clergy (Vicar) at least ninety days prior to the hoped for wedding date to arrange for pastoral counseling and to discuss arrangements.
Consultation with clergy and the church calendar are the first steps in planning a wedding at St. Christopher’s.
This is an area of garden plots located on the property. You may rent a plot and grow vegetables and flowers. It is asked that the first harvest be donated to local charity.
The Order of the Daughters of the King is an order for women who are communicants of the Episcopal Church, churches in communion with it, or churches in the historic episcopate but not in communion with it. Our membership currently includes women in the Anglican, Episcopal, Lutheran (ELCA) and Roman Catholic churches.
Reaffirming the promises made at Baptism and Confirmation, a Daughter pledges herself to a life-long program of prayer, service and evangelism. She receives support in this commitment from a worldwide community of like-minded women.
St. Christopher’s Chapter is St. Clare of Assisi. If you are interested in becoming a Daughter, contact firstname.lastname@example.org
The Brotherhood of St. Christopher is comprised of a group of men from the parish that meet together for fun and fellowship! It is open to any man in the parish.
Pack 67 welcomes families to bring girls and boys to a unified scouting experience. This model is excellent for allowing busy families to share scouting experiences together. Since 1910, Scouting in America through the BSA has been known for character development, leadership training, and outdoor education. We are excited to sponsor this inclusive program for the youth in our community.