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The Open Doors of St. Philip’s

Praying Boys

Remember when churches were open all the time? Remember how nice it was to go in and sit quietly in prayer? Remember the peace you felt? Well, the world is different now and our churches are closed and locked much of the time.

I was at Bible study when Elizabeth Bowles spoke to us about the Open Door Ministry. She explained the desperate need for volunteers that were needed for just two hours a week. I was new to Charleston and new to the Anglican Church, but I knew then that God was telling me to step out of my comfort zone and join the Open Door Ministry.

I was nervous about having to answer any questions visitors may have. Fortunately there are pamphlets to give to them which have most of the answers. I also learned that if someone asked a question that was not answered in the pamphlet, it was perfectly fine to say,“I don’t know.”

The above picture was taken on a very cold and wet November day. That day, I actually thought that it wasn’t worth opening the church and that no one would show up. These teen boys, about 15 years old, walked in and politely asked if they could come in and pray. That is when I realized that I will never again doubt the importance of coming in to open our church doors for people.

We still always need volunteers. If a visitor asks a question you don’t know the answer to, don’t fret––remember that it is always fine to say that you don’t know. There is no need to be an expert, just to have a love for serving God and His people.