Religion briefs: National Day of Prayer service is May 1 at Fort Mill Town Hall

April 21, 2014 

Prayer Day at Town Hall May 1

The annual National Day of Prayer will be observed at 12:20 p.m. May 1 outside Fort Mill Town Hall, 112 Confederate Street. Everyone is invited to participate.

Guatemala ministry banquet May 9

Eternal Church in Fort Mill invites everyone to its annual banquet/fundraiser at 6:15 p.m. May 9 at Fish Market in Baxter Village in support of a Guatemalan ministry to care for orphans and widows.

Pray America founder Ron Morin is the guest speaker. Admission is $50 per person. Register to

Faith-based support for LGBT community available

Affirmation of York County is a newly-formed support group for people in faith communities who seek support and understanding for themselves and others in working through the issues confronted by gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people, their families and their friends.

Meetings are 7-8:30 p.m. the second Tuesday of each month at Grace Presbyterian Church, 2955 S.C. 160 West, Fort Mill. People of all faiths are welcome. For information, call Ellen at 803-417-0954 or Melissa at 803-547-6042, or email

Forever Friends meets monthly

Forever Friends is a praise and worship program for adults with disabilities and special needs ages 18 years and older. It is sponsored by Grace Community United Methodist Church and meets 6:30-8 p.m. the third Thursday of every month.

Grace Community Church is at 1190 Gold Hill Road in Fort Mill. Adults with disabilities or special needs are welcome to gather and socialize, sing songs, participate in group activities and just have fun. For details, call 803-548-4078.

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, and jobs.

Learn how to overcome the emotions that go with the loss and begin to function with joy in your life again. Groups meet 7 p.m. the first and fourth Fridays of each month.

For details, call Sandy Brazil at 803-329-1396.

Temple Solel meets at St. Philip Neri

Temple Solel, a Reform Jewish Congregation, holds Shabbat services and religious schooling at St. Phillip Neri Catholic Church, 292 Munn Road, Fort Mill.

Services are 7 p.m. the second and fourth Fridays of the month. Religious school is 6:30 p.m. Wednesdays.

For information, including directions, go to, find Temple Solel on Facebook or call Russ Cobe at 803-619-9707.

Sunday Night Live

Tega Cay Baptist Church has a program called Sunday Night Live.

From 5 to 6:30 p.m. Sundays, join the church for a variety of offerings, starting with a devotional kickoff from Pastor Brad, adult and children’s choir practice, the Traveling with God program for kids, and accountability prayer groups for men and women.

The church is at 1875 Gold Hill Road in Fort Mill. For more information, call 803-548-2600.

Oak Initiative meets Mondays

The Fort Mill chapter of The Oak Initiative meets 7:30 p.m. Mondays at Heritage International Ministries, 375 Star Light Drive, Fort Mill.

The Oak Initiative is a nondenominational organization committed to unite, mobilize, equip and activate residents to engage in issues of our time from a biblical worldview.

For information, call 803-487-0220.

Programs planed at Crossroads

Crossroads Lutheran in Indian Land and Amazing Grace Lutheran in Waxhaw, N.C., are hosting “Wednesday Night Live,” a time of food, fellowship and learning.

The program is at Amazing Grace, 416 W. North Main St., Waxhaw. Dinner begins 5:15 p.m., and the study follows at 6:15 p.m. Go to for more details.

•  Enjoy knitting and/or crocheting? Interested in learning how to knit and/or crochet? Bring your project, yarn and needles or make group projects (prayer shawls, scarves, etc.). The group meets at 6:30 p.m. the second and fourth Thursdays of each month at Crossroads Lutheran Church.

• Weather permitting, the Crossroads Lutheran Church Prayer Garden offers Stations of the Cross at Crossroads Lutheran Church, open to the public year-round, 8 a.m. to sunset. Booklets are available at the entrance of the garden with reflections and prayers to guide you on your walk. The church is at 8511 Shelley Mullis Road, Indian Land.

Flint Hill has clothes for needy

Flint Hill Baptist Church, 269 Flint Hill Road, Fort Mill, offers a Clothing Closet Ministry 9:30 a.m.-noon the second and fourth Monday of every month.

Adults’ and children’s clothes, shoes, linens and miscellaneous items are available. Details: 803-548-0672.

Temple Kol Ami meets at Unity

Temple Kol Ami meets for services 7:30 p.m. the first and third Friday of each month at Unity Presbyterian Church, 303 Tom Hall St., Fort Mill.

Details:; email, or call 803-701-0149.

Bible study at Faith Fitness

Faith Fitness Studio in Fort Mill will hold a free Bible study called “Fit for Christ” every Tuesday 7-7:45 p.m.

