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
 
 

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.

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 last 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.

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. This group is led by Dave and Frances 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

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

 

Sterling House Worship “God’s Paintbrush”

This group leads the 11:00 a.m. worship on Sundays for residents at Sterling House Assisted Living Facility on the first, fourth, and fifth Sundays each month.  Led by Sandra Watson and supported by members of the Cokesbury Sunday School Class.

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.

Transportation Ministry

This group’s mission involves providing transportation to church members.  We not only provide transportation to church and Sunday School on Sunday morning but to doctor’s appointments, grocery shopping, and other needs as they arise during the week.   Of equal importance is the fellowship with those we transport.  Our goal is to bring a little joy into the lives for our elderly members who need to call on us for help.  If you feel a calling to help in this ministry, please join us.  Contact John or Margaret McKibbin at  803-634-0945 or 803-624-9071.

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.

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.