FAITH NOTES

Worship service celebrates diversity

A worship service designed to celebrate the diversity of the S.C. Conference of the United Methodist Church is set for 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at The Township. The service is open to the public.

“Celebrating Our Diversity” will emphasize the variety of cultures and worship styles within the church and South Carolina, and will include Native American, Hispanic, African American, Asian and Caucasian worship elements.

The service is part of an ongoing effort on the part of United Methodists nationwide to address racial diversity.

In South Carolina, United Methodists held a service of repentance for racist ties to the church’s history at their annual statewide meeting in May. The church also has sponsored a series of internal meetings in the past two years about the causes of racism and how to bridge racial differences .

For more information, call (803) 786-9486.

Koger will play host to gospel concert

The more than 200-voice All Conference Chorus of the Churches of Christ will perform a free gospel concert at 7:45 p.m. Saturday at Columbia’s Koger Center. The music will include traditional and contemporary gospel, including hymns and spirituals.

The chorus is part of the National Youth Conference of the Churches of Christ, which has been marking the group’s 50th anniversary this week on the USC campus.

For more information, call (803) 777-9444.

Watermelons, tomatoes, missions

Blaney Baptist Church of Elgin will hold a church social Sunday with tomato sandwiches and watermelon after a 6 p.m. youth report on missions.

South Carolina Watermelon Queen Julie Bryant of Greenville will be a special guest.

The church is at the intersection of Church Street and White Pond Road, just off U.S. 1 in Elgin.

Ridgeway plans back-to-school rally

Members of the Fairfield County Baptist Education and Missionary Association are sponsoring a 11/2-mile Back-to-School Walk and Prayer Rally at 6 p.m. Sunday.

For more information, call the church at (803) 337-3201.

Stephen Ministry seeks volunteers

Those interested in ministering to patients in the Palmetto Health Alliance system are encouraged to volunteer for the Stephen Ministers program. The deadline to apply is Aug. 20.

Volunteers must participate in 50 hours of training in a 20-week period. They also must commit to at least four volunteer hours a week for an additional 14 months.

The program works with hospital chaplains to meet the spiritual needs of patients and their families during hospitalizations.

For more information, call (803) 434-7555.

Faith Notes is compiled by Allison Askins. She can be reached by phone at (803) 771-8614 or by e-mail at aaskins@thestate.com.

July 27, 2001  State (published as The State)  Columbia, South Carolina
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