Documentary highlights success of Bamberg church’s efforts to educate community about HIV/AIDS

A new documentary features the success of five black churches around the country and their efforts to address the AIDS epidemic in their communities.

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“The Gospel of Healing: Black Churches Respond to HIV/AIDS” will be screened at noon Saturday at the Lake City Bean Market Museum, 117 Henry St., Lake City.

The event is free for the public and will include education and a community dialogue.

One of those churches is located in Bamberg.

“The Gospel of Healing Volume I: Black Churches Respond to HIV/AIDS” was produced and directed by Paul Grant.

It shows how Bamberg’s Mount Carmel United Methodist Church has improved HIV/AIDS awareness in the rural South Carolina community and encourages residents there to be tested.

“Bamberg County, with only 13,000 residents, has the second highest rates of HIV and STI (sexually transmitted infections) infection in the entire state of South Carolina,” according to the documentary’s website.

An annual church event called the Hats Luncheon draws “200 residents of all ages come together to parade their favorite hat and raise awareness about the devastating impact of HIV/AIDS in their community.”

The documentary will be screened at the Lake City Bean Market Museum at noon Saturday. It is free for the public to attend.

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