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Praise Singers to celebrate 36th anniversary June 7

Wednesday, May 20th, 2015

The Shady Grove Praise Singers will celebrate their 36th anniversary with a reunion Sunday, June 7, at 4:00 p.m. Former Praise Singers and Friends of the choir are invited back to be a part of this event. For more information, former Praise Singers should contact choir president Bridget Rainey (864-490-7673) or assistant director Hyacinth Phillips(864-490-0268), or any other Praise Singer.

The renowned JOYLITES of Gaffney will be the special guest for this program. Everyone is cordially invited to come and be a part of this dynamic event. The JOYLITES are a family group and most have been singing since old enough to hold a microphone. The group is backed up by a keyboardist, two guitarists, and a drummer. The group released their first CD recently. The JOYLITES love the Lord and are a singing machine, booked months in advance for their many performances. The public is invited to come and be part of this event.

The Rev. Lee Byers, Jr. is pastor.

Shady Grove Gospel Choir marks 44 years

Saturday, November 29th, 2014

Congratulations to the Shady Grove Gospel Choir. The choir celebrated its 44th anniversary during the morning worship, Sunday, Nov. 16, 2014.

The choir’s members: Dorothy Manning, Edna Dover, Dianne Norris, Secretary; Minnie Leach, Marva Dover, Thelma Foster, Mary K. Jones, Organist; Kenny Norris, Director; Rev. Dr. Albert Gray, Assistant Director. Musicians: LeBrannon Gregory, Drums; Jeremy Vernon, Keyboard. Members not present are Mary Elnora Littlejohn and Charles Dover.


Gospel Choir to celebrate 44th anniversary Sunday

Tuesday, November 11th, 2014

Standing left to right, front row: Mary Knuckles Jones, Kenneth Norris, Dorothy Manning, Dianne Norris, Edna Dover
Back row: Marva Dover, Esther Byers, Rev. Dr. Albert Gray, Minnie Leach, Rev. Martha Crosby, Rev. Lee Byers Jr.

The Shady Grove Baptist Church Gospel Choir will celebrate its 44-year singing ministry with an anniversary service on Sunday November 16, 2014 during the 11:00 morning worship service.

Everyone is cordially invited to attend.

Bro. Kenneth Norris is president and director.
Sis. Mary K. Jones, Organist

Rev. Lee Byers Jr. is pastor.

Youth Choir Ministry presents ‘Twilight Night’ Aug. 1

Tuesday, July 22nd, 2014

The Shady Grove Youth Choir Ministry will present “Twilight Night” on Friday, Aug. 1, 2014, at 7:00 p.m.

The public is invited to join in this fellowship program of praise, worship, and fun and participate through singing, dance mime and step. Refreshments will be served at 6:00 and the program will begin at 7:00 p.m. School supplies will be given away.

Groups of all ages are urged to come and participate.

Coordinators are Sisters Shakila Lattimore, Syreeta Greene, LaDonna Tate and Schlonda Hawk.

The Rev. Lee Byers is pastor.

Junior Praise Dancers’ anniversary Aug. 3

Tuesday, July 22nd, 2014

The Shady Grove Baptist Church Junior Praise Dancers, “Anointed Praise,” will celebrate their first anniversary on Sunday, Aug. 3, 2014 at 4:00 p.m.

Other Praise Dance groups will be on program. Everyone is cordially invited to attend.

The group’s director is Sis. Joniqua Ingram; the assistant director is Sis. Eddikkia Smith.

The Rev. Lee Byers Jr. is pastor.

Pastoral anniversary March 16th

Thursday, March 13th, 2014

The Shady Grove Baptist Church family will honor the Rev. Lee Byers, Jr. and First Lady Esther Byers on their 8th Pastoral Anniversary during a special service on Sunday, March 16, 2014, at 2:00 p.m.

Speaking for this occasion will be the Rev. C. A. Wallace, pastor of Mt. Sinai Baptist Church in Gaffney. He will be accompanied by his choirs and congregation.

Rev. Byers serves as a member of the Executive Board of the Thickety Mountain Baptist Association, member of the Thickety Mountain Association Trustee Board, Vice President of the Association Ministerial Alliance, and an advisor to the Thickety Mountain Brotherhood Auxiliary. He is also a very active member and participant in all activities of the Cherokee County “Giving Back” Organization. He also received the Bachelor in Theology Degree from North Carolina College of Theology in spring of 2012.

Rev. Byers is married to the former Esther Montgomery of Gaffney, and they have five adult children and ten grandchildren.

The Gospel Choir will be providing special music during the morning worship service.
Everyone is cordially invited to be with us as we give God the praise and celebrate this momentous occasion. An anniversary luncheon will be provided immediately following the service.

New dance team debuts

Tuesday, August 6th, 2013

The newly formed Shady Grove Liturgical Praise Dance group debuted Sunday, Aug. 4, during the morning worship.  The group is choreographed by Sister Angie Dawkins.  Sisters Wanda Smith and Joniqua Ingram served as advisors.
The ‘Stars of Praise and Worship’ include:
Ilaysia Ingram, Skyla Phillips, Creatia Bonner, M’ya Bonner, Jayla Smith, Tiffany Bonner, and C. Bonner.

Youth to present Twilight Youth Explosion on Aug. 2nd

Tuesday, July 9th, 2013

The Shady Grove Baptist Church Youth Department will present a ‘Twilight Youth Explosion’ on Friday August 2, 2013 beginning at twilight, 8:00 p.m.

If you’re ready for a night of fun, praise and worship, this youth explosion will be the time to discover and ignite who we are in Christ.  Praise Teams, Step Teams, Choirs, Mime performers, Praise Dancers are all invited to come and offer their talents to God.

Lots of food and school supplies will be provided.  Everyone is encouraged to attend and praise the name of Jesus for all the great things He has done.

For additional information, contact Mrs. Syreeta Greene at 864-431-4706, or

Other Youth coordinators are Ms. LaDonna Tate and Mrs. Shakila Lattimore.

The Rev. Lee Byers Jr., is pastor.

Shady Grove Praise Singers 34th Anniversary

Friday, May 17th, 2013

The ‘Shady Grove Praise Singers Ministries’ will celebrate their 34th anniversary with ‘A Friends and Family Song Fest’ on Sunday, June 2nd, at 4 p.m.

The Praise and Worship service will begin at 3:30 with the Limestone Baptist Church Praise Team.

The program theme is: “THIS PLACE” – I’m so Glad I met Jesus; And I’m Living my Life in This Place!

Guests to sing on the program:

  • The Ebenezer Angelics
  • The Joy Lights of Gaffney
  • Mt. Sinai Inspirations
  • Kaprice and Triumphant Praise Ministries, and Others

The public is cordially invited to attend this service of praise and worship.

Bro. Fred Dover is the choir President

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

YWAs to crown 2013 ‘Walking Doll’ this Saturday

Thursday, April 25th, 2013

The Thickety Mountain Young Women’s Auxiliary (YWA) will present its Bi-Annual Program on Saturday April 27, at Limestone Baptist Church on South Johnson Street where the pastor is the Rev. Golden.  The program will convene at  5:00 p.m.

The Rev. Lee Byers Jr., pastor of Shady Grove Baptist Church, will be the guest speaker.  Climaxing the program will be the crowning of ‘Little Miss 2013 Walking Doll’. The YWA Countywide Choir will sing and the Shady Grove Praise Dancers will perform.

Stephanie Tate is director of the YWA choir.

President Shanese Dawkins urges everyone to be on time and please submit all funds no later than 4:15 p.m. on Saturday April 27.

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