Special church activities and services are announced
Special programs and other activities in churches this week include the following:
Abingdon Episcopal Church, White Marsh, is on its summer schedule with one Sunday service at 9:30 a.m. The service will alternate between Rite I and Rite II.
The dates for the parish weekend at Shrine Mont will be Oct. 24-26. Call the church at 693-3035 for more information.
Abundant Harvest Worship Center
Abundant Harvest Worship Center, Gloucester, will not have services this week. Regular services will resume at Ware Academy at 10:30 a.m. Sunday, July 27.
Vacation Bible School will be held at Antioch Baptist Church, Susan, from 6-8 p.m. Monday through Friday, July 25. Classes will be held for preschool through adults. Dinner for youth will be served at 5:30 daily.
Apostles Lutheran Church, Gloucester, will hold a dog wash from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, July 26. Cost will be $5 per dog. All proceeds will be donated to the Gloucester-Mathews Care Clinic. The Gloucester-Mathews Humane Society representatives will also be there with dogs available for adoption; everyone is encouraged to bring an unopened can or bag of dog food for the society.
Bellamy United Methodist
Bellamy United Methodist Church, Gloucester, will hold worship services at 8:30 and 11 a.m. Sunday.
Vacation Bible School, “Workshop of Wonders,” will be held from 5:30-8 p.m. Sunday through Thursday, July 24. A light supper will be served. All children ages three years through fifth grade are invited to attend. An adult Bible study will run in conjunction with the VBS.
Bethany United Methodist
The sermon title of Pastor Debbie Marion of Bethany United Methodist Church, Gloucester Point, for both the 8:30 and 11 a.m. Sunday services will be “Hemmed In.”
Pastor Michael W. Jackson of Bethel Baptist Church, Gloucester, will deliver the message at 11 a.m. Sunday. The New Life Gospel Choir will sing.
Bethel will celebrate its 147th anniversary, beginning with praise and prayer at 3 p.m., followed by the anniversary celebration at 3:30. Guest preacher will be Pastor Robert Diggs of Tabernacle Baptist Church in Petersburg. Dinner will be served following the morning service.
Bethel United Methodist
The Rev. Ralph Satter, pastor of Bethel United Methodist Church, Onemo, will preach at both the 8:30 and 11 a.m. Sunday services. Prayer meeting will be held at 6:45 tonight.
The trustees will sponsor an ice cream social from 6-8 p.m. Saturday. After 7 p.m., a quart of ice cream will be $5 if available.
The Men’s Life Group will meet at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday in Riverside Convalescent Center-Mathews.
Beulah Baptist Church, Ware Neck, continues its Vacation Bible School, “Jungle Safari: Where Kids Explore the Nature of God!“ from 9 a.m.-noon through Friday for ages three years through sixth graders.
Calvary Baptist Church, Ordinary, continues its Vacation Bible School, “Rescue Zone,” from 6:30-8:30 p.m. through Friday.
Central United Methodist
The sermon title of the Rev. Suzanne Gibson, pastor of Central United Methodist Church, Mathews, at both the 8:30 and 11 a.m. Sunday services will be “What About the Weeds?”
The United Methodist Women will host an ice cream social at 3 p.m. Sunday, July 27. In addition to homemade ice cream, the BayBells will present a concert of Broadway tunes. Donations will go to assist the Mattaponi Healing Eagle Clinic.
Church of Abraham
Church of Abraham, Ordinary, continues its Vacation Bible School, “Workshop of Wonders,” from 6-8 o’clock through tonight.
Pastor Sheron P. Green will preach at the 8 a.m. Sunday service. The “Seed of Faith” praise team will lead praise and worship.
On Saturday, the Men’s Ministry will have a car wash at Tractor Supply at 10 a.m. and a lemonade stand fundraiser will be set up at Farm Fresh from 1-5 p.m. to benefit the Children’s Hospital of The King’s Daughters.
Church of the Living Word
The sermon title of Minister Everett Holland of Bethel Restoration Center, Williamsburg, at 10 a.m. Sunday at Church of the Living Word, Hayes, will be “In the Name of Jesus.”
“Revelation of Jesus Christ” will be the topic for 7 p.m. Wednesday Bible study.
Daniel Marr will deliver the message at 10:45 a.m. Sunday in Faith Baptist Church, Bohannon. Special music will be by Paul Edwards. Evening Bible studies will be held at 6 o’clock.
First Baptist, Mathews
The Women Ministry of First Baptist Church, Mathews, will hold a bake sale on Saturday at Best Value Supermarket, Mathews. All members are asked to have their baked goods at the church by 7:30 a.m., a release said.
First Baptist, Ordinary
A recognition service for Deacon Frank Jarvis will be held from 3-6 p.m. Saturday at New Creations Ministries, Cobbs Creek.
