Lay Ministries Luncheon at Annual Conference

Deadline for reservations is May 19. To make reservations go to the Conference web page: www.umcsc.org and click on the link for Annual Conference 2019. From there click on the meal ticket and then click on the link to order your meals. From there you can select to order tickets for the Lay Servant Ministries Luncheon.

March Issue of Greenwood District Newsletter Is Now Available

The March 2018 issue of the Greenwood District Newsletter is now available. Click on the image to the left to access or to download a copy of the newsletter.

Items of interest include:

  • 2018 Spring Lay Servant Ministry School
  • Active Shooter Training
  • 2017 Local Church Audit
  • 2018 Callahan Conference
  • Lander Campus Ministry Golf Tournament
  • 2018 District Revival

SPRING 2019 Lay Servant Ministries School

The Greenwood District 2019 Spring Lay Servant Ministry School is set for March 24 and 31 at St. Mark UMC, 550 Hwy. 72 Bypass NW, Greenwood, 29649. 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 should register for this course. The cost is $33 which includes the book. Rev. Mike Evans, instructor. (A Basic refresher course will be offered this summer.)
  • From Your Heart to Theirs: Delivering an Effective Sermon: This is an advanced course and the Basic course is a pre-requisite. Registration fee is $23.00. Ms. Myra Taylor, instructor
  • Polity: The Method of our Mission: For those seeking to be a certified Lay Servant, this is an advanced course and the Basic course is a pre-requisite for this course. However, anyone interested in knowing more about United Methodist Polity can register for this course. If the individual’s focus changes and a decision is made to become a certified Lay Servant, then the Basic Course must be taken. Registration fee is $23.00. Mr. Ray McCoy, instructor
    Pre-Class Work:
    Prior to Session 1 (March 24): Please read Chapters 1, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8
    Prior to Session 2 (March 31): Please read chapter 3 and the conclusion on pages 169-174 
  • Lay Servant and Lay Leader: What Is My Role? This course is for all-laity and ministers-and does not require a pre-requisite. This course is designed to help laity know what their role is and how to work with the pastor as well as other laity in the church. Registration fee is $36 which covers all course-related materials. Mr. David Salter, instructor

Registration deadline is March 19, 2019. NO REGISTRATIONS WILL BE TAKEN AT THE DOOR. NO REGISTRATIONS WILL BE ACCEPTED AFTER THE DEADLINE.
Download the Registration Form and other information:

New for the 2019 Spring School: Les Heaton Scholarship to honor the former Conference Director of Lay Servant Ministries. Click here to download a copy of the application. Return to the Greenwood District Office, PO Box 49968, Greenwood SC 29649, as soon as possible.

Reminders:

  • All current Lay Servants should have submitted their annual report to their 2018 Charge Conference. If you did not submit your annual report to the Charge Conference and had it signed by the pastor and District Superintendent, you are no longer a certified Lay Servant.
  • 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 (March 24 and 31) 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.

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.