• Sandy River Baptist Assoc. celebrates a Day of Giving

    Donors and volunteers to the Sandy River Baptist Association Lower Division Day of Giving last week opened their hearts and their closets. As a result, they made Christmas better for some Chester residents.

    The association set up inside of the old movie theater on Dec. 19 at Cestrian Square and had toys and clothing to give away for anyone in the community that could use them.

    The Day of Giving was about meeting the needs of the community, said Pine Grove Baptist Church Pastor Jerome Boyd.

  • Answering the pulpit's call

    He’s retired before, but something keeps pulling the Rev. Dr. W.T. Holmes back to the pulpit. Now on Dec. 31, he will deliver his last sermon from the pulpit at Carmel Presbyterian Church in Chester.

    Dr. Holmes has served in the ministry for 36 years at different churches, 16 of them at Carmel.

  • Purity Pastor calls for "another God-orchestrated moment"

    Purity Presbyterian Church Pastor Jason Myers has sent out a challenge to the community and to his fellow churches, echoing a challenge about housing in the community that was first made by City of Chester Council members Angela Douglas and Carlos Williams. The challenge? Raise enough money to get some houses built in Chester for those who need them.

  • 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.