Our family made the move to the Clements Ferry Road corridor at the beginning of the summer (this is our first family picture at our new house – silliness and all!). Even though the distance was only eight miles, everything was new to us. We had to find new grocery stores, new doctors, new hair dressers, new playgrounds and new schools. We’ve lived here for five months, and I still get lost on the winding streets of our new neighborhood!

Starting a new season of life in a new home and community can be disconcerting. When we have have to establish new routines, make new friends, and adjust to a new community, we can feel lonely, unmoored, and even confused. Our family has at times struggled to find our place in our new life. We are looking for a place to belong.

Offering a place for everyone to belong is the heart behind our desire to start Two Rivers Church. As we talked to our new neighbors here in the Clements Ferry corridor and engaged our friends and co-workers throughout the Lowcountry, our launch team heard the same refrains:

  • “I haven’t found a place where my entire family can worship with people who look like us.”
  • “We have been searching for a faith community that welcomes LGBTQ people to participate in every part of church life.”
  • “I’m not too sure about organized religion. All of my church experiences have been filled with hypocrites.”
  • “We want to worship as a family. We don’t want our kids out of site and out of mind.”

In short, we heard our neighbors say they were looking for a place to belong.

At Two Rivers Church, we live out our commitment to radical openness. We want our community to reflect the full breadth and depth of Clements Ferry Road, Cainhoy, Daniel Island and Huger. We want our welcome to extend the length of the two rivers that border our community – North Charleston, Goose Creek, Mount Pleasant and beyond. We want everyone – seekers, skeptics, doubters, faithful, curious, scarred – to find a place to ask the hard questions, embrace differences, explore Christian community and ultimately experience the life-changing power of Jesus Christ.

So, are you new? New to the community, new to the idea of church, new to finding out more about Jesus? Are you looking for a place to belong? If so, Two Rivers has a place for you.

Categories: Community

Wendy Hudson-Jacoby

Wendy Hudson-Jacoby is the Pastor of Two Rivers Church in Charleston, SC. As a life-long United Methodist, she spent her formative years worshiping at First United Methodist Church, Lancaster. She attended the University of South Carolina, where she majored in print journalism. After graduating, she served as a young adult missionary through the Board of Global Ministries of the United Methodist Church and spent 18 months in Mumbai, India, and 18 months in Philadelphia. She attended Wesley Theological Seminary and spent her first seven years of full-time ministry in the Eastern Pennsylvania Annual Conference. She returned to her home state in 2011 to become the pastor of North Charleston United Methodist Church. In July 2017, their family moved to Clements Ferry Road to start Two Rivers Church, South Carolina’s newest United Methodist Church.

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