Church News from York, Chester, Lancaster counties: Saturday, May 2, 2015

The National Day of Prayer will be observed May 7 at Fort Mill Town Hall.
The National Day of Prayer will be observed May 7 at Fort Mill Town Hall. Herald file


Catawba Chapel AME Zion Church, Hall Spencer Road, Rock Hill: Inaugural service auction, 1-4 p.m. Saturday at Bowater Park, 1673 Bowater Road. Services auctioned are lawn care, house painting, housekeeping and other services. Refreshments served.

Chestnut Grove AME Zion Church, Stringfellow Road, Chester: Hymn Choir anniversary, 2:30 p.m. Sunday.

Mount Zion AME Zion Church No. 1, Canal Road, Catawba: Children/Youth Choir anniversary, 2 p.m. Sunday. Family Rainbow Tea, 6 p.m. May 9.

Rock Grove AME Zion Church, Margaret Street, Rock Hill: Family and Friends Day, 11 a.m. Sunday.

St. Matthew AME Zion Church, Lige Street, Rock Hill: Chinese auction, 2 p.m. Saturday. Drop time, 1 p.m.


Ebenezer ARP Church, Ebenezer Road, Rock Hill: 230th anniversary, 10 a.m. Sunday with the Rev. Sam Cotten. Covered-dish lunch on the lawn after worship. Ebenezer Memorial Association will meet after lunch in the sanctuary.

First ARP Church, East White Street, Rock Hill: Homecoming celebrating 120 years, 11 a.m. Sunday. Covered-dish lunch after. Foundations for the Family, 5:30 p.m. Wednesday for dinner and spring children’s program at 6:30 p.m.


Sandy River Missionary Baptist Association (Lower Division): Ushers Unity March rehearsal, May 16, Cedar Grove Baptist Church, 2624 Saluda Road, Chester.

Sandy River Baptist Association (Upper Division): Ushers quarterly meeting, 10 a.m. May 9, Flint Hill Baptist Church, Rock Hill.

Black Rock Baptist Church, Old Richburg Road, Chester: Family and Friends spring tailgate, Sunday. Sunday school, 9 a.m., and worship, 10 a.m. Wear your T-shirts.

Cross Road Baptist Church, Eden Terrace, Rock Hill: Woman’s Conference, 10 a.m. May 16 and morning worship May 17.

Ebenezer Baptist Church, South Herlong Avenue, Rock Hill: Youth revival, 2:30 p.m. Sunday with the Rev. Richard Pickering.

Friendship Missionary Baptist Church, Chester: Dedication service for the church’s new education/fellowship building, 2 p.m. Saturday.

Lakewood Baptist Church, Mount Gallant Road, Rock Hill: Yard sale, 8 a.m.-noon, and fish fry, noon-6 p.m. Saturday. Plates, $7.50 and includes fish, hushpuppies, cold slaw and fries. Proceeds to benefit Puerto Rico mission trip. Singles Sunday school social, Friday. Mother’s Day service and baby dedication, 11 a.m. May 10. Mothers will be recognizes at both services.

Liberty Baptist Church, Chester: Children in Action, 5 p.m. Sunday. Family night, 7 p.m. Wednesday. Food pantry items needed: coffee.

Mount Moriah Baptist Church, Chester: Pastor appreciation for the Rev. Derrick Belton, 3 p.m. Sunday with the Rev. Keith McCrorey.

Mount Pleasant Baptist Church, North Main Street, Richburg: Women’s Conference, 9:45 a.m. May 23. Registration, 8:45, and continental breakfast, 9 a.m. Free. Casual attire.

Mount Prospect Baptist Church, West Black Street, Rock Hill: Founders Day for the former Friendship Junior College, 10 a.m. May 16. Members of the Chester and York county joint conventions are asked to attend. The Rev. Joseph Neal Jr. will speak. The Majestic Voices of Praise will sing. Former Friendship students are invited.

New Hope Baptist Church, Lynwood Drive, Lancaster: Grammy and Dove award-winner Jason Crabb in concert 7 p.m. May 15 for a diabetes benefit. Tickets sold in advance only, $15. For tickets, call 910-528-9614 or go to Chandler’s Collision, S.C. 200, Lancaster.

