Services announced by local churches
Special services and other activities in churches this week, include the following:
Abundant Harvest Worship Center
The sermon title of Pastors Wil Early and Gloria Savage-Early of Abundant Harvest Worship Center, Gloucester Point, at 10:30 a.m. Sunday will be “It’s In Your Hands.”
Antioch Baptist Church, Susan, will not have Sunday school this week. An old-fashioned worship service will be held at 10 a.m. Sunday on the lawn of the L.W. Wales Center (across from the church). The Senior Choir will host gospel ensemble “The Family” of Zion Baptist Church, Williamsburg, in concert at 3 p.m.
Bellamy United Methodist
Bellamy United Methodist Church, Gloucester, will celebrate Unity Sunday with only one worship service beginning at 9 a.m. Sunday school will begin at 10:15, followed by a potluck brunch at 11 o’clock. During the service the congregation will focus on the social justice issue of child abuse prevention. At the conclusion of the service a “Pinwheel Garden” will be planted in front of the church.
“Churches 4 Africa: Planting Seeds of Love” will be presented at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday. Local minister and missionary Wendy Roundy, along with international guest, Tanzanian Bishop Andrew Mukasa, will share their testimonies with pictures of how God is still doing miracles, signs and wonders, a release stated.
Bethany United Methodist
Bethany United Methodist Church, Gloucester Point, will celebrate Youth Sunday with one service only at 11 a.m. The annual youth worship service will be led by the church’s United Methodist Youth Fellowship and will feature uplifting music and an inspiring message, a release said. Sunday school will meet at 9:45 and Bible Buddies will meet from 5-7 p.m.
Bethel United Methodist
Bethel Kids Alive of Bethel United Methodist Church, Onemo, will meet at 6:45 p.m. Friday.
There will be no 8:30 or 11 a.m. Sunday service. Sunday school will begin at 9 a.m.; the children will meet in their regular classes. There will be a 10:30 combined worship service with St. Matthew UMC, Peary, at St. Matthew.
Central United Methodist
The United Methodist Men of Central United Methodist Church, Mathews, will host its semi-annual Shrimp Dinner from 4-7 p.m. Friday. The proceeds will go to various community charities and services.
A joint service will be held at 10 a.m. Sunday. Janet Burgess will speak about a mission trip to Israel with a message titled, “Believing is Seeing.” An ensemble will offer special music. The service will be followed by a covered-dish luncheon in the Fellowship Hall.
Church of Abraham
The Rev. Rickey Thompkins, associate minister of Church of Abraham, Ordinary, will preach at the 8 a.m. Sunday service. The praise team, Seed of Faith, will lead the praise and worship. There will be no 1 p.m. Fellowship Service.
Church of the Living Word
The sermon title of Minister Gary W. Minerve Sr. of Church of the Living Word, Hayes, at 10 a.m. Sunday will be “Things to Avoid.” A 24th Pre-Anniversary service will be held at 3 p.m. Sunday for Bishop Gregory and Pastor Eunice Woodard. Pastor Willard Maxwell of New Beech Grove Baptist Church, Newport News, will be the guest speaker, accompanied by his congregation, ushers, praise dancers, and choir.
The Book of 1 Peter will be the topic for the 7 p.m. Wednesday Bible study.
Bishop Silas Johnson of Full Counsel Ministries in Little Rock, Arkansas, will be the guest speaker at 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. Sunday in Cornerstone Fellowship Church, Cobbs Creek.
With a congregation of over 4,500 members, Bishop Silas and Jennifer Johnson are helping to build strong faith, sound families, and secure futures within their church, community and even throughout the world, a release said.
On Wednesday, Pastor Debbie Morgan will teach “No Lacking or Slacking” at 10 a.m. and Pastor Chris Morgan will teach on “Heart Talks” at 7 p.m.
Pastor Werlie Hendrix of Faith Baptist Church, Mathews, will preach from II Samuel during the 10:45 a.m. Sunday service. The adult choir, “The Voices of Faith,” will present special music. The church continues to collect dry goods for Hands Across Mathews and collections for the Annie Armstrong Easter Offering through Sunday.
First Baptist, Mathews
First Baptist Church, Mathews, will hold a day of bowling and fellowship at Village Lanes, Gloucester, on Saturday. Arrive by 1:30 p.m. and be ready to bowl at 2 o’clock, a release said.
The Ushers Ministry will celebrate its anniversary at 11 a.m. Sunday. The Rev. Jonathan Waldon, pastor, will preach.
First Baptist, Ordinary
First Baptist Church, Ordinary, will have a Seniors Breakfast from 9-11 a.m. Saturday at Scoot’s BBQ, Gloucester Point. Call Marion Randall at 804-642-2547 to purchase tickets at $15 each. All members who are 80 years old and older will be honored.
Members will visit Walter Reed Convalescent Center, Gloucester, at 10:30 a.m. Monday for worship.
The sermon title of Dr. Douglas Nagel of First Presbyterian Church, Gloucester, at the 8:30 and 11 a.m. Sunday services will be “Triumphing Over Temptation.”
