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News May 25, 2018 posted by

Grace United Methodist Church jail ministry reaches out in love

By Beth W. Kennedy. On any Wednesday midday, whether cold, hot, rainy or beautiful, four of the ladies gather at the church to prepare for another jail ministry to the Al Cannon Detention Center in Charleston. They review the materials to be shared from a “Purpose Driven Life,” “Here and Now,” the Gospel of John or other materials. After they pray for a meaningful service, they load into cars and head out for the jail.

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Grace United Methodist Church jail ministry reaches out in love
Grace United Methodist Women hold a general meeting panel discussion on the Grace UMC Prison Ministry. Four Grace UMW members participated in the discussion. From left are Mary Sue Graham, Jean Dowty, Jessie Bowdoin and Patricia Phillips.
News May 25, 2018 posted by

Women Wanting Wisdom: Central UMC hosts ‘Beyond #MeToo’

After dealing with a heartbreaking event in her family, Missy Faulkner Brown approached the Rev. Meg Bryce Jiunnies about developing an event that would reach out to other women at their church and in their community. As she noted, it is apparent in the aftermath of the #MeToo movement there is some uncertainty about what happens after stories are shared. As Christians, we want to hear where we find God in the midst of tragic circumstances. We want to go beyond #MeToo.

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Women Wanting Wisdom: Central UMC hosts ‘Beyond #MeToo’
Young speakers share their testimonies at Central’s women’s event, Beyond #MeToo.
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Dandelions: Surfside group for young girls helps them grow in Christ

By Ashlee Johnson Landreth. Our young girls today are flooded with images and ideas from society about what they should look like and how they should behave. As a children’s and youth ministry leader, I see girls constantly comparing themselves to others and never measuring up. We have all these young girls seeking acceptance and approval from the wrong places and trying to be like someone they weren’t created to be.

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Dandelions: Surfside group for young girls helps them grow in Christ
News April 24, 2018 posted by

Resolutions to go before Annual Conference

By Jessica Brodie. This June, lay and clergy members of the South Carolina United Methodist Annual Conference will consider five issue-based resolutions ranging from affirming the Discipline’s current language on human sexuality to supporting equal rights for Israelis and Palestinians living in the Holy Land.

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Resolutions to go before Annual Conference
Photo by Allison Trussell
News April 24, 2018 posted by

UMC top court to consider what petitions can be submitted to called General Conference

By Jessica Brodie. The United Methodist Church’s Judicial Council will hold a special session in May to consider what petitions—other than the report by the Council of Bishops—can be submitted to the called special session of General Conference in 2019. The special 2019 General Conference will only address issues surrounding the church divide over human sexuality.

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UMC top court to consider what petitions can be submitted to called General Conference
Photo by Kathleen Barry, United Methodist Communications
News April 24, 2018 posted by

Rock Hill Hulapalooza helps United Methodists focus on Abundant Health

By Jessica Brodie. Rain thrummed against the roof and sloshed through the parking lot outside St. John’s United Methodist Church. But all that water didn’t dampen the festive mood inside, as hundreds of people from the community and beyond gathered to embrace Abundant Health through hula-hooping, dance-fitness, health booths and more. On April 7, in Rock Hill as well as in New York, Berlin and locations throughout Zimbabwe, United Methodists gathered for the denomination’s Hulapalooza, a morning dedicated to embracing health and wellness—and the kickoff for the Abundant Health Initiative in South Carolina and across the globe

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Rock Hill Hulapalooza helps United Methodists focus on Abundant Health
Photo by Matt Brodie
News March 26, 2018 posted by

South Carolina team helps Puerto Rico rise

By Jessica Brodie. Driving through San Juan and into the mountains of northern Puerto Rico, it’s hard to tell what is hurricane damage versus storm-exposed poverty. Two-story concrete houses and mural-painted businesses stand strong alongside half-tattered rubble and buildings with blue-tarp roofs. Still others are just a crumpled shell of iron bars and decay. Litter-strewn patches of grass share space with grazing cows, horses and goats; a giant crushed-metal structure fills the next field over. And everywhere, amid the wreckage and the rebuild, Puerto Rican flags wave proudly.

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South Carolina team helps Puerto Rico rise
David Ivey, member of Mount Horeb UMC, Lexington, clears away debris at a house in Hatillo, in northwest Puerto Rico. Photo by Matt Brodie.
News March 26, 2018 posted by

Happy birthday, UMC: Denomination marks 50 years since merger

By Allison Trussell and Dr. Phillip Stone. The United Methodist Church turns 50 years old this month. On April 23, 1968, Bishop Reuben H. Mueller of the Evangelical United Brethren Church and Bishop Lloyd C. Wicke of the Methodist Church joined hands over symbolic items and said, “Lord of the Church, we are united in thee, in thy Church, and now in The United Methodist Church.” With that pronouncement, The United Methodist Church became the second-largest denomination with nearly 12 million members worldwide.

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Happy birthday, UMC: Denomination marks 50 years since merger
Evangelical United Brethren Church Bishop Reuben H. Mueller (left) and Methodist Bishop Lloyd C. Wicke join hands on April 23, 1968, symbolizing the merger between the two denominations. 1968 file photo courtesy of the United Methodist Commission on Archives and History
News March 26, 2018 posted by

Mission project, speakers, meal plans finalized for AC2018

By Jessica Brodie. In two more months, June 3-6, 2,000 United Methodists will head to Greenville for Annual Conference ready to worship, serve God and vote on a host of business items concerning the denomination in this state. Details are still finalizing for the gathering, but the conference has released plans for the 2018 Annual Conference Mission Project, as well as information on speakers, pre-conference trainings, offerings, resolutions, meal plans and more.

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Mission project, speakers, meal plans finalized for AC2018
Health kits like these (assembled last fall by residents of The Oaks after Hurricane Irma) will be this year’s Annual Conference mission project. The conference will collect $122,400 ($10,200 per district) to purchase supplies, and then volunteers will spend all day June 5 assembling UMCOR health kits.
News March 26, 2018 posted by

Salkehatchie celebrates 40 years of service

By Allison Trussell. Forty years ago, the Rev. John Culp came face to face with the severe poverty that existed and remains in South Carolina and was determined to do something about it. On March 10 at Union United Methodist Church, Irmo, the South Carolina Conference celebrated 40 years of Salkehatchie, the result of Culp’s determination. Since 1978, youth and adults have crisscrossed the state repairing homes in weeklong camps.

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Salkehatchie celebrates 40 years of service
Photo by Allison Trussell. Salkehatchie founder the Rev. John Culp addresses the crowd.

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