Becoming a Good Neighbor- Bishop Holston’s Day with the Rock Hill District

Location: St. John’s UMC, 321 S. Oakland Ave., Rock Hill, SC

Keynote Speaker: Bishop L. Jonathan Holston

Date: Sunday, October 13, 2019
2:30 – 5:00pm

2:30       Check-in

2:45       Keynote from Bishop Holston

4:00       Workshops

Register here.


“Becoming a Good Neighbor:  Engaging Your Community”                                Rev. Millie Nelson Smith

Who is our neighbor?  Well, it is more than just the person next door.  It’s “All the People,” and all the other people/organizations who have a stake in helping them to have a better quality of life.  This workshop will help you to identify and connect with those around you—other churches, schools, local government, law enforcement, first responders, and others—have a hand in keeping the community healthy, whole, and safe. 

“Becoming a Good Neighbor:  The XYZ’s of Generation Z”                               Val Kenney

Have you thought about working with youth but the thought scares you too death?  Have you wondered what it would take to be able to understand a Gen Z youth or young adult?   In this technology age that Generation Z lives in and has always been in believe it or not what they grave is a genuine and authentic relationship with adult volunteers and youth workers.  Come and find out what you can do to help connect with Generation Z.

Val has been on staff at St. John’s UMC as the Director of Youth and Young Adults Ministries since January 2012. He has been either a volunteer or full time paid youth worker for almost 40 years. Val is also the Rock Hill District Youth Coordinator. Val has a deep desire to connect with youth and young adults to help them find what God’s call is on their life and to show them that no matter what their profession is you can use that to God’s glory and use that vocation as a way to answer God’s call in and on your life. And that no matter how old you are God can still use you in wonderful ways. Val left corporate America in 2012 after a 27 year career in the copier/printer industry to answer his call to full time youth ministry. Val and his wife, Cindy, have been married for 37+ years and have two children, Jeremy (35) and Diana (32) who has blessed them with 6 grand children ranging from the ages of 21 to 8 years old. 

“Becoming a Good Neighbor:  Sharing Your Faith With Another”                                         Rev. Susan Maddox

Are you longing to tell others about Jesus but not sure what to say? Do you struggle to begin conversations about your faith with non-believing friends and family members? Join us as we consider some practical ways of sharing your faith with others in one-on-one conversations.

Rev. Susan Maddox is a full elder serving at St. Paul UMC, Saluda. Her passion for helping Christians share their faith with nonbelievers is fueled by her involvement with the World Methodist Evangelism Institute. She continues to receive and offer training in this important aspect of Christian discipleship.

“Becoming a Good Neighbor:  Connecting With Elderly”                                                           Delores Cannon

The approach. The smile. Common ground and sharing. These are the friendship steps we will utilize through role playing to establish wonderful relationships with seniors. 

Delores is an entrepreneur. She is very detailed oriented in managing, planning and facilitating life events, celebrations and community gatherings. She has a kind and generous heart, and a servant approach to everything she does.  Her passion is supporting the local churches and community by engaging senior adults in abundant living through connection with each other in monthly Out & About activities of worship, food and fellowship.  This vital ministry is based out of Charlotte’s Steele Creek community which involves more than 20 churches of various denominations from North and South Carolina. She is assisted by a vivacious team of senior volunteers that support this ministry.  Delores can always be found Out & About in the community being a good neighbor and friend, visiting the home bound and those in hospitals or rehab facilities.  Her love for Jesus Christ overflows to everyone she meets.

“Becoming a Good Neighbor:  Caring for Those Who are Hurting”                                   Kathy Rogers and Ida Newsome

The workshop will offer advice on how to help those who are hurting by providing information on how to be a good listener, what is and is not appropriate to say to someone suffering, and how to avoid language that may be hurtful.  

Kathy Rogers and Ida Newsome are both trained leaders for Stephen Ministry.  Kathy is a member at Woodland UMC and Ida is a member at St. Johns UMC.