Francis de Sales Roman Catholic
Francis de Sales Roman Catholic Church, Mathews, will hold a fundraiser to benefit its community outreach program on Saturday. It will include providing weekend snack packs of food for school children in need. Comedian Lucas Bohn, a former member of the church, will present his multimedia comedy show at 7 p.m. at the church on Lovers Lane. Tickets are $10 and may be reserved by calling 804-854-9620. They may also be purchased at the door, which will open at 6:30 p.m.
Gloucester Union Relief Association
The Gloucester Union Relief Association will host the Fifth Saturday meeting at Zion Hill Baptist Church, Gloucester. The Sunday service will begin at 11 a.m. at Zion Hill.
Kathleen Driver will teach the 7 p.m. Tuesday Bible study class from Joshua 10-11.
Groves Memorial Presbyterian
“Peace from Beginning to End” will be the sermon title of Pastor Barry Phillips of Groves Memorial Presbyterian Church, Glass, at 10 a.m. Sunday.
Gwynn’s Island Baptist
The sermon title of Dr. Ed Jordan of Gwynn’s Island Baptist Church at the 11 a.m. Sunday service will be “A Bright Future.” The church choir will provide special music.
Lighthouse Worship Center
Team Lighthouse of Lighthouse Worship Center, Ordinary, will participate in the CareNet’s Walk4Life at Newport News Park from 8:30 a.m.-noon Saturday. Sign up today to participate. Register to walk at http://www.lwctoday.com/walk4life. Can’t walk but still want to help? Consider donating a gift of any amount: http://www.fundeasy.com/m/3254158.
A Cornhole Tournament will be held from 1-4 p.m., Saturday, May 6, at Lighthouse. This will be a fundraiser for Legacy Springs Senior Living Community. It will be a double elimination tournament; entry fee is $10 per person or $20 per team. Cash only at the door. Register online at http://www.eventbrite.com/e/cornhole-tournament-tickets-32678722940. Payment will be due at the door. .
Mathews Baptist Church, Hudgins, will host “Moms and Missions,” a night out for mothers and a night of missions focus and fun for children from 5:30-8:30 Wednesday. Children will learn about the Village of Light School for the Blind in Togo, West Africa. Activities will include an introduction to Braille, games and crafts. Dinner and snacks will be provided. Call 804-725-3707 for more information.
Mathews Chapel United Methodist
Amy Ashberry’s mission yard sale, originally planned for April 22, has been rescheduled for this Saturday at 6820 Buckley Hall Road, Cobbs Creek. Proceeds will go towards a mission trip she is organizing in July to Orlando, Florida.
New Creation Ministries
The sermon title of Pastor Cheryl Forrest of New Creation Ministries, Cobbs Creek, at the 11 a.m. Sunday service will be “In God We Trust.” Deacon William Smith will teach the Principles of Life class at 10 o’clock.
Assistant Pastor Vernon Monroe will speak at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at the “Word and Power” service.
New Hope Memorial Baptist
New Hope Memorial Baptist Church, Shacklefords, will hold Family Fun Day from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday. In case of inclement weather it will held Saturday, May 6. Activities will include Bluegrass and Gospel music, Bible scavenger hunt, bounce house, potato sack races, cornhole toss, pie-baking contests, chili cook-off, quilt raffle and much more.
New Point Friends
The sermon title of Pastor Tom Bunting of New Point Friends Church at the 11 a.m. Sunday service will be “Christ’s First Miracle.” An open worship service will be held at 6 p.m.
The sermon title of Pastor Mike Gray of Newington Baptist Church, Gloucester, at 10:15 Sunday will be “New Life in Christ Goes On.” Pastor Brian Burris will speak at 6 p.m.
Clothes Closet will be open from 10 a.m.-noon on Wednesday.
Olive Branch United Methodist
Olive Branch United Methodist Church, Gloucester, will begin its Sunday worship at 9:30 a.m. A fellowship will follow with coffee, juice and donuts.
Petsworth Baptist Church, Gloucester, will hold a Senior Appreciation Breakfast at 9 a.m. Saturday.
A new member class will be held at 9:45 a.m. Sunday.
On Monday, a Ministry Team Leaders meeting will begin at 6:30 p.m.
Providence Baptist Church, Hayes, will hold a Volunteer Rally at 9 a.m. Saturday.
The sermon title of Pastor Chris McMillan at the 10:30 a.m. Sunday service will be “I am the True Vine.”
The Joy Group will meet at 6 p.m. Tuesday.
The sermon title of Elder Kylisa Harris at 10 a.m. Sunday in Relevant Church, Mathews, will be “A Place of Rest.” RelKids (ages 2-6) will learn the lesson “Jesus and Me” during 10 o’clock service.
Relevant will have a soft-launch at Gloucester YMCA at 6 p.m. Saturday. Pastor Patrick Billups will share from the topic “Connected.”
