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Charleston Church Tour

Charleston is one of America’s most historic cities and her story includes pirates, hurricanes, earthquakes, plagues, and wars, but also churches. Did you know that Charleston has four churches that have been in existence since the 1600s? Why did Baptists, Presbyterians, Huguenots, and Congregationalists leave England to come to Charleston? Her spiritual history is a story worth hearing. As you view the beauty of Charleston’s historic preservation; her old houses and gardens, her cobbled streets, and wrought iron, you will also drink in the stories of what God has done in this place.

WHEN: April 25, 2024, 9:30 AM

WHERE: Meet on the roof (top level) of the 82 Cumberland St. Parking garage, Cumberland Street runs between Meeting and Church Streets, one block south of Market St.

WHO: Our tour leader is Tom Sims. The information below is from him.

· This is a free tour. Tom Sims is a volunteer and is doing tours as a ministry, so tips are not accepted.

· This is a walking tour. Dress for outdoors and wear walking shoes. Persons with average mobility can manage this tour just fine. Bad weather will cause a cancellation of the tour.

· You may park anywhere you choose, but we will gather for the beginning of the tour on the roof of the Cumberland St. garage. The elevators will take you to one level below the roof. One additional level of steps will bring you to the roof level of the garage. Garage parking rates are $1.00 per half hour to a maximum of $18.00 per day.

· I suggest a free will donation of $2.00 per church per person for those churches where we get into the sanctuary. We hope to have access to 3-5 auditoriums. We will pool our donations and leave a single envelope at each church.

· The full tour will take until mid-afternoon. We will visit 3 churches in the morning then break for lunch. You may go to any place you choose for lunch. There are many restaurants in easy walking distance in the Market area. We will regather at a designated time and place after lunch for the afternoon portion of the tour. If you cannot stay for the duration, you may leave the tour at any time. I hope you can persevere for the whole tour.

· I am delighted by your interest in Charleston’s church history. I think you will be encouraged by what you see and hear.

NOTE: If you would like to carpool, please let Terri Gallello know.  There will also be an option for eating supper before returning home for those who would like to do so.