Shady Grove recognizes 2nd nine weeks Outstanding Students

Written by Administrator on April 6th, 2014

Shady Grove Baptist Church Education Committee recognized and presented awards to students with outstanding achievement during a recent church service. Pictured are students who performed in an outstanding manner during the 2nd Nine weeks at their respective schools.

Row 1: Left to right, Josiah Greene, 4­K ­ Northwest Elementary, Great Achievement and Perfect Attendance; Shaniyah Lattimore, Honor Roll, 5­K, Northwest Elementary; Kreaysha  Bonner, All A’s – Principal’s Award, Mary Bramlett; Cyani Foster, 4­K Northwest Elementary, Good Achievement and Played  Cherokee YMCA Basketball; Sykla Phillips, second grade, All A’s  Honor Roll, Good Character Award, Science Fair Award –Northwest Elementary; Jeremiah Greene, Grade 2 , Principal’s Honor Roll – All A’s at Cliffdale Elementary, played YMCA Basketball; Terrica Oglesby, Grade of B in her Course Selection, Spartanburg Community College; and Marcus Walkins, Student of the Week, Ola Copeland Learning Center.

Row 2: Left to right, Education Committee Members: Bernice Dawkins, Syreeta Greene,  Jermaine Greene, Donnie Littlejohn, Tamica Brown, Pastor Lee Byers, and Hyacinth Phillips.  Hyacinth Phillips also completed the requirements for the Educational Specialist Degree, Fall 2013.

Not pictured: Akira Fleming, A­B Honor Roll, 4th grade, Northwest Elementary; Bridget Rainey, Achieved a perfect 4.00 academic grade point average during the Fall 2013 semester at Limestone College. Keilah Hawk, All A’s, Crest High School

Hyacinth Phillips is chairperson of Education Committee

The Rev. Lee Byers Jr., is pastor.


Pastoral anniversary March 16th

Written by Administrator on 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.


Youth Day at Shady Grove

Written by Administrator on March 10th, 2014

The Shady Grove Baptist Church Youth Ministry recently took on new duties serving as Sunday School teachers, conducting the pulpit services, and fulfilling other Sunday responsibilities during a recent Youth Day Service.

Pictured left to right:

Row 1: Josiah Greene, prayer; Tyan Buckson, Offering assistance ; Josiah Greene, Introduction of Pastor Byers;  Jordan Lipscomb, presided for the morning worship service; Shaderejah Lattimore, Intermediate/Teen teacher; Skyla Phillips, read the announcements; and Romarion Makupson, assisted with the Offering.

Row 2: Marcus Walters, Adult teacher; Jaila Phillips, Sunday School secretary; Kiel Ellis, Offering assistance; Akira Fleming, Scripture;  Shakiyah Lattimore, Beginner Class teacher; Christopher Hawk, Superintendent; and Keilah Hawk, Young Adult teacher.

Schlonda Hawk’s Intermediate/Teen class took charge of the pulpit service.  She also acknowledged the students’ participation.

Dr. Mary Jones, Syreeta Greene, and Rev. Albert Gray were the Youth Day Committee leaders.

Rev. Lee Byers Jr. is pastor.



In memoriam

Written by Administrator on March 9th, 2014

Sis. Josephine Wood, left, and her daughter, Bobbie Wood

The Shady Grove Baptist Church Family would like to extend condolences to the family of Sis. Josephine Wood, who passed Sunday morning.

A dramatic presentation

Sis. Wood (known to many as “Mama Jo” or “Miss Josephine”) was a true lion of the spirit and a beloved teacher for many at Shady Grove, around the Thickety Mountain Baptist Association and the state of South Carolina.

A tribute

She is already missed and will be for some time to come.


Photos: Moments in Black History

Written by Administrator on February 17th, 2014

Mary Jones and Larry Byers have displayed artifacts that give insight to items used years ago.  Church members are reciting poems, portraying black historians, presenting skits, PowerPoint and other multimedia to make Black History a learning experience for all in attendance.  Everyone is cordially invited to come and learn.


  • Larry Byers and Darrett Lattimore are shown illustrating a horse-drawn farm planter called a distributer that was used to plant cotton seeds, and distribute fertilizer. He also showed a rabbit trap used to trap rabbits for food.
  • Jermaine Greene read a poem by famous poet, Langston Hughes; and sons Jeremiah  Greene portrayed Willie Mayes, and Josiah is portraying Ron McNair, who was killed in the space shuttle Challenger disaster.