The Rev. Eric Elam of Richmond, will preach during the 11 a.m. Sunday service at First Baptist. Music will be provided by the Youth Choir, directed by Shaunte Townes.
Tuesday Bible study will be at 6:30 p.m.
First Morning Star Baptist
First Morning Star Baptist Church, Bena, continues its revival services at 7 o’clock through tonight. The Rev. Dr. Anthony Cooper of Miracle Temple Baptist Church, Newport News, is the speaker; he will be accompanied by his choir and church family.
A Deacon’s Ministry meeting will be held at 9 a.m. Saturday.
Pastor Larry J. Arrington will preach at the 11 a.m. Sunday communion service. Music will be rendered by the Senior Choir under the direction of Linda B. Burrell.
The sermon title at the 8:15, 9:30 and 11 a.m. Sunday services in First Presbyterian Church, Gloucester, will be “The High Cost of Foolishness.”
Gloucester Point Baptist
The sermon title of Pastor Bud Goude of Gloucester Point Baptist Church at 11 a.m. Sunday will be “What’s First.” The C.A.R.E. ministry will meet at 2 p.m.
Groves Memorial Presbyterian
Groves Memorial Presbyterian Church, Glass, will hold Adult Vacation Bible School from 6:45-8:15 p.m. Monday-Friday, July 25. Leave name and a contact number on the church answering machine, 642-9698, if you are interested in attending one or more of these sessions: Monday, “Which Bible Should I Read?,” Tuesday, “What Happened to My Church?,” Wednesday, “The Story of Moses” (basket weaving craft), Thursday, “Meals of the Bible,” Friday, “The Problem with God” (pizza night). The public is invited; most classes are designed as discussion, a release said.
Gwynn’s Island Baptist
Dr. Ed Jordan, pastor of Gwynn’s Island Baptist Church, will preach the third in a series of sermons on the Lord’s Prayer at 11 a.m. Sunday. His title will be “Give Us our Daily Bread.” The church choir will provide special music.
Kingston Episcopal Parish
The Explorers’ Class of Kingston Episcopal Parish House, Mathews, will meet at 1 p.m. Monday.
On Wednesday, Holy Eucharist will be held at noon in the Meditation Chapel and Endowment Committee will meet at 4:30 p.m., all at the Parish House.
Lighthouse Worship Center
The sermon title of Pastor Ken Cramer of Lighthouse Worship Center, Ordinary, at 10 a.m. Sunday will be “Summer in the Word.” An early service will be held at 8 o’clock.
Prayer is every Saturday morning at 7 o’clock and Sunday morning at 9.
Wednesday activities at 7 p.m. include: classes for adults, Royal Rangers (boys K-12th grade), Girls’ Ministries (girls K-eighth grade), and Verge Youth Ministry (teenagers sixth-12th grades).
A baptism will be held on Sunday, July 27. If you want to be baptized, contact Pastor Daniel McKee or stop by the church office to sign up.
Living Waters Church, Dutton, invites everyone to “Convincing Proofs from South America,” regarding credibility of the Bible, by Wayne Wozniak, at 9:30 a.m. Sunday.
The Urbanna Puppet Ministry will present a puppet show at Mathews Baptist Church, Hudgins, at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday. The event is free for adults, as well as kids. There will also be a time of prayer at 6 o’clock plus pie and ice cream following the puppet show.
Mathews Chapel United Methodist
Vacation Bible School, “Workshop of Wonders,” will be held at Locust Grove UMC, Dutton, from 6-8 p.m. July 24 and 25 and from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, July 26, with a picnic following. The closing ceremony will be at 11 a.m. Sunday, July 27, at Locust Grove. For more information, call Alda Barnett at 725-9463.
New Creation Ministries
New Creation Ministries, Cobbs Creek, will hold a “By His Stripes We Are Healed,” a healing and breakthrough service, at 7 p.m. Friday.
Worship will be held at 11 a. m. Sunday. Youth and adult classes will precede the service at 10 with a free breakfast.
Wednesday worship will begin at 7 p.m.
New Hope Independent Baptist
New Hope Independent Baptist Church, Ark, will be open from 8:30-9 a.m. Saturday for coffee and fellowship. The church food pantry will be held from 9-11 a.m. Pastor David Seabolt will lead devotions at the Cary House Adult Home at 6:30 p.m.
Mr. Seabolt will conduct the 11a.m. and 6 p.m. Sunday services.
Church members will conduct visitation in the Gloucester community beginning 6 p.m. Tuesday.
Wednesday’s worship service conducted by Mr. Seabolt and Bible Truth Kids will begin at 7 p.m.
