Covid-19 Updates

When we resume in-person worship services, please observe safe, healthy practices.

  • Stay home if you feel unwell or are sick;
  • Worship online if you must stay home or feel uncomfortable joining us in person;
  • Wear a mask when visiting Grace UMC;
  • Sanitize/wash your hands upon arriving and as frequently as necessary;
  • Maintain a safe distance between households (~6ft.) & alternate pews for seating during worship;
  • Avoid congregating in doorways, hallways, and aisles;
  • Refrain from singing;
  • Offer alternative signs of welcome instead of handshakes and hugs (how about waves, peace signs, and other creative expressions!);
  • Offer encouragement to each other and prayer for our communities!.

We thank you for your understanding and your help in limiting the impact of Covid-19 on our community!

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Refreshing the Website

So, folks, we are refreshing our website! If you haven’t noticed, a few minor changes have already taken place. For starters, the general aesthetic has changed and the homepage no longer looks “broken.” Hopefully, this is more pleasing to see and makes you trust our website a little more. As always, the online giving link button is on our main page, and links to an external, secure page setup through Vanco.

I (Pastor Weston) will be tinkering with the website in the days and weeks ahead. If you have any suggestions for how to make the site more user-friendly, visitor-friendly, or just better all around, let us know here at the church office! I’ll be glad to entertain suggestions.

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General Conference 2020 delegates want to hear from you

The South Carolina Conference Delegation to the 2020 General Conference wants to hear from you in advance of the United Methodist Church’s next international meeting in May.

The delegation has scheduled four tri-district “Listening Sessions” around the conference in January and February, and a fifth that will be live online.

Every four years, United Methodists from around the world assemble and connect in worship, prayer, communion, fellowship and the legislative work that shapes our shared life. The UMC’s 2020 General Conference is scheduled for May 5-15 in Minneapolis.

“Our delegation is eager to hear about the hopes and concerns of United Methodists across the South Carolina Conference as we prepare for this important gathering in May,” said Jackie Jenkins, a lay delegate and head of the delegation. “We encourage everyone to participate in these Listening Sessions and to do so in a way that is respectful, receptive and – most importantly – prayerful.

“If we put our trust in God, the Holy Spirit will lead us in these conversations and guide us for his purpose.”

Each Listening Session will begin at 3 p.m.:

Our time together at each of the four tri-district sessions will center on small-group discussions, with input from each table shared with the gathering as a whole. Delegation members will be present and available at each table to listen and facilitate the discussion.

The discussions will center on these three questions:

What are your hopes for the UMC?

What are your main concerns?

What do you want delegates attending the 2020 General Conference to know?

These sessions are designed to provide attendees with the opportunity to:

  • Learn and ask questions about the purpose and function of the General Conference in a safe, respectful environment.
  • Share with the South Carolina delegates your hopes and concerns about the United Methodist Church ahead of the 2020 General Conference.

These sessions are not designed to:

  • Engage in a debate about the issue of human sexuality.
  • Tell you or your congregation what to believe or do.
  • Encourage delegates to vote one way or another on any particular issue.
  • Compel delegates to share their views on any particular issue.

To help prepare for these conversations, we encourage you to make use of the Listening Session Resources at umcsc.org/gc2020.

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Bishop Holston’s statement on separation proposal

by UMCSC | Jan 4, 2020 |

Bishop L. Jonathan Holston, resident bishop of the South Carolina Conference of The United Methodist Church, released this statement regarding the announcement of a proposal to split the church:

Bishop Holston

On Friday, an independent mediation team – comprised of eight bishops and eight representatives from advocacy groups – announced a proposal for the separation of The United Methodist Church that it intends to introduce to the 2020 General Conference. This “Protocol of Reconciliation & Grace Through Separation” is one of several proposals that have been prepared for consideration by the General Conference.

It is important to remember that the General Conference is the only body that can speak for the denomination and make changes to The Book of Discipline.

At this point, no decisions have been made and none will be made until the General Conference meets May 5-15 in Minneapolis.

During this season of discernment and debate, I ask you to join me in prayer for the delegates to the General Conference who have been elected to make decisions about the future mission and ministry of The United Methodist Church.

Keeping focused on our mission – making disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world – must remain our priority. There are people who do not yet know the grace, love and mercy found through relationship with Jesus Christ, and we are called to share this good news. 

As we enter this new year and new decade, I invite you to:

  • Pray as your first and best response and continue to earnestly seek God’s will in your life.
  • Engage in discussions, conversations and debates in ways that honor God and allow the fruit of the Spirit to be made known. It is of vital importance to be willing to listen to others who may or may not agree with you.
  • Practice the Three Simple Rules: to do all the good you can, to do no harm, and to stay in love with God.
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