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

Old Wilson Baptist Church, Pleasant Grove Church Road, Chester: Chinese auction, Saturday at the YMCA, Columbia Street, Chester. Ticket drop, 11 a.m.; auction at noon. Pack of tickets, $5. For tickets, call 803-377-8533 or 803-789-6487 or 803-385-5427.

St. Luke No. 1 Baptist Church, Lockhart Highway, Sharon: Hymn Choir anniversary, 6 p.m. Sunday. Various choirs invited.

Second Baptist Church, Mount Holly Road, Rock Hill: Homecoming celebration, Sunday with breakfast at 9 a.m. and service at 10:30 a.m. with music by Susan McCormick and testimony by Rick Cox. Covered-dish lunch after.

Weeping Mary Baptist Church, U.S. 321 North, Bowling Green: New service times will begin Sunday with Sunday school at 8:45 a.m. and worship at 10 a.m.

Woodhaven Baptist Church, Marett Boulevard, Rock Hill: New members class, 9:45 a.m. Sunday. Missions luncheon after worship Sunday. Adult Bible study, children’s ministry, 6 p.m., and IMPACT (“True Love Waits”), 5:30 p.m. Sunday. Mission Friends, RAs, GAs, Acteens, Bible storytelling training, Women’s Missional Fellowship, 6:30 p.m. Wednesday. Hearts of Gold to Fort Mill Community Playhouse, 4:30 p.m. Thursday.


St. Mary Catholic Church, Crawford Road, Rock Hill: Welcoming Home Mass, 10 a.m. May 31. Former members, members and friends invited. For information, call 803-329-1008.


True Gospel Church of God in Christ, Ashford Road, Chester: The church will distribute free food, noon May 8. Registration begins at 10:30 a.m.


Episcopal Church of Our Saviour, Caldwell Street, Rock Hill: Fifth Sunday of Easter Holy Eucharist, 8:30 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 information, including directions, go to, Temple Solel SC on Facebook or call 803-619-9707.


Grace Lutheran Church, Oakland Avenue, Rock Hill: Holy Communion, 8:30 and 11 a.m. Sunday. Nursery provided. Habitat for Humanity workday, May 9. Boy Scout Troop 540 spaghetti dinner and silent auction, 5-7 p.m. May 9.

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. Ignite youth, 4:30-6 p.m. Sundays.


Aldersgate United Methodist Church, Celanese Road, Rock Hill: Mothers will be recognized during worship May 10. Chancel Choir will sponsor a spaghetti dinner and strawberry dessert event, 5-7 p.m. May 16. Donations accepted. United Methodist Men quarterly breakfast, 8-10:15 a.m. May 17. Proceeds to youth and Scout missions.

Friendship United Methodist Church, Neely Store Road, Rock Hill: Ladies Bible study, 10 a.m. Saturday and 6:30 p.m. Monday. Discovery Bible Class, 9:30 a.m. Sunday. Youth, 6 p.m. Sunday. Scriptural Gold, 10 a.m. Monday. Knit Wits, 6:30 p.m. Thursday. All skill levels welcome.

Green Pond United Methodist Church, Bethel Street, Clover: Family and Friends Day, 9 a.m. Sunday. Breakfast after worship.

India Hook United Methodist Church, Mount Gallant Road, Rock Hill: United Methodist Men spring chicken barbecue, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday in the family life center. Whole chickens are $10; adult plates with a half chicken, $9; child’s plate with a quarter chicken, $5. Plates include baked beans, slaw, roll, dessert and tea. Eat-in or take-out available. Place orders by calling the church at 803-329-7787. The United Methodist Women will also have a bake sale with home-baked cakes, cookies, brownies, biscuits, cupcakes and more.

Mount Holly United Methodist Church, Mount Holly Road, Rock Hill: The 14th annual Christian Sport Shooters classic, 9 a.m. Saturday at Rocky Creek Sporting Club. Proceeds to the sanctuary fund and Family Promise. Community fellowship supper, 5-6:30 p.m. Wednesday in the fellowship hall. Menu: fried country style steak, rice and gravy, vegetable, cabbage salad, 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 youth activities.

