Church News from York, Chester, Lancaster counties: Saturday, June 6

Churches across York, Chester and Lancaster counties are gearing up for Vacation Bible School sessions over the next few weeks.
Churches across York, Chester and Lancaster counties are gearing up for Vacation Bible School sessions over the next few weeks. Lexington Herald-Leader


Catawba Chapel AME Zion Church, Hall Spencer Road, Rock Hill: Senior prom, 5-9 p.m. Saturday with entertainment, food and fellowship. Tickets, $10.

Clover AME Zion Church, Kings Mountain Highway, Clover: Vacation Bible School, 6:30 p.m. June 15-17 with New Loves Chapel and Zoah AME churches.

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

Mount Zion AME Zion Church No. 1, Canal Road, Catawba: 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.

St. James AME Zion Church, Church Street, Hickory Grove: Trustee program, 2:30 p.m. Sunday. St. James Choir 44th anniversary, 6 p.m. June 13.

Wilson Chapel AME Zion Church, Wilson Chapel Road, Sharon: Missionary program, 2:30 p.m. June 14.


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.; all on Sunday.


Boyd Hill Baptist Church, Glenn Street, Rock Hill: Indoor yard sale, 8-11 a.m. Saturday 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. Vacation Bible School, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Monday-Friday for all ages. Ushers Ministry anniversary, 2 p.m. June 14.

Calvary Baptist Church, North Jones Avenue, Rock Hill: Vacation Bible school, 6-8:30 p.m. June 22-26. Register at Homecoming, Sunday.

Eastside Baptist Church, North Jones Avenue, Rock Hill: Vacation Bible School, 6-8 p.m. June 14-18 with Bible study, music, crafts, snacks and games.

Ebenezer Baptist Church, South Herlong Avenue, Rock Hill: Summer camp, 7 a.m.-6 p.m. weekdays, Monday-Aug. 14. Youth fundraiser, 8-10 a.m. June 13 at Applebee’s. Tickets, $10. Youth Sunday, June 14. Annual Missionary program, 2:30 p.m. June 14. Vacation Bible School, June 15-19.

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

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.

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

Lakewood Baptist Church, Mount Gallant Road, Rock Hill: Summer games, 6 p.m. Sundays through 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 yard sale, Saturday at First Citizens Bank, J.A. Cochran Bypass.

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. Monday-Friday for children and adults. Graduate recognition, 10 a.m. June 14. Father’s Day worship, June 21.

Mount Zion Baptist Church, McConnells: Women’s Ministry prayer breakfast, 9:30 a.m. Saturday with saxophonist Carl Ratliff and speaker Ladette Balknight. Free. Homecoming and church anniversary, 2 p.m. Sunday with the Rev. Milton Key. Dinner after morning worship.

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, Sunday. Graduates wear caps and gowns.

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

Unity Baptist Church, Pickney Street, Chester: Bennett Singers anniversary, 2:30 p.m. Sunday with music by Jason Missouri and Co.

Weeping Mary Baptist Church, U.S. 321 North, Bowling Green: Vacation Bible School, “What’s Love Got to do With It?” 6-8 p.m. Monday-Wednesday. Classes for all ages.

Woodhaven Baptist Church, Marett Boulevard, Rock Hill: Morning worship, 10:55 a.m. with Baptism. Adult Bible study, children’s ministry, 6 p.m., Sunday. Hearts of Gold prayer shuffle, 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, The Galleria.


St. Anne Catholic Church, Bird Street, Rock Hill: Feast of Corpus Christi celebration after 5 p.m. Mass Sunday with a procession to the altars. Pot luck supper after. Breakfast, sponsored by the Knight of Columbus, 7:30 a.m.-noon June 14 in the family life center. Menu: pancakes, eggs, hash browns, meats and drinks. Proceeds to St. Anne School. A Mexican lunch will be after the 12:30 Mass. Both open to the public.

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


Lesslie Church of God, South Anderson Road, Catawba: Vacation Bible School, “The Old Gospel Ship,” 7 p.m. Wednesday-Friday with crafts and refreshments. Pizza and prizes, Friday.


Episcopal Church of Our Saviour, Caldwell Street, Rock Hill: Third Sunday in Pentecost, Holy Eucharist at 8 a.m., Holy Eucharist and Baptism at 10:30 a.m.


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. Fifth anniversary picnic, 3-6 p.m. Sunday at the nature center, Anne Springs Close Greenway. The event is open to the public and includes food, music, bounce house, face painting, balloon artist and snow cone machine. RSVP to

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.


