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United Methodist churches across South Carolina will participate in a statewide day of prayer vigils on Tuesday, Nov. 22.

Prayer vigils will be held in individual places of worship at noon, when bells will ring in observance of services statewide.

Governor Nikki Haley announced the observance, and Bishop L. Jonathan Holston, resident bishop of the S.C. Conference of the United Methodist Church, encouraged UM churches and their members to join him in participating.

“We are called to ‘pray without ceasing,’ because prayer is powerful,” Holston said. “And praying together for hope, peace and understanding is always the pathway to healing.”

The governor, working with leaders of the faith community, urged everyone, regardless of faith or denomination, to pray for continued strength and healing across the state and give thanks for the state’s blessings.

“Faith, prayer and helping our neighbors is what got us through a challenging time last year, and those things will get us through these two trials and the aftermath of the hurricane,” Haley said. “In South Carolina, we know how to have compassion toward each other, count our blessings, and remember that we are one state, one people.”

The following UM churches are holding prayer vigils at noon Tuesday. This list is not complete, so please check back for updates.

If your church is planning a vigil but is not listed below, please email

Anderson District

Latimer Memorial UMC

Charleston District

Asbury-St. James UMC

Bethany UMC-Summerville

Bethel UMC-Charleston

Bethlehem-St. James UMC

Boone Hill UMC

Charleston Korean UMC

Cherokee Place UMC

Cordesville UMC

Edisto Island UMC

Folly Beach UMC

Goose Creek UMC

Grace UMC

Greater St. Paul UMC

Hibben UMC

Jamestown Charge

John Wesley UMC

John’s Island Parish

Joshua UMC

Knightsville UMC

Lebanon UMC

Midland Park UMC

Mt. Carmel UMC

Mt. Zion UMC

Moncks Corner UMC

Murray UMC

New Francis Brown UMC

New Hope UMC

New Light UMC

New Webster UMC

North Charleston UMC (at the Gazebo on Park Circle)

Pinopolis UMC

Point Hope UMC

Ravenel UMC

St. James UMC

St. Mark UMC

St. Thomas Charge

Stallsville UMC

Stewart Chapel

Trinity UMC – Charleston

Wesley UMC – Hollywood

Wesley UMC – Pinopolis

Wesley UMC (Summerville Parish)

Wesley Memorial UMC

Zion UMC

Columbia District

Beulah UMC-Gilbert

Florence District

Pine Grove UMC/Salem Charge

St. Luke UMC-Timmonsville

St. Paul-Kingstree

Timmonsville UMC

Mt. Zion UMC- Kingstree (planning a vigil)

Highland Park (held a prayer vigil on Monday)

Greenwood District

Central UMC (bell-ringing only)

McCormick UMC

Marion District

Conway UMC

Main Street UMC-Dillon (sanctuary open 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.; noontime bells; in lieu of formal service, devotional guide provided by the church)

New El Bethel UMC

Trinity UMC

Rock Hill District

Cornerstone UMC

Friendship UMC

Sharon UMC (during Senior Social)

St. John’s UMC – Rock Hill

Spartanburg District

Fairmont UMC


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