Church conference on missions to be held in Beaufort

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The Diocese of South Carolina and the Parish Church of St. Helena will host a half-day conference entitled “Missions: The Heart of the Church,” from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, June 6, in St. Helena’s Parish Hall, 507 Newcastle St. in downtown Beaufort.

Speakers will include the Rt. Rev. Mark Lawrence, Bishop of South Carolina, speaking on Mission Vision for the Diocese; the Rt. Rev. Alden Hathaway of St. Helena’s, the LeMarquands’ Work in Ethiopia; and two very special guest speakers who work with the Miao, an unreached population group in Asia. Following their presentations, the speakers will participate in a panel discussion moderated by Bishop Hathaway.

The program includes registration and continental breakfast, 8:30 to 9 a.m.; speakers and panel discussion, 9 a.m. to noon; lunch and fellowship, noon to 1 p.m.

The conference is free and open to the public, but RSVPs are needed. Call Melba Thomas at 522-1712, ext. 202, or email her at by June 3 if you plan to attend.