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Are you ready for Christmas? It's coming, and with it a deluge of the unchurched into our houses of worship. Studies show that American congregations post their highest attendance numbers on significant religious holidays such as Easter or … more
Allen Chapel AME Church, 471 Lynam Road, announces: * Sunday - Christmas program will immediately follow the 10 a.m. worship. Bethlehem Missionary Baptist Church, 4319 Rowe Drive, Summerton, announces: * Thursday, Dec. 25 - Christmas … more
Trinity Missionary Baptist Church's is going all out for Christmas this year. "We've done productions in the past but not of this magnitude," said Sandra Williams, drama ministry director. The worship center located at 155 Wall St. will … more
Trinity United Methodist Church has elected to celebrate Christmas in a different way and at a different time of day this year. On Sunday, the chancel choir and congregation will present "A Classic Christmas" beginning at 5 p.m., rather than during … more
Every year, the critics of Christmas - the religious aspect of the holiday, anyway - plod out their annual detractions which, in one way or another, seek to diminish the specific religious connotations of the holiday. It could be something simple … more
EARLY DEADLINE: The Sumter Item will not publish on Thursday, Dec. 25 (Christmas Day). Therefore, Church News will publish on Friday, Dec. 26, instead. Deadline for Dec. 26 Church News is noon on Thursday, Dec. 18. Agape Outreach Ministries, 328 … more
There are certain rules we abide by during the gift-giving season. Prime example: We might verbally agree with our co-workers to a spending amount so as not to create a disparity in the values of the gifts we give to one another and create an … more
While some people are wrapping up the year along with presents, Immanuel Lutheran Church's first pastor has already celebrated his inaugural year. "It's been delicious with all the layers of meaning that word evokes," said Pastor Gary Blobaum. … more
Agape Outreach Ministries, 328 W. Liberty St., announces: * Sunday, Dec. 14 - Healing and miracle service at 11 a.m. Pastor Wanda Barnett will speak. Bethlehem Missionary Baptist Church, 14 Brand St., announces: * Today-Sunday - … more
On Thanksgiving, the cash registers of many a retail establishment will ping with the first sales of the official Christmas season. Stores are offering those sought-after items at great prices, and who doesn't love a good deal? But those who must … more
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