New pastor at Riverview
The Rev. Bill Youmans has been named interim pastor at Riverview Presbyterian Church in Fort Mill. He was previously pastor of churches in Charlotte and Abingdon, Va., and succeeds the Rev. Barry Lambert, who resigned in June after serving seven years.
A resident of Charlotte, Rev. Youmans holds a Bachelor's degree in Bible and Christian education from Columbia International University. He received a Master of Divinity degree from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary in South Hamilton, Mass. In 2002, he received a Doctor of Ministry degree from Union Theological Seminary in Richmond, Va., with focus on worship and sacrament and congregational studies.
Concert at Real Life Assembly
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Real Life Assembly will host a concert with Golden Harmony - New Brunswick, Canada's premier Southern gospel trio, at 7 p.m. on Good Friday, March 21. Special guest Monica Broome will also minister in song. All are welcome. Call 802-7010.
• Grace Presbyterian Church, 2955 West Hwy. 160 West, at the corner of Gold Hill Road, will hold its fifth annual Maundy Thursday service at 7 p.m. March 20. This special service will recreate the scene depicted in the famous Leonardo da Vinci painting, "The Last Supper."
• Doby's Bridge Presbyterian Church, 2500 Doby's Bridge Road, Fort Mill will hold a Maundy Thursday communion service at 7 p.m. March 20. The meeting will be in the Fellowship Hall around tables, as if it were at the Last Supper. Easter worship is 11 a.m. Sunday, March 23. Bring fresh flowers to adorn the cross on the front lawn. A nursery will be provided Easter morning.
• Pleasant Hill United Methodist Church will have a Palm Sunday service and parade beginning at 9:45 a.m. March 16. Also, there will be a pastor's egg dye at 4:30 p.m. Other services and events include a Maundy Thursday service at 7 p.m. and an Easter egg hunt at 11 a.m. Saturday, March 22, and a sunrise service Easter Sunday. An Easter breakfast will follow the service.
• Lake Wylie Lutheran Church will begin all Lenten Wednesday services with a free light supper 6:15 p.m., worship at 7 p.m. and discussion about the theme of "The World in Crisis: Is religion inherently violent? Can justice and forgiveness coexist?" Discussion will be based on recorded interviews with Miroslav Volk of Yale Divinity School. For details, call Joan Johnson at 548-3832 or see www.lakewylie-lutheran.com.
• Pleasant Hill United Methodist Church, 238 Fort Mill Hwy., Indian Land, will hold Lenten luncheons every Wednesday through March 19. The meals will be soup and salad and will be followed by a brief worship service with music and a devotion by pastors in the community. Donations will be accepted. For details, call 548-4922 or see www.pleasanthill-methodist.org.
• SonRise Tabernacle in Indian Land will hold its annual community Easter sunrise service at Andrew Jackson State Park at 7 a.m. March 23. Call 547-4117.
Fort Mill Church of the Nazarene, 109 Harris Street, hosts the Symphonic Wind and String Ensemble of God's Bible College of Cincinnati for a gospel concert at 7 p.m. Saturday, March 29. A Nursery will be provided. Call 548-4633.
-- compiled by staff
Catholic Mass in Indian Land
St. Philip Neri Catholic Church is now holding Mass at 4 p.m. Saturdays at Belair United Methodist Church off Shelley Mullis Road in Indian Land.
The EDGE meets weekly
Tega Cay Baptist Church also invites seventh- to 12th-grade students to join youth pastor "Phud" Chambers at the EDGE from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Tuesdays. For more information, call 548-2600.
Master Club in swing
Bible Baptist Church, 255 S. Hwy. 21 Bypass in Fort Mill, offers a Master Club 7:15-8:30 p.m. Wednesdays for kids in preschool through grade six. All kids in this age group are invited learn about the Bible, memorize verses, play games and more. There's a Teen program as well. For details, call 547-2761 or send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Java ministry at PUMC
Philadelphia United Methodist Church in Fort Mill has launched its Philly Java Ministry. From 6-8 a.m. on the first Monday of every month, travelers on Hwy. 160 West can drive through the PUMC circle drive and get free coffee or soda. They will take prayer requests and provide a "thought and prayer" for the month that is laminated and can be placed on your car's sun visor.
Sisk offers clothes, baby formula
The Sisk Memorial Clothes Closet is now open from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. to 12:30 p.m. every second and fourth Thursday at 118 Spratt St. in Fort Mill, next to the Sisk Memorial Family Life Center. Clothes for children and adults in need - jackets, sweaters, shoes, pants, skirts, etc., are available at no charge.
Also available at this time is powdered baby formula for mothers who need it.
