Religion briefs for March 18

Special services

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.

Sister Blanche Simmons Wimberly will preach her initial sermon at 4 p.m. Saturday, May 26, at Saron Baptist Church, 352 Railroad Ave., Wagener. The Rev. Leander Jones is the pastor. For more information, call 803-564-5474.

Ocean Grove Baptist Church, 12 Ocean Grove Road, will hold a family and friends day service at 11 a.m. Saturday, June 1, at Boyd Pond Park, 340 Boyd Pond Road. The Rev. Joseph B. Williams Sr. is the pastor. For more information, call 803-357-2890.

Revivals

New Life Outreach Ministries, 616 Edgefield Road, Suite 100, North Augusta, will hold its spring revival at 7 p.m. Friday, May 24. The guest speaker will be Pastor Joe Newsome of Be Ye Holy Ministries. The pastor is Dr. Willie Gasque.

Valley Fair Baptist Church, 900 Jefferson Davis Highway, Graniteville, will hold its annual spring revival June 3-5 at 7 p.m. nightly. The Christian Heritage Church choir will sing Monday night. The Rev. Phillip Thomas, pastor of Second Baptist Church in Barnwell, will speak on Monday. Elder Bobby Dukes, pastor of Ned Branch Baptist Church in Barnwell, will speak Tuesday. The Rev. Martris Mims, pastor of Old Storm Branch Baptist Church in Clearwater, will speak Wednesday. All are welcome. The Rev. Troy Nipper is the pastor. For more information, call 803-663-6866 or visit valleyfairbptch.org.

Hammond Grove Word Power Ministry, 214 W. Five Notch Road, North Augusta, will hold its summer revival June 4-6 at 7 p.m. nightly. The Rev. Sheldon Cooper of Galilee Baptist Church in Augusta will speak Tuesday. The Rev. William Bass of Tremont Temple Baptist Church in Augusta will be the speaker. Stevie Berry of New Exodus Missionary Baptist Church in Hephzibah, Georgia, and Runs Baptist Church in Beech Island, will speak Thursday. Bobby G. Hankerson is the pastor. For more information, email pastorh@hammondgrove.com.

Anniversaries/Homecomings

St. Mary Baptist Church, 474 Highway 125, Martin, will celebrate its 93rd ushers anniversary at 11 a.m. Sunday, May 26. Minister Tonda Geter 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 at 2 p.m. Sunday, May 26. The Rev. Dr. Oscar J. Boyd, pastor of Young Second Baptist Church in Ridge Spring, will be the guest speaker. Dinner will be served. Apostle Robert C. Rastliff Sr. is the pastor.

Beaver Dam Baptist Church, 632 Beaver Dam Road, will celebrate its 151st church anniversary at 2 p.m. Sunday, May 26. The Rev. Craig Jenkins of Friendship Baptist Church will be the guest speaker. The Rev. Phinice Young is the pastor. For more information, call  803-508-3922.

The Divine Deliverance Worship Center, 213 Eula Helen St., Gloverville, will celebrate its 15th church anniversary at 3 p.m. Sunday, May 26. The Rev. Christopher Holley, pastor of Four Mile Baptist Church in New Ellenton, will be the guest speaker. The Rev. Jonas Wlaker is the pastor.

Mt. Sinai Baptist Church will celebrate its church anniversary at 10 a.m. Sunday, May 26. The Rev. Sammie Williams is the pastor.

Music/dramas

The Midland Gospel Singing Center, 705 Martin Smith Road, Gilbert, will hold its monthly gospel singing at 6 p.m. Saturday, June 1. God's Toolbox and the Glorymen & Tiffany will perform. A love offering will be accepted and refreshments will be served. Volunteers are needed to provide finger foods. For more information, call Brenda Crosby at 803-719-1289, visit the Facebook page or midgsc.com.

Southern gospel singer Ken Turner will perform in concert at 6 p.m. Sunday, June 2, at Bethel Baptist Church, 1127 Bethel Church Road. A love offering will be received.

Brother Chris Parker will perform in concert during Presence Night at 7 p.m. Saturday, June 1, at the Greater Faith Fellowship Church, 905 East Pine Log Road. Gordan Carver, Terrence Thomas and Trey Heflin will be the special guests. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Admission is free. Dr. Olen I. Jessie Sr. and the Rev. Gladiola S. Jessie are the pastors. For more information, call 803-262-5685.

Vacation Bible School

Central Baptist Church, 1652 Wire Road, will hold Vacation Bible School from 6 to 9 p.m. Sunday, June 16, through Tuesday, June 18. The kickoff will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, June 15. Family Night will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, June 19. Incoming kindergarten through sixth grade students are welcome to participate. Pre-register at the church or online at https://forms.gle/oBFUTAwkiMYF6HLU9.

Cornerstone Baptist Church, 100 Cornerstone Drive, will hold Vacation Bible School from 10 a.m. to noon June 10-14 at the church. The VBS theme is In the Wild, and is open to children pre-school through sixth grade. A kick-off day will be held Saturday, June 8, and will feature a jump castle, music, hot dogs and more. Admission is free. For more information, call 843-908-0415.

St. John's United Methodist Church, 104 Newberry St. N.W., will hold Vacation Bible School from 9 a.m. to noon June 17-21.The theme is Roar! Life is Wild, God is Good. For more information, visit stjaiken.org or call the church office at 803-648-6891.

Clear Water Branch Baptist Church, 235 Crooked Creek Road, will hold Vacation Bible School at 5:45 p.m. June 10-14. Sunday services are held at 11 a.m. with Sunday school at 10 a.m. Mike Catoe is the pastor.

Hammond Grove Word Power Ministry, 214 W. Five Notch Road, North Augusta, will hold Vacation Bible School from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. June 10-14. The theme is STU with Jesus (Super Training University) Ephesians 6:11. Classes are open to children and adults. For more information, call 803-279-1493.

St. Paul Lutheran Church, 961 Trail Ridge Road, will hold Vacation Bible School from 5:15 to 8 p.m. June 16-21. The theme is ROAR, and will feature Bible-learning activities, singing, games, treats and more.This year’s mission effort will provide nutrition packets and health check-ups for moms and babies in Zambia, Africa. ROAR is open to kids ages 3 through fifth grade. For more information, call the church office at 803-649-4021.

Smyrna Missionary Baptist Church, 1186 Smyrna Church Road, Springfield, will hold Vacation Bible School from 6 to 8 p.m. June 10-14. The Rev. Roydell Disks Sr. is the interim pastor. For more information, call 803-649-7759.

Miscellaneous

The learning and development center at First Providence Baptist Church, 315 Barton Road, North Augusta, will hold its preschool graduation at 5:30 p.m. Friday, May 31. Monique Walker, a state court judge, will be the speaker.

A taco and movie evening will be held 3 p.m. Saturday, June 8, at Chapel Emmanuel, 2631-A Andrews Circle. For more information, call 803-522-7165.

An Education Day will be held at 11 a.m. Sunday, May 26, at Saron Baptist Church, 352 Railroad Ave., Wagener. Dr. Sean Alford, superintendent of Aiken County Public Schools, will be the guest speaker. The Rev. Leander Jones is the pastor. For more information, call 803-564-5474.

Smyrna Missionary Baptist Church, 1186 Smyrna Church Road, Springfield, will hold a men's prayer breakfast at 9 a.m. Saturday, June 8. All men are welcome. The Rev. Roydell Dicks Sr. is the interim pastor. All are welcome.

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.

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