Church News from York, Chester, Lancaster counties: Saturday, May 30

Churches across York, Chester and Lancaster counties will honor this year’s crop of high school graduates during services this weekend.
Churches across York, Chester and Lancaster counties will honor this year’s crop of high school graduates during services this weekend. TNS


Clover AME Zion Church, Kings Mountain Highway, Clover: Church fundraiser, $5 ticket sale for a chance to win a 50-inch TV. Drawing Saturday. Tickets available from members, Boyd Tire and Appliance in York and Clover, Beauty of Color in Rock Hill or by email at

Greater Unity AME Zion Church, S.C. 97, Sharon: Twelve Tribes Rally, 3 p.m. June 7.

Mount Zion AME Zion Church No. 1, Canal Road, Catawba: Family and Friends weekend, noon Saturday on the church grounds, with games, activities and food. Family worship, 11 a.m. Sunday. Hymn Choir 63rd anniversary, 2:30 p.m. June 14.

New Hope AME Zion Church, Pink Plyer Road, Lancaster: Women of Distinction Conference “Extreme Makeover,” 10 a.m. June 20 with the Revs. Thelma Gordon and Diana Charles. Tickets: $20 in advance; $25 at the door (includes lunch). For information, call 803-287-5586 or 803-285-8816.

Rock Grove AME Zion Church, Margaret Street, Rock Hill: Graduate recognition, 11 a.m. Sunday.

St. James AME Zion Church, Church Street, Hickory Grove: Christian education program, “The Covering,” 3 p.m. Saturday. Wear your favorite hat.


Ebenezer ARP Church, Ebenezer Road, Rock Hill: Worship, 10 a.m. Sunday with Spanish worship, 2 p.m. Sunday school at 9 a.m. Vacation Bible School, 9 a.m.-noon June 15-19 for ages 4 through fifth grade. Register at

First ARP Church, East White Street, Rock Hill: Acoustic worship, 9 a.m.; Sunday school, 10 a.m.; and traditional worship, 11 a.m. Sunday.


Sandy River Missionary Baptist Association (Lower Division): Ushers Unity March worship service, 6 p.m. Saturday at Cedar Grove Baptist Church, Chester. Ushers, be in uniform by 5:15 p.m.

Boyd Hill Baptist Church, Glenn Street, Rock Hill: Graduate recognition, 11 a.m. Sunday. Wear caps and gowns. Reception after. Vacation Bible School, 6:30-8:30 p.m. June 8-12 for all ages. Indoor yard sale, 8-11 a.m. June 6 in the Richard E. Sandifer Life Center, 315 Glenn St., Rock Hill. Tables are $20. Table proceeds go to Family and Friends Day and the life center. For information, call Stephanie Johnson at 803-367-1069. Camp High Hopes summer camp, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. June 15-18 and June 22-25 for ages 8-15. The free camp offers spiritual and academic activities, field trips, physical fitness and lunch. For information, call Dorothy H. Seale at 803-324-1502 or Felicia Minter at 803-899-9938.

Calvary Baptist Church, North Jones Avenue, Rock Hill: Family picnic, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday at Westminster Park. Bring side dishes and chairs. Next Generation Day with Calvary Kids JAM, 10:30 a.m. Sunday. AWANA awards service, 6 p.m. Sunday. Vacation Bible school, 6-8:30 p.m. June 22-26. Register at Homecoming, June 7.

Eastview Baptist Church, Gordon Road, Rock Hill: Community Fair, “Safari to Mt. Kilimnajaro,” 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday with rides, games and food. Open to the community.

Ebenezer Baptist Church, South Herlong Avenue, Rock Hill: Sandy River Baptist Sunday School conference, 9 a.m. Saturday. Graduate recognition, 10 a.m. Sunday.

Ebenezer Baptist Church, Leeds: 12th pastoral anniversary for the Rev. Warren Baxter, 11:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. June 7.

First Baptist Church, Chester Highway, McConnells: Third annual Southern Gospel Jubilee, 6 p.m. Saturday with the Heritage Quartet and the Riverside Boys.

Fishing Creek Baptist Church, Springlake Road, York: Family and Friends Day, 11 a.m. June 14. Vacation Bible School, 6-8 p.m. June 15-19 for all ages.

