In the joyous spirit of the holiday, members of Aiken's synagogue gathered to celebrate Hanukkah.
The first day of Hanukkah is Sunday, with locals planning to mark the eight-day festival by throwing a party.
Operation Christmas Child brought the Aiken community together to help serve those less fortunate in other countries.
The Rev. Charles Matthews, as a longtime member of Second Baptist Church of Aiken, is known to some as the leader of the congregation's ministry to children. He's known to others as a former S…
Second Baptist Church in Aiken, under the leadership of the Rev. Doug Slaughter, held a ribbon-cutting ceremony for its new church facility on Sunday, Oct. 3. The new church building is locate…
St. Bartholomew’s Episcopal Church of North Augusta is hosting its 25th annual pumpkin patch, complete with 4,000 pumpkins from the Southeast.
Second Baptist Church’s Teen After-School Center is making a difference in the lives of local young people who might get in trouble because of a lack of supervision during their free time.
The Rev. Grant Wiseman enjoyed a bird’s eye view of downtown Aiken on Monday morning from near the top of St. Thaddeus Episcopal Church’s steeple.
BELVEDERE — The Rev. Heyward Horton has been a witness to quite a bit of history since he became the pastor of Friendship Baptist Church.
A local has partnered with the RePioneering Church to unveil a new housing initiative helping disadvantaged members of the community find affordable housing.
The Concerned Ministers Fellowship recently recognize a distinguished former high school senior that applied and qualified for the 2021 CMF Scholarship.
Inside St. Mary Help of Christians Church, Rev. Francisco Oñate-Vargas stands often at the altar and gives the blessing to the Body and Blood of Christ. The congregation joined him in Spanish …
A few dozen residents gathered at BreakFree Aiken on Saturday afternoon to play games, dance to music, eat and enjoy fellowship with others.
In the 58 years that Pastor John Arthur has led the congregation at Eureka First Baptist Church, countless singers and musicians have lifted their voices in praise inside the “little country c…
Michelle Curles is a big believer in the power of God and prayer.
One local family has five kids, four dogs, three cats, two snakes and a chameleon, all in the same household. They affectionately call themselves the "Garland Zoo."
On a sunny afternoon in downtown Aiken, a few dozen residents gathered in front of the SRP Federal Credit Union to come before God in prayer on the 70th National Day of Prayer.
A local congregation has jumped on board with a hearing-assistance system that has won years of positive reviews at Aiken Community Theatre and the Etherredge Center.
Aiken's synagogue held its second virtual celebration on Sunday to ring in its 100th anniversary.
Aiken's synagogue is celebrating its 100th anniversary this year, and will be holding the second part of its celebration Sunday.
Many area churches in Aiken will be able to celebrate Easter Sunday in person this year, a far cry from the virtual celebrations that marked last year's holiday.
Not allowing the pandemic to sour the occasion, Aiken's synagogue held a Sunday celebration to ring in its 100th anniversary.
Aiken's synagogue is celebrating its 100th year, but the festivities have changed a bit for health reasons.
GLOVERVILLE — Hungry households along SC 421 have a fresh option to consider this month, with the establishment of a new partnership between Walking Tall Ministries and the KJ's Market in Clearwater.
Wednesday marked the first day of Lent, and churches in Aiken are reflecting on how this year is different from past years when it comes to celebrating the religious season.
GLOVERVILLE — A local congregation's weekly tradition is going strong and was in gear again Feb. 17, in the form of a massive food giveaway orchestrated by Unity Outreach Church.
This week's gatherings at several churches around Aiken County have included an acknowledgement of Lent – a period of particular prominence in Catholic and Anglican tradition, beginning a 40-d…
The Rev. Dr. Brian Coulter will be saying goodbye to First Presbyterian Church in Aiken this March as he prepares for his next role in Fort Worth, Texas.
On a sunny and brisk morning the second Saturday in January, around a dozen people shuffled through the cemetery at St. Thaddeus Episcopal Church in Aiken, learning about many of the people bu…
Community Ministry of North Augusta was born out of a desire by local churches to assist those in need in North Augusta, and a new facility opening later this year will help the ministry bette…
As 2020 draws to a close, Interfaith Partners of South Carolina are preparing to start the new year with its annual Interfaith Harmony Month.
Despite the pouring rain, dozens of cars parked at the Aiken Mall on Thursday evening for a drive-in Christmas Eve service hosted by St. John's United Methodist Church.
St. John's United Methodist Church is hosting a special Christmas Eve drive-in service in the parking lot of the Aiken Mall.
On Sunday, Grace Church of Aiken will officially celebrate the installation of its new lead pastor, Shannon Hollinger.
Area Churches Together Serving, or ACTS, helps to meet the needs of people in Aiken County through a variety of programs by providing food, transportation, clothing and more.
This year has caused a strain in most people’s lives, but as the holiday season rolls around, local pastors said there is still plenty to give thanks for in 2020.
Several 18-wheelers packed with tons of soccer balls, T-shirts, pencils, crayons, soap, COVID-19 masks and other goodies headed out of Aiken County a few days ago, amid the annual show of supp…
Gussie Toney, a constant volunteer for the religious nonprofit organization Christ Central, opened the front door to the organization's Aiken office Tuesday morning and promised life-altering …
A few hundred people gathered at Smith-Hazel Recreation Center on Saturday to pray and worship together.
Hunger Action Month has special meaning this year to the people who are on the front lines of Aiken County's battle with food insecurity amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
Upstate South Carolina is familiar territory for the Rev. Dr. Stephen Cannon, most recently with Locust Hill Baptist Church, in Travelers Rest, and the minister is now getting a fast-paced int…
