Everyone invited to Christmas services
At Grace Presbyterian Church, 2955 Hwy 160 West, Fort Mill, the following programs and services are scheduled:
• Longest Night Service 5 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 22. A quiet service of worship to acknowledge losses and experience the sustaining presence of God.
• Family Christmas Eve Candlelight Service 5 p.m. This family friendly service will feature the childrens choir, a Christmas story, hymns, candles and communion. Nursery is provided at this service only.
• Christmas Eve Candlelight Service 9 p.m. The later service will feature special music, hymns, a quiet meditation, candles and communion.
Fort Mill Church of the Nazarene, 109 Harris St, Fort Mill, will hold the following special services:
• During the 10:45 a.m. worship service Dec. 22 the adult choir will present a cantata, “Mary Did You Know.”
• 6 p.m. Dec. 24 Christmas Eve Candlelight and Communion service
At Crossroads Lutheran, 8511 Shelley Mullis Road, Indian Land:
• Childrens Christmas Programs 11 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 22.
• Christmas Eve Services: 7 p.m., a traditional candlelight service
Calvary Church has 3 services
Calvary Church, 5801 Pineville-Matthews Road, Charlotte, will hold Christmas Eve Services at 4, 6 and 8 p.m. Call 704.887.3671
Oak Initiative meets Mondays
The Fort Mill chapter of The Oak Initiative meets at 7:30 p.m. each Monday night 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.
Community Cafe offers lunch
The Community Cafe offers free weekly lunches at Lake Wylie Lutheran Church at the corner of Highway 160 W. and Gold Hill Road in Fort Mill, near Tega Cay.
The cafe serves free lunches every Friday 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Donations are accepted.
For information, call Pastor Lybrand at 548-5489 or Donald Murfin at 330-289-1243.
Temple Kol Ami meets at Unity
Temple Kol Ami meets for services the first and third Friday of each month at 7:30 p.m. at Unity Presbyterian Church, 303 Tom Hall St., Fort Mill.
Temple Solel meets at St. Philip Neri
Temple Solel, a Reform Jewish Congregation, is holding Shabbat services as well as religious schooling at St. Phillip Neri Catholic Church, 292 Munn Road, Fort Mill.
Services are held 7 p.m. the second and fourth Fridays of the month. Religious School is Wednesdays at 6:30 p.m.
For more information, including directions, go to templesolelsc.org. Find “Temple Solel SC” on Facebook or call Russ Cobe at 803-619-9707.
Flint Hill has clothes for needy
Flint Hill Baptist Church, 269 Flint Hill Road, Fort Mill, offers a Clothing Closet Ministry the second and fourth Monday of every month, 9:30 a.m.-noon.
Adults and children’s clothes, shoes, linens and miscellaneous items are available. For information, call 548-0672.
Gateway collects canned goods
The Gateway Church of God, 8558 Shelley Mullis Road, Indian Land, is collecting 15-ounce cans of green beans and corn for its annual Appalachia missions project. The goal is to collect 1,200 total cans to deliver to poverty-stricken areas of Kentucky in November.
Donations of food items can be brought to Gateway at 5 p.m. Wednesdays and 2-5 p.m. Sundays. A representative will be on hand to receive donations. For more information, call Saundra Ferguson at 803-581-3063.
Prayer garden open to public
Everyone is invited to visit the Community Prayer Garden with Stations of the Cross on the grounds of Crossroads Lutheran Church, 8511 Shelley Mullis Road, Indian Land. The garden, shaded with benches, is open from 8 a.m. to sunset daily. Booklets are available at the entrance of the garden with reflections and prayers to guide visitors on their walk.
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 548-5404 or Loree Wolfe at 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 @fort-mill.k12.sc.us.
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 bi-monthly to encourage personal, social, and spiritual growth.
For more information, call the church office at 547-2051.
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 in order 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 547-4148 for details.
ESL classes held
English as a Second Language classes meet at 7 p.m. every Tuesday night at Flint Hill Baptist Church in 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 548-4611.
Call in a prayer
Fort Mill Church of the Nazarene, 109 Harris St., has a time of prayer on Sunday mornings at 9:15 a.m. for the nation, church and any prayer requests. Call in your prayer requests to the church office any time at 548-4633.
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. on Wednesdays. For details, call Kathy Baden, children’s pastor, at 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 Sundays from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. For details, call 547-6420.
AWANA meets at Westerly Hills Baptist Church, 1730 Doves Road, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Wednesdays. Everyone is invited. Call 547-6150 for details.
Higher Ground Church, 8365 Possum Hollow Road in Fort Mill, holds AWANA from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Sundays. For details, call 802-3189.
Kids program held on Sundays
GlenRock Baptist Church, 1615 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
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 389-7600 or go to faithfitstudio.com.
Outreach Center has music classes
World Outreach Center Community Church, 130 Heritage Blvd., offers a series of classes for Christian artists and musicians.
Holy Creativity classes will meet Mondays at 6:30 p.m. Songwriting I and Tiffy’s Art classes will meet Mondays at 8:05 p.m. 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 414-5171 or visit worldoutreachcommunity.org.
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 547-5543.
Moms pray for students
Mom’s in Prayer (formerly Mom’s in Touch) meets on Thursdays at 9 a.m. to pray for local students. If you are interested in praying for your children in middle or high school, contact Marilyn Payton at 547-4520.
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 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. on the third Thursday of every month. Grace Community Church is located 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 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, jobs, loved ones, dreams, friends, etc. Learn how to overcome the emotions that go along with the loss and begin to function with joy in your life again. Groups meet at 7 p.m. the first and fourth Fridays of each month.
For details, call Sandy Brazil at 329-1396.
It’s ... Sunday Night Live!
Tega Cay Baptist Church has a program called Sunday Night Live.
From 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Sundays, join the church for a variety of offerings, starting with a devotional kick-off 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 located at 1875 Gold Hill Road in Fort Mill. For more information, call 54 8-2600.
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