St. Mary and St. George Coptic Orthodox Church was founded with the intention of creating a place for Coptic Christians to devote themselves to the teachings of Jesus Christ, to fellowship, to take communion, and to pray. Currently, St. Mary and St. George Coptic Orthodox Church has been renting a space at a local Church; however, due to the expanding congregation and in order to accommodate future believers, we are acquiring the necessary funding to buy a lot and build a church.
St. Mary and St. George Coptic Orthodox Church’s main mission is to serve as a place where believers can observe the Lord’s Supper. It will serve as the main place in and around Charleston, South Carolina where believers can come together to remember Christ’s death and resurrection. The concept of communion carries the idea of gathering together. The Church will serve as a place that promotes and teaches prayer.
St. Mary and St. George Coptic Orthodox Church will also serve as a location where biblical doctrine is taught (Sunday school). We hope, with additional funding, to set up self-contained classrooms for children of different ages. The Church will serve as a place of fellowship where Christians can be devoted to learning various Biblical doctrine. The Coptic Orthodox Church is structured so that Sunday school teachers with the guidance of the appointed priest will oversee the educational content. The priest is supervised by Bishop Peter who also has to report back to Pope Tawadrous the 2nd. The main Sunday school teacher oversees other teachers. As soon as a building is provided, the diocese will send a priest who will largely oversee these affairs along
With the founders of the Church, with the supervision of Bishop Peter and approval by the Pope Tawadrous the 2nd.
In addition as serving as a convenient place for believers to come together, St. Mary and St. George Coptic Orthodox Church plans to engage in certain community development activities. Such activities may include, but is not limited to a clothing/food bank, and after-school and college/graduate faith based retreats. We hope that the Church could serve as a place where believers from other regions can gather and listen to lectures from priests and bishops on various topics of Biblical doctrine.
St. Mary & St. George Coptic Orthodox Church belongs to the Diocese of North Carolina, South Carolina, & Kentucky under the supervision and guidance of His Grace Bishop Peter.
Fr Antony Zaki continues to bless us with his relentless service to fulfill the needs of our growing congregation. He was is aided by Fr. Joseph Tawfik from Archangel Michael Church in Greenville SC as well as several other priests in the area.
His Grace Archilids El-Antony (formerly Fr. Archilids) served us for two years and we congratulate him on his ordination as an Auxiliary Bishop for Toronto, Canada.
There are no words to express our appreciation and thanks to H. G. Bishop Peter for continuing to support our church.
May God bless them all and keep them all for us for many years to come.