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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. 
News July 1, 2020 posted by

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.
News May 26, 2020 posted by

With help from S.C., Healing Guatemala aids starving amid pandemic

By Jessica Brodie. A white flag hangs outside many of the homes in a remote village outside Chuisajcaba, Guatemala—a town with many already in poverty, their situation exacerbated because of a nationwide coronavirus lockdown. “Help,” the flag cries wordlessly. “We have no food.” Thanks to the efforts of one United Methodist ministry, Healing Guatemala, led by South Carolina pastor Dr. Luke Rhyee, the people are starting to get some much-needed assistance. Still, the needs are great—and grow greater every day.

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With help from S.C., Healing Guatemala aids starving amid pandemic
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Sharing faith in the pandemic: Laywoman steps up online ministry efforts

By Jessica Brodie. Toni Roberts Norris Taylor has a passion for Christ and helping other people and churches be all that God is calling them to be. Before the coronavirus pandemic, she was already leading a weekly Bible Study class, Sunday school and small groups in-person. But when the COVID-19 lockdown forced churches and other ministries to stop meeting in-person, Taylor stepped out in a new way, taking her faith online.

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Sharing faith in the pandemic: Laywoman steps up online ministry efforts
News May 26, 2020 posted by

No date yet for rescheduled Annual Conference

Bishop L. Jonathan Holston and other leaders are working diligently to discern a plan of action for the 2020 session of the South Carolina Annual Conference, which has been postponed from June 7-10 because of safety concerns associated with the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. As of May 22, no new date had been set.

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No date yet for rescheduled Annual Conference
News May 26, 2020 posted by

St. Mark becomes second UMC in state to join Reconciling Ministries Network

Another United Methodist church in South Carolina has made the decision to join the Reconciling Ministries Network. St. Mark UMC, Columbia, is now the second UMC church in the state to pass a statement of affirmation and join the network, an unofficial caucus of United Methodists that promotes full inclusion of gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and other individuals in the life of the church.

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St. Mark becomes second UMC in state to join Reconciling Ministries Network

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