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THE EPISCOPAL DIOCESE OF UPPER SOUTH CAROLINA welcomes you in the name of Christ and of the 61 Episcopal congregations who are members of the diocese. Our Vision:  Making, equipping and sending mature disciples of Christ.

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Diocesan Spotlight

St. Martin’s delighted to be voted Best House of Worship

From a surprised new rector to longtime members who have felt it for years, St. Martin's-in-the-Fields, Columbia, received word recently that it has been voted Best House of Worship in the 2018 Free Times Best of Columbia annual contest. The Free Times is a weekly, alternative publication in Columbia, well known for its behind-the-scenes understanding of the community.

 

 Here's a look at what some parishioners and rector the Rev. Mitch Smith had to say about the news:

Bob Bell, vestry member:
"It validates my belief that 'all are welcome' is not just an often used phrase/slogan. It truly represents St. Martin's-in-the-Fields beliefs and values as a loving member of this community, and the community recognizes and appreciates our vital role."

Longtime member Patsy Farr:
"Well, I am not surprised! But, I am thrilled that St. Martin's is getting this recognition that has been brought about with faith, energy and love, love, love....

Carrie Graves, who now resides in Baltimore but grew up at St. Martin's, married at St. Martin's and had her children baptized at St. Martin's:
"St. Martin's being honored as Best House of Worship by the Free TImes is significant to me on several levels: It indicates to me that St. Martin's, which I happen to think is the best church around, is a known entity in the community, a critical component to a group of disciples' ability to be the good news in the world. I have always looked to the Free Times to inform me of the best opportunities in Columbia. To have St. Martin's be reported as a best opportunity for worship fills me with happiness, love and joy, but, most especially, gratitude for the nurturing and engaged community that St. Martin's is. I may be in Baltimore now living out my ministry, but I would not be here had I not been the recipient of the gifts of formation and love brought to life in me at St. Martin's and by the people of St. Martin's. Go, St. Martin's and keep being an incredible offering to Columbia!"

And finally from St. Martin's rector, the Rev. Mitch Smith, who arrived in Columbia from New Orleans one year ago this summer:
"I was in the car with my wife Denise, on our way to a short vacation, when I learned that St. Martin's had won. The two of us shared a good chuckle and big smiles since we didn't really know what the contest was. But upon reflecting about this "award," I have come to a couple of conclusions. The first is this -- if winning "Best Of" means that people feel welcomed, and that our members love their church and are willing to share that love, then I am honored. My second thought is that winning this award reflects a summer-long effort by the members of St. Martin's to engage in awesome mission. Our #54 campaign, wellness seminars for the community, Snow Ball Sundays, and our successful completion of a huge Vacation Bible School, the hosting of the diocese's first day camp version of Camp AIR, and a mission trip to New Orleans have all combined to raise the profile of our parish. This heightened profile has become a great vehicle for evangelism, not just for St. Martin's but for the Episcopal Church in Columbia, and for this, I am grateful. This summer, St. Martin's has lived into our weekly proclamation that "all are welcomed" -- welcomed to worship, welcomed to minister, and welcomed to share the love of God. I think this award reflects that welcome."

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