Church News from York, Chester, Lancaster: Saturday, Feb. 21, 2015

News, events and celebrations from faith communities in York, Chester and Lancaster counties:


Chestnut Grove AME Zion Church, Stringfellow Road, Chester: Twelve Tribe Rally, 3 p.m. March 8.

Liberty Hill AME Zion Church, Lake Wylie: York District Conference Workers seasonal tea, 5 p.m. Saturday. Tickets: $10.

O’Zion AME Zion Church, Hamilton Road, Charlotte: South Carolina Lay Conference, 5 p.m. Sunday with the Rev. Staccato Powell.

Rock Grove AME Zion Church, Margaret Street, Rock Hill: District YAMS candlelight prayer vigil for healing of AIDS, 7 p.m. Thursday.

St. James AME Zion Church, Church Street, Hickory Grove: 7-Up program, 6 p.m. Saturday.


Ebenezer ARP Church, Ebenezer Road, Rock Hill: Missions Conference, Wednesday and Friday-March 8. Pizza dinner and speaker Mark Ashbaugh with RUF Winthrop, 5:45 Wednesday. Dinner is $4, ages 13 and older; $2, ages 12 and younger and $15, family cap. Catered dinner, 6 p.m. Friday (call the church for reservations) and speaker Mike Jones of Outreach North America. Covered dish dinner, 6 p.m. March 7 with a table of international dishes (reservations not required) and speaker Alex Pettett with World Witness. Jesse Wesselink with ISI Ministries will lead worship at 10 a.m. March 8. Pettett will speak with middle and high school students at 9 a.m. and Nathan and Ashley Olson will speak with adults at 9 a.m.

First ARP Church, East White Street, Rock Hill: Foundations for the Family, 5:30 p.m. dinner and 6:30 p.m. programs Wednesday.


Black Rock Baptist Church, Old Richburg Road, Chester: Brotherhood Men’s Day program, 2 p.m. Sunday.

Calvary Baptist Church, North Jones Avenue, Rock Hill: Camp Meeting, 6 p.m. Sunday and 7 p.m. Monday-Wednesday with the Rev. Mike Stone. Special singing nightly.

First Baptist Church, South Congress Street, York: Open house for preschool registration for the 2015-16 school year for ages 3-4 will be 6-8 p.m. Monday in the church fellowship hall. For information, call 803-684-4297.

Flint Hill Baptist Church, Flint Hill Street, Rock Hill: Annual Black History program, 5 p.m. Saturday featuring music, dance, skits, comedy, readings and ventriloquist. Open to the community

Flint Ridge Baptist Church, Flint Ridge Road, Heath Springs: The Hinson Girls and Deeper Shade of Blue in concert, 6 p.m. March 16. Love offering. Grilled chicken, hamburger or hot dog plates will be sold at 5 p.m. Snack bar open also. Proceeds to equipment and supplies for the family life center.

Lakewood Baptist Church, Mount Gallant Road, Rock Hill: AWANA, 5:30-7:30 p.m. Sunday. Crosswalk for Kids, 6:30 p.m. Wednesday. Fundraiser, March 14. Chicken bog plates, $7 and hot dog plates, $5. Activities include, cornhole, horseshoes and volleyball.

Liberty Baptist Church, Chester: Food pantry items needed: saltine crackers. Mr. Roberts’ chicken stew, 6 p.m. March 7. Plates or quarts, $5. Proceeds to the Annie Armstrong offering. Children in Action will play bingo with residents at Chester Nursing Center Saturday.

Oakdale Baptist Church, Oakdale Road, Rock Hill: Thomas A. Wheeler, author of “Second Wind,” will speak at 11 a.m. Sunday.

Oakland Baptist Church, Oakland Avenue, Rock Hill: Men’s Bible study, 7 a.m. Tuesday, Chandler Place. Ministry Center on Charlotte Avenue open for clothing distribution 9 a.m. Wednesday and Saturday and benevolence on Thursday.

Pleasant Valley Baptist Church, Marvin Road, Indian Land: Sue Dotson Memorial Tea, March 21 with Cathy Hendrick Weeks. Tickets, $10. Call the church office, 803-548-7208.

Roddey Baptist Church, South Anderson Road, Rock Hill: Concert featuring Blood Bought Singers, 6 p.m. Saturday to benefit Robin Underwood, who is in need of a kidney transplant.

