St. Helena’s Anglican Church will host the 44th Annual Community Thanksgiving Dinner on Thursday, Nov. 23. Festivities will begin with a 10:30 a.m. service at the Old Grace Chapel AME (502 Charles St.), followed by a Thanksgiving dinner at nearby St. Helena’s Parish Hall (507 Newcastle St.) in Downtown Beaufort.
Traditionally held at St. Helena’s Church, this is the first time that the service will be held at the Old Grace Chapel AME building. The Rev. Jeannine Smalls, New Grace Chapel AME Church pastor, and the Rev. Shay Gaillard, St. Helena’s church rector, will be collaborating in the spirit of God’s love and fellowship.
All are invited to join in this special tradition that has been celebrated in the Beaufort community for nearly half a century. The Thanksgiving worship and the sit-down meal regularly draw several hundred people, with a menu of turkey dinner with cornbread stuffing, green beans, sweet potato casseroles, cranberry sauce, and a variety of desserts.
Whether seeking food, fellowship or a new tradition, all are encouraged to come and join others in the community — residents and visitors alike. Invite family, friends, neighbors and strangers (Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers, for thereby some have entertained angels unawares. — Hebrews 13:2). The meal is free but donations are welcome.
All are encouraged to attend the meal in person but delivery of meals will be available to anyone who is home-bound. To place an order in advance, contact St. Helena’s church office at (843) 522-1712. Home delivery reservations should be made by Noon on Wednesday, Nov. 22.