Christmas Day 2016

Written by Administrator on January 1st, 2017

Shady Grove honors veterans

Written by Administrator on November 21st, 2016

SGBC honored members of its church family and their relatives who served the nation’s armed forces during morning service on Nov. 13. We thank them for their service.




Shady Grove will honor veterans Nov. 13

Written by Administrator on November 8th, 2016
Veterans honored, November 2015

Veterans honored, November 2015

Shady Grove Baptist Church will honor veterans during the 11 a.m. worship service Sunday, Nov. 13, with special recognition and tributes.

November 11th of each year is the day designated to let veterans know that Americans deeply appreciate their commitment, bravery, and sacrifices.

Veterans Day honors ALL American veterans, both living and dead but Veterans Day is largely intended to thank LIVING veterans for their dedicated and loyal service to their country.

Hymns for each branch of the US military will be played and sung.

Everyone is cordially invited to attend.



Audio from NAACP 39th Annual Freedom Fund Banquet

Written by Administrator on November 1st, 2016

The clip below is recovered audio from the Cherokee County NAACP’s 39th Annual Freedom Fund Banquet, held Saturday, Oct. 22, 2016, at Bethel Baptist Church in the Rev. Dr. J.W. Sanders Sr. Education and Conference Center in Gaffney, South Carolina.

Gaffney native William Manning Sr. of Charlotte, North Carolina, was the keynote speaker and shared thoughts on the night’s hall of fame inductees, the Rev. Dr. Kerwin Wray and the Rev. London C. Knuckles.

Audio of Manning’s complete speech will be posted if it becomes available.


World Day of Prayer on Nov. 7 at Limestone Baptist

Written by Administrator on October 31st, 2016

The Thickety Mountain Woman’s Missionary Convention will sponsor the annual “World Day of Prayer” on Monday, Nov. 7, 2016, at 6:30 p.m. at the Limestone Baptist Church, 807 S. Johnson St. in Gaffney, South Carolina.

Everyone is invited to come and join in prayer as a community.

Coordinated by the Baptist World Alliance (BWA) Women’s Department, this year’s theme is: “ARISE, SHINE: When we Rise up, Jesus Shines Through Community,” based on Matthew 5:14, 16.

“ …Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hid.. .. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.”

Baptist women around the world will be praying for lost people everywhere. If you are concerned about our community, country, and the world, we encourage you to come for this time of prayer. This invitation is extended to the entire community, men, women, boys, and girls. Together we are Stronger!

Dr. Caryer D. Rector, is the moderator-elect. Mrs. Shirley Smith is Senior Missionary president-elect.

The Rev. Michael Golden is pastor of Limestone Baptist Church


‘Pink Sunday’ Breast Cancer Awareness event on Oct. 16th

Written by Administrator on October 13th, 2016
From 2014 Pink Sunday observance

From 2014 “Pink Sunday” observance

Shady Grove Baptist Church and the Women’s Ministry will observe “Pink Sunday” on Sunday, Oct. 16, during the 11 a.m. worship service.   

The Women’s Ministry commemorates Breast Cancer Month annually to focus attention on this dreadful disease and to raise funds to aid cancer victims, their families, and to support cancer research.  Cancer survivors will be recognized during the program and a special memorial will be held to remember those who have lost their battle with cancer.

A ‘Pink Tea’ and Salad Luncheon will be held immediately following the service.

Persons attending the program are asked to wear pink if possible; men can wear pink shirts and/or pink neckties.  A special offering will be taken on Sunday October 16th and 28th to support the American Cancer Society.

Deaconesses Syreeta Greene and Dorothy Manning are the program coordinators

Shady Grove Baptist Church is located at 712 Green River Road in Gaffney, S.C.

The Rev. Dr. Albert Gray is the Ministry Leader

The Rev. Dr. Lee Byers Jr., is pastor.


Knuckles to be inducted into NAACP HoF; Manning keynote speaker

Written by Administrator on October 8th, 2016
Manning Will NAACP speaker photo

William Manning

The Cherokee County NAACP will have its Annual Freedom Fund Banquet on Saturday October 22, 2016, 5:00 p.m. at Bethel Baptist Church in the Rev. Dr. J.W. Sanders Sr. Education and Conference Center located at 218 West Dr. L.M. Rosemond Lane, Gaffney, SC.

This year’s banquet speaker will be Gaffney native, William Manning, a 1993 graduate of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, and now Senior Vice President of Global Commercial Banking at Bank of America in Charlotte, NC. 

A highlight of the banquet will be the annual induction of two individuals into the prestigious NAACP ‘Hall of Fame’. Rev. Dr. Kerwin Wray will be the living honoree, and Rev. London C. Knuckles will be honored posthumously. The ‘Hall of Fame’ recognition pays tribute to individuals who have brought honor to God, themselves, their family, and communities near and far.

The Rev. L.C. Knuckles

The Rev. L.C. Knuckles

Everyone can support by buying tickets/tables, purchasing an advertisement (Ad) in the collectible souvenir booklet, or by being a sponsor. Proceeds from this event will fund local and national NAACP goals that include pushing for accessible and affordable education, health care, job training and employment, as well as supporting local nonprofit organizations that provide youth activities and programs.

For more information contact NAACP President, Rev. Wilbert Jamison Jr. at (864) 425-6571.

Email: or any member of the local NAACP.


Rev. Darrett Lattimore to speak Sunday morning

Written by Administrator on August 11th, 2016

Darrett LattimoreThe Rev. Darrett Lattimore will speak during the Shady Grove Youth Day observance on Sunday, August 14th, during the 11:00 a.m. worship service. The youth of the church will serve as Sunday School teachers, fulfil other Sunday school responsibilities, and conduct the pulpit service.

Rev. Lattimore is an associate minister at Shady Grove. His favorite scripture is Philippians 4:6: “Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition and with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.”

He is married to Shakila Byers Lattimore and they have five beautiful children.

The public is cordially invited to attend. The Rev. Dr. Lee Byers Jr. is pastor.


Cunningham advances in USAF

Written by Administrator on August 11th, 2016

Deon Tarrus Cunningham graduated from Airman Leadership School (ALS), Travis Air Force Base, California on June 23, 2016. He was promoted to sergeant in a ceremony on July 30, 2016.

Airman Leadership School (ALS) is a United States Air Force program designed to develop Airmen into effective front-line supervisors. It is the first professional military education (PME) that enlisted Air Force members encounter. ALS focuses on developing leadership abilities, the profession of arms, and building effective communication.

Cunningham is a graduate of Gaffney High School and a member of Shady Grove Baptist Church. He is the son of John Cunningham and Tiffany Dover of Gaffney.


Dr. Sommer Jones guest speaker for baccalaureate services

Written by Administrator on July 18th, 2016

(Editor’s Note: This item was submitted weeks ago and overlooked by the webmaster. We always strive to recognize academic achievement at Shady Grove, and it’s a double privilege when one of our own is a featured participant in the celebration. Please excuse its lateness.)

sommerDr. Sommer Jones was the speaker during Shady Grove Baptist Church’s Baccalaureate Service for 2016 graduates and recognition of 4th Nine Weeks Outstanding Students on Sunday, July 10th, 2016 during the 11 o’clock morning worship service. Jones is a member of Shady Grove Church and recent recipient of a doctorate in education from South Carolina State University.

Educators in her family include her parents, Lucious and Dr. Mary Jones; sister, Hyacinth Jones Phillips, and grandmother, great grandfather, aunts, an uncle, and cousins.


Shady Grove students graduating from kindergarten, high school, and college were recognized along with their parents and family.