Flint Hill Baptist Church, Flint Hill Street, Rock Hill: Rock Hill Interdenominational Ministers’ Wives and Ministers’ Widows Alliance 50th anniversary service, 3 p.m. Sunday.

Friendship Missionary Baptist Church, Chester: Vacation Bible School, 6-8 p.m. Monday-Friday.

Haven of Rest Baptist Church, Connolly Road, York: Gospel singing featuring Higher Ground of Mount Holly, 7 p.m. June 6. Love offering. Nursery provided.

Lakewood Baptist Church, Mount Gallant Road, Rock Hill: High school and college graduate recognition, 11 a.m. Sunday. Summer games, 6 p.m. Sundays, June 7-July 19 for children 4K-fifth grade.

Liberty Baptist Church, Chester: Vacation Bible School, “Journey Off the Map,” 6-8:30 p.m. June 15-19. Haiti fundraiser, Lowcountry boil, 6:30 p.m. Saturday. Yard sale June 6 at First Citizens Bank, J.A. Cochran Bypass. Family night, 7 p.m. Wednesday. Food pantry items needed: spaghetti noodles.

Liberty Baptist Church, York: Advanced screening of JCFilm’s “One Church,” 6 p.m. June 20 with Jessica Lynch, who appears in the film, and singer Holly Spears. Free to the public.

Mount Olive Baptist Church, Center Street, Chester: Vacation Bible School, “Jesus – The True Superhero,” 6-8 p.m. June 8-12 for children and adults.

Mount Zion Baptist Church, McConnells: Women’s Ministry prayer breakfast, 9:30 a.m. June 6 with saxophonist Carl Ratliff and speaker Ladette Balknight. Free. RSVP to the Rev. Lavenia Pride at 803-417-6195 by Thursday.

New Beginnings Baptist Church, Old North Main Street, Clover: Fashion show fundraiser for the Lighthouse Thrift Store, 6 p.m. June 20. Tickets, $5. To participate, call 803-222-0636.

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. Wednesday and Saturday.

Pleasant Ridge Baptist Church, Dunlap Roddey Road, Rock Hill: Graduate recognition, June 7. Graduates wear caps and gowns.

Union Baptist Church, Ligon Street, Chester: Family and Friends Day, 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. June 7. Dinner served after evening service.

Woodhaven Baptist Church, Marett Boulevard, Rock Hill: Missions luncheon after 10:55 a.m. worship Sunday. IMPACT (True Love Waits awards and family night), 5 p.m. Sunday. Adult Bible study, children’s ministry, 6 p.m., Sunday. Men’s Rally, 7 p.m. Monday. Hearts of Gold prayer shuffle, 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, The Galleria.


Divine Saviour Catholic Church, Herndon Avenue, York: Women of Divine Saviour’s 15th annual yard sale, 7 a.m.-noon Saturday. Sale items include furniture, household items, baby items, clothing, electronics and much more. Proceeds benefit the charities and ministries provided by the Women of Divine Saviour and Divine Saviour church. For information, call 803-684-3431.

St. Anne Catholic Church, Bird Street, Rock Hill: Feast of Corpus Christi celebration after 5 p.m. Mass June 7 with a procession to the altars. Pot luck supper after.

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

The Oratory, Charlotte Avenue, Rock Hill: Information session on two fall programs, “Discovering God Anew, Women in Dialogue with God,” 10 a.m.-noon June 6 and “Women on Whose Shoulders We Stand,” 1:30-3:30 p.m. June 6, both in Newman Hall Parlor. Both are four-part series. For information, call 803-327-2097 or email


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


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. Called congregation meeting, 9:45 a.m. June 7 for the purpose of calling a new associate pastor.

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. Youth Sunday is Sunday with graduate recognition at both services and reception after 11 a.m. service. Vacation Bible School, “God’s Love in Action,” 6-8 p.m. July 26-30. Register at or call the church at 803-548-5489 from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. weekdays.


Adnah United Methodist Church, Adnah Church Road, Rock Hill: Vacation Bible School, “G-Force,” 5:45-8:45 p.m. June 10-12, 8:45 a.m.-4 p.m. June 13 for preschool-fifth-graders. Register at

Friendship United Methodist Church, Neely Store Road, Rock Hill: 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 to create sewing projects with fleece.

