Religion briefs on July 1

Special services

St. Mary Baptist Church, 474 Highway 125, Martin, will hold its annual Willing Workers Program 100 Men in Black and 100 Women in White on May 5 at 3 p.m. The Rev. Michelle P. Bush, associate pastor of Mt. Zion Baptist Church, Jackson, will be the guest speaker. The Rev. Nathaniel Odom is the pastor.

St. Mary Baptist Church, 474 Highway 125, Martin, will hold its Mother’s Day celebration on May 12 at 11 a.m. The Rev. Nancy Parker, associate pastor of Mt. Anna Baptist Church, Aiken, will be the guest speaker. The Rev. Nathaniel Odom is the pastor.

Bethany Full Gospel Church #2, 104 Sabra Ave New Ellenton, will hold its third annual Women's Program "A Diamond in the Rough" on May 16 at 5 p.m. Evangelist Trudy S. Boyd is the pastor. For more information, contact Minister Nelson at 706-941-1202 or Sister Williams at 803-257-3978.

Smyrna Missionary Baptist Church, 1186 Smyrna Church Road, Springfield, will have a Mother's Day Breakfast on May 12 at 8:30 a.m. and Sunday school at 10 a.m. Mother Day Service will be held at 11 a.m. with Minister Chryste Middleton-Shakir of Saint Paul Baptist Church of Lexington as the guest speaker. For more information, call 803-649-7759. The Rev. Roydell Dicks Sr. is the interim pastor.

Union Baptist Church of Aiken will celebrate Mother’s Day on Sunday, May 12, at 10 a.m. The Rev. David R. Williams is the pastor.

Kingdom Life Worship Center will hold services at 10 a.m. Sunday at Harrison-Caver Park, 4181 Augusta Road, Clearwater. All are welcome. For more information, call 803-593-6723.

Central Baptist Church, 1652 Wire Road, will hold worship services at 10:30 a.m. each Sunday. Sunday school will meet at 9:30 a.m. Bible Study is on Wednesday at 7 p.m. Buddy Brinkley is the pastor.

Clearwater Branch Baptist Church, 235 Crooked Creek Road, will hold Sunday school at 10 a.m. followed by morning worship services at 11 a.m. and evening worship services at 6 p.m. Sundays. Bible study will be held at 6 p.m. Wednesdays.


The Women's Ministry of Valley Fair Baptist Church, 900 Jefferson Davis Highway, Graniteville, will hold its annual 1-Night Women's Revival on Friday, May 10 at 7 p.m. The guest speaker will be the Rev. Michelle Simpkins, pastor of Moores AME Church of Edgefield. Everyone is invited. The Rev. Troy Nipper is the pastor.


The Runs Missionary Baptist Church, 717 Williston Road, Beech Island, will celebrate its 148th church anniversary on Sunday, May 5, at 8 a.m. The guest minister will be the Rev. Clinton “TC” Edwards Jr., pastor of Friendship Baptist Church.

The Magnolia Baptist Church, 2420 Wire Road, will hold its 131st anniversary on Sunday, May 5, at 2 p.m. The Rev. Craig Jenkins, pastor of Friendship Baptist Church on Silver Bluff Road, will be the guest minister. Dinner will be served. The Rev. Ernie L. Murray Jr. is the pastor.

Indian Grove Baptist Church will celebrate its 119th church anniversary on Sunday, May 5, at 2:30 p.m. The Rev. Freddie Bush will be the guest pastor. The Rev. Dr. Anthony Wilson is the pastor.

St. John Baptist Church, 286 Huber Clay Road, Langley, will be celebrating its 122nd church anniversary at 3 p.m. Sunday, May 19, and Sunday school at 2 p.m. The Rev. Sim Murray, pastor of Jerusalem Baptist Church, Ridge Spring, will be the guest speaker. The Rev. Dr. Curtis J. Blocker is the pastor, and everyone is invited to attend. For more information, call 803-508-2136.

St. Mary Baptist Church, 474 Highway 125, Martin, will celebrate their 93rd Ushers Anniversary on May 26 at 11 a.m. Minister Tonda Geter of St. Mary Baptist Church, Martin, will be the guest speaker. The Rev. Nathaniel Odom is the pastor.

Chinquapin Baptist Church, 1416 Chinquapin Church Road, Batesburg-Leesville, will celebrate its 155th Church Anniversary on May 26, at 2 p.m. The guest speaker for this occasion will be the Rev. Dr. Oscar J. Boyd, pastor of Young Second Baptist Church in Ridge Spring. Dinner will be served. Apostle Robert C. Rastliff Sr. is the pastor.

