About gwdist

The Greenwood District of the SC United Methodist Church is one of twelve districts in South Carolina. The Reverend James L. Friday is serves as the District Superintendent of the Greenwood District. The District Office is currently located on the Rivers St. Campus of St. Mark UMC at 1633 Rivers St., Greenwood, SC.

November Issue of the Greenwood District Newsletter Is Now Available

Click on the image at the left to read or download a copy of the 2019 November district newsletter.

Items of interest include:
– Where to find the Conference Program Calendar
– Annual Clergy Evaluations
– Conference Insurance Information
– Looking Ahead – Important Dates
– “Memory Babies” – an outreach of the youth from Tranquil UMC
– Follow-up to the 2019 Fall Lay Servant Ministry School

WesPath Insurance Enrollment Information Sessions

2019 Annual Election is coming up October 30th through November 14th.  If any pastor who is eligible to participate in the Conference insurance or who is already enrolled would like to learn about the health options that are available, please click the link below to register for information sessions or request a meeting with a Benefits Specialist.

October Issue of The Greenwood District Newsletter Is Now Available

Items of Interest in this month’s issue include:

  • October Clergy Meeting (note date change)
  • Greenwood Wesley Fellowship
  • Pastor Annual Evaluation
  • October Consultation and Charge Conference Schedules
  • 2019 Fall Lay Servant School
  • Connectional Ministries
  • Congregational Development
  • Cokesbury Curriculum Fair

Click on the image at the left to read or download a copy of this month’s newsletter.

Greenwood District 2019 Fall Lay Servant Ministry School

The Greenwood District 2019 Fall Lay Servant Ministry School is set for October 20 and 27 at Broad St. UMC, 310 N. Broad St., Clinton. Sign-in will begin at 2:00 p.m., and the sessions will end at 7:30 p.m. A light meal will be served.

Courses to be offered include:

  • Basic Course: This course is required of all those who wish to be certified as a Local Church Lay Servant. If this is your first application to become a Lay Servant, you need to register for this course. The cost is $33 which includes the book.
  • Leading Public Prayer: This is an advanced course and the Basic course is a pre-requisite. Praying in public can be daunting, but prayer is something one learns. This course on praying in public will help the participant grow in confidence and skill in public prayer and enrich their personal prayer life.  Registration fee is $23.00.
  • Leading Worship: This is an advanced course and the Basic course is a pre-requisite.  This course focuses on the ministry of the lay servant who either regularly or occasionally leads a group or congregation in worship. Hoyt Hickman explains the basic pattern of United Methodist worship within the broader context of Christian worship. Registration fee is $23.00.
  • Discover Your Spiritual Gifts: This is an advanced course and the Basic course is a pre-requisite.  This course helps participants understand spiritual gifts and how the church can use them to fulfill its mission and ministry. Participants will also learn what it means to be a spiritual leader and will be equipped to lead others in exploring and using their spiritual gifts.  Registration fee is $23.00.

Registration deadline is OCTOBER 11, 2019. No Registrations will be taken/accepted at the door. No registrations will be accepted after the deadline. All registrations must be postmarked by October 11, 2019.

Download the Registration Form and other information:


  • All current Lay Servants should have submitted their annual report to their 2019 Charge Conference.
  • Anyone seeking to become a Lay Servant must submit his/her application to his/her pastor to be approved by the Charge Conference or Church Council. All reports and applications must be signed by the pastor and by the District Superintendent. The Lay Servant annual report and application is available online on the Greenwood District web page (http://www.umcsc.net/greenwood/home/).
  • If you have not taken a class in 3 years or more, you are no longer a certified Lay Servant.
  • You must attend the entire Lay Servant School (October 20 and 27) to receive credit for the course you select to take.
  • You must sign the attendance register at both sessions to receive credit for the course you select to take.