• Area churches plan benefit for bookstore shooting victim

    Gathering together with the single intent to “help out a sister in Christ,” a group of people from some churches in the county are planning a benefit to help “Miss Annie” McFadden, who is recovering from two gunshot wounds she received in August when an assailant attacked herself and her daughter in the Father Son Holy Spirit Christian Bookstore in Chester.

    The group met at Community Church Thursday morning to work out the details of the benefit, tentatively planned for Jan. 12 and 13, 2018, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

  • Calvary Baptist Church will show you "The Road to Bethlehem"

    Many have sought it. The Three Kings found it. King Herod and his soldiers missed it. Now, in a performance dedicated to the late Skip Bates, Calvary Baptist Church will lead visitors to “The Road to Bethlehem.”

  • Sharing their blessings

    Thomas and Joyce Currence say they have been blessed each step of the way as they have set up the Mission House of Chester. They want to share those blessings.

    The two will be staging the first of what they hope will become an annual “After Thanksgiving Meal” for the community on Saturday from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. at 627 Columbia Street.

  • 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.

  • Brothers for a cause

    They are pastors from different backgrounds and different walks of life, but they call themselves Brothers in Christ, and they have come together for a common cause; to deal in a positive way with issues facing youth in the Fort Lawn community.
    Pastor Earl Stringfellow of Mt. Pilgrim Baptist Church and Pastor Larry Linderman of Fort Lawn Baptist began to come together when they started to hear and see some of the youth in the community making mistakes and bad choices, said Stringfellow.