Small groups at Grace help adults develop close relationships with one another and with Jesus Christ. They seek to provide a chance to grow personally and spiritually, as well as foster congregational spiritual growth. In successful small groups, the spirit of community results. Small groups are places to learn how to relate to and in the world and are usually focused around a common need or interest.
Beverly Blevins
Director of Adult Ministries
803-279-7525
 
 
A mutual support group and book study outreach program welcoming both Grace members and non-church members who have experienced alcoholism, drug abuse, or other forms of childhood trauma. For more information contact Susan Waller or Lisa Phifer.

This group provides care and support for those whose lives have been impacted by cancer. Watch the newsletter for meeting times and locations.  For more information contact: Mark Napper at 703-403-5752

Christ Care Group Ministry

Even before John Wesley made small group ministry a foundation of the United Methodist Church, Jesus and his disciples were a small group who supported one another, studied scripture, prayed and worshipped, and performed missional service. The old becomes new again in ChristCare Small Groups. Groups are formed around a common interest, passion, or purpose. The group leader generally decides the common interest and individuals express a desire to join the group. The group decides where to meet, how often, and what mission project the group will have. They may meet every week, every other week or whatever works for the group. Groups range in size from 3 to 12 members.

Brookdale (Sterling House) Worship “God’s Paintbrush”

“God’s Paintbrush” is a theme of Hope each month for the residents at Brookdale Assisted Living Facility.  Grace UMC has led the initiative to provide an 11:00 am worship time each Sunday. Nine faithful members of Grace currently provide worship (1st and 5th Sundays) in a rotation with two other community churches and an area minister. These faithful members devote their time, love, and sacrifice to the worthwhile ministry supported by the Cokesbury Sunday school class.

Caring and Sharing

Caring and Sharing meets Thursday evenings at 6pm for a meal together and a time of study and sharing.  This confidential group is an opportunity to express those things in our lives that we struggle with.  It is an open group and you can attend as you feel led.  Generally a gathering lasts a little over an hour.

Fit with Faith

This group meets on Tuesday & Thursday nights and Saturday mornings for devotions, prayer time, and physical  activity to nourish our souls and bodies.  Exercises are led by members on a rotational schedule in a boot camp style format. The emphasis is on encouraging women to consciously take care of their spiritual and physical bodies through encouraging fellowship and exercise.  Contact Debbie Yano for more information.

GIFTS (Gathering in Fellowship to Share)

This group meets to share devotional time and to create items by knitting, crocheting and sewing, as well as doing other kinds of handwork.  Items created have been provided to the members of Grace, the Killingsworth Home for Women in Crisis, Epworth Children’s Home in Columbia, the local health department, Bolivia, the infant nursery at Georgia Regents University (GRU) Hospital, and oncology units at GRU and University Hospitals. New members are always welcome.

  • GIFTS in the morning meets the second and fourth Wednesday of each month at 10:00 a.m. in the Youth Wing. For information about the morning group, call Mary Jane Wisenbaker (803-441-8433)
  • GIFTS in the evening meets every Wednesday night following the WINGS meal in the Seekers Sunday School Classroom on the first floor of the Wesley Center. For information about the evening group, call Patsy Miller (803-278-1987).

Grace Messengers

Our mission is to reach out to our members who attend Grace 50% of the time and miss several consecutive Sundays. We want them to know they are missed in our church family and that they have an important place in the body of Christ.  To offer our ongoing support, we also send bereavement cards to the immediate family several months after a loved one’s passing. We meet monthly to share devotions and prayer requests and update this ministry. We welcome new members who would like to join our mission! Contact Joanne Watson, Anne Comer, or Dave Redmond.

GriefShare

GriefShare is a 13-week, Christ-centered, biblically based support group seminar. A grieving person can join at any  time during the 13 weeks. Each session shows a video presentation followed by small group discussion about the video. The GriefShare videos present experts, ministers, and Christian counselors  discussing grief and recovery subjects helpful to people in grief. Real people share their stories of what has helped them deal with the pain of losing a family member or friend through death. During the week between meetings, group members complete a daily Bible study and practical exercises, from a work book, to help them heal from grief. GriefShare is for people who have lost a spouse, child, family member, or friend through death.