Woodhaven Baptist Church, Marett Boulevard, Rock Hill: Adult Bible study, children’s ministry and IMPACT (week one of “True Love Waits), 6 p.m. Sunday. Mission Friends, RAs, GAs, Acteens, Bible storytelling training, Women’s Missional Fellowship, 6:30 p.m. Wednesday.


South Carolina Knights of Columbus and the Diocese of Charleston will host a Catholic Men’s Conference March 7 at St. Philip Neri Catholic Church, Fort Mill. This event will help men deepen their faith by providing tools to continue to “Build Your Faith” in Christ Jesus. Sign up at to get a discount.

St. Anne Catholic Church, Bird Street, Rock Hill: Knight of Columbus Blood Drive, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday in the family life center. Make appointments at For each donation, Community Blood Center of the Carolinas will donate seven pounds of food to Second Harvest Food Bank.

St. Mary Catholic Church, Crawford Road, Rock Hill: Lenten Mission, 7 p.m. March 22-24 with Cricket and Jerry Aull.

The Oratory, Charlotte Avenue, Rock Hill: Lenten Interfaith series, a look at the world’s major religions, 7 p.m. Monday, March 9, 16 and 23. Free. Penitential Psalms, 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m. March 5 or 7. Noon Eucharist and lunch included. Cost: $40. For information, call 803-327-2097.


Garden Sanctuary Church of God, Cedar Street, Rock Hill: Back Home in concert, 10:30 a.m. March 8.


True Gospel Church of God in Christ, Ashford Road, Chester: Free food distribution, 2 p.m. March 6. Limited to one member per family. Valid ID with address required. Women of Purpose and Power Diamond Edition, 10 a.m. April 18 at the Chester War Memorial building with speakers, workshops, vendors, continental breakfast, lunch and door prizes. Advance registration is $25 or $30 at the door. For information, call 803-581-1586.


Episcopal Church of Our Saviour, Caldwell Street, Rock Hill: Second Sunday in Lent Holy Eucharist, 8 and 10:30 a.m. Sunday.


Temple Kol Ami, meeting at Unity Presbyterian Church, Tom Hall Street, Fort Mill: Shabbat, 7 p.m. first and third Fridays. For information, call 803-701-0149.

Temple Solel, a Reform congregation, meeting at the St. Philip Neri Catholic Church, 292 Munn Road, Fort Mill: Shabbat services are 7 p.m. second and fourth Fridays. Religious education is 10:30 a.m. Sundays at Blooming Einsteins, 2752 Pleasant Road, Suite 103, Fort Mill. For more information, including directions, go to, Temple Solel SC on Facebook or call 803-619-9707.


Epiphany Lutheran Church, West Main Street, Rock Hill: Lenten Vespers, 7-7:30 p.m. Wednesdays through Lent.

Grace Lutheran Church, Oakland Avenue, Rock Hill: Mid-week Lenten activities Wednesday with soup dinner at 6:15 p.m. and worship at 7 p.m. Lenten organ meditation, 12:15-12:30 p.m. Thursday.

Lake Wylie Lutheran Church, S.C. 160 West at Gold Hill Road, Fort Mill: Community Cafe, 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Fridays. Donations accepted. Lenten worship, 7 p.m. Wednesday through Holy Week. Ignite youth ministry, 4:30-6 p.m. Sundays in the fellowship building.


Adnah United Methodist Church, Adnah Church Road, Rock Hill: Annual barbecue sale, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. March 13-14 in the family life center. For advance tickets, call the church at 803-328-1618 and on sale days, call 803-366-2731.

Bethel United Methodist Church, Curtis Street, Rock Hill: Prayer group, 10 a.m. Monday. Bethel Lunch Team, 11:30 a.m. Wednesday at Olive Garden. Soup kitchen, 11 a.m. Thursdays. Donations accepted. Open to the community.

Canaan United Methodist Church, Canaan Church Road, Smyrna: Benefit ride for Tina Falls, a heart transplant candidate, 9 a.m. March 28 beginning at the church. Registration, $20, one rider and $25, two riders (includes T-shirt). Kickstands up at 10 a.m. for a three and half hour ride. For information, call Tony at 803-322-8972 or email Lunch, $5. Three top prizes and door prizes.

First United Methodist Church, Bethel Street, Clover: Ed Kilbourne will perform 6:30 p.m. March 8.

Friendship United Methodist Church, Neely Store Road, Rock Hill: Knit Wits, 6:30 p.m. Thursday. Needlework skills not required.