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

Wesley United Methodist Church, West Jefferson Street, York: May Extravaganza, 6 p.m. May 9 at Trinity United Methodist Church with food, fun and entertainment. Tickets, $10. For information, call Billie Burris at 803-222-3098, Debra Martin at 803-684-9449 or Vivian Quinn at 803-664-6462.

Woodland United Methodist Church, Cherry Road, Rock Hill: Stretch and Walk, 9:30 a.m. Mondays and Thursdays in the family life center. Preschool Enrichment Program is enrolling for 2015-’16. For information, call 803-328-2237.


Emmanuel Church of the Nazarene, Dunlap Roddey Road, Rock Hill: Benefit for Emily’s House, 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. Sunday, with gospel singing and barbecue plates. Proceeds to help build a homeless shelter in memory of Emily Elkins, who recently lost her battle with cancer.

Trinity Church of the Nazarene, Fire Tower Road at Taylor’s Creek Road, Rock Hill: Baby Day, 10 a.m. Sunday. Men’s Ministry, 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at Pier 51, Mount Gallant Road.


National Day of Prayer: 12:20-12:40 p.m. May 7, Fort Mill Town Hall, 112 Confederate St.

Rock Hill Ministers Conference: 7 p.m. second and fourth Thursday each month at Jerusalem Baptist Church, 1003 Steele St., Fort Mill. All area pastors welcome. For information, call the Rev. Lavenia Pride at 803-417-6195 or 803-324-0051.

Grace Ministries, Mount Holly Road, Rock Hill: Women’s Ministry, 7 p.m. Monday with Judy Thurman.

Living Waters Church, Bethel School Road, Lake Wylie: “A Picture of Calvary,” a drama about Jesus Christ, his life, death and resurrection, 7 p.m. Sunday. Free. For information, go to

The Body Church, Ebenezer Road, Rock Hill: Ladies Conference, 11 a.m.-4:30 p.m. May 16 with Deborah Ross. The event includes music, fashion show, food and vendors. Tickets, $25 and available at

The Shield, Fire Tower Road, Rock Hill: Baptism, Sunday. Baby Dedication, 10:15 a.m. May 10.

Ultimate Life Church, Carowinds Boulevard, Fort Mill: Ultimate Life Preschool Academy is accepting scholarship applications for 3-5-year-olds for the 2015-’16 school years. Six full or partial scholarships are available for those who qualify. For information, call 803-802-2541, ext. 3.


Covenant Presbyterian Church, Celanese at Mount Gallant roads, Rock Hill: 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: Kirkin’ of the Tartan, 11 a.m. Sunday. The service begins with a procession led by the Beadle (an office dating to pre-Christian times, the Beadle was the doorkeeper responsible for opening places of worship to the faithful) carrying the Bible followed by bagpipes, the minister, a display of representative tartans and the choir. The service will include material from the Book of Worship from the Church of Scotland. Worshipers with Scottish heritage are encouraged to wear kilts. Yarns of Love, 3 p.m. Thursday.

Oakland Avenue Presbyterian Church, Oakland Avenue, Rock Hill: The Rev. Jeffrey Earl Bryan has been called Senior Pastor, Head of Staff. Bryan received his masters of divinity from Princeton Theological Seminary in Princeton, N.J., where he was awarded the Jagow Prize for preaching excellence. He is currently a candidate for his doctor of ministry at the Lutheran Theological Seminary in Philadelphia. Bryan’s first Sunday in the pulpit will be Sunday, with two traditional worship services: 8:45 and 11 a.m. A reception will follow the 11 a.m. service. Friendship Fellowship, 11:45 a.m.-1 p.m. Tuesday with lunch and program by Frances Leitner Rouse at the gardens at the White Home. The adult choirs of Oakland and The Episcopal Church of Our Saviour will present “The Requiem for the Living” by South Carolina composer Dan Forrest, May 16. The choirs will be accompanied by a professional chamber orchestra.

Purity Presbyterian Church, Wylie Street, Chester: Purity Playschool is accepting applications for the 2015-’16 school year. Children must be 2 years old by Sept. 1. For information, call 803-377-8175. Beginning May 31-Sept. 6, worship will be 10 a.m.

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