S.C. churches finding creative ways to worship, connect amid coronavirus guidelines

While the COVID-19 pandemic is preventing congregations from meeting together inside their sanctuaries, South Carolina Baptists are discovering creative ways to worship — while adhering to social distancing guidelines — making for a memorable Easter observance this year. Across the nation, as Easter approached, seven in 10 pastors were planning to hold digital services, with […]

Obituary: Tim Tomlinson

Tim Tomlinson, 61, of Ridgeland, died March 16, 2020. A native of Homestead, Fla., he was a graduate of Baptist College at Charleston and New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. He served as pastor of several churches around South Carolina, most recently as pastor of Okatee Baptist Church for the past 14 years. Survivors include his […]

Obituary: Hugh V. Brinson Jr.

Hugh Vance Brinson Jr., 76, of Anderson, died April 3, 2020. He was a graduate of Anderson College and Carson Newman College, and received his master’s degree from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, Louisville, Ky. He served as minister of music in Southern Baptist churches in Tennessee, North Carolina and South Carolina. He was a member […]

UPDATED: SCBC receives approval for CARES grant

The South Carolina Baptist Convention has been approved for grant money made available through the Payroll Protection Plan of the CARES Act, Executive Director-Treasurer Gary Hollingsworth announced April 27. Earlier, SCBC Executive Board members were informed during their first-ever virtual meeting on April 21 that the state convention had applied for, but did not receive CARES […]

CSU offers board rebate to residential students

Charleston Southern University announced April 6 to its campus community that all currently registered residential students will receive a prorated board rebate for the spring 2020 semester. The credit will be calculated based on actual food service costs eliminated from the date the student vacated the residence hall — in most cases, Monday, March 16, […]

Survey for SCBC Pastors

The COVID-19 Pandemic Phase III Stimulus Package signed into law March 27 by President Trump will provide potential relief for churches and pastors. The package provides churches with the same options as small businesses and self-employed individuals attempting to financially weather the economic turmoil wrought by COVID-19. Churches that are exempt from tax under Section […]

200-year journey takes congregation from Cross Roads to Gowensville First

First Baptist Church of Gowensville anticipates celebrating its bicentennial year on May 3 with carriage rides between its two morning services and dinner on the grounds afterward. Local historian and church member Dean Campbell, who has written “The Bicentennial History of First Baptist Church Gowensville, 1820-2020,” describes how the “little white church on the hill” […]

SCBMA’s Retirement Communities Keeping Residents and Staff Safe

When South Carolina Baptist Ministry of Aging’s leadership learned the coronavirus pandemic had reached South Carolina in early March, they immediately took action to keep all residents and staff safe at Bethea and Martha Franks Retirement Communities. They made sure all the CMS guidelines were not only met but exceeded requirements for protecting residents and […]

SCBC Executive Board Members to Meet Online

The scheduled April 21 meeting of the South Carolina Baptist Convention’s Executive Board has been moved online. Executive Director Gary Hollingsworth announced March 30 that due to the extension of social distancing policies, the meeting will be held via Zoom video conference. For members who do not have a computer with a camera, a telephone conference […]