India Hook United Methodist Church, Mount Gallant Road, Rock Hill: United Methodist Men’s breakfast, 7:30 a.m. March 8 in the family life center. United Methodist Women, 7 p.m. March 9 in the Faith Seekers classroom.

Mount Holly United Methodist Church, Mount Holly Road, Rock Hill: Community fellowship supper, 5-6:30 p.m. Wednesday in the fellowship hall. Menu: cubed steak, rice and gravy, vegetables, biscuits, dessert, tea, lemonade, milk or coffee. Cost: $6 adults; $3 ages 6-10; free age 5 and younger. Family cap $25. Take-out available. Proceeds to church activities.

Mount Vernon United Methodist Church, Smithford Road, Hickory Grove: First Sunday Lunch, 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Sunday. Menu: stew beef and rice, chicken strips, macaroni and cheese, green beans, slaw, homemade rolls, pound cake and drinks. Cost: $10 adults, $4 age 10 and younger. All take-out plates are $10. Proceeds to building fund and missions.

St. John’s United Methodist Church, Oakland Avenue, Rock Hill: Central American Crafts Market, 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Sunday in the lobby with works by Nicaraguan artisans. Proceeds and donations go to the Center for Development in Central America. Wednesday fellowship with meal and program, 5:45-7 p.m. in St. John’s Center. Women’s event, 10 a.m. March 21 with Jeryl Christmas in The Core. Love offering for Aldergate Special Needs Ministry. For information, email Dodie Miller at


The Storytellers Gospel Show with Margaret Caldwell, 9-11 a.m. Sunday on 94.3 FM WRHI.

Rock Hill Ministers Conference: 7 p.m. second and fourth Thursday each month at Jerusalem Baptist Church, 1003 Steele St., Fort Mill. For information, call the Rev. Lavenia Pride at 803-417-6195.

Anointed Vision Church, meeting at 11 a.m. Sundays at Quality Inn and Suites, 2625 Cherry Road, Rock Hill.

River Hills Community Church, Hamilton’s Ferry Road, Lake Wylie: Chaim and Kim Goldman, Messianic Jews, will teach “By the Blood of the Lamb,” 3-5 p.m. March 8 in the church sanctuary. A praise and worship service will be at 2:30 p.m. Free and open to the public. Childcare available by reservation. Call 803-831-1615.

Tabernacle Ministries, Great Falls Highway, Great Falls: Revival, 7 p.m. Saturday and 10:30 a.m. Sunday with the Rev. Kenny Williamson.

The Shield, Fire Tower Road, Rock Hill: GAP event, noon Saturday at Green Street Plaza, Rock Hill.

Taking the City Ministry, India Hook Road, Rock Hill: Healing service, 2:30 p.m. March 29. Transportation available by calling 803-328-2263 at least one hour before service time.


Covenant Presbyterian Church, Celanese at Mount Gallant roads, Rock Hill: Barbecue sale, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday. Plates, $8; sandwiches, $4.50 and pounds, $10. Proceeds to church grounds maintenance and community needs. Plentiful Harvest Kitchen, 4-6 p.m. Sundays for anyone who is hungry. For information, call the church at 803-366-8223.

First Presbyterian Church, East Main Street, Rock Hill: Worship service with Communion, 11 a.m. Sunday. Wednesday fellowship, 5:30 p.m. dinner and 6:15 p.m. Bible study.

Oakland Avenue Presbyterian Church, Oakland Avenue, Rock Hill: Red Cross Blood Drive, 2:30-7 p.m. Monday in the activities center. Friendship Fellowship, 11:45 a.m.-1 p.m. with Karen Collins. Cost is $3. Basketball banquet and Old Timers Game, 5 p.m. March 8. Chicken, biscuits and drinks provided. Bring sides to share. Together on Wednesdays for all ages with dinner at 5 p.m. Wednesday and Lenten study through March 25.

Purity Presbyterian Church, Wylie Street, Chester: Wednesday programs, 6 p.m. Wednesday.

Ramah Presbyterian Church, Ramah Church Road, York: Poor Man’s Supper, 5-7 p.m. Saturday. Menu: pinto beans, cabbage, soups, cornbread and desserts. Cost: $7, adults and $3, ages 3-12. Eat-in or carry out.

Riverview Presbyterian Church, North Sutton Road, Fort Mill: Lively Group to attend Poor Man’s Supper Saturday at Ramah Presbyterian Church. Presbyterian Women’s Circles, 10 a.m. and 7 p.m. Tuesday. Serving Meals Ministry, 11:30 a.m. March 14.