India Hook United Methodist Church, Mount Gallant Road, Rock Hill: United Methodist Women’s spring yard sale, 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday featuring toys, books, linens, jewelry, household and gardening items. Sausage and egg biscuits and other breakfast foods for sale. Hot dog lunch with all the trimmings. Lakeside summer services, 8:30 a.m. Sunday in the covered shelter at Ebenezer Park. Bring lawn chairs. Traditional worship, 11 a.m. Sunday. New members class, 9:45 a.m. Sunday.

Mount Holly United Methodist Church, Mount Holly Road, Rock Hill: Graduate recognition, both services, Sunday. Luncheon afterward for graduates and their families.

Sharon United Methodist Church, Shannon Street, Sharon: Hot dog supper, 5-7:30 p.m. June 6 with hot dogs, brats, baked beans, pasta salads, chips, desserts and drinks. Donations accepted.

Woodland United Methodist Church, Cherry Road, Rock Hill: New members will be welcomed, Sunday. Vacation Bible School, June 22-25.


Emmanuel Church of the Nazarene, Dunlap Roddey Road, Rock Hill: Benefit for Emily’s House, 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. Saturday, 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.

Fort Mill Church of the Nazarene, Harris Street, Fort Mill: The Rev. Josh Fite has been called as the new pastor. His first sermon will be 10:30 a.m. June 7. A welcoming lunch will be after.


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.

Gospel play: “Daddy, I Don’t Want to Preach,” 7 p.m. June 13 at Freedom Ministries, Village Drive, Chester: The play was written by the late Anthony Gregory. Tickets are $12 in advance and $15 at the door. For tickets, call 803-324-3273 or 803-374-4216.

Faith and Love Christian Center, Chester: Summer enrichment program, 7:30 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Friday beginning Monday. For information, go to or call 803-377-8302

The Shield, Fire Tower Road, Rock Hill: The GAP, 2 p.m. Saturday, Willowbrook Crossing.

Taking the City Ministry, India Hook Road, Rock Hill: Bringing it to the Neighbor outreach event, 4 p.m. June 12 at Rock Hill Deliverance Center, 1041 Sylvia Circle. For transportation, call 803-328-2268 an hour prior to the event. Z’Kiya Knox benefit program, 3-5 p.m. June 17 in the main ballroom at Holiday Inn Galleria. For information call 803-328-2263.

Vision and Beyond Christian Ministry, India Hook Road, Rock Hill: Women of Vision bake sale, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday at K-Mart, Cherry Road.


Covenant Presbyterian Church, Celanese at Mount Gallant roads, Rock Hill: Worship will be 10 a.m. Sundays June-August. Nursery available. Beginning Sunday, a contemporary service will be held featuring music by 14-year-old Catherine “Alex” Kelly. Vacation Bible School, 5:45-8 p.m. July 14-16 for ages 3-12. Supper served to those attending. 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: Trinity Sunday worship, 11 a.m. Sunday. Yarns of Love, 3 p.m. Thursday.

Hermon Presbyterian Church, Heckle Boulevard, Rock Hill: Summer Enrichment Program for ages 5-12, 8 a.m.-4 p.m. weekdays, June 8-Aug. 7. Registration, $50 ($5 discount if received by June 1). Weekly fee, $40. Extended hours (4-6 p.m.) fee, $10 weekly. For information, call the church at 803-327-6015, Patricia Ancrum at 803-831-7972 or Aletra Geddis at 803-984-8674.

Oakland Avenue Presbyterian Church, Oakland Avenue, Rock Hill: Bring a Friend Sunday, 11 a.m. Sunday. Lemonade on the Lawn after worship. June 7-Aug. 30 there will be one service at 10 a.m. Faith and Film, “Cry, The Beloved Country,” 6:30 p.m. Sunday. Bring a drink and $5 for pizza and popcorn. Red Cross Blood Drive, Monday. Make appointments at

Purity Presbyterian Church, Wylie Street, Chester: Purity Playschool is accepting applications for the 2015-16 school year for ages 2-3. Children must be 2 years old by Sept. 1. For information, call 803-377-8175. Beginning Sunday through Sept. 6, worship will be 10 a.m. Sundays.

Westminster Presbyterian Church, India Hook Road, Rock Hill: The Kiev Symphony Orchestra and Chorus will be in concert, 7 p.m. Sept. 26. Directed by Dr. Wes Janzen, the 42-member group is on its 23rd American tour.

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