The Springfield Missionary Baptist Church will be celebrating its 151st Church Anniversary on Sunday, May 19, at 2:30 p.m. The guest pastor will be Rev. Leander Jones of the Saron Baptist Church of Wagener along with his church choir and congregation. The Rev. Reginald White is the pastor. 


A cube steak supper fundraiser will be held May 4 from 4 to 6 p.m. at the Midland Gospel Singing Center, 705 Martin Smith Road in Gilbert, with the monthly singing featuring the Mylon Hayes Family beginning at 6 p.m. Plates, including drink and dessert, will be $9 for adults and $4 for children 12 and younger. All proceeds will go into the Singing Center's general funds. For more information, call Brenda Crosby at 803-719-1289, like them on Facebook or visit

Vacation Bible School

Central Baptist Church, 1652 Wire Road, will hold its Vacation Bible School on Sunday, June 16, through Tuesday, June 18, from 6 to 9 p.m. The kickoff will be held on Saturday, June 15, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Family Night will be held Wednesday, June 19, from 6 to 9 p.m. Incoming kindergarten through sixth-grade students are welcome to participate. Pre-register at the church or online at


Adath Yeshurun Synagogue will have a lecture by Daniel Chejfec, executive director of the Jewish Federation of Augusta at the Synagogue, 154 Greenville St., on May 3 at 7 p.m. Refreshments will be served after services.

The PrimeTimers Travel Group at St. John’s United Methodist Church will take a motorcoach trip to Charlotte, N.C., on Tuesday, June 25. They will tour the Billy Graham Library & Museum, enjoy lunch at the Graham Brother’s Dairy Bar and then depart for the Carolina Aviation Museum. This special venue houses the salvaged US Airways aircraft and tells the inspired story of Capt. Sully and the “Miracle on the Hudson." There will be a brief stop at the IKEA facility before returning to Aiken. Reservations must be received by May 6. Total cost is $112 per person for transportation, lunch and required admissions. The trip is open to anyone. For more information, call Brenda Meeks at 803-649-6962.

Helpful Hands Ministries Inc., Mobile Food Bank will be in downtown Ridge Spring from 10 a.m. to noon every fourth Saturday. The supporters are Cedar Creek (Ridge Campus), Dollar General, Episcopal Church of the Ridge, Mt. Calvary Lutheran Church, RSM Elementary School, Ridge Branch Baptist Church, Ridge Spring United Methodist Church and others.

Talatha Baptist Church, 361 Talatha Church Road, will sponsor a free Women’s Conference on Saturday, May 4, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Guest speakers will be Judy Wade from Heart2Heart Ministries and Carla Cloud, the Gentle Witness. Childcare; a free lunch will be provided. Registration deadline was April 24. Contact Sandy Randall at 803-649-7748 for your reservation.

The Women's Ministry of the Valley Fair Baptist Church will hold its Annual Yard Sale Fundraiser on Saturday, May 4 at 6 a.m. at 900 Jefferson Davis Highway, Graniteville. Reserve a space for $10, bring your own table and keep all your proceeds. For more information contact President, First Lady Audrey Nipper at 803-770-9189 or Katherine Lamar at 803-998-8394.

Aiken Women In Black and Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense will hold a Vigil for Peace and Nonviolence from 4 to 5:30 p.m. Monday, May 6, on Whiskey Road across from The Fresh Market (the entrance to Aiken Estates at Bethlehem Lutheran Church). The vigils in witness against war and all forms of violence are on the first and third Monday of every month. Everyone is invited. The group has signs or you may bring your own, as long as they are nonpartisan. For more information, call Emilie (586-945-8771), Lynn (803-226-5546), or Brenda (803-640-9650).

Mt. Salem Ministries will hold its 9th annual Sleepout 2019 for the Hungry and Homeless to benefit the Mt. Salem Outreach Missions in Aiken and Barnwell counties, May 16-17 from 7 p.m. to 7 a.m. at the Langley Church of God property, 2444 Jefferson Davis Highway, Graniteville. There will be food and music. For more information, call the Rev. Rob Lane at 803-634-7526.

Aiken Prays, a non-denominational women's prayer group affiliated with Stonecroft, will meet on Tuesday, May 21, at 11 a.m. at The Village Cafe at the Village at Woodside. All interested women are invited to attend. A short devotion will be shared and discussed, leading into the prayer time. Prayers may be either silent or aloud and will focus on ways to share God's love with others in addition to prayers for the community, country and personal concerns. The prayer time will be followed by lunch (Dutch treat) and fellowship. Reservations are necessary by Friday, May 17, and may be made by contacting Millie at 803-641-7190.

A native of Aiken, Larry Wood covers education for the Aiken Standard.