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News July 1, 2020 posted by

UPDATED: NOW POSTPONED – Annual Conference to be one-day gathering Aug. 1

After a delay prompted by COVID-19 public health concerns, Annual Conference organizers have released the date for this year’s Annual Conference. Now a one-day event limited to Annual Conference members and essential conference staff and volunteers, organizers have designated Saturday, Aug. 1, 2020, as the date for the 2020 South Carolina Annual Conference session.

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UPDATED: NOW POSTPONED – Annual Conference to be one-day gathering Aug. 1
Conference leaders preside over the 2019 Annual Conference in South Carolina. Photo by Matt Brodie.
News July 1, 2020 posted by

South Carolina United Methodist churches reopen—or not

By Jessica Brodie. After months shuttered because of coronavirus, South Carolina United Methodist churches got the green-light to resume in-person worship last month. Some chose to resume June 14, the date churches were authorized to begin holding in-person worship gatherings, while some chose later dates, and some still remain entirely virtual. Still others are forgoing indoor worship to hold outdoor-only services in church parking lots or nearby parks, citing safety reasons.

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South Carolina United Methodist churches reopen—or not
New Light UMC, Orangeburg, has been holding “Park and Praise” services in their parking lot since April and plan to continue for the foreseeable future. They broadcast over a radio station so people can sit in their cars for worship and use their air conditioners. 
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Pandemic jumpstarts new contemporary service, social media boom for Brookland UMC

By Jessica Brodie. COVID-19 slowed down ministry efforts in many local churches across the nation. But at Brookland United Methodist Church, it served as a jumpstart for a brand-new alternative contemporary service.

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Pandemic jumpstarts new contemporary service, social media boom for Brookland UMC
Advocate Editor Jessica Brodie chats with Brookland pastor the Rev. Mark Payne May 10, 2020, during one of the church’s new Sunday evening contemporary services.

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