Category Archives: Education

SUNDAY SCHOOL IS TAKING A TURN

Special thanks to BJ, Dalvon and Bianca for providing childcare at our last Sunday School meeting. Thank you to everyone who participated in each and/or BOTH meetings to kick off our new focus on Christian education at Grace.

Our lunch was special with homemade goods including shrimp creole made by our own resident chef John Chiles and broccoli casserole and lemon squares by Maxine Drake.

Our back-to-back meetings have revealed a strong foundation on which Grace can grow. As with all buildings, a good foundation needs support and for that we are turning to you.

Starting on Feb. 12th, Sunday School will have a little different look.  Fellowship time will be truncated so that we can meld into our opening program of song (thanks ahead to all who volunteer) and/ or a video from Chuck Knows Church at 9:45am.

Immediately following our large group gathering all will be dismissed to their respective classrooms. We understand the 10:30am early dismissal for choir members (whom take all ages I hear), but plan for a 10:40am end so that our acolytes, greeters and ushers can be ready to serve by 10:45am.

We are looking for volunteers of all ages. Options we are exploring are a split of the elementary grades and separating the middle/high school classes once our steady attendance warrants.

Other discussion included the development and implementation of a Teacher’s Aide (TA) program, car pool transportation, and addition of Disciple Express or some other similar format for the adults.

Our current classes include elementary grades with Mrs. Maxine and Shannon. Lessons are read, crafts, science projects, activities and FUN abound – plus a special birthday celebration on your special day thanks to Mrs. Maxine.

Our middle and high school kids are included in the real life applications presented by Mr. Brian and Ralph. This Christian education helps prepare our youth for the ‘real’ world and offers a safe haven to discuss ways to ‘turn the other cheek’. Community outreach is part of this class as they can be found feeding the homeless, singing at Heartland or Carolina Gardens or just hearing the pancake lesson at Denny’s. Won’t you join this amazing cast of experiences to lend your own fond memories of your Christian upbringing.

I found the easiest way for me to know Jesus and to make Him known to others is by teaching. We will support you wherever you are in your journey – thanks for stepping up! K. Neel kzneel@aol.com or 803-917-9347

UMW Reading Group: COVERED DISH BREAKFAST JANUARY 28

UNITED METHODIST WOMEN
READING GROUP:
COVERED DISH BREAKFAST JANUARY 28

The first meeting of the UMW Reading Group will be held Saturday, January 28, 9:00 AM, in the fellowship hall.

We’ll have a covered dish breakfast, so bring a breakfast dish to share. Books to be discussed will come from the “Education for Mission” category.

Reading program materials can be found in the UMW Room.
All women are invited to come — even if a book hasn’t been read! Come and see what the UMW reading program is all about.

Upcoming Worship

THE GREAT INVITATION WORSHIP SERIES

January 8: The Heavens Are Opened 

Baptism of the Lord — We witness the baptism of Jesus, reaffirm the baptismal covenant, and enter anew into the mystery of the outpouring of the Holy Spirit from “opened heavens” for the work of evangelism that lies ahead of us during the coming weeks.

January 15: Come and See  

In the story of the calling of the first disciples from John’s gospel, we are inspired and challenged to come and see how Jesus lives ourselves and to continue to invite those we know to come with us.

January 22: Follow Me

At the end of the story of the calling of the first disciples in Matthew’s gospel, we follow Jesus with his disciples into the places of greatest need and opportunity and offering teaching, good news, and healing love.

January 29:  Blessed 

We’ve seen Jesus in action. Now we settle in for the first of four weeks to hear him teach his first disciples with a large crowd in the background. Today he sets us straight about who and what God’s kingdom is blessing in the world.

February 5: Salt and Light and Righteousness Abounding 

In light of who and what God is blessing and how different that is from what the world and sometimes even the church seems to bless, how do we then live? As salty, light-shining people whose righteousness abounds!

February 12: This, Not That

Jesus continues to offer concrete examples of what life in God’s kingdom does, and doesn’t, look like. 

February 19: And Now Your Reward  

Blessings are a gift of God in God’s kingdom. Rewards are the result of living more fully into the ways of God’s kingdom, or as we might say, “growing in holiness of heart and life.” Jesus reminds us of ways we can stay on or stray from the trail God’s kingdom blazes for us in this life.  

February 26: Shine!

Today we exult in the vision of God’s exaltation of Jesus and in anticipation of our own transfiguration now and in the age to come. That hope, that vision, drives us not to stay where we are on the mountaintop, but to get into the valley of sin and suffering and be a healing and formative presence for all who seek God’s salvation with us in the weeks of Lent that lie ahead. 

 

John Chiles’ Cooking Class

Each 4th Wednesday from 7—9 pm
in the Grace Fellowship Hall/Kitchen

Cooking classes are interactive as well as hands on. John would like to know what you might like to learn or see.

A sign up sheet will be in the Narthex. Please sign up if you plan to attend as this helps John to plan how much food to bring and how to set up so as many people can easily see.

It is at no cost to you. It is a lot of fun and I hope you enjoy.

  • John’s Bio includes;
    Former owner of Restaurant 123 in Irmo
    General Manager for Club Corp
    International—Ran First City Club in Savannah GA
    Currently a Part Owner Operator of Blue Marlin / Signature Catering and is The Executive Chef and General
    Manager of the Catering Operation
    The next class date are: January 25, 2017