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Religion

  • World Communion Day, the Scottish Presbyterian Way

    World Communion Sunday is Oct. 2. Thousands of congregations across the nation will observe a special remembrance service commemorating the Last Supper of Jesus with His disciples.

  • Local author's book released nationwide

  • Purity goes on a mission of hope

  • A half-century of service

    Betty McManus is dedicated, dependable and gifted by God with “a calling” to play music, the members of West Side Baptist Church say. On Sunday, members of the church will celebrate the end of McManus' five-decades of music service when she retires as church musician.
    McManus, 80, who plays the piano “by ear” meaning that she does not use notes to play music, has played the piano for as long as she can remember, she says.

  • Greenwood built God's Kingdom...one child at a time

    If you spend a few minutes in Children’s Church at the Saluda Street Church of God among the crowd of energetic children, you get some idea of what Children’s Pastor Eva Greenwood deals with every Sunday; when you learn she has done this for 48 years, you marvel at her stamina and patience. Earlier last month, “Sister Eva” as many of the children call her, decided it was time to close the book on her teaching career.

  • A new face in the pulpit, a new voice in the community

    This Sunday, the Rev. Jason Myers will officially be installed as the pastor of Purity Presbyterian Church in Chester. He’s been doing the job of a pastor for about three months, but this will be his formal installation. Purity is the first church he has been called to since his graduation in May.
    “The way it works, when a congregation calls a new pastor, there’s an official installation service. That will be Sunday at 3 p.m.” Rev. Myers said.

  • Waldrip celebrates 25 years at First Baptist Church

    Rev. Clay Waldrip said he didn't choose Chester as his adopted home.
    "The Lord called me and placed me here," Waldrip said.
    On Sunday, First Baptist Church will celebrate Waldrip's 25 years as its pastor. In his quarter of a century in Chester, Waldrip has become not only a leader of his church, but a leader of is community as well.

  • Blessings come on two wheels (and sometimes three)

    Ask if the Ride for Jesus event on Sunday was a success, and anyone going past the Fred’s store parking lot in Chester that morning could tell you: the gathering drew at least 100 motorcycles and riders, if not more.
    The event was started by Mt. Zion Baptist Church in Blackstock. Pastor Wendell Wylie joined ride organizer (and motorcycle rider) Al Boyd in the parking lot that morning.
    Boyd said he was pleased with the participation, even though the weather may have kept a few riders from showing up.

  • "Fried chicken, Jesus and motorcycles"

    They say God moves in mysterious ways; Al Boyd thinks He would have traveled on a Honda motorcycle.
    The ever-cheerful Boyd of Mt. Zion Baptist Church in Blackstock is the organizer of the third annual Ride for Jesus, a gathering of motorcycle riders and others of like mind that begins on Sunday at the Fred’s parking lot in Chester and usually proceeds to Mt. Zion Baptist Church, but the event is expecting so many people this year, the services have been moved to the Gateway Conference Center.

  • Jesse Jackson coming to Chester on Sunday

    Civil rights activist and minister Jesse Jackson Sr. will be in Chester this weekend.
    Jackson, who sought the Democratic Party's nomination for president in 1984 and 1988 (becoming the first African-American man to do so) will make an appearance at Calvary Baptist Church's 11 a.m. Sunday Worship Service. It will be the first time Jackson has visited the church.
    "We're friends. I've worked with him for the Rainbow PUSH Coalition (Jackson's social justice and political action group) ," said Joseph Neal, the minister at Calvary Baptist.