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.
LiveWorship 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)
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),
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.
Although Covid-19 continues to influence our lives in many ways, Samaritan’s Purse is still hopefully to have a successful Operation Christmas Child Shoebox drive in 2020. The collection week is not until November 16 th -23 rd, but now is the time to start thinking about how we at Grace will once again help positively impact the lives of some deserving children from all around the world.
With careful consideration for the health of our members, we are offering some options for those who would like to participate in the ministry in 2020. We will continue to supply shoeboxes for those who would like to personally fill a shoebox and return it to church at their convenience prior to November 16 th. We will start to have shoeboxes available during the outdoor service on September 13 th and following that service, Monday –Thursday during regular office hours outside the main entrance to the Sanctuary. As always, each of these shoeboxes will need to be shipped and a $9 donation is suggested to cover this cost.
To have another local option, we would like to formulate a team of shoppers/packers composed of Grace Members willing to buy items and fill shoeboxes for those who prefer not to “shop” during the Covid-19 pandemic. Members could simply donate funds to have a box filled and shipped and this team would do the rest. If you feel so moved to be a part of the shopping/packing team, please contact Marlin McPhail via email or phone using his contact information in the church directory. Once a team is formed, members will be notified that this option is available for use.
Already, another option is available to anyone with internet access via the Samaritan’s Purse website. They have created a way to fill a box and ship it for $25 through a link provided below. You can select to just donate $25 per box and let them fill the box(es) or follow steps provided that will allow you to select gender, an age group and items to fill the box(es) from categories to fill a box for a deserving child.
Please pray on how you can help this ministry in 2020.
Did you know you are a member of the Outreach committee at Grace?
Well, you are! You know Jesus and make him known to others everywhere you go and that is outreach.
Our Outreach committee serves our community in feeding the hungry monthly, Operation Christmas child, kettle ring for the Salvation Army at Christmas, Salkehatchie, Seeds of Hope Angel tree ministry, Hand y Mano, adopt a highway (trash pickup). As you can see, our programs that we sponsor are a powerful witness. Meaning you can be involved with one or several and you will be truly blessed a thousand-fold by the sharing of your time and your talents.
For more information on how you can make Jesus known to others, please contact Susan Floyd 803-429-3194 or Marlin McPhail 803-730-8355
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
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.
Grace United Methodist Church Receives 2020 Best of Columbia Award
Columbia Award Program Honors the Achievement
COLUMBIA January 8, 2020 — Grace United Methodist Church has been selected for the 2020 Best of Columbia Award in the Places of Worship category by the Columbia Award Program.
Each year, the Columbia Award Program identifies companies that we believe have achieved exceptional marketing success in their local community and business category. These are local companies that enhance the positive image of small business through service to their customers and our community. These exceptional companies help make the Columbia area a great place to live, work and play.
Various sources of information were gathered and analyzed to choose the winners in each category. The 2020 Columbia Award Program focuses on quality, not quantity. Winners are determined based on the information gathered both internally by the Columbia Award Program and data provided by third parties.
About Columbia Award Program
The Columbia Award Program is an annual awards program honoring the achievements and accomplishments of local businesses throughout the Columbia area. Recognition is given to those companies that have shown the ability to use their best practices and implemented programs to generate competitive advantages and long-term value.
The Columbia Award Program was established to recognize the best of local businesses in our community. Our organization works exclusively with local business owners, trade groups, professional associations and other business advertising and marketing groups. Our mission is to recognize the small business community’s contributions to the U.S. economy.
SOURCE: Columbia Award Program
CONTACT: Columbia Award Program Email: PublicRelations@bizawardannouncement.org URL: http://www.bizawardannouncement.org
I am overjoyed to be a part of the ministry and mission of Grace on Harbison. God has called me to preach the truth of the Gospel so that others might know the love and justice of Jesus Christ and be agents of his grace in their families and communities. I was born and raised in Murrells Inlet, SC and grew up attending Socastee UMC. I earned a BA in Religious Studies with a minor in history at the University of South Carolina. I received my MDiv from Duke Divinity School in May of 2010, began my ministry on July 1, 2010, and was ordained an Elder in June of 2012 at the SC Annual Conference. Prior to serving at Grace, I served as associate pastor at St. John’s UMC in Rock Hill. I enjoy spending time at the beach. The salt water always restores me. I am a gym rat, but that is mainly to support my love of good food.
I share my life and ministry with my wife, Lollie, and our sons, Wyatt and Thomas. Lollie is a South Carolina native as well, having grown up in Marion, SC. She has a deep call to lay ministry in the administration of the church at the denominational level. Wyatt and Thomas bring the most joy to our lives with their boundless energy and excitement. They love sports, superheroes, and reading. We all enjoy Gamecock football, the outdoors, grilling, going to community events, and experiencing new adventures together.
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