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Here is what you need to know about news in United Methodist churches around the state, plus the continuing South Carolina United Methodist Flood Relief.

Bishop Jonathan Holston on a 'simple challenge'

In his column in the latest Advocate, S.C. Resident Bishop Jonathan Holston issues a challenge to United Methodists in this state: allow God to enable us to embrace our faith and truly be persons of courage, perceptive judgement, integrity and dedication. Read on.

Advocate Editor on a 'fresh start' season

In her column in the latest Advocate, Editor Jessica Brodie lifts up the host of activities for United Methodists to get involved with this fall, from Forward Focus to the 2017 mission initiatives, making this season an exciting time to be a Christian. Read on here.

Bishops gather for vital church Leaders' Summit

As a new quadrennium begins for the UMC, U.S. episcopal leaders and their extended cabinets will gather in Jacksonville, Florida, Nov. 2-4 to focus on building strong and vital congregations. Similar gatherings will be held in Europe, the Philippines and Africa. Read on.
2017 South Carolina United Methodist Annual Conference
June 4-7 2017
TD Center in Greenville, SC.

Hotel information is available at

2017 Service Projects:

Annual Conference will host two service projects, a homeless initiative, where we will build 3-4 homes for the homeless and bikes for the world where each district will collect 100 bikes for those in need.

Download the service project flyer here.
Learn more here.

The 2016 Children’s summit will be held at Epworth Children’s Home located at 2900 Millwood Ave, Columbia, SC 29205 on October 15th, 2016 from 8:30am to 3:00pm.

The 3-fold purpose of the summit is given below:

  • To address the issues and needs of children, especially in South Carolina and identify ways that congregations can make an intentional difference through partnerships and advocacy
  • To provide some training for persons who work with children
  • To connect with the Pan-Methodist Campaign for Children in Poverty and participate as an outreach of Hood Seminary

Goal: To bring persons together across denominational lines who work with children and are willing to explore ways to make a difference in their lives.

The Summit Will:

  • Explore possibilities for future ministry to children across denominational lines in the state of South Carolina
  • Share examples of what congregations, districts and conferences are doing in the Pan-Methodist Campaign for Children in Poverty
  •  Provide workshops and resources to assist parents, grandparents and others in the process of nurturing children in a wholesome environment

Register at:

Children’s Summit – Flyer

ERT Basic Class.

Renewals are only $10 (cost of manual) and are the first four hours only.

The regular cost is $35 per person, which includes a manual, shirt, cap and window decal.

Saturday, October 1, 2016 from 9-5
St. John’s UMC
Huddleston Hall
321 South Oakland Avenue
Rock Hill, SC 29730

Contact Billy Robinson at or 803-539-8429

Coming soon:

  • Sept. 25-28—Worship Planning Retreat, Kaplan Mitchell Retreat and Conference Center, Clayton, Ga.
  • Oct. 1-31—Pumpkin Patch, Disciples UMC, Greenville, 9 a.m.-7 p.m. (Monday through Saturday); Noon-7 p.m. (Sunday).
  • Oct. 2—World Communion Sunday (offering)
  • Oct. 2—Music in Landrum Series: Upton Trio, Landrum UMC, Landrum 3 p.m.
  • Oct. 2-4—Festival of Faith, Ashland UMC, Columbia, 6 p.m. Dr. Tim McClendon will be guest minister.
  • Oct. 3-14—11th Annual Autumn Tea Room, Bethany UMC, 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m. daily (except Sundays).
  • Oct. 4—156th Anniversary, Mount Seal UMC, Nesmith, 11 a.m. Rev. Ernest Frierson will be preaching.
  • Oct. 5-30—Pumpkin Patch, Church of the Palms, Okatie.
  • Oct. 7-9—Children’s Sabbath
  • Oct. 7-9—The Lake Junaluska Signature Series featuring Nadia Bolz-Weber.
  • Oct. 9—Children’s Sabbath
  • Oct. 9—171st Anniversary, Smyrna UMC, Bennettsville, 10 a.m. Bishop Jonathan Holston will be speaker.
  • Oct. 9—Blessing of the Animals, Grover UMC, St. George, 2 p.m.
  • Oct. 29th—Men N Ministry Annual Meeting, Ashland UMC, Columbia, 8:45 a.m.-2 p.m.
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