Adult Ministries

Aldersgate offers several adult Sunday school classes, each with a different learning opportunity and style of study. We encourage our friends and guests to visit as many of our classes as they would like – to find the one that feels like home. You should also feel free to join any class, if they are working on a particular course of interest .

For more information, or help choosing a class, contact Johannah Myers (864-244-1820-ext. 211).

Our classes meet from 9:45 AM – 10:45 AM each Sunday.

Christian Fellowship Class

Age Group: Older Retirement Age
Location: Room 156 – In the third classroom on the hallway that runs along the right side of the gym
Topic: Adult Bible Series

Good News Class

Age Group: Adult class with a variety of ages – from 40 – 60+
Location: Room 214 – On the left – at the top of the stairs nearest the fellowship hall building entrance
Topic: Book Studies

Haddon Friendship Class

Age Group: Nearing or at retirement age
Location: Room 158 – At the end of the hallway that runs along the right side of the gym
Topic: Variety of lessons, guest speakers, book studies

New Beginnings

Age Group: Young adults with or without school-aged children
Location: Room 210 – At the “L” turn of the upstairs classrooms. Can be accessed by either stairwell
Topic: Book studies, scripture, marriage & family, discipleship

Kingdom Class

Age Group: An adult class (ages from 40 – 60+) with/without middle, high school, and college age kids or older
Location: Room 152 – The first classroom on the hallway that runs along the right side of the gym Topic: Scripture is our topic with various teachers from our class who lead our lessons

Mac Vinson Companions Class

Age Group: Nearing retirement age – some have college age children or grandchildren
Location: On the lower level of the educational wing, next to the library. Closest access is the Edwards Rd entrance
Topic: Scripture focused – usually going through a book of the Bible

Questers Class

Age Group: Older Retirement Age
Location: Room 154 – The second classroom on the hallway that runs along the right side of the gym

The Older Adult Ministry is a ministry by, with and for those who are interested in continuing their spiritual walk as they move into new stages of life such as; grandchildren, second careers, care giving and retirement. While all of the activities and programs are designed and directed by Aldersgate church members, our doors are wide open to friends and visitors alike. Please take a moment to look over the many events we offer…we invite you to get involved!

Monthly Prime Timer Luncheon and General Meeting

Join us on the first Monday of each month for lunch and a variety of scheduled programs, speakers and/or musical presentations. An example is: July 3rd-Zack Peterson, Sustainability Educator from The Greater Greenville Sanitation. How can we be better stewards of our resources? Make your reservations through one of the following methods: Use a reservation card on Sunday mornings (found in the pews) and write in “Prime Timer Luncheon”, call Ruth Hughes at the church office (244-1820-ext. 204), add your name to the sign-up sheet in the Questers or Christian Fellowship Sunday school classrooms or respond to our calling team. Reservations are always due the Wednesday prior to the event. Cost is $7.00 per person, unless noted above.

Bridge

The Aldersgate Bridge Group meets every Monday of each month at 1:00 PM in the Fellowship Hall. We welcome anyone who is interested, even beginners, to join us. Reservations must be made in advance to seat the tables correctly. Coordinator: Abe Lyden – 350-4671

Outreach / Homebound Ministry

Although no longer able to actively participate in our activities, those in assisted living, nursing care, or at home are very much a part of the Older Adult Ministry. A volunteer visits or keeps in touch by telephone. We hear many of our volunteers report how much the visits are enjoyed. Wouldn’t you like to be involved in this program? We need you! Call Mary Thomas 268-7093 for more information.

Aldersgate Sojourners

During the year, day trips and overnight trips are planned for those interested in traveling. Call Ruth Hughes at 244-1820 ext. 204, for a brochure!

Older Adult Ministry Sunday

On one special Sunday a year please join us for worship, (8:45 0r 11:00 AM) as we celebrate our Older Adult Ministries and their legacy of commitment to our church.For further questions or information about these programs, please call the church office at 244-1820-ext. 204 and your request will be directed to the appropriate coordinator.

The purpose of the United Methodist Men is to enhance the spirituality of all men of the church by providing an opportunity for fellowship during our monthly meeting, and by encouraging their involvement in the various projects undertaken during the year. We have various fundraisers in which funds are distributed to various needs in our church and community.

Aldersgate UMM meets the third Monday of every month at 6:32 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall. Check the weekly newsletter and bulletin for speaker information. If you are not on a calling list for meal reservations, please be sure to call the church office at 244-1820 by the Thursday before the meeting to be counted for dinner.

 

The Aldersgate United Methodist Women’s Ministry (UMW) is a fellowship whose spiritual goal is to enhance an individual’s relationship with God and to provide an opportunity to participate in the local and global ministries of the church.The United Methodist Women’s Total Program encompasses many areas. Some are: Support for Mission, Enrichment for Missions, Action for Mission, Participation. To achieve these goals, the women of Aldersgate have developed many wonderful programs that vary in their design. Currently we have five Circles, which are small group fellowships, that meet on a monthly or quarterly basis from September to May.

