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Vacation Bible School

  • Mount Carmel UM Church, 12457 Heritage Highway, Bamberg: 5-8 p.m. Friday, Aug. 10. Children, adults invited.


  • Bull Swamp Baptist Church: 6 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 12; 7 p.m. Monday-Thursday, Aug. 13-16.
  • Bethlehem Missionary Baptist Church, 463 Bethlehem Church Road, Olar: 2 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 12; 7 p.m. Monday-Friday, Aug. 13-17. 803-368-3005.
  • Capernaum Missionary Baptist Church, Denmark: 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 12. Public invited.
  • Good Hope Missionary Baptist Church, 115 N. Metts St., St. George: 7:30 p.m. Tuesday-Thursday, Aug. 14-16.
  • Rome Baptist Church, Denmark: 2 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 19; 7 p.m. Monday-Friday, Aug. 20-24. Public invited.
  • Mount Nebo United Methodist Church, 1919 Kennerly Road: 7 p.m. Wednesday-Friday, Aug. 22-24.
  • Felderville AME Church, 1081 Woolbright Road, Santee: 3 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 26; 7 p.m. Monday, Aug. 27.
  • Mount Zion United Methodist Church, 17 Pulpit Road, Midway community, Bamberg: 7 p.m. Tuesday-Thursday, Aug. 28-30; 11 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 2.
  • Mount Carmel UM Church, 12457 Heritage Highway, Bamberg: 7 p.m. Wednesday-Friday, Aug. 29-31.


  • One Hundred Distinguished Christian Women Ministry seeking members for its board of directors and committee. Sister Mary-Jullia “Queen M” Kemp, 803-664-3808;
  • Gospel Temple of Deliverance to have a back-to-school bash at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 10, and noon Sunday, Aug. 12. 803-682-0473. Family and Friends Day: 4 p.m. Aug. 12. Empowerment Service: 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 16.
  • Barnwell First Baptist Church to hold a bargain sale 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday-Saturday, Aug. 10-11, to benefit the elevator fund. 21 Allen St., Barnwell.
  • 103rd celebration of the Good Hope Picnic set for 3 p.m.-midnight Friday, Aug. 10, at Good Hope Picnic Ground, Highway 267 between Lone Star and Elloree. 803-826-6500, 910-650-8769.
  • Prospect United Methodist Church, Rowesville, will hold a Community Healing Service, 7 p.m. Friday, Aug. 10. Public invited.
  • First Lady’s Tea honoring Women of Distinction at 1 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 11, at Brown AME Church. Donations: $10.
  • St. Paul Baptist Church, 2259 Rowesville Road, to hold free “Share the Word” seminar 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 11. Open to public. Pre-registration required; registration at 9:30 a.m. Call church office by Friday to advise if you wish to attend and number in your group. 803-536-6213, 803-534-0422;
  • First Peter Baptist Church to hold a shopping trip to Concord Mills Outlet, Charlotte, N.C., on Saturday, Aug. 11. Departure at 8 a.m. from Bamberg County Courthouse; return time at 8 p.m. Information: 803-295-3404; 803-662-2396; 803-383-4290. Pastor and First Lady’s Appreciation Service: 2 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 19.

  • St. James Church of God, 1946 Kennerly Road, Orangeburg, sponsoring “Back to School Bash” 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 11. School supplies will be given away. Public invited.

  • Mount Sinai Missionary Baptist Church’s Missionary Ministry and Sister Mary Myers and the Team of Joy will have a free singout at 4 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 12. 258 Hickson Drive. Missionary Ministry’s anniversary: 3 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 26.

  • Youth Ministry of Warren Chapel Baptist Church, 950 Five Chop Road, presents Operation Get Smart, a crime prevention/public awareness program in which selected team of inmates speaks about their crimes to deter youth from making poor decisions. 6-8 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 15.

