• "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.

  • Sunday morning at Mother Emanuel

    Editor's note: Chester High School graduate Joseph Kovas is working for the summer with a program called Students in Mission at Johns Island. This past Sunday, he attended the first service at Emanuel A.M.E. Church (Mother Emanuel) in Charleston since the June 17 shootings. Here are his impressions of that service:

  • Church Calendar For Friday, Jan. 31, 2014

    Armenia UMC
    • Men's breakfast, Sunday.
    • Book Club, 5 p.m. Sunday.
    • Bible study, 2 p.m. Wednesday. Choir practice at 6:30 p.m.
    • AA meetings are held at 8 p.m. Wednesdays in the fellowship hall.

    Battered But Not Broken Ministries

  • Bethel UMC to celebrate 175 years

  • Richburg UMC has "A God-sized vision"

    The Richburg United Methodist Church celebrated its 125th anniversary on Oct. 7 with much fan fare.
    At this homecoming and church anniversary service, about 100 friends and family gathered to thank God for their many years of existence as a church family, said pastor, the Rev. Linda T. Jenkins.
    “It was an amazing day!” she said.

  • Walking revival

    Rev. Keith Hinson has been working and planning for revival for more than a month now, but not the revival at his own church.
    Hinson is pastor of Woodward Baptist Church. In September, he and members of his congregation embarked on "40 Days of Revival," walking through Chester each day carrying a cross. The walks, which take place every day except Wednesday and Sunday do end about the time the church's revival starts on Oct. 14, but Hinson said his vision reaches beyond the walls of Woodward.

  • A well-spent summer...by Rev. Will McBrayer

    This summer my wife and I were able to join Liberty Baptist church on a mission trip to Haiti. Before we could even get the idea in our heads, our son Blair who is only nine-years-old, said he wanted to go.
    We explained that there wouldn’t be any air-conditioning and it wouldn’t at all be like a trip to the beach. He wasn’t concerned about that and was ready to go.
    The wonderful people at Liberty were so accepting of our little missionary.

  • Organ concert planned for Purity...by Shamira McCray

    Purity Presbyterian Church welcomes back Timothy Smith. He is the former interim director of music and organist for Purity. Smith will be in concert on Sunday, July. 29 at the church and will perform a recital completely from memory. The organ concert will begin at 7 p.m. It is expected to draw crowds from Chester, as well as the Columbia and Charlotte regions.
    “Tim is a long time organist at Purity,” Ed West, interim director of music at the church, said. “He was well known in our community and part of our chorus.”