  • Susanna Wesley Circle – Second Tuesday, 12:00 noon in the Fellowship Hall, includes lunch
  • Louise Best Circle – Second Tuesday,10:30 am, in the Soul Cafe.
  • Mary Teasley Circle – Second Wednesday, 10:00 am, in member’s homes.
  • Circle of Light – Second Wednesday, 6:00 pm in the church.
  • Cindy Harter Circle – First Sunday of the month and are held in the Soul Café beginning at 3:00 pm.

For Circle contact information, please call the church office, 244-1820 and we will put you in touch with the right coordinator.

Ladies Night Out

The General Meeting of the Aldersgate UMW is held quarterly and is combined with our “Ladies Night Out” events. These special evenings begin at 6:30 pm with a catered dinner in our Fellowship Hall, followed by a brief meeting and an entertaining, informational, inspirational program.

To support our local and global mission projects, we hold a church-wide garage sale, once in the spring and once in the fall. These events begin on a Monday, as members and helpers converge to sort and price donated items and then culminates the following Friday and Saturday as we open the doors to our neighbors and friends to find that “special treasure” they can’t do without. We also sell a variety of great sharp kitchen knives all year-long.

UMW Missions

Aldersgate UMW focuses on several mission needs throughout the year. Although there are others, these are our primary focus:

  • Wallace Family Life Center
  • Bethlehem Center, Columbia and Spartanburg
  • Rural Mission, Inc. – Johns Island

The United Methodist Women of Aldersgate are a wonderful group of approximately 100 ladies all with a purpose of Missions and helping others in various different ways.

Women of Faith is a group of women dedicated to being the best God wants us to be.  We fellowship, study, and pray all while having fun. Please join us on Tuesdays mornings!

WEEKLY SCHEDULE:

  • 9:30 – 9:40 Gather & Fellowship
  • 9:40 – 9:50 Opening
  • 9:50 – 10:25 Speaker
  • 10:30-11:30 Small group study

We have a free nursery provided on Tuesday mornings from 9:15 until 11:30. We pray that God will continue to bless this wonderful ministry , and all the beautiful women who so faithfully support it!

The Leisure / Sports Ministries

Our Leisure Ministries program at Aldersgate is designed to promote a wide variety of activities with special emphasis on spiritual and physical enhancement. It is our long-term goal to create a program which meets the needs of all age levels, as well as interest levels. We hope that you will find something of interest here that will help draw you closer to God and to the church as a whole. Perhaps you may find that you have a particular interest or gift that you would like to share.

Connect at AUMC

Aldersgate offers opportunities for families to worship and grow together in our faith. Each fall, we kick-off a new season of Connect, an evening of fellowship, food and bible study together for families on Wednesday evenings. Our upcoming classes offer a variety of biblical studies and fun classes.

Wednesday Night Connect Schedule:

  • 5:30 – 6:20 p.m. Dinner, Adults- $6/ea, Children and Youth – $4/ea
  • 6:30 – 7:00 p.m. Children’s Music (preschool – 6th Grade)
  • 6:00 – 7:30 p.m. Youth Group (7th Grade – 12th Grade Youth House)
  • 6:30 – 7:30 p.m. Small group opportunities for adults
  • 7:15 p.m. Chancel Choir

*Contact Cameron Vaughn at cvaughn@aumcsc.org to make your dinner reservations.

Connect – For Youth

7th – 12th graders

  • Dinner in Parker Hall: 5:30-6:20 p.m.
  • Ignite Small groups in the Youth Loft: 6:30-7:30 p.m.

Connect – For Children

Children’s Music

  • Cherub Choir (3-5 year olds) – 6:30 – 7:00 p.m.
  • The Cherub Choir teaches preschoolers songs that will reinforce their understanding of Bible stories while also helping them discover their singing voices. The Cherubs usually sing in church during Advent, on Palm Sunday and on Mother’s Day.
  • Location: Noah’s Ark room, downstairs
  • Children’s Choir (1st – 6th graders) – 6:30 – 7:00 p.m.
  • The Children’s choir is a fun time of singing and musical games. This group sings quarterly in worship and presents a musical in the spring.
  • Location: Choir Room

Dave Ramsey’s Financial Peace University

In today’s economy, we are all searching for ways to stretch what we have, to cover the costs of our daily expenses. Newspapers, television programs and bookstores are filled with helpful information on how er can make our money go further. What would you say if I told you that our Bible is full of good ideas on how to survive this and any economy? Would it surprise you that God’s already got a plan and that it has passed the test of time?