Dates: Two, 13-week cycles are offered. Usually beginning in February and September. Cost: $20 (which includes cost of the workbook) Contact: Sherry P. Smith, Grace Bereavement Committee Chair and GriefShare Program Manager at (H) 803-279-2771, (C) 706-832-1109, or Email: sherrypsmith@comcast.net

HomeTouch Delivery/Mailings

Each week 85 or more “Home Touch” papers are received from the church office with the church name, address, and phone number stamped on them. Some of the papers are hand-delivered to the residents at Brookdale Assisted Living Facility and the “Newsletter Folding Crew.” The remaining papers are mailed to members who are unable to attend church activities, have moved away, are currently experiencing illness/loss, or need support and encouragement. Currently the mailings not only go to our local community and state, but expand to five additional states. Funding for these mailings is supported by the Cokesbury Sunday school class, the Sunshine Circle, and individual donations.

Ladies Bible Study

This group of Ladies meets on Tuesday mornings at 9:30 for various Bible studies, usually dvd driven. Mary Chris Newell is the contact person and can be reached at jmcnewell@aol.com

Mission Friends

This group’s purpose is to grow in Christ through bible study, prayer and living out His love for one another by serving others. We meet at 4:30 the second Wednesday of each month In the fifth grade Sunday school room. We are currently a group of about eight women of various ages who prepare and serve food once a month at the Garden City Rescue Mission. We also put together “Blessing Bags” for the homeless usually in December and collect various items needed by the mission throughout the year. We are happy to include children and grandchildren in our volunteer service and strive to support each other with love and trust. New members are welcome to join us in serving others as Jesus instructed in John 13:14-17. Led by Kay Poss

 

TACOS

(Thriving as Christians Outside the Service) This group is open for ANY adult (single, married, divorced, separated, with kids, without kids, empty nesters….) As a group, we are looking to be part of a Christian community where we can thrive as Christians and have the ability to grow in our relationship with Christ through bible studies, life experiences and fellowship. As we grow and thrive we can reach out through our learning and carry God’s presence into our day to day activities.   Led by Michele Picciano in Classroom D of the Wesley Center on Tuesday evenings from 6:30-8:00 p.m. Michele can be reached at 803-278-6203 or at picfamily@comcast.net for more information.

Upper Room Encouragers

The stated purpose of this group is to be “encouragers” through prayer, cards, visits, or phone calls to those in their acquaintance who are facing challenges. You are invited to join other Grace UMC and community folks on Wednesdays from 10-11 a.m. at the home of Joe and Laura Lusk, 1950 Green Forest Drive.  We read the Wednesday Bible passages and devotional thoughts offered in The Upper Room, share thoughts about the scripture and its relevance to our lives by responding to the questions given for that day in the devotional booklet, and share prayer concerns.  Led by Laura Lusk and Sandra Travis. Call 803-279-6283 if you have questions.

Wednesday Night Dinners to Shut-ins

On Wednesday nights, meals are delivered to shut-ins. We’re always looking for volunteers to help deliver meals. Please contact Wilma Allen for more information.

Wednesday Night Programming

Be sure and check out our weekly newsletter for the most recent programs offered after our Wednesday night fellowship meals!

Word in the World

This group meets for prayer and Bible study and selects pictures to superimpose scripture on. Members photograph birds, wildlife, insects, flowers, nature. Pictures are donated to CMONA as a devotional item for sale in their store. Led by Jim Dennis.

Wisdom of the Ages

This discussion group meets in the library each week on Thursday from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. We look at the upcoming preaching text and ask the questions:  How have I heard this preached before? What parts of this text have I heard studiously avoided? What does it say to our time, our church and our faith today? With those questions to guide us, the sky is the limit as to where the discussion can go! Insight and wisdom are gained as we celebrate our different perspectives. Truly God’s Word is a Living Word! Although this group is aimed at retired folks, all are invited.  Rev. Jim Dennis moderates.