  • Silas United Methodist Church, 13275 Old Number Six Highway, Eutawville, celebrating United Methodist Women Day on Sunday, Aug. 12, during morning worship service. Family and Friends Week beginning Aug. 22-26, with revival at 7 p.m. Aug. 22-24. Family and Friends Picnic, 10 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 25; will be accumulating Sunday, Aug. 26.
  • Kingdom Life Ministries, 1172 Orangeburg Mall Circle, to hold "Back to School" prayer at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 14. All current students K-12 and collegiate, faculty, staff and administrators are invited. Information: 803-534-1980.
  • Men’s Council of St. Luke Presbyterian Church to hold “Get Excited about Jesus Christ,” 4 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 26, at the church, 324 Mingo St. (across from Howard Middle School). William Free, 864-429-9741; Rev. Karey Poinsette, 843-708-2453, 803-997-2213.
  • Public invited to attend monthly Taize service at Trinity United Methodist Church, Bamberg. Taize is a gathering of people in a quiet place to seek God’s presence; music, scripture and prayer focus the period of silent meditation. Non-denominational, open to public, come as you are. Noon-12:30 p.m. every fourth Tuesday of the month at Trinity, Heritage Highway, Bamberg. Next service Tuesday, Aug. 28.
  • Canaan UMC, 5659 Slab Landing Road, to hold exercise class at 6 p.m. each Wednesday.
  • Bonnie’s Bunch of First Baptist Church of Orangeburg is offering several trips for senior adults, 50 and up. Reservations: 803-534-5434.
  • Mount Carmel United Methodist Church’s weekly services: 8 a.m., Sunday; 9 a.m., morning worship Sunday; 6 p.m. Wednesday, Bible study/all ages; 9 a.m. on fifth Sunday, “Spirit Sunday” (feel free to wear jeans or easy-wear clothing).
  • Celebrate Recovery program, 6 p.m. Mondays at Cornerstone and 6:30 p.m. Fridays at Northside Baptist Church.
  • Greater New Hope St. Paul Way of the Cross Church International, 1653 Goff Ave., services: 7:30 p.m. week nights; noon Saturday, Pack the Pews; 4 p.m. Sunday. 803-531-4260.
  • New Covenant Fellowship Hall of Faith, 1311 Windsor St., Orangeburg, grief counseling support group meets 10-11 a.m. Tuesdays. 803-779-9591.
  • New Hope Baptist Church, 4000 Riverbank Drive, holding Bible study 10-11 a.m. Tuesdays. Public invited.
  • Global Outreach Ministries, 201 Columbia Mall Blvd., Suite 239, Columbia, offering a clothes and food bank, traveling prayer team, Tuesday night Bible study. 803-743-6618; Facebook: GlobalOutreachMinistriesSC.
  • It’s All About Jesus World Ministries Inc., 489 Broughton St., holds regular services: 9:45 a.m. Sunday teaching, 11 a.m. Sunday worship; 6:30 p.m. Monday prayer; 7 p.m. Tuesday teaching.
  • Edisto Drive Church of God holding free 26-lesson Bible-study course for every Christian, with certification program. 7 p.m. Thursdays, 1400 Baxter St., or by phone via conference call number (712-775-7031, code 195-390). Free course materials, (click "Bible Study" link and download Training_For_Service_MDSG, along with other resources). “Alive at Five!” at 5 p.m. Sundays. 803-997-0723.
  • Word of Life Outreach Ministries, 1072 Boulevard, holds nightly services: 7 p.m. second and fourth Fridays of each month. Prayer line (803-937-5901): 7-8 p.m. Monday-Friday, 3-5 p.m. Sunday. 803-378-7324.
  • Orangeburg Lutheran Church, 610 Ellis Ave., invites interested singers or bell ringers to join its Chancel and Bell Choirs. Rehearsals Wednesday: 6:30-7:30 p.m., Bell Choir; 7:30-8 p.m., Chancel Choir. No auditions required. 803-534-1192, 703-851-6353. “Little Libraries” accepting books at church office, 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Tuesdays-Fridays, 610 Ellis Ave. “Little Libraries” will be at corner of educational unit, Fair Street, opposite Orangeburg County school offices.
  • Fellowship of Praise Church in Santee: Refuge Addiction Support Group meeting, 7 p.m. Wednesdays.
  • Women’s Prayer Ministry of St. Stephen United Methodist Church, 4500 North Road, services: prayer service at 6:15 p.m., Bible study at 6:30 p.m. Wednesdays; Sunday school, 8 a.m., and regular services, 9 a.m. Sundays.