Sisk has a supply of Similac Advance infant formula (birth to 12 months), Similac-Isomil
Advance Soy formula (birth to 12 months) and Enfamil Next Steps Lipil with Iron (9 months to 24 months). For more information or to donate items, call the church office at 547-2537.
Higher Ground offers school programs
Higher Ground Church is accepting enrollments for its Preschool/Mother's Morning Out program. There are two-, three- and five-day programs to choose from. There are spaces available for children aged 2-5.
The program offers a Christian and HighReach Learning curriculum. HighReach Learning provides a rich learning environment to expand vocabularies, express creativity and explore, early math and science and socialization.
Also at Higher Ground, the Child Development Center offers an after school program for children in kindergarten though fifth grade. The program follows a Christian curriculum, provides structured homework time, games, sports and crafts. Space is limited.
Higher Ground Church is a non-denominational church located at 8365 Possum Hollow Road in Indian Land.
For details, call 802-3189 or visit www.highergroundchurch.com.
Ultimate Life Academy, preschool offered
Ultimate Life Academy and preschool in Fort Mill is still taking enrollments. There are special activities inside and outside. Also, a "Mom's Morning Out" is offered. For more information, call 802-2641 or visit www.ultimatelifeministries.com.
AIC meets earlier
Antioch International Church now has its Sunday services at 10 a.m. instead of 6 p.m. The venue for Sunday services is still NarroWay Theatre and Conference Center and the kids ministry is still active. NarroWay is located at 3346 Hwy. 21 at Carowinds Boulevard, Fort Mill.
Help with grieving
Ultimate Life Church on Carowinds Boulevard in Fort Mill offers support for people coping with losses in life such as divorce, death, jobs, loved ones, dreams, friends, etc. Learn how to overcome the emotions that go along with the loss and begin to function with joy in your life again. Groups meet at 7 p.m. the first and fourth Fridays of each month.
For more information, call Sandy Brazil at 329-1396.
Call in a prayer
Fort Mill Church of the Nazarene, 109 Harris St., has a time of prayer on Sunday mornings at 9:15 a.m. for the nation, church and any prayer requests.
Call in your prayer requests to the church office any time of the day or night at 548-4633.
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 in order 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. Young Life is in all 50 states and more than 45 countries.
Call Nancy Manning at 547-4148 for details about how you can join.
ESL classes held
English-as-a-Second Language classes meet at 7 p.m. every Tuesday night at Flint Hill Baptist Church in 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 learn to speak English.
Call Barbara Garrison at 548-4611 for more information.
Mothers of Preschoolers (MOPS) an international, nondenominational Christian organization, meets at First Baptist Church, 121 Monroe White St. in Fort Mill.
MOPS serves moms to make a difference in the lives of their families. Women with children ages infant through kindergarten meet twice each month from September through April. One group meets the first and third Fridays and a second group meets the second and fourth Fridays, both from 9 to 11:30 a.m. The meetings rotate between guest speakers and crafts projects. Childcare is provided.
n An AWANA/break out at Lakeshore Christian Fellowship, 130 Shoreline Parkway, Tega Cay, for children aged 3 through grade five is held from 6:45 to 8:15 p.m. on Wednesdays. Registration is $10. For more information call Kathy Baden, children's pastor, at 548-2755, ext. 24.
n The AWANA program at GlenRock Baptist Church, 1815 Doby's Bridge Road in Fort Mil, is for kids in kindergarten through grade five Sundays from 5 to 7 p.m. For more information, call 547-6420.
n AWANA meets at Westerly Hills Baptist Church, 1730 Doves Road, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesdays. Everyone is invited. Call 547-6150 for details.
n Higher Ground Church, 8365 Possum Hollow Road in Fort Mill, holds AWANA from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Sundays. For more information, call 802-3189.
Kids' program held on Sundays
GlenRock Baptist Church, 1615 Doby's 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 to grade five, includes games and snacks.
Student ministries underway
Grades six through 12 of Lakeshore Christian Fellowship in Tega Cay meet at 7 p.m. Wednesdays in the church basement. Call the church office at 548-2755 or visit www.powministries.com.
Men's prayer breakfasts
n The men of Sisk Memorial Baptist Church meet at 7 a.m. Saturdays at the church for prayer, devotions and breakfast.
n The men of St. John's United Methodist Church hold a prayer breakfast every Tuesday at 7:30 a.m. at Rosie's Restaurant in Rock Hill.
n The Men's Breakfast group of Lake Wylie Lutheran Church meets at 8:30 a.m. the second Tuesday each month at Rosie's Restaurant in Rock Hill. Men of all ages are welcome.
--compiled by staff