Category Archives: Education

2021 DISCIPLESHIP OPPORTUNITY

How is it with your soul? Do you miss the fellowship with members of your Grace Church family? Are you hungry for spiritual growth? Would you like to connect with others in a small group setting (6 – 8 people)? If you answer affirmatively, (or even if you’re just curious), you’re encouraged to participate in a 4-month, three-part spiritual journey to focus on prayer, faith stories, and personal connection as we begin 2021. This project begins with these small groups (which may meet in hosts’ homes, at the church, or on-line) for 6 weeks.

We will then take a two-week break before reading and discussing Peter Enn’s book, “The Sin of Certainty” which promises to prompt some food for thought as we confront divisions not only in our denomination, but in our society. Our book study will begin February 28; we will complete the first half of the book by March 21, then take a break for Easter, and read and discus the second half of the book after April 11. The third element of our study is to reflect on what we’ve learned, strategize on where we might go next in our faith walks, and to re-commit ourselves to our mission to “know Jesus and make him known to others.” Groups will conclude their meetings the week of May 2.

Please indicate your interest by contacting the Pastor Rett. We’re happy to respond to questions about this study and we encourage you to take part, even if you need to miss a meeting occasionally. 2020 has been a challenging year for all of us, and we hope, through this effort, to re-energize our congregation, re-commit ourselves to Christian education, and continue to build the bonds that make for a strong Church family. We look forward to your participation! Please direct questions to Rev. Rett or to Julie Rotholz. We’re excited to see you in January!

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Grace Services Online

If you are planning to worship with us in person on Sunday morning, our guidelines ask that you call to pre-register your attendance so that we can effectively seat everyone in the sanctuary while maintaining social distance. The deadline to pre-register is today at noon. Please call the church office to pre-register.

Live Worship broadcasts will be online Sundays
at 8:30am and 11:00am.

Easily access archives of previous services and devotions through most of these same resources!

The online worship options we have include: 
(Click on the highlighted links below for quick access)

  • Facebook
  • YouTube,
  • Grace’s FireTV Channel,
    • from your FireTV, search for the Grace United Methodist Church Columbia channel (or click the link above or Add the channel via the web to your FireTV device by visiting:  amazon.com and select apps and devices in the search bar – Grace United Methodist Church),
  • ROKU –  
  • and our website.

You can find the bulletin here, and the announcements here. Our online giving page can be found here. You can still mail your offering to the church at 410 Harbison Blvd. Columbia, SC 29212 or you can bring it by and drop it in the mailbox outside of the church office.

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Choral Scholars

Grace United Methodist Church is currently experiencing a trend that has been affecting churches all over the U.S. High schools and colleges are not producing trained singers to volunteer in church choirs in the high numbers that they once did, even ten years ago. Sadly, some churches have done away with their choirs altogether. At Grace, it is our goal to strive toward excellence in our music ministry and worship, led by the Chancel Choir, aided by choral scholars.

Choral Scholars are music students or in some cases young music graduates, who lead their respective sections in the choir.

Through a Choral Scholars program, Grace is able to invest in the lives and careers of young musicians who are either training for a career in Music or who are underemployed music graduates needing help in launching a music career. A Choral Scholars program is an outreach ministry to our community, and can help us achieve Grace’s 2020 vision of reaching out into our community.

Through this program, we are able to bring young musicians into our church and minister to them at a time in their lives when many young adults are unchurched. A Choral Scholars program also helps to train young musicians to be the church music leaders of the future. In fact, our own Mark Merritt was once a choral scholar.

We have received some seed money to assist in starting a Choral Scholars program at Grace. We believe that we could have choral scholars on all four parts in the choir for $900 per year, per singer.

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