For information, call 803-389-7600 or go to

Stateline hires evangelist

The State Line Church of Christ, formerly of Fort Mill but now at 366 Crompton Road in Charlotte, has hired an evangelist.

Gale Towles, of Casey, Ill., will conduct “How to Study Your Bible” at 9:30 a.m. Sunday mornings. This class is designed to help people study on their own as well as in groups.

For more information, go to

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 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.

Call Nancy Manning at 803-547-4148 for details.

Crossroads men’s group

Lutheran Men in Mission is meeting 9 a.m. at Crossroads Lutheran Church, 8511 Shelley Mullis Road, Indian Land, the first Saturday of each month.


ESL classes held

English as a Second Language classes meet 7 p.m. Tuesday nights at Flint Hill Baptist Church, 269 Flint Hill Road, 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 803-548-4611.

Call in a prayer

Fort Mill Church of the Nazarene, 109 Harris St., has a time of prayer 9:15 a.m. Sunday mornings for the nation, church and any prayer requests. Call in your prayer requests to the church office any time at 803-548-4633.

Community Cafe offers lunch

The Community Cafe offers free weekly lunches at Lake Wylie Lutheran Church at the corner of Highway S.C. 160 West and Gold Hill Road in Fort Mill, near Tega Cay.

The cafe serves free lunches 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m. every Friday. Donations are accepted.

For information, call Pastor Rammy Lybrand at 803-548-5489 or Donald Murfin at 330-289-1243.

Cookbook for sale

The United Methodist Women at Osceola United Methodist Church have recently published a new cookbook, “A Taste of Friendship.” The cookbook is enclosed in a three-ring binder and is offered for sale for $15. To purchase, call Floy Ervin at 803-548-5404 or Loree Wolfe at 803-285-3719.

Community reading program

The United Churches of Fort Mill has organized “The Paradise Reading Center, Changing the lives of Families through Reading.” The objective is to improve literacy in the Fort Mill community.

The host site is Bethlehem Baptist Church, 601 Joe Louis St., Fort Mill, and the hours are 5-6 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays. Volunteers are welcome.

For more information, contact Ollie Hicklin at 803-370-5169 or hicklino

MOPS is for moms

Mothers of Preschoolers, an international, nondenominational Christian organization, meets at First Baptist Church, 121 Monroe White St., Fort Mill.

According to the group, “MOPS strives to create an environment where every mom can realize her beauty and importance from within – enriching the lives of their families.” Women with children through kindergarten meet bimonthly to encourage personal, social, and spiritual growth.

For more information, call the church office at 803-547-2051.

AWANA meets

• An AWANA/break out at Lakeshore Christian Fellowship, 130 Shoreline Parkway, Tega Cay, for children ages 3 through grade five is held from 6:45 p.m. to 8:15 p.m. Wednesdays. For details, call Kathy Baden, children’s pastor, at 803-548-2755, ext. 24.

• The AWANA program at GlenRock Baptist Church, 1815 Doby’s Bridge Road in Fort Mill, is for kids in kindergarten through grade five from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Sundays. For details, call 803-547-6420.

• AWANA meets at Westerly Hills Baptist Church, 1730 Doves Road, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Wednesdays. Everyone is invited. Call 803-547-6150 for details.

• Higher Ground Church, 8365 Possum Hollow Road in Fort Mill, holds AWANA from 6 p.m.-7:30 p.m. Sundays. Details: 803-802-3189.

Kids program held on Sundays

GlenRock Baptist Church, 1915 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 fifth grade, includes games and snacks

Outreach Center has music classes

World Outreach Center Community Church, 130 Heritage Blvd., Fort Mill, offers a series of classes for Christian artists and musicians.

Holy Creativity classes will meet 6:30 p.m. Mondays. Songwriting I and Tiffy’s Art classes will meet 8:05 p.m. Mondays. The classes cost $150 each or two for $250. Also, two free classes will be offered: Power of Prayer at 7 p.m. Tuesdays and Equipping I at 8:05 p.m. Tuesdays. For details, call 803-414-5171 or visit

Church offers medical equipment

Unity Presbyterian Church maintains a medical equipment supply closet with donated items such as wheelchairs, hospital beds, portable bedside commodes, toilet risers, shower chairs, walkers, crutches, canes and more. Call 803-547-5543.

Moms pray for students

Mom’s in Prayer (formerly Mom’s in Touch) meets 9 a.m. Thursdays to pray for local students. If you are interested in praying for your children in middle or high school, contact Marilyn Payton at 803-547-4520.

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