Abiding Presence Lutheran Church, North Congress Street, York: Yard sale, 8 a.m.-2 p.m. June 13 with furniture, electronics, tools, toys, clothes, plants and yard accessories.

Epiphany Lutheran Church, West Main Street, Rock Hill: Vacation Bible School, 6-8 p.m. June 22-26.

Grace Lutheran Church, Oakland Avenue, Rock Hill: Worship with Holy Communion, 8:30 and 11 a.m. Sunday. Called congregation meeting, 9:45 a.m. Sunday for the purpose of calling a new associate pastor and Milestone Ministry celebration for first-time overnight campers. Lutheroad Day Camp, Monday-Friday at Grace.

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 “reverse” yard sale, 8 a.m.-noon June 20 to benefit Guatemala mission trip. 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. Wednesday-Friday and 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. Second Tuesday meeting group will meet June 16 instead of Tuesday due to the annual conference.

India Hook United Methodist Church, Mount Gallant Road, Rock Hill: Lakeside summer services, 8:30 a.m. Sunday in the covered shelter at Ebenezer Park. Bring lawn chairs. Traditional worship, 11 a.m. Sunday. United Methodist Women, 7 p.m. Monday. United Methodist Men breakfast meeting, 7:30 a.m. June 14. Vacation Bible School, 5:30-8:15 p.m. June 22-25.

Mount Harmony United Methodist Church, Ridge Road, Clover: Family and Friends Day, 10 a.m. June 14. Lunch and fellowship after.

Mount Vernon United Methodist Church, Smithford Road, Hickory Grove: First Sunday Lunch, 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Sunday. To-go menu: ham, chicken strips, macaroni and cheese, brown rice, green beans, slaw, homemade roll and pound cake. Plate are $10, adults, $4 age 10 and younger. All take-out plate, $10. Proceeds to the building fund and missions.

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

Woodland United Methodist Church, Cherry Road, Rock Hill: Camp Discovery, 9:30-10:15 a.m. Sundays during Sunday school in June. Vacation Bible School, June 22-25 for all ages.


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. Sunday. A welcoming lunch will follow.


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.

Carolinas Cornerstone Church, Gardendale Road, Fort Mill: Vacation Bible School, 6-8 p.m. June 22-26. GriefShare, 6:30 p.m. Monday. For information, call 803-547-7781.

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

Tabernacle Ministries, Great Falls Highway, Great Falls: Camp Meeting, 7 p.m. Thursday, 10:30 and 7 p.m. Friday and 13 and 10:30 a.m. June 14 with the Revs. Johnny Autry, Frankie Sneed, Jane Evans and Ben Colley. Music by the Great Mount Zion Mass Choir.

The Shield, Fire Tower Road, Rock Hill: Men’s breakfast, 8 a.m. June 20. Pickleball, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Monday and Wednesday for teens-adults in the Thomas Patterson Life Center. Free.

Taking the City Ministry, India Hook Road, Rock Hill: Z’Kiya Knox benefit car wash, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday at AutoZone, 1565 Cherry Road. Proceeds will help pay medical bills. Pizza available. 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 before the event. Z’Kiya Knox benefit program, 3-5 p.m. June 27 in the main ballroom at Holiday Inn Galleria. For information, call 803-328-2263.


Covenant Presbyterian Church, Celanese at Mount Gallant roads, Rock Hill: Worship will be 10 a.m. Sundays June-August. Nursery available. Vacation Bible School, 5:45-8 p.m. July 14-16 for ages 3-12. Supper served to those attending. Cub Scout Pack 1830 meets year round. New members, first-fifth grades, welcome. 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 with Communion, 11 a.m. Sunday. Retired Men’s Group, noon Tuesday at Jackson’s Cafeteria.

Hermon Presbyterian Church, Heckle Boulevard, Rock Hill: Summer Enrichment Program for ages 5-12, 8 a.m.-4 p.m. weekdays through Aug. 7. Registration, $50. 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: OAPC Habitat Build Day, 8 a.m.-3 p.m. June 13. To volunteer, call the church office 803-327-2006. Don Moe, father of music director Tim Moe, will give an organ recital, 3 p.m. June 14. Open to the community. Proceeds will go to the organ renewal campaign.

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 by Sept. 1. For information, call 803-377-8175. Worship will be 10 a.m. Sunday through Sept. 6.

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.

Woodlawn Presbyterian Church, Sharon: Homecoming, 11:15 a.m. June 14 with the Rev. Ed Melvin. Lunch after. Memorial Association meeting, 10 a.m.

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