Adult Sunday School
The Grace Church family provides weekly Bible Studies for adults between the Sunday services at Grace Church. Also, the Rector will from time-to-time organize special seasonal Bible Study sessions (i.e. The Lenten Series) which are also open to the wider Camden faith community. In this responsibility the Rector depends significantly upon (and often defers to) the Associate Clergy for Worship and Christian formation.
Men’s Bible Study
There is a long-standing men’s Bible study Group involving participants from a wide array of denominations (e.g. Baptists, Catholics, Methodists, Presbyterians, Lutherans, Episcopalians) which meets in the library of Grace Church from 6:45 until 8:00 a.m. on Tuesdays. The Rector is responsible for the oversight of this group, and for an occasional leading of this group’s study.
Women’s Bible Study
The Women’s Bible Study Group meets every Tuesday 2 p.m. in the Cabot Library. All women of the parish are invited to join. Different Bible study series are chosen to add to the fulfilment of God’s word. Please join us.
Companions in Christ (CIC)
CIC is a spiritual formation group that meets weekly to explore the depths of scripture and learn to listen to God through it. Through daily readings, reflection, and weekly meetings we are guided in exploring new dimensions of prayer, fresh ways of opening to God, sharing, spiritual friendship and meditation. The emphasis of the group isn’t information about the Bible as much as it is to help us have an experience of God in our lives.
Daughters of the King
This is an order of women communicants of the Episcopal Church who incorporate prayer and the Rule of Service into their spiritual life within the parish. The DOK’s pledge themselves to a program of prayer and evangelism, dedicated to spreading Christ’s Kingdom and studying His worship.
Adult: Grace Church, Camden provides preparation of adults to receive the Sacrament of Confirmation, or to be Received or Reaffirmed during the Bishop’s yearly pastoral visits to Grace Church.
Cursillo is a movement of the Church providing a method by which Christians are empowered to grow through prayer, study and action and to share God’s love with everyone. Cursillo is an opportunity to grow in faith and in spirituality, to gain a deeper understanding of the teachings of Jesus and how we can serve Him, and experience the living and sharing with others in a loving and caring Christian community and realizing that this can be extended into our own environment a continuing community that gives support and encouragement to help Christians carry out their Baptismal Vows. Cursillo includes a three-day weekend that begins on Friday evening and concludes on Sunday. The weekend includes fifteen talks, five meditations and a Eucharist every day. The Cursillo weekend is not a retreat, but an opportunity to meet clergy and laity seeking to strengthen our faith. It provides an environment to experience the reality of the gift of God’s love through shared prayer, individual meditation, worship, study, fellowship, laughter, tears, and unconditional love.
Episcopal Church Women (ECW), Women of Grace
This group is open to every woman of Grace Church. Some of its annual projects include the United Thank Offering and sales of the Grace Church Calendar. Funds earned from these endeavors are distributed to missions both near and far, ranging from our Kershaw County Community Medical Clinic to a Haitian relief fund called “Gifts of Bread and Water.” The Women of Grace sponsor a ministry for young men and women who are in custody at the Dept. of Juvenile Justice; they fund an Episcopal Women’s College Scholarship called the Bena Dial Fund; they contribute to Camp Gravatt’s building fund; they help seminary students with books fees; and they provide an afternoon tea at Still Hopes, an Episcopal nursing home in Columbia. All women are welcome and encouraged to participate.
Education for Ministry (EfM)
The seminar group is the nucleus of the Education for Ministry program. A group consists of six to twelve participants and a trained mentor who meet weekly over the course of a nine-month academic year. These meetings are usually from two and a half to three hours in length. Through study, prayer, and reflection, EFM groups move toward a new understanding of the fullness of God’s kingdom.
Lenten Lecture Series
On Wednesday evenings during Lent, Grace church has held formative classes in Christian topics. Over the years, this tradition has been formalized into a lecture series/supper. We have asked leaders in the Episcopal Church, as well as some from other denominations such as the Dean of the Lutheran seminary in Columbia, to share their views on program topics such as “Transformation” or “Five messages of Jesus.” The series draws significant numbers from our parish and from the larger Camden community.