Temple Solel to hold menorah lighting
Temple Solel will hold its annual Community Chanukah menorah lighting at 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 12 in front of the Ministry Building at St. Philip Neri Catholic Church, 292 Munn Road, Fort Mill.
People of all faiths are invited to attend. Temple Solel – which means “trailblazer” in Hebrew – is an inclusive Reform Jewish congregation that meets in Fort Mill and serves York, Lancaster, and southern Mecklenburg counties. The festivities will include a brief outdoor menorah lighting, a group menorah lighting indoors, and lighting of Shabbat candles to be followed by refreshments. Guests may bring their own menorahs to participate in the lighting if they choose. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 803-619-9707.
Christmas programs underway
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Doby’s Bridge Presbyterian Church in Fort Mill will hold a Service of Scripture and carols at 11 a.m. Dec. 21. A gift offering will be received during the morning worship. Everyone is invited.
At Pleasant Valley Baptist Church in Indian Land, the choirs of Pleasant Valley and Glenrock Church will present “Tonight, Heaven Touches Earth” at 6 p.m. Dec. 21. Following the cantata, refreshments will be served in the fellowship hall. A Christmas Eve candlelight service will be at 6 p.m.
A Longest Night Service will be held 5 p.m. Dec. 21 at Grace Presbyterian Church, 2955 Highway 160 West, Fort Mill. It’s a quiet service of worship and an opportunity to acknowledge losses.
The Family Christmas Eve Candlelight Service will be at 5 p.m. and will feature the children’s choir, a Christmas story, hymns, candles and communion. A nursery is provided at this service only.
The Christmas Eve Candlelight Service with special music, hymns, a quiet meditation, candles and communion will be at 9 p.m.
Crossroads Lutheran Church, 8511 Shelley Mullis Road, Indian Land, and Amazing Grace Lutheran, 416 W. North Main St., Waxhaw, N.C., will hold a Children’s Christmas Program at 11 a.m. at Crossroads Lutheran. On Christmas Eve:
• 5 p.m.: Family Christmas Eve Service at Amazing Grace with Children’s Christmas program
• 7 p.m.: Traditional Candlelight Christmas Eve Service at Crossroads Lutheran
• 10 p.m.: Traditional Candlelight Christmas Eve Service at Amazing Grace
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MOPS is for moms
Mothers of Preschoolers, an international, nondenominational Christian organization, meets at First Baptist Church, 121 Monroe White St., Fort Mill.
According to the group, “MOPS strives to create an environment where every mom can realize her beauty and importance from within – enriching the lives of their families.” Women with children through kindergarten meet bimonthly to encourage personal, social and spiritual growth.
Community Cafes offer free lunch
The Community Cafe offers free weekly lunches at Lake Wylie Lutheran Church at the corner S.C. 160 West and Gold Hill Road in Fort Mill every Friday, and at Fort Mill Community Bible Church on Elliot Street in Fort Mill every Wednesday.
Lunch is 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m.; donations accepted.
For information, call pastor Rammy Lybrand (LWLC) at 803-548-5489, pastor Kendall Walker (FMCBC) at 803-389-5970 or Donald Murfin at 330-289-1243.
ESL classes held
English as a second language classes meet 7 p.m. Tuesdays at Flint Hill Baptist Church, 269 Flint Hill Road, Fort Mill.
Students are assessed and placed in a class based on their knowledge of English, from beginner to advanced. All classes are free and are for anyone who needs to speak English. Details: Barbara Garrison, 803-548-4611.
Wednesday Night Live in N.C.
Crossroads Lutheran and Amazing Grace Lutheran churches will host Wednesday Night Live, a time for food, fellowship and learning at Amazing Grace Lutheran, 416 W. North Main St., Waxhaw, N.C.
This study will cover 1 and 2 Samuel.
Gathering for fellowship and dinner begins at 5:15 p.m.; the study will be 6:15-7:30 p.m.
Help with grieving
Ultimate Life Church, 377 Carowinds Blvd., Fort Mill, offers support for people coping with losses in life such as divorce, death and unemployment.
Learn how to overcome the emotions that go with the loss and begin to function with joy in your life again. Groups meet 7 p.m. the first and fourth Fridays of each month.
For details, call Sandy Brazil at 803-329-1396.
Temple Kol Ami meets at Unity
Temple Kol Ami meets for services 7:30 p.m. the first and third Friday of each month at Unity Presbyterian Church, 303 Tom Hall St., Fort Mill.
ESL Bible study for women offered
An English as a second language Bible study for women is held 9:30-11:30 a.m. through Dec. 16 at First Baptist Church, 121 Monroe White St., Fort Mill. Child care is provided with a reservation.
For more information, call 704-641-4518.
Crossroads women’s discussion group resumes
Crossroads Lutheran Church, 8511 Shelley Mullis Road, Indian Land, has resumed its women’s discussion/study group at 9 a.m. the third Saturday of each month. The group will discuss the book “Prepared For A Purpose” by Antoinette Tuff.
Visitors are welcome.
Eat, study, sing on Abundant Wednesdays
Everyone is invited to eat and enjoy fellowship, Bible study and singing during Abundant Wednesdays at Riverview Presbyterian Church, 124 N. Sutton Road, Fort Mill. Meals are at 5:45 p.m. every Wednesday, followed by adult Bible study at 6:15 p.m.