  • Bethany Full Gospel Church, 692 Glenzell Road, Orangeburg, to have services 7 p.m. Wednesday, Bible study; 7-7:30 p.m. Saturday, I Care Ministry Broadcast (channel 7); 9 a.m. Sunday school, 10 a.m. morning worship. 803-937-6064, 803-536-9968.
  • Shiloh Baptist Church services: second and fourth Sundays: Bible study, 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays; Sunday school, 9 a.m.; morning service, 10 a.m.
  • Greater Macedonia Missionary Baptist Church, 625 Cook Road, services: 8 a.m., Sunday school; 9:15 a.m., Sunday worship service (8 a.m., fifth Sunday only); 10:45 a.m. service.
  • St. Paul’s United Methodist Church, 1356 Amelia St.: Singers invited to join Chancel Choir for Sunday mornings. Rehearsals: 6:30-7:30 p.m. Wednesday. No auditions required. 803-534-1701. Daycare information, 803-534-6518.
  • Full Gospel Word Church, 473 Broughton St. 10 a.m. Sunday morning service.
  • God’s Kingdom, 1520 Five Chop Road, holds Sunday services at 3 p.m., D’Vine on Russell Street, 1531 Russell St. Bible study, 7 p.m. Wednesdays. Building Bridges, 7 p.m. on the first, third and fourth Fridays of each month. F.A.T. Fridays (Faith Anointed Teaching) are held 7 p.m., second Friday of each month. Be Real Women’s Night, 7 p.m. third Tuesday of each month. 1520 Five Chop Road, 803-268-9818.
  • Turkey Branch Missionary Baptist Church will hold noon-day prayer each Friday in Livingston, White Building Center next to playground. 803-446-3091.
  • Word of Life Outreach Ministries, 1072 Boulevard, nightly services: 7 p.m. second and fourth Fridays of each month. Prayer line (803-937-5901): 7-8 p.m. Monday-Friday, 3-5 p.m. Sunday. 803-378-7324.
  • Bless Life Youth Empowerment program at noon Saturdays, 1550 Wingate St., Orangeburg.
  • Kingdom Life Ministries’ new service time is 10:45 a.m. Sundays. 1172 Orangeburg Mall Circle. 803-534-1980.
  • Progressive Church of Our Lord Jesus Christ, 282 Progressive Way, Denmark: Evangelism services at 3 p.m., second, third and fourth Sundays.
  • Garden City Church of Christ, 1630 Joe S. Jeffords Highway, 21 Bypass: 10 a.m. Sundays, Bible study; 11 a.m. and 6 p.m. Sundays, worship services; 7-8 p.m. Wednesdays, Bible study.
  • Emanuel AME Church, 1897 Hudson Road, Cope: 8:30-9 a.m., Good News Hour, WSSB 90.3 FM; 8:45-9:45 a.m. Sundays, church school.
  • New Jerusalem Baptist Church, 684 Sugar Hill Road, Holly Hill, will hold Sunday school 9:30-10:30 a.m.; devotion, 10:30-11 a.m.; worship services, 11 a.m.
  • Gamay Faith Ministries, 1410 Eutaw Road, Holly Hill, holds Sunday worship at 11 a.m.; Tuesday’s prayer, 7 p.m.; Bible study, 7:30 p.m. 803-759-1093,
  • United Outreach Ministry, 1117 Georgia St., Springfield, to hold regular service on first Sunday of each month, 4 p.m. Each Sunday: 10 a.m., Sunday school; 11 a.m., devotional service. 803-571-5708.
  • Hickory Hill UMC in Smoaks worship service, 1 p.m. third Sundays. Worship is at 10 a.m. second and fourth Sundays; church school is at 9 a.m. second and fourth Sundays and noon third Sunday.
  • Right Choice, Fresh Start Farmers Market, a health center-based market, offers free nutrition education and training classes to churches throughout Orangeburg County. 803-707-5751, 803-531-6900.

Soup kitchens, food banks

  • New Mount Zion Baptist Church Food Pantry: 10 a.m.-noon Mondays; 10 s.m.-11:45 a.m., 1-2 p.m. Wednesdays; noon-1:30 p.m. second and fourth Saturdays. 1739 Amelia St., 803-53
  • Elem Missionary Baptist Church, Harleyville: 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Wednesdays, church dining hall. 843-462-7242.
  • Trinity UMC: noon-1 p.m. third and fourth Wednesdays, 185 Boulevard St. NE.
  • First Baptist Church: 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Thursdays, 1240 Russell St.
  • Williams Chapel AME Church: 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Fridays, 1198 Glover St.
  • Refuge Temple of Praise: 10:30 a.m.-noon first and third Saturdays, 115 Popular St.
  • Greater Faith Baptist Church: 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Saturdays, Fellowship Hall, 203 Dorchester St. 803-536-5258.
  • Progressive Church of Our Lord Jesus Christ: 9-11 a.m. third Saturday. 282 Progressive Way, Denmark. Delivery services for home-bound clients, must have a S.C. ID and Denmark address; 803-703-0308. Sandra Isaac, 803-703-0308.

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