January 2018 Issue of the Greenwood District Newsletter Is Now Available

Click on the image to the left to download a copy of the newsletter or to read it online.

Items of interest include:

  • Upcoming Important Dates, including January District Clergy Meeting on January 9
  • Granville Hicks Leadership Academy
  • 2017 Apportionment Payments
  • Longevity Revolution Seminar
  • Greenwood District Leadership Training Event
  • Men’s Ministry Weekend

Bishop’s Day in the Greenwood District

Bishop Jonathan Holston continues his district visits this year to meet with pastors and laity concerning the way forward for churches in the SC  Conference.

October 28 is the day Bishop Holston will be in the Greenwood District. Pastors and a leadership team from their churches are expected to join with the Bishop at St. Mark UMC Rivers St. Campus, 1633 Rivers St., Greenwood, on Saturday, October 28, 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

This year’s theme is By Faith, On Mission, Together. Bishop Holston will spend the morning with church leadership teams thinking about how we equip our congregations to walk faithfully into God’s vision for God’s church. Teams will have the opportunity to hear what churches are learning from the Forward Focus process, and the day will close with Holy Communion as we celebrate our connection to one another and to Jesus Christ.

Pastors are reminded that this is the October district clergy meeting. Attendance is expected.

October 2017 Newsletter Is Now Available

The October issue of the Greenwood District Newsletter is now available. Click on the image to the left to access the newsletter or to download a copy.

Items of interest include:

  • Bishop’s Day in the Greenwood District
  • October Clergy Meeting (See article about the Bishop’s Day)
  • Paying 2017 Apportionments
  • Greenwood District’s Response to Recent Hurricanes
  • October Charge Conference Schedule

2017 Fall Lay Servant Ministry School

The 2017 Fall Lay Servant Ministry School is set for October 15 and 22, 2:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m., at Mathews UMC, 800 Wright Ave., Greenwood, SC. You must attend both sessions to receive credit for your selected course.

A light meal will be served each evening.

Course offered are:

  • Basic course. This is a pre-requisite for the advanced courses necessary to become a certified lay servant. Cost is $33 which includes the course book.
  • Leading Worship: This is an advanced course to become a certified lay servant. The Basic Course is a pre-requisite. Click here for information regarding ordering the book for this course.
  • From Your Heart to Theirs: Delivering an Effective Sermon: Both the leader’s guide and the participant book by Tony Franks and David Carroll are suggested for this course. This is an advanced course; the Basic Course is a pre-requisite. Registration fee is $23.00. Click here for information regarding ordering the books for this course.
  • Faith-Sharing: Get Out and Speak Up: This course is for anyone, laity and ministers, and does not require the Basic Course as a pre-requisite. This course will teach you how to lead in connecting with the community and sharing the Gospel and is highly recommended for those interested in sharing their faith. Registration fee is $36 which covers all course-related materials.

Click here to download a copy of the registration form. The registration deadline is October 5, 2017. NO REGISTRATIONS WILL BE TAKEN AT THE DOOR.

Pastors of participants are encouraged to be present for the closing worship service on Sunday, October 22, to stand with their lay servants during the commissioning service.

All current lay servants must submit an annual report to their charge conference. Click here to download a copy of this annual report. Anyone seeking to become a lay servant must be approved by his/her Church Council or Charge Conference. Click here to download a copy of the application form.

All participants in the Fall 2017 Lay Servant Ministry School are asked to bring new, or gently used, shoes in a box or bag. These donations will be used to provide fresh water wells in Kenya. You may bring men’s, women’s, or children’s shoes.

Faith-Sharing Seminar, October 29, 2016

Faith-SharingAll pastors, members of church outreach teams, mission coordinator, and evangelism leaders are encouraged to attend this one-day seminar led by Dr. Winston Worrell, World Methodist Evangelism Institute, Candler School of Theology.

Click on the image at the left to download a copy of the informational flyer.

Cost: $30 per person. Groups of 4 or more – $25 per person.

.5 CEUs awarded to clergy participants.

Location: Trenholm Road United Methodist Church, 3401 Trenholm Rd., Columbia, SC 20204

Time: 9:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.