Barring unforeseen changes, the website for Shady Grove Baptist Church, shadygrovebaptist.net, will be going away soon.
Webmaster Terry Manning explained that problems with the site’s hosting service is causing the change.
Manning said, “Recent visitors to the site have probably seen more error pages than regular pages, and that poor customer service is not something we want associated with Shady Grove.”
The website was launched in February 2002 as an outreach for the church.
“I don’t recall that many, if any, other churches in Gaffney had web pages at that time,” Manning said. “I definitely wanted Shady Grove to be the first black church in Gaffney and the first church in the Thickety Mountain Baptist Association to have a page.”
In the beginning, the site featured photos, announcements and a message board with news and commentary on weekly church activities. Updates curtailed when Manning moved to take employment in another state.
“For better or worse, the bulk of the content has come from me. I’ve been the main editor, writer, photographer,” Manning said. Deaconess Mary K. Jones was a primary contributor also, often copying Manning on emails sent to local newspapers.
Reflecting the growth of social media, a Facebook page was launched in July 2010 to make it easier for church members to find and share news.
“Some of the content from the old site — mostly photos — will be archived on the Facebook page,” Manning said. “I recently added a few more contributors so hopefully more news and more current news will be added without having to rely me on so much. But it’s been a privilege.”
Find Shady Grove on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/WeAreShadyGrove/