2016 General Conference, May 10-20

Apr 27, 2016 by

GC2016-logo-color-hi-resThe United Methodist Church’s top legislative body will meet at the Oregon Convention Center, the largest convention center in the Pacific Northwest, on May 10-20, 2016.

Click Here to track legislation, keep up with important issues, and follow events.

The General Conference is an international body of nearly 1,000 delegates that meets every four years. The delegates are elected by annual conferences (at annual conference sessions) to attend General Conference. They represent all annual conferences around the world. Half of the delegates are laity (non-clergy members), half are clergy.

Bishops attend the General Conference but cannot vote. Different bishops serve as presiding officers during the conference. Other bishops cannot speak unless permission is specifically granted by the delegates.

During General Conference, delegates discuss and vote on petitions and resolutions proposed by individuals, agencies, annual conferences, and other groups within the denomination. These actions result in a revision of the Book of Discipline, the denomination’s book of law, and Book of Resolutions, policies of the denomination on current social issues.

It is at General Conference where delegates wrestle with today’s issues in light of scriptural teachings and the church’s understanding of that teaching. Here is where the church’s official stands and church policies are made regarding such issues as human sexuality, abortion, war and peace, as well as determination of ministries and funding.

The 2016 mobile app is available for both Android and iOS devices. The iOS app, available on the iTunes store, will work on all Apple devices running iOS 7.1 or above.

The Android app, available on the Google Play store, works on all Android devices running Android 2.3.3 or above. The apps will help interested people keep up-to-date on the latest developments as General Conference nears. Additional features will be added, with the first update performed in January, 2016. Some of these include maps, schedules and petition tracking. The final update is scheduled for April, 2016.

Delegates and others can follow the proceedings on the General Conference website at http://gc2016.umc.org (or umc.org/gc2016). You can also follow General Conference on Facebook and Twitter using #UMCGC.

Features will include news coverage in multiple languages, with daily summaries, feature stories and videos, such as interviews with delegates, volunteers and other key individuals. All plenary sessions, worship services, episcopal and laity addresses, and other special events will be streamed live. Users can track petitions and obtain general information about the legislative process. Plenary transcripts and consent calendars will post  each day.

A daily schedule of events will be posted, as well as practical information for delegates and visitors, such as information about Portland, the convention center and maps. Multimedia videos and photos from conference events will post. Delegates can go to the website to find committee assignments, seating changes and the delegate list. Journalists can access a glossary, background on General Conference and credentialing procedures.

In 2016, the Advance Daily Christian Advocate will also have a digital component and be available in the electronic publication (EPUB) format, which allows copious digital note taking for anyone with a tablet.

 

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Vacation Bible School – July 25th – July 28th

Apr 21, 2016 by

Surf_Shack_LOGOThis summer we will be hosting our Vacation Bible School once again starting Monday, July 25th through Thursday, July 28th. Each night will run between 6:00 pm and 8:00 pm, and we will be hosting a wide variety of activities to help and participate in! If you would like to register, please follow the link below!

VBS Registration

 

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Grace Is Adding a New Worship Service

Aug 13, 2015 by

worship%20paintGrace is planning to launch a new worship service. We are looking for singers/musicians.

Grace UMC has doubled in worship attendance in the last three years, and we are filling our current worship space. We are not yet at the point that we can build a new worship space, so we need to begin an additional worship service.

The new service will probably be an early Sunday morning service. We are planning to do a contemporary service, and so we need musicians and singers who are comfortable with this style,  or would like to try this type of worship style.

We are beginning the process of forming our worship leadership team. If you would be interested in helping to create a dynamic worship service from the ground up, please contact Pastor Robert.

Our email is graceumcgreer@gmail.com. This is all volunteer at this time. It is possible that this could move to paid positions in the future.

Help us proclaim the goodness of God in music, preaching and sacraments. Email us today!

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Welcome!

Jan 14, 2014 by

Welcome to the website for Grace United Methodist Church

627 Taylor Road

Greer, South Carolina 29651

864-877-7015

graceumcgreer@gmail.com

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