New Mt. Zion Baptist
New Mt. Zion Baptist Church, Woods Cross Roads, will hold its Food Ministry from 9-11 a.m. Saturday.
The Rev. Vincent A. Pryor, pastor, will preach at 11 a.m. Sunday. The Male Chorus will provide the music. The first anniversary of Mr. Pryor will be celebrated at 3 p.m. The Rev. Robert Thompkins, assistant pastor of the Church of Abraham, Ordinary, will be the guest preacher. He will be accompanied by his choir, ushers and church family. Dinner will be served at 1 o’clock.
New Point Friends
Matthew Lawson, head football coach of Tabb High School and son of Pastor Bill Lawson and Janet Lawson, will speak at the 11 a.m. Sunday service in New Point Friends Church.
The sermon title of Pastor Mike Gray of Newington Baptist Church, Gloucester, at 10:15 a.m. Sunday will be “The Hour of Darkness.” The Gloucester United Emergency Shelter Team (GUEST) will meet at 4:30 p.m. at Susanna Wesley United Methodist Church, Ordinary, to celebrate its first year of ministry.
Other activities include: today through Sunday, the church will host Impact; Monday, Vacation Bible School at Gloucester Learning Center in Gloucester Point through Friday and 6:30 p.m., Lighthouse Ladies meet; Wednesday, 6 p.m., prayer meeting, 6:30-8, choir practice and youth meet.
Olive Branch United Methodist
The United Methodist Men of Olive Branch United Methodist Church, Gloucester, will meet at the church for breakfast at 8 a.m. Sunday. The worship service will begin at 9:30.
“Workshop of Wonders” Vacation Bible School will be held from 5:45-8 p.m. Sunday, July 27 through Thursday, July 31. Call the church office at 693-3754 to register.
Petsworth Baptist Church, Gloucester, will hold Vacation Bible School, “Wilderness Escape,” from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Sunday through Thursday, July 24 in the Worship/Activity Center. There will be classes for two-year olds through rising seventh graders plus a class for adults taught by Coleen Cason. Childcare will be provided for children of the adults who attend the adult study plus a light dinner will be provided for them. Call the church office for more information.
Girls’ summer Bible study/craft day for grades 3-6, will be held from 10-11:30 a.m. Tuesday, led by Heather Whitson. Bring a white mug to personalize.
The sermon title at the 11 a.m. Sunday service in Reedswood Christian Church, Gloucester, will be “Opposition of the Church.”
Ladies’ Bible study will meets at 10 a.m. today. Youth and Adult Bible study will be held at 7 p.m. Wednesday.
Relevant Church will meet at 10 a.m. Sunday in Lee-Jackson Elementary School, Mathews.
Wednesday Bible study will be held at 7 p.m. at Mathews Women’s Fitness (formerly Curves) on Buckley Hall Road.
Rising Valley Baptist
The Rev. Darry O. Echols of Rising Valley Baptist Church, James Store, will preach at the 11 a.m. Sunday service. The Male Chorus will sing.
The Pastor’s Aide Ministry will sponsor a Gospel Fest at 3 p.m. Special guests will include Gilfield Baptist Church of Charles City, First Baptist of Mathews, First Baptist of Ordinary, Ebenezer Baptist of Cobbs Creek, Emmaus Baptist of North, and Robert Brown. Mary M. Hayes of First Baptist Church of Glenarden, Upper Marlboro, Md., will be the worship leader.
Salem United Methodist
The Food Pantry of Salem United Methodist Church, Gloucester, will be open from 9 a.m.-noon Saturday.
Sunday worship begins at 11 a.m.
Samuel Word of Freedom Fellowship Ministry
Samuel Word of Freedom Fellowship Ministry, Wicomico, will hold Tuesday Glory Morning prayer meeting at 5 o’clock and the Burning Bush Miracle Bible Study will be held at noon, led by Pastor Lady Denson.
“A Move of God,” a musical benefit for the children of Cameroon, Africa, will be presented at 4 p.m. Saturday, July 26, at the T.C. Walker Education Center, Gloucester. The Sensational Gospel Tones, CoCo Holland and others will perform. The goal is to supply 500 book bags and supplies to all boys and girls in a small village orphanage, a release said. For more information, call 642-0222 or 642-5132.
The Rev. Art Wolz will be the special speaker at the 11 a.m. Sunday service in Severn Church, Naxera.
Tom and Sandy McElfresh will leave on their mission trip on July 31. The Joyful Hands Women’s Circle will collect medical supplies such as Neosporin, children’s Tylenol, band aids, hydrogen peroxide, thermometers, toothbrushes and toothpaste for them to take along for the children of Uganda. Adult ministers in Uganda also need reading glasses, pencils and erasers; all supplies should be brought to the church by July 27.
