Tea Room & Gift Shop
The St. Paul’s Team Tea Room & Gift Shop will run the following dates in 2024:
February 26 – March 1 & March 4-8
When it’s springtime in Summerville, it’s time for the light-filled Doar Hall to be transformed into a beautiful dining experience with smiles and friendly service. Tables with fresh flowers and linens welcome visitors to enjoy an array of tasty dishes and homemade desserts. The dining room can seat 220 people at one time. We are open from 11:30 to 2:00 Monday-Friday for two weeks, with the dates varying yearly. A take-out option is also available to enjoy on our grounds or at home or work.
The tea room offers specialties that its loyal patrons anticipate each year, including tomato pie, she-crab soup, okra soup, fresh salads and sandwiches, and a variety of homemade desserts. The gift shop will showcase the work of local artisans, native plants and estate items.
We had a banner year 2023
Thank you, thank you, thank you, to everyone who worked “heartily unto the Lord” to make our Tea Room & Gift Shop a wonderful success. We have given away more than $90,000 to ministries and missions in Summerville and other places far and near. We know the Lord is smiling on our efforts for His glory and the welfare of His children everywhere. We are so excited about what 2024 holds!
What is the St. Paul’s Tea Room and Gift Shop?
In 2004 a group of people on the Outreach Ministry team was looking for ways to greatly increase the funds available to help those in need. The idea of a tea room, like others in the Charleston area, was well received and a group of women began talking to others at churches who were also offering tea rooms. With their years of tea room experience, and the determination of those great ladies on the Outreach Ministry team, we opened our doors to the community in the spring of 2005. We cleared $22,432 from that humble beginning and tripled that amount in 2022.
We have opened each year since, with a Tea-Room-To-Go twice in the Covid-year of 2021, and consider the event a ministry where we offer hospitality, fine food, a pleasant atmosphere and high quality gift shop items. All profits are used to support St. Paul’s outreach and mission projects, locally, regionally and world-wide. The Lord has truly blessed every effort and it brings our parish members together in fellowship serving others.
Our gift shop is a key component of this annual event. It is always full of exquisite and unique handmade items supplied by our very talented and dedicated workroom ladies, and parishioners also add their own creations. Additionally we have quality attic treasures, specialty items, jewelry, and plants. You will surely find a perfect item to give as a gift or to keep as something special for yourself!
The Tea Room and Gift Shop has become a yearly tradition with locals as well as many who come from all areas of our state and region. It will be our pleasure to welcome you to our next Tea Room and Gift Shop.
Ways We GiveDoors to Freedom – Organization involved to help stop sex trafficking and help victimsMAF (Mission Aviators Fund)-Volunteer pilots and staff who fly worldwide to deliver many needed items for biblical studies, nutritional and medical supplies as well as volunteer priests, water supplies.Water Missions International- Supplies materials for building cisterns and establishing clean water in areas which have never had clean water or helping in natural disasters where clean water availability has been disrupted. This helps reduce disease and they serve as a Christian organization.ARDF (Anglican Relief and Development Fund) works to meet needs for evangelism, emergency supplies and workers in times of natural disasters as well as humanitarian aid in war hit areas like Ukraine.DCCO (Dorchester County Community Outreach) supports those who are homeless and in need of housing, food, work placement and Christian counseling. This includes Home of Hope as well as Hope’s House.