Mary Whyte Supports St. Christopher
Internationally acclaimed figurative artist Mary Whyte helps St. Christopher…
Barrier Island Naturalists 2021-22
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Executive Director’s Appeal
I will remember the deeds of the Lord; yes, I will remember your wonders of old. … You are the God who works wonders: you have made known your might among the peoples. Psalm 77:11-14
Throughout its storied history, St. Christopher has survived many challenges that have shaken its financial viability.
A polio epidemic, multiple hurricanes, World War II, economic recessions and mold have all had their turn of impacting the ministry of St. Christopher.
Soon after its creation in 1938, a polio epidemic shut down the 1939 summer camp program. The very next year in 1940 a hurricane laid waste to many newly created structures including the original Chapel of the Palms. During the years of World War II, the U.S. Coast Guard took possession of Seabrook Island for military use, and forced the relocation of a summer camp program to Burnt Gin State Park near Sumter. In 2008, the discovery of debilitating mold caused the closure of half of the lodge buildings, precipitating numerous cancelations of groups that could no longer be hosted, on top of an economic recession that had already reduced the utilization of our Barrier Island ministry. In the consecutive years of 2016, 2017, 2018 and 2019, hurricanes and floods caused multiple week-long closures that severely impacted the bottom line. With all of these challenges, none however compare with the present impact of COVID-19.
Deveaux Bank Bird and Kayak Tour
Friday, November 19th, 1:00-4:00 pm
This trip is a three-hour guided kayak tour to Deveaux Bank, located across from St. Christopher. The trip begins on the beach at St. Christopher before crossing the Estuary and landing on the northern tip of Deveaux Bank, which is home to thousands of sea birds. It is the largest sea bird nesting area north of Florida, so much of the island is protected and off-limits, but sections of the island are open to the public where you can observe and identify thousands of sea birds. Binoculars provided.
Tuesday Healing Service
The Prayer Center Weekly Healing Service is open to all, and meets at 12:30 p.m. every Tuesday. When you arrive at Seabrook Island, tell the security guard that you’re attending the healing service.
Intercessory Prayer Day
Join us in intentional days of prayer and worship for this place. Participants start with worship, pray and walk across the campus, and conclude with lunch.
Staff members gather for prayer at 8:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m., and 5 p.m. each weekday, and we welcome guests.