Forever Friends meets monthly
Forever Friends is a praise and worship program for adults with disabilities and special needs ages 18 years and older. It is sponsored by Grace Community United Methodist Church and meets 6:30-8 p.m. the third Thursday of every month.
Grace Community Church is at 1190 Gold Hill Road in Fort Mill. Adults with disabilities or special needs are welcome to gather and socialize, sing songs, participate in group activities and have fun. For details, call 803-548-4078.
New children’s ministry begins
A new children’s ministry called #KidzConnect is a joint program launched by Amazing Grace Lutheran Church in Waxhaw, N.C., and Crossroads Lutheran Church in Indian Land. It is designed for kids in kindergarten through fifth grade.
Crossroads-Lutheran.org and click on the #KidzConnect page.
Oak Initiative meets Mondays
The Fort Mill chapter of The Oak Initiative meets 7:30 p.m. each Mondays night at Heritage International Ministries, 375 Star Light Drive, Fort Mill.
The Oak Initiative is a nondenominational organization committed to unite, mobilize, equip and activate residents to engage in issues of our time from a biblical worldview.
For information, call 803-487-0220.
Call in a prayer
Fort Mill Church of the Nazarene, 109 Harris St., has a time of prayer 9:15 a.m. Sundays for the nation, church and any prayer requests. Call in your prayer requests at any time to the church office at 803-548-4633.
Cookbook for sale
The United Methodist Women at Osceola United Methodist Church have recently published a cookbook titled “A Taste of Friendship.” The cookbook is in a three-ring binder and is for sale for $15. To purchase, call Floy Ervin at 803-548-5404 or Loree Wolfe at 803-285-3719.
Community reading program
The United Churches of Fort Mill has organized “The Paradise Reading Center, Changing the lives of Families through Reading.” The objective is to improve literacy in the Fort Mill community.
The host site is Greater Bethlehem Baptist Church, 601 Joe Louis St., Fort Mill, and the hours are 5-6 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays. Volunteers are welcome.
Adults needed for outreach
Young Life of York County is at work with teens in the community, providing leaders to help them make wise decisions.
Young Life is a Christian ministry committed to making an impact on kids’ lives and giving them hope for tomorrow. Founded in 1941, Young Life leaders build positive relationships with young people to model and communicate the truth about Jesus Christ. Young Life reaches suburban, urban and multicultural kids, as well as kids with disabilities and teenage mothers.
Call Nancy Manning at 803-547-4148 for details.
Crossroads men’s group
Lutheran Men in Mission is meeting at 9 a.m. at Crossroads Lutheran Church, 8511 Shelley Mullis Road, Indian Land, the first Saturday of each month.
Faith-based support for LGBT community available
Affirmation of York County is a support group for people in faith communities who seek support and understanding for themselves and others in working through the issues confronted by gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people, their families and their friends.
Flint Hill has clothes for needy
Flint Hill Baptist Church, 269 Flint Hill Road, Fort Mill, offers a Clothing Closet Ministry 9:30 a.m.-noon the second and fourth Monday of every month.
Adults’ and children’s clothes, shoes, linens and miscellaneous items are available. Details: 803-548-0672.
Bible study at Faith Fitness
Faith Fitness Studio, 2752 Pleasant Road, Suite 110, Fort Mill, will hold a free Bible study called “Fit for Christ” every Tuesday 7-7:45 p.m.
• An AWANA/Breakout at Lakeshore Christian Fellowship, 130 Shoreline Parkway, Tega Cay, for children ages 3 through fifth grade is held from 6:45 p.m. to 8:15 p.m. Wednesdays. For details, call Kathy Baden, children’s pastor, at 803-548-2755, ext. 24.
• The AWANA program at GlenRock Baptist Church, 1815 Dobys Bridge Road in Fort Mill, is for kids in kindergarten through fifth grade from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Sundays. For details, call 803-547-6420.
• AWANA meets at Westerly Hills Baptist Church, 1730 Doves Road, Fort Mill, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Wednesdays. Everyone is invited. Call 803-547-6150 for details.
• Higher Ground Church, 8365 Possum Hollow Road in Fort Mill, holds AWANA from 6 p.m.-7:30 p.m. Sundays. Details: 803-802-3189.
Kids program held on Sundays
GlenRock Baptist Church, 1915 Dobys Bridge Road in Fort Mill, offers a Children’s Ministry Fellowship and Bible Time program from 6 to 7 p.m. every Sunday. The program, for ages 5 through fifth grade, includes games and snacks.
Outreach Center has music classes
World Outreach Center Community Church, 130 Heritage Blvd., Fort Mill, offers a series of classes for Christian artists and musicians.
Holy Creativity classes will meet 6:30 p.m. Mondays. Songwriting I and Tiffy’s Art classes will meet 8:05 p.m. Mondays. The classes cost $150 each or two for $250. Also, two free classes will be offered: Power of Prayer at 7 p.m. Tuesdays and Equipping I at 8:05 p.m. Tuesdays. For details, call 803-414-5171 or visit worldoutreachcommunity.org.
Church offers medical equipment
Unity Presbyterian Church in Fort Mill maintains a medical equipment supply closet with donated items such as wheelchairs, hospital beds, portable bedside commodes, toilet risers, shower chairs, walkers, crutches, canes and more. Call 803-547-5543.
Moms pray for students
Moms in Prayer (formerly Moms in Touch) meets 9 a.m. Thursdays to pray for local students. If you are interested in praying for your children in middle or high school, contact Marilyn Payton at 803-547-4520.