Pastor Fred Carter of Shepherdsville Baptist Church, Gloucester, will preach at the 11 a.m. Sunday service. Irving Driver will conduct the Senior Choir. Clarence Holmes will teach the 10 o’clock Sunday school class. The lesson will be “Overcoming Temptation.”
The annual revival continues at 7:30 p.m. through Friday. Guest messengers are: Wednesday, the Rev. Vincent Pryor, pastor of New Mt. Zion Baptist Church, with the Rev. James Taylor as worship leader; Thursday, the Rev. Willie Dickerson, pastor of Union Zion Baptist Church, with the Rev. Rose Jackson as worship leader; and Friday, the Rev. Bradley Holmes, pastor of St. Paul Baptist Church, with the Rev. Vivian Holmes as worship leader.
The Senior Choir will rehearse at 6:30 tonight and Tuesday Bible study will begin at 7:30 p.m.
Singleton United Methodist
The sermon title of the Rev. Calvin Griffin, pastor of Singleton United Methodist Church, Schley, at the 11 a.m. Sunday service Sunday will be “Are You Searching?”
Dr. Steven J. Daniels Sr. of Smithfield Baptist Church, Gloucester, will preach from the “Leadership” series during the 9 a.m. Sunday worship service. The Unity Choir will sing.
Spring Hill Baptist
The sermon title of Dr. Chuck McDaniel, pastor of Spring Hill Baptist Church, Cobbs Creek, at the 11 a.m. Sunday service will be “King’s Power Transferred.” Community Fellowship Night will continue at 6 o’clock with the music of Jerry Jones. A pizza dinner will follow the program.
A special program for the kids and special music programs for adults followed by dinner is planned for July and August.
St. James Anglican
St. James Anglican Church, Gloucester, will hold Holy Communion at 10 a.m. Sunday. Coffee Hour in the historic Glebe House will follow the service.
Wednesday Evening Prayer will be held at 6 o’clock.
St. Matthew United Methodist
The Rev. Ralph Satter, pastor of St. Matthew United Methodist Church, Peary, will preach at 9:45 a.m. Sunday.
St. Paul Baptist
The sermon title of Pastor Bradley A. Holmes of St. Paul Baptist Church, Gloucester, at 11 a.m. Sunday will be “What Jonah found in the Belly of the Whale.”
Mr. Holmes will preach at revival services in Shepherdsville Baptist Church, Gloucester, on Friday.
Susanna Wesley United Methodist
The United Methodist Men of Susanna Wesley United Methodist Church, Ordinary, will meet at 7 o’clock tonight.
Ladies’ Bible study will meet from 9-11:30 a.m. Tuesday at the church, and adult Bible study on I and II Samuel will meet from 6:30-8 p.m. Wednesday.
The First United Baptist
The sermon title of the Rev. E. Randolph Graham, pastor the First United Baptist Church, White Marsh, at 11 a.m. Sunday will be “For What Reason do You go to Church?” The Sanctuary Choir will sing.
“Youth Explosion,” a Jesus download, will be held from 1-4 p.m. Saturday, July 26. All youth groups from the area are invited for fun and praise, a release said.
A Senior Adult Bible study and luncheon will be held at 11 a.m. today in Edwards Union Hall of Union Baptist Church, Hayes.
On Monday, story time for children in preschool-grade 5 will be held from 10-11:30 a.m. in the church library. Judson Circle will meet at 2 p.m. at the home of Christella Arehart.
Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of the Rappahannock
Thea Marshall will present “Saint (Vincent) … and Sinner” at 10:30 a.m. Sunday in the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of the Rappahannock, White Stone.
The sermon title of the Rev. Tim Dice, pastor of Westville Christian Church, Mathews, at 11 a.m. Sunday will be “Weed Control 101.”
Zion Hill Baptist
Zion Hill Baptist Church, Gloucester, continues its joint Vacation Bible School for all ages with Gleaning Baptist Church from 6-8:30 p.m. through Friday. The theme is “Jesus Family Reunion.” VBS will end on Saturday with a cookout from noon-6 p.m.
The Rev. Todd Smith, pastor, will preach at the 11 a.m. Sunday service and the Inspirational voices will sing.
Zion Poplars Baptist
The Rev. Johnny Williams of Macedonia Baptist Church, Rock Hill, S.C., will preach at the 11 a.m. Sunday service in Zion Poplars Baptist Church, Gloucester. The Male Chorus of Zion Poplars will have the devotional service, and the choir of Macedonia will render the music. The church’s 148th anniversary will be celebrated at 3 p.m. The Rev. Terrance Davis Sr. and Jordan Tabernacle Ministry of Surry will render the service. Deaconess Carolyn Holmes of St. Paul Baptist Church, Gloucester, will be the worship leader. Dinner will be served at 1:30.