Dave Ramsey’s 9-week class is a Biblically-based financial management course that can help you find ways of cutting your daily expenses, get out from underneath personal debt and begin the journey toward financial freedom. All within the comfort of a small group of folks – eager for a change in their own financial management style.

For a complete listing of classes in our area, visit www.daveramsey.com and look under personal financial classes. Discover how you can change your life forever! If you have any questions about the class, please feel free to call Ruth Hughes at 244-1820 ext 204

During our class sessions, childcare is available for free, with advanced registration.

Missions & Outreach

OUR HEARTS ARE ON FIRE FOR MISSION

I was able to travel with an Aldersgate Team in 2011 to Panama. It was one of the greatest and most meaningful experiences of my life. We were able to minister to a village deep in the jungles pf Panama bringing them the love of Christ through our teaching and actions…. The worship services were amazing and though there was a language barrier, we were all worshiping Christ and needed no translator.” AUMC Member

Where is God calling you?
We had the privilege of serving in Thailand from 2013 through 2017.  Since returning to the states, we have maintained close connection with our team members and Thai students.  One of the most rewarding things has been the opportunity to lead summer discernment trips back to Thailand with college students discovering to what and where God is calling them.  In addition, we speak at universities, churches and with individuals who are seeking to find their place in Missions. 

The Attaways
The Datwylers
The Boones

More information about International Mission Trips: Visit VMVIM.org

“Missions made me feel closer to God, as I get to help the people that may be of need. It gives me a great feeling to be able to make a difference in somebody’s life. God wants us to reach out and serve others, Love thy Neighbor as yourself.” AUMC Member

An intergenerational group from Aldersgate goes annually to Kentucky on the Redbird Mission.

“Helping out at the Triune Mercy Center soup kitchen, visiting shut-ins, working at the garage sales and tutoring at Lake Forest Elementary have all been meaningful experiences for me. I am reminded of how blessed I am, and my life is enriched by all of the wonderful people I have met.” AUMC Member

Members of Aldersgate are involved in the organizations below – volunteering their time and/or donating financially. You will hear about specific projects through our newsletter, the weekly church bulletin and from your Sunday school class leaders and the other organizations and small groups at Aldersgate.

If you are looking for more volunteer opportunities in our local community – visit the United Way volunteer clearinghouse: Hands On Greenville

“Missions help me to grow through going out and seeing what others are living. It gives me a feeling of self worth that I hope to pass on. Any talents that I might have need to be used and not hidden away.” AUMC Member

Salkehatchie

Salkehatchie Summer Service is a pioneering servant ministry at selected sites in South Carolina involving high school and college age youth, adult community leaders and persons of different cultures in upgrading housing, motivating community cooperative efforts by helping persons to help themselves, and providing all participants with opportunities for personal growth and service.

Epworth Childrens Home

Since 1896, Epworth Children’s Home has been a place for children to grow, learn and be loved. Children ages four – 18 come to us from broken family systems and our goal is to nurture and love them by providing education, counseling, medical care and spiritual enrichment. Our aim is to break the destructive cycle of abuse, neglect and shame and replace it with an opportunity for each child to live a life of self-respect, responsibility and productivity.

Women’s Retreat

The annual Women’s Retreat began in 2010 with about 24 women who spent a weekend together at Bonclarken Retreat Center in fellowship, prayer, and study. The time together was so wonderful, the one-time retreat became an annual tradition! It’s grown each year but the purpose remains the same – a weekend away for reflection and renewal. We enjoy great fellowship and food as we spend the weekend together in worship, prayer, and study. Our group is always multi-generational and so much fun!

Save the date for 2021!
February 5-7, 20201 at the Lodge at Bonclarken.

Companion Groups

Companion Groups are small, house groups that meet monthly for a meal and Bible study together. The word “companion” has roots in “co” and “pan” or together with bread. When we gather around a meal, relationships deepen and we find COMPANIONS for our journey with God.

What makes Companion groups different from other small groups? These groups are intentionally inter-generational.  We believe that growing as disciples works best when we apprentice faith alongside people who are learning to practice their faith, too. That means we need people from all generations working together.

Companion groups share the core values of Messy Church. We are centered around Jesus through creativity, hospitality, and celebration with all ages working together. (For more information about Messy Church check out our Messy Church page Messy Church)

We currently have 8 Companion groups meeting during the 2019-2020 school year. Companion groups are open to family units of all shapes and sizes, from singles to grandparents and everyone in between. If you’d like more information, please contact Johannah (jmyers@aumcsc.org). If you’d like to participate, please complete a registration form and turn it in to the church office.

You can still join a group!

Download theCompanion registration 19-20 form.

Each adult will need to fill out a separate form. Please note that all adults participating in a Companion group with children or youth will be expected to abide by our Safe Sanctuary policy and have a background check on record with Aldersgate.

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Worship Times: Sundays, 8:45am (through Labor Day)