Freeman to speak at Woman’s Day Program

Written by Administrator on February 17th, 2014

The Shady Grove Baptist Church Women’s Ministry will observe their annual Woman’s Day Program on Sunday, Feb. 23, during the 11:00 a.m. worship service.

The guest speaker will be Minister Lula J. Freeman.  She is an associate of Encounter Church of Gaffney, under the leadership of Joey Turner.

The program theme is, “Let’s Stand Firm on the Word of God”.

First Lady Esther Byers is the program chairperson.  The Rev. Lee Byers Jr. is pastor.


February will feature ‘Moments in Black History’

Written by Administrator on February 10th, 2014

Shady Grove Baptist Church will celebrate “Black History Month” with special ‘Moments in History’ each Sunday in February during the 11:00 morning worship service.

The Sunday School ministry will coordinate the presentations and a different Sunday School Class including the Adult, Teen-Scene, Intermediate, Primary, and Beginners will present each Sunday.   The presentations will feature skits, music, dance, PowerPoint and other multimedia to make Black History a learning experience for all in attendance.  Everyone is cordially invited to come and learn.

The program theme is “Moments in Black History” – “Yes We Can”!

We can do all things through Christ who strengthens us,” Philippians 4:13.

Jermaine Greene is Sunday School superintendent.

The Rev. Lee Byers Jr. is pastor.



Annual Christmas Program Dec. 22nd

Written by Administrator on December 11th, 2013

The Shady Grove Baptist Church Sunday School will have its annual Christmas program Sunday December 22nd at 10:00 a.m.

The program theme is “The Greatest Gift.”  Sunday School classes will present skits, liturgical dances, and church members will perform solos, poems, and other talents as their special “gifts” to Jesus.

The Gospel Choir will sing and everyone is cordially invited to come and celebrate the birth of the Savior.

Jermaine Greene is Sunday School superintendent

The Rev. Lee Byers is pastor.


‘Men of Shady Grove’ service Dec. 8

Written by Administrator on December 2nd, 2013

The Shady Grove Deacons and Men are pictured preparing for their annual program on Sunday December 8th at 4:00 p.m.  The program theme is “100 MEN ON THE BATTLEFIELD – FIGHTING FOR THE LORD.”

Pictured left to right are:

Row 1: Rev. Lee Byers Jr., Pastor, Rev.  Ricky Young (Lewis Chapel Church), Deacon Dean Dover, Associate Minister Rev. Albert Gray, Deacon Al Phillips, Deacon Jermaine Greene, Deacon Eugene Manning, and Associate Minister and Pastor Emeritus, Rev. London  C. Knuckles.

Row 2: Deacon James Byers, Quinton Littlejohn, Deacon Lucious Jones, Deacon James Pearson, and Rev. Antwan Murray.

Row 3: Trustee Kenny Norris, Charles Tate, Romain Fernanders, and Deacon Clarence Dover.

Row 4: Trustee Eddie Hollis, Deacon Darrett Lattimore, Deacon James Shippy, Trustee Frederick Dover, Johnny Greene (Lewis Chapel Church), Trustee Jay Thompson, and Trustee Julitan Foster.


Speaking on the program will be

Deacon Harold Dean Littlejohn from Bethel Baptist Church

Dea. Cossie B. Knuckles from Mt. Sinai Baptist Church

Dea. Calvin Leach from Mikes Creek Baptist Church, and

Dea. Lewis Blanton from Concord Baptist Church.

A number of All Male Choirs will be singing on the program including the Concord All Male Choir, Mt. Sinai All Male Choir, Mike’s Creek All Male Choir, and others.

Leading the praise and worship period will be the Limestone and Mt. Tabor All Male Choirs.

Everyone is cordially invited to join with the ‘Men of Shady Grove’ during this service.

Men are asked to wear black or dark suits if possible.

Program Chair is Deacon Al Phillips. The Rev. Lee Byers Jr. is Pastor


Gospel Choir to mark 43rd anniversary

Written by Administrator on November 11th, 2013

The Shady Grove Baptist Church Gospel Choir will celebrate its 43-year singing ministry with an anniversary service on Sunday November 17, 2013, during the 11:00 morning worship service.

Pictured left to right are:

Seated: Evelyn Shippy, Edna Dover and Dianne Norris

Standing: Esther Byers, Mary Jones, Dorothy Manning, Kenny Norris, Marva Dover, Minnie Leach and Sharon Leach.



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