Junior Praise Dancers’ anniversary Aug. 3

Written by Administrator on 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.


Minister Allen to speak July 27th for Missionary Day program

Written by Administrator on July 20th, 2014

Minister Talisa Allen will be the speaker Sunday, July 27th,  for Missionary Day, sponsored by the senior missionaries of Shady Grove Baptist Church. The theme for the occasion is “Missionaries: Workers on a Mission.”

The public is invited to attend.

Deaconess Dorothy Manning is president. The Rev. Lee Byers, Jr., is pastor.


Minister Allen is married to Elder Donnie Allen and they have one beautiful daughter, Kellie Donae. She is the daughter of Deacon James Henry and Deaconess Novella Kelly and is the oldest of three daughters.

She is an Associate Minister at Greater Hope Ministries, Gaffney, SC., where she serves under the leadership of Pastor Caroline Allen Jones. She is the Advisor of the Dance Ministry and a member of The Sanctuary Choir.

She is a 1986 graduate of Gaffney High School and a 2012 graduate of N.J. Brockman School of Religion.

She is employed with Cherokee County Department of Social Services.

She loves the Lord with all of her heart, mind and soul. She stands firmly believing and trusting in God’s word. She knows that His word is the only thing that will stand when everything else fails. She believes in blessing the Lord at all times, in the good and the bad. If you praise and worship Him sincerely, He will work things out for you.

Her favorite scripture is Psalm 34:1

“I will bless the Lord at all times and His praise shall continually be in my mouth.”


Graduates honored during baccalaureate service

Written by Administrator on June 30th, 2014

Shady Grove Baptist Church honored the 2014 graduates during a special Baccalaureate Service held recently. Students graduating from 5-Kindergarten, high school, and college were recognized and received Bibles and inspirational publications from the pastor and church family.

Graduates pictured left to right:

Row 1: 5-Year Kindergarten Graduates – Cameron Dover, Grassy Pond Elementary;
Cyani Foster, Northwest Elementary; Shaniyah Lattimore, Northwest Elementary, and Jamya Bonner – Austin, Mary Bramlett Elementary.

Row 2: High School and Graduate Degrees
Keilah Hawk, Crest High School, Shelby, NC; Hyacinth Phillips, Educational Specialist Degree, Walden University; Tamica Brown, standing in for daughter, Shaniqua Baxter, Associates of Arts Degree in Business, Spartanburg Community College;

Row 3: Mr. Joe Walker, guest speaker, Rev. Lee Byers Jr., Pastor, Masters in Theology, Carolina School of Theology; Greenville, SC; Rev. Albert Gray, Doctor of Theology, Carolina School of Theology, Greenville, SC.

Not pictured: Za’Kirra Smith – Guilford Technical Community College, Associate of Arts in Criminal Justice.
Tiara Rainey, Limestone College, Gaffney, SC

All graduates received Bibles and inspirational publications.


Praise Singers observe 35th anniversary

Written by Administrator on June 2nd, 2014

Seated: LaTreva Oglesby, Quisha Bonner
Row 1: Deborah Littlejohn, Quinn Long, Tamica Brown, Joniqua Ingram, Sommer Jones,
Bridget Rainey, Mary Knuckles Jones.
Row 2: Hyacinth Phillips, Raya Rodgers, Bernice Dawkins, Tyquerious Hollis, Terry Littlejohn, Anitra Montgomery, Jay Thompson, Deegee Bonner, Ashley Bonner, Hope Brown.

The Shady Grove Praise Singers celebrated the 35th anniversary of their singing ministry on Sunday, June 1, during the 11:00 Morning Worship Service. The Rev. Katina Posey, associate pastor of the Grace Community Church in Shelby, North Carolina, was the special speaker.

The Praise Singers ministry is expanding its vision to help sick and shut-ins, and provide educational opportunities for young people through travel and tourism. The group will travel to Washington, DC in July to visit The White House, The Capitol, The Vietnam Memorial, Holocaust Museum, Martin Luther King Memorial, Arlington Cemetery, Baltimore Harbor, and other tourist attractions. Persons interested in traveling with the Shady Grove Praise Singers should contact the group.

Ms. Bridget Rainey is president: Telephone, 864-490-7376
Hyacinth Phillips is assistant director: Telephone, 894-490-0268
Dr. Mary Jones is director/music minister: Telephone, 864-490-1027


Anniversary fundraiser a success

Written by Administrator on June 2nd, 2014

Congratulations to the family of Sarah Graham and Josephine Wood, winners during the recent fundraising effort related to the church’s 133rd anniversary. Below, members representing each family team are recognized.


Church celebrates 133rd anniversary

Written by Administrator on May 23rd, 2014

The Shady Grove Baptist Church family will celebrate its 133rd anniversary on Sunday, May 25th, during the 11: a. m. worship service.

Pastor Lee Byers will deliver the anniversary sermon and the Shady Grove Mass Choir and other choirs will present special music. Each church member will rally with $133 for each year of glorious service and praise.

The church youth will present the church’s history via a PowerPoint presentation.


Photos: 2014 Mother’s Day

Written by Administrator on May 14th, 2014

Byers receives first Humanitarian Award

Written by Administrator on May 14th, 2014
Byers honored

Sis. Kathy Byers, left, received the Humanitarian Award from the Shady Grove Senior Missionary, represented by Sis. Dorothy Manning.

Sis. Kathy Byers was the recipient of the first Humanitarian Award, given on Mother’s Day by the Shady Grove Baptist Church Senior Missionary.

Among reasons listed for her receiving the award, Sis. Byers loves helping others in any way that she can. She helps to attend to her mother, who is in declining health; her sister, who is experiencing some health issues; and a cousin who is in poor health. Byers and her husband, James, are taking care of her cousin so that she would not have to stay in a nursing home.

Sis. Byers lends herself to help various members of the church and community. She visits the hospital, the nursing home, and calls to see if the shut-in needs her to sit with them or to run errands for them.

Because of all these kind acts of love, the Senior Missionary saw fit to award her and let her know of the appreciation they had for her efforts.


SGBC deacon to speak during Youth Day services

Written by Administrator on April 9th, 2014

Deacon Al Phillips will speak during the Shady Grove Youth Day observance on Sunday, April 13, during the 11:00 a.m. worship service. The church youth will carry out the worship duties serving as Sunday School teachers, conducting the pulpit service, and fulfilling other Sunday church service responsibilities.

Phillips has served and evangelized through his work as a former police officer and narcotics agent, medical technician, and continues to be a personal fitness trainer, instructor, and bodybuilder. He has also served the community as a volunteer at Iron City Ministries in Blacksburg, Spartanburg Soup Kitchen, and as a mentor for elementary and middle school students. He is employed with Broad River Electric Coop and is the owner and operator of Total Definitions Health and Fitness Center in Blacksburg. He attended Anderson College (University), and served as a decorated United States Marine during Operation Desert Storm in Iraq.

Phillips is married to the former Hyacinth L. Jones and they have two daughters, Skyla Grace and Jaila Brianna Phillips. Al is the son of the late Albert Goodman and Shirley Goodman.


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.


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