Friends devote special time for tea, sharing stories and loving God

features@beaufortgazette.comMarch 5, 2014 


Is there anything better than having a cup of tea with friends?

On Tuesday mornings, a group of ladies in Beaufort County have Tea Time With God. The friends gather for tea, devotion and prayer time.

Tea Time With God was an exciting endeavor of Millie Boyce, Ruth Smith and Vonna Caldwell. These ladies wanted to gather to talk to God over tea. It began at the teahouse in Port Royal. There — in an atmosphere filled with warmth, tea and scones — the women would gather to share love and learn from each other.

While Natalie Daise and her grandmother Elizabeth Shields were out walking one day, they decided to make a stop in the teahouse for a sip of tea. There they encountered the group and from then on Tuesday mornings became a special time for them.

Elizabeth became an important person to the group, telling stories and sharing her life experiences. One could see the influence she had on her granddaughter, and that influence was also felt by the ladies of Tea Time With God. She composed a song, "If You Just Remember to Pray." This song is sung at the beginning of each gathering.

This group of ladies are wives and widows, parents and grandparents. Some have had health issues and many strive to remain in the fold of life. They pray for others before themselves.

This time of devotion with friends is now at Love House Ministries in Beaufort. The meeting gives them a moment to regroup, rethink and refresh. They enjoy fellowship, pastries and lots of tea as they try to shine like diamonds in their communities.

Praise gives a new meaning to tea time, and the ladies of Tea Time With God deserve to be recognized during March, which is Women’s History Month. They are women of character, courage and commitment.

2 cups pineapple juice
2 cups cranberry juice cocktail
3 tea bags
1 3/4 cups water
1/2 cup brown sugar
2 cinnamon sticks
1 teaspoon cloves

Mix all ingredients in a coffee pot and perk for 10 minutes. Serve from china teapot.
Source: Mary Principino

1 quart water
4 bags green tea or 1/2 cup loose green tea
1/2 cup sugar
Mint leaves

Boil water and reduce heat. Add tea bags and steep for 10 minutes. Add sugar and serve warm. Garnish with mint leaves.
Source: Peggy Mathis

Makes: 3 dozen cookies
1 1/2 cups sugar
1/2 cup shortening
2 eggs
1 cup crushed pineapple
3 1/2 cups flour
1/2 teaspoon soda
1 tablespoon baking powder
Pinch of salt
1 cup chopped nuts
1 cup raisins

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Cream sugar, shortening and eggs. Add remaining ingredients. Mix. Drop dough by the teaspoon on cookie sheet. Bake for 15 minutes.
Source: Hazel Rose

Makes: 12 dozen
1 cup shortening
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup sugar
1 egg, beaten
2 tablespoons orange rind
2 tablespoons orange juice
3 cups sifted flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon ginger
1/2 cup chopped pecans

Cream together shortening and sugars. Add egg, orange rind and orange juice. Add dry ingredients, sifted together; add pecans. Mix until blended. Shape dough into rolls, 2 inches in diameter. Wrap each roll in waxed paper. Chill until firm. Cut in 1/8-inch slices. Bake on ungreased cookie sheet at 400 degrees about 7 minutes.
Source: Dorothy Willis

Columnist Ervena Faulkner is a Port Royal resident and a retired educator who has always had an interest in food and nutrition. Email her at


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