Monthly News & Updates

In-Person Worship Guidelines

The Session voted to resume in-person worship beginning Sunday, October 11.  We understand
that many of you are uncomfortable gathering, so the service will be recorded and available
on-line thru Facebook and  For those of you who choose to attend the worship
service, safety will be a major concern and things will be a bit different than when we were last
together on March 15th

.  Our Safety Taskforce created a plan to allow for a safe worship
experience.  Some of the changes are:

•  Everyone over the age of 3 must wear a mask

•  We will have an abbreviated service, much like we have been offering online

•  The Hymnbooks and bibles have been removed from the pews and we will have no
congregational singing. You are welcome to bring your own bible.

•  No bulletins. Martha will create an order of worship, just as she has been doing and
email it to you on Saturday. This will also be available on You are welcome to
print out your own copy or go to on your phones and follow the service there.

•  No nursery will be offered. Children are welcome in the worship service and activity
packets will be provided to entertain them during the sermon. Meghan will also be in
attendance to assist parents/grandparents in any way she can. We all need to be
prepared that our worship service may be a bit livelier than usual and embrace this “new

•  Seating will be done on a first come, first serve basis and Ushers will seat you from the
front to the back of the sanctuary, so you may not be in your usual seat. We will make
every effort to eliminate close contact and to follow the CDC guidelines on social
distancing. At the end of the service, Ushers will release you in reverse order. If you love
sitting in the front, then get to church early. Families will be seated together, but all
others will be socially distanced.

•  Ushers will greet you before entering the Sanctuary for a temperature check and to
provide masks if you do not have one.

•  Our Passing of the Peace, if we include it, must be done by waving, smiles, and winks
from our seated positions. I know this is a huge sacrifice for us, but it must be done to
assure the safety of all.

•  The Fellowship Building will be closed, only the Sanctuary will be open.

•  The offering plate will not be passed, rather a box will be placed in the vestibule where
you can place your gifts to the church.

•  No Fellowship – this may be the hardest part of all, because we enjoyed this time so
much. However, under the current pandemic, this cannot be done safely.
To make this work and to minimize risk to everyone, we need your cooperation. The last thing
anyone wants is for YPPC to be the next “hot spot”.

•  Please maintain social distancing outside and inside the building.

•  Please refrain from hugs, handshakes, and clustering.

•  Please worship online if you are not feeling well.  Most of us have had some contact with
the outside world and we need to err on the side of caution.

•  Please use hand sanitizer before entering the sanctuary.

•  Please be patient and understand that all new procedures are in place for the safety of
all in our congregation.

Thank you for your cooperation and dedication to a safe return to worship.  

 EVENTS are on hold because of theCoVid-19 virus

The longer we are apart, the more important it becomes for us to stay in contact with one another. We all miss worshipping together and our time of fellowship after worship, as well other times we were together. Dr. Chip reminded us every Sunday of the importance of fellowship and even though we are physically apart, we can stay connected in many ways. We can call, text, email, send notes/cards, drive by and wave, etc. Think about those who sit around you in worship, at committee meetings, at Sunday school classes, at choir or handbells, Monday morning men, the quilters, Bible study, and any other small groups. Have you been in contact lately? Also, think of our members who live at the Village, including Lynne’ mother, Bruce, and Chip’s mother, Nan, and those who had not been able to attend worship. We are a family and we need to stay connected until we can be together again. 

“Spirit open my heart, to the joy and pain of living. As you love, may I love, in receiving and in giving. Spirit open my heart.”·                                                 



Letter from Rev. Dr. Donnie R. Woods Follows:
Dear Session and Members:
On behalf of Charleston Atlantic Presbytery, I write to offer our
sincere gratitude and deep appreciation for the service and ministry
of your pastor, Rev. Dr. Chip Summers, who entered the Church
Triumphant on May 10, 2020. It was a great joy to know Chip and
Lynne and their love for YPPC. I join with all the churches of CAP in
offering our sympathy and condolences to Lynne and family. You
will be in our thoughts and prayers during the days and months
The Commission on Ministry has assigned Dr. Al Eads to serve as
your temporary moderator of session. One of my primary
responsibilities as you General Presbyter is to be with you during
these times of change, and help the session develop a plan for
moving forward into a new future. I will also need to get on the
schedule to preach and talk with the congregation about next steps
for short- and long-term leadership. I will be in communication with
your Clerk of Session and Moderator in this regard. We will walk
through this valley together seeking to strengthen the ties that bind
us in Christian love.
Chip often reminded me and COM that his primary goal was to
lead the session and congregation through the process of preparing
to call your next installed pastor. All indications suggest that he
prepared you to do just that. It was his hope that you would be
prepared to elect a Pastor Nominating Committee (PNC) to begin
the search in May or June of this year. COM will assign me to lead
you through the process when the session is ready to begin.
I am grateful for the session’s leadership through the CoVid-19
Pandemic and for guiding the congregation in worship, while
practicing social distancing;  in addition to developing a plan for the
congregation to safely re-enter the buildings when the way is clear
to do so. The stated clerk and I will continue to share helpful
information as it become available.
The Apostle Paul reminds us in I Cor. 4 that we are engaged in
this ministry together, and therefore, let us not lose heart. We are
a connectional church and presbytery and YPPC will never walk
alone. God walks with us at all times: to bless, strengthen, and guide
us in this ministry, by the power of the Holy Spirit at work in us.
    `                                                         Sincerely yours,
                                                               Rev. Dr. Donnie R. Woods
                                                              General Presbyter/Pastor to Pastors
                                                               Charleston Atlantic Presbytery



