It Started With Dreamers

On a hot and humid July evening in 2017, a dozen people from seven months old to seventy years old gathered in a living room on Clements Ferry Road to pray and talk about forming a new United Methodist community in the Clements Ferry area. Even though most of the group members were strangers to each other, together they discerned a call to grow a community built on authenticity, steeped in the beauty of creation and the arts, and—most importantly—welcoming those who have felt marginalized by church in the past. Explicitly anti-racist and LGBTQ-affirming, the new gathering would be called Two Rivers—a nod to the Wando and Cooper Rivers that run along each side of Clements Ferry Road and Daniel Island. These two rivers lead out to the Atlantic Ocean, just as we see our community stepping out into the wider world to serve and share God’s creative love.

Pub Church

That little group of dreamers has now become what some affectionately call #PubChurch: a group of Jesus followers that meets in the Two Lions Pub above the Charleston Battery soccer stadium. Our Sunday morning worship service is a space of joy and peace, and often a little chaos, as it tends to involve praying with our hands through creativity or service, the leadership of our littlest worshipers, and always includes sharing Communion.

But Two Rivers Church is also more than a Sunday service. We are partners with community businesses and nonprofits in serving our neighbors; we gather in homes and sponsor neighborhood events in our small groups; we play games and cultivate an imagination for God with our children and youth; we support each other through hard times and grow with one another through hard conversations.

Soon we may outgrow our little pub, but we hope to carry its imprint with us wherever we go: a spirit of joy, a taste of God’s expansive love, and a wide welcome for everyone who makes their way through our doors.