South Carolina Annual Conference

Congregations
Bishop L. Jonathan Holston, episcopal leader of the United Methodist South Carolina Conference, speaks during the presentation of $800,029 donated by the conference to the Fairfield Children’s Home in Mutare, Zimbabwe. Photo courtesy of the Africa University Public Affairs Office.

Love of children brings $800,000 gift to Zimbabwe

During a 2001 visit to the Fairfield Children’s Home, a South Carolina mission team promised to return. In October 2022, their team leader joined Africa University’s 30th anniversary celebration.
Global Health
A student from the Methodist Student Network — the United Methodist campus ministry at the University of South Carolina in Columbia, S.C., — examines a patient. The MSN has served more than 10,000 people though their mobile optometry clinic run with a supporting optometrist. Photo courtesy of Methodist Student Network.

University students lead eye clinic in Ecuador

Students from the Methodist Student Network — a campus ministry at the University of South Carolina in Columbia, S.C., — have served more than 10,000 people though their mobile optometry clinic run with a supporting optometrist. The South Carolina United Methodist Advocate has the story.
Mission and Ministry
The Rev. Paul Escamilla takes to the pulpit at Lauren Heights United Methodist Church, in San Antonio, on June 14. The church reopened for in-person worship that Sunday but closed again the following Sunday and has remained closed because of high COVID-19 case numbers locally. Photo by David Smith, courtesy of Laurel Heights United Methodist Church.

Virus spikes close doors again at some churches

Decision to reopen for in-person worship is being reversed in areas with sharply rising COVID-19 numbers.
Local Church
Worship in the sanctuary of First United Methodist Church of Sulphur Springs, Texas, resumes, albeit with seating restrictions and other safety measures related to the coronavirus pandemic. The church’s June 14 in-person services were its first since March 8. Photo by Sam Hodges, UM News.

Back in church: ‘Like Easter and Christmas’

Restrictions are many, and the coronavirus pandemic remains a threat, but more United Methodist churches are resuming in-person worship.

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