Faith Formation

“Let no one look down on your youthfulness, but rather in speech, conduct, love, faith and purity, show yourself an example of those who believe.”

– 1 Timothy 4:12

Children’s Sunday School

Our Sunday School classes for children use the “Spark: Activate Faith” curriculum to help children learn about God’s love and the Bible through lessons, crafts, and games.  Sunday School begins with music from 9:45 to 10 am, followed by Sunday School classes.  Classes offered are 2 & 3-year-olds, 4 & 5-year-olds, 1st & 2nd grade,  3rd-5th grade, middle school, and high school.

Confirmation

All 6th, 7th, and 8th grade youth are invited to participate in Confirmation at Grace.  Confirmation is a ministry that helps youth identify more deeply with the Christian community and participate more fully in its life and mission. The three-year program includes Saturday retreats on topics from Luther’s Small Catechism and the Bible, a week of summer camp, service projects, outings, participation in Grace Youth Ministry, and serving as acolytes and torchbearers in worship. Completion of this voluntary program is celebrated in the Rite of Confirmation.

Youth Group

Grace Youth Ministry (GYM) – GYM is Grace’s youth ministry for 6th-12th graders. This group is centered on growing in faith together, loving God and one another, and seeking to be inclusive and kind while having a great time. Our mascot is a flamingo, because standing on one leg takes a strong foundation, just like our faith lives need firm grounding in Christ! We gather most Sundays during the school year for a variety of activities, including games, Bible study, movie nights, service projects, and off-site trips. GYM has yearly ski and beach retreats and participates in mission trips and ELCA/SC Synod events. For more information, click here or contact Pastor Rachel.

Children’s Sunday School

Our Sunday School classes for children use the “Spark: Activate Faith” curriculum to help children learn about God’s love and the Bible through lessons, crafts, and games.  Sunday School begins with music from 9:45 to 10 am, followed by Sunday School classes.  Classes offered are 2 & 3-year-olds, 4 & 5-year-olds, 1st & 2nd grade, and 3rd-5th grade.

Confirmation

All 6th, 7th, and 8th grade youth are invited to participate in Confirmation at Grace.  Confirmation is a ministry that helps youth identify more deeply with the Christian community and participate more fully in its life and mission. The three-year program includes Saturday retreats on topics from Luther’s Small Catechism and the Bible, a week of summer camp, service projects, outings, participation in Grace Youth Ministry, and serving as acolytes and torchbearers in worship. Completion of this voluntary program is celebrated in the Rite of Confirmation.

Youth Group

Grace Youth Ministry (GYM) – GYM is Grace’s youth ministry for 6th-12th graders. This group is centered on growing in faith together, loving God and one another, and seeking to be inclusive and kind while having a great time. Our mascot is a flamingo, because standing on one leg takes a strong foundation, just like our faith lives need firm grounding in Christ! We gather most Sundays during the school year for a variety of activities, including games, Bible study, movie nights, service projects, and off-site trips. GYM has yearly ski and beach retreats and participates in mission trips and ELCA/SC Synod events. Contact Pr. Rachel (pastorrachel@gracerockhill.com) for more information.

Milestone Ministry

Milestone ministry celebrates the faith milestones along life’s journey, saying, “This is something important and God is here.” Marking a milestone is a Biblically-based spiritual practice in both home and congregation that helps all generations recognize God’s presence in our lives. At each milestone, the child is blessed during worship, receives a gift to commemorate the milestone, and shares the event with the congregation as a whole. Our church celebrates eleven milestones from birth to high school graduation.

Campus Ministry

Winthrop Episcopal Lutheran Campus Ministry (WELCM) serves as a “home away from home” to Lutheran and Episcopal Winthrop students, as well as many who come from other Christian denominations. WELCM is the only fully inclusive campus ministry serving Winthrop, and we offer a special welcome to students who identify as LGBTQIA. Our campus minister is Olga-Maria Cruz.

Each Tuesday, WELCM students gather at 6:30 pm at the White House (520 Aiken Avenue) for a home-cooked supper provided by congregation members, followed by a program (Bible study, theological discussion, or guest speaker.) Members take the time to eat, play and pray together, supporting one another through the highs and lows of the life of a student. Once a month, we share Eucharistic worship. WELCM’s main goals are to extend God’s hospitality to Winthrop, cultivate community amongst our members, and deepen our connection to God through study, service, and spiritual practice. We believe that as we love God and neighbor, we reform ourselves, and our world.

Adult Sunday School

Sunday School classes for adults include “Women of the Word,” a Bible study using lessons from the Women of the ELCA Gather Magazine. This group meets in Room 106. “Men In Training” is a discussion group for men of all ages. Participants take turns leading this group which meets in Room 100. For a classic Bible Study for men and women that follows the weekly lectionary readings, join the discussion in Room 107.

Lift

Ladies In Faith Together (LIFT) is a Christian group of women who encourage one another in spiritual growth and fellowship. Membership is open to women inside and outside our congregation. The group meets every other month in each others’ homes for food, fellowship, and Bible study and does a weekend retreat in the fall. For more information, contact Karen Harris (harrisak@comporium.net).

Seniors @ Grace

Seniors @ Grace is a dynamic group of older active members who meet on the fourth Thursday of the month at the church for lunch, fellowship, and a program. Our guest speakers include community members and members of our congregation who have skills and experiences to share. Our Christmas lunch and White Elephant gift exchange is always a rowdy affair.

Summer Programs

Each summer, Grace hosts two weeks of summer camp: Vacation Bible School and Lutheroad.

Vacation Bible School

is a half-day camp in the mornings for children age toddler through 5th grade. Packed full of games, songs, Bible verses, snacks, and science, this is an exciting week for our children and volunteers.

Lutheroad

is a full-day camp led by the camp counselors from Lutheridge. Kindergarten through 5th graders learn camp songs, study Bible stories, do crafts, and go on field trips during this fun-filled week.

Many of our children also attend summer camp at Lutheridge, the Lutheran Retreat Center near Asheville, NC.  Click here to learn more about summer camp at Lutheridge.