Building Tomorrows Families

Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

You are doing the hard work of leading during this season of uncertainty! Thank you for your commitment to your church and organizations like Thornwell. 

Thanks to support from congregations like yours, we are making a difference in the lives of children and families across Florida, Georgia, and South Carolina. We hope you are inspired and uplifted by the difference you are making for so many. 
Your continued support is critical—both as an act of faithful stewardship and a loving commitment to helping the children and families who need it the most. 
We would be honored to partner with you in ministry to children and families. Your support, whether it’s financial contributions or in-kind donations, will provide safe and loving homes, supportive therapy and counseling, educational resources, and access to daily meals for the most vulnerable children and families in our communities.

Together, we can bring hope, healing, and wholeness to children and families in the name of Jesus Christ. We are praying daily with and for you. Please don’t hesitate to contact me to learn more about Thornwell and how you can partner with us to serve children and families in your community. 


Buddy Ferguson
Senior Church Relations Manager


Dear YPPC,

Last year, the session began looking into ways to modernize our church financial
system. We now have members who prefer to give by bank draft or credit card instead of mailing their gift or putting it in the plate. The budget and finance committee have finished their work and are ready to offer these options to the church. Please see below for the details.

The committee’s work now seems providential in light of the current pandemic. It may be several months before we are able to again worship together the way we always have. In the meantime, it is vital that we continue to support the church financially. I know there are some of our members who are going to struggle economically to get through this hard time. That makes it all the more important for those of us less affected to keep our pledges up to date. These new gift-giving options will help in that regard.

Sometimes God calls us to live up to the faith we proclaim. I believe this is one of those times. When the normal comforts and protections are removed, then we must act on those beliefs that are most firmly held. These are the days when we are called to live bravely in the midst of trouble, confident that God will not desert us. The One who has always been our shield and defender will see us through.

May the Lord bless you and keep you...

Dr. Chip


At its meeting on Sunday, February 16, the Session passed the following motion, “That the Session instruct the Nomination Committee to recruit five people to act as a Pulpit Nominating Committee for the purpose of seeking an installed pastor.”

After much prayer and deliberation, the Session believes it is time to step out in faith and return our church to the position of having its own installed pastor. There are several steps involved in the process OF which you will want to be aware.

· When the Nominating Committee has recruited a slate of five people, a congregational meeting will be called to elect a Pulpit Nominating Committee. Those five names will be placed in nomination and the floor will be opened for further nominations. When the nominations cease, five will be elected.

· Before starting their search, the PNC will hold several congregational gatherings to ask the congregation what talents and abilities they want in a pastor. Presbytery will send representatives to help with this process. With the congregation’s advice and consent, the PNC will create a profile of the person they are seeking.

· Once the PNC is elected, the Session has no further input into their activities. A PNC is a congregational committee and reports only to the congregation at a formally called congregational meeting. Their activities and deliberations are to remain secret during their search.

· When the search is complete and they are ready to present a name, a congregational meeting will be called and the PNC will present a name to be voted on.
The decision to seek an installed pastor now is an act of faith. It shows our confidence that God has a future for this church in the days and years ahead. We are stepping out into the unknown believing that God will guide our journey.

Dr. Chip



CUB SCOUT PACK 409 for boys ages 7 -10 years old.  Meets each Sunday at 4:00pm in Memorial Hall.  Meetings at the Church are temporarily cancelled.


BOY SCOUT TROOP 409 for young men 11 years through 17 years old.  Meets each Tuesday at 6:30 pm upstairs in the Ministry Center. Meetings at the Church are temporarily cancelled.    








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CUB SCOUT TROOP 409 is for boys ages 7 -10 years old and meets each Sunday at 4:00pm in Memorial Hall.

BOY SCOUT TROOP 409 for young men 11 years through 17 years old and meets each Tuesday at 6:30 pm upstairs in the Ministry Center.