Salem United Methodist, Diggs
Salem United Methodist Church, Diggs, begins a monthly worship service at Haven Beach on Sunday. Services are held at 8 a.m. the last Sunday of the month, April-October. It will be an informal time of worship with song, prayer, Scripture reading and a brief reflection. A series on “God’s Creation” will be done. Pastor Meghan Roth Clayton will begin a six-week sermon series called “The Way” on the Book of Acts and the beginnings of the church. She will preach a sermon titled “The Movement Begins” at 10:50.
Salem United Methodist, Gloucester
Salem United Methodist Church, Gloucester, will celebrate Native American Ministries at 11 a.m. Sunday. Carol Steele, director of Parks and Recreation of Gloucester, will share about the new national park, Werowocomoco, home of the Powhatan tribe and Pocahontas.
Samuel Word of Freedom Fellowship Ministry
Samuel Word of Freedom Fellowship Ministry will have Morning Glory prayer meeting at 5 a.m. Tuesday. Pastor Lady Denson will speak on “We Plead the Blood, Part 1” during the noon Burning Bush Miracle Bible Study.
A free clothes and food jamboree giveaway will be held on Saturday. A release noted that clothing donations are being accepted for men, women, boys, girls and infants. Call 804-642-5132 or 804-642-0222 for more information.
The Joyful Hands Circle of Severn Church, Naxera, has started the Baby Bottle Campaign for CareNet. This program helps women facing unplanned pregnancy find the hope and support they need to welcome their babies into the world. Baby bottles will be passed out at the 11 a.m. Sunday service to put money in them and return them to the church by the end of May. The Youth Group will go bowling after the service.
Singleton United Methodist
Jeff Clark will be the guest speaker at the 11 a.m. Sunday service in Singleton United Methodist Church, Ware Neck.
There will be no Monday morning Bible study.
Wednesday Bible study at 7 p.m. will be at the church and will discuss chapter 10, “Do Christians and Muslims Worship the Same God?” from the book “Exploring Christianity’s Ten Toughest Questions.”
Bring non-perishable goods the first Sunday or anytime for the food pantry.
A topic from the “Relationships” sermon series will be preached by Pastor Ju Joyner of Smithfield Baptist Church, Gloucester, during the 9 a.m. Sunday service. The Unity Choir will sing.
Wednesday Bible study will begin at 7 p.m. at the church with discussion of “Relationships in the Church.”
Spring Hill Baptist
The sermon title of Dr. Chuck McDaniel of Spring Hill Baptist Church, Cobbs Creek, at the 11 a.m. Sunday service will be “Tree of Life.” Special music will be by Gary Painter.
The Ladies’ Bible Class will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday with a study in the book of II Timothy, “Entrusted.”
St. James Anglican
St. James Anglican Church, Gloucester, has cancelled its barbecue and yard sale scheduled for Saturday.
St. Matthew United Methodist
St. Matthew United Methodist Church, Peary, will hold a combined worship service with Bethel UMC at 10:30 a.m. Sunday at St. Matthew.
A new worship service time will begin on May 7 at 9:30 a.m.
Senior Pastor Dr. Rodney Autry of Union Baptist Church, Hayes, will continue the teaching series, “Stepping Up,” at 11 a.m. Sunday with the message “Step Up to Perseverance.” Church youth will have mission training after the service.
Youth will leave the church at 6:15 p.m. Saturday to attend the play, “The Addams Family,” at Gloucester High School. The youth are collecting donations of any amount through June 4 for a chance to enter a drawing for a quilt as a fundraiser for their mission trip to M-Fuge.
On Monday, Nursing Home Ministry will visit patients in local health care facilities at 6 p.m.; Youth Committee will meet at 7 o’clock.
A special “Parent Commitment” service will be held in conjunction with the Mother’s Day service on May 14 during the 11 a.m. service. Anyone interested in participating should call the church office at 804-642-2332 before May 8.
The Children’s Committee is requesting donations for the Kids’ Store. Items needed include: books, jewelry, bubbles, art items, Matchbox cars, key chains, caps, stuffed animals, journals, sports balls, hair accessories, summer toys, puzzles, etc. A donation bin is available outside the sanctuary.
The Bible Café of Westville Christian Church, Mathews, will open at 9:45 a.m. Sunday for breakfast and a discussion from the book of John on “Protecting Love.” Disciples Men will present their annual benefit musical in support of Craig Springs Special Camp for Special People at 6:30 p.m. Refreshments will follow the service.
The CWF will meet at 1 p.m. Wednesday to prepare for their tag sale at 9 a.m. Saturday, May 6.
The Christian Education Ministry of Zion Baptist Church, Cardinal, will hold a spring revival, “Kingdom Chosen: Grace, Forgiveness and Restoration,” at 7:30 tonight and Friday. Pastor Rose Jarvis will be the speaker. Pastor Vernon Monroe will serve as worship leader tonight and Minister Melissa Mason on Friday. Music will be provided by the Men’s Chorus of the First United Baptist Church, White Marsh, on Thursday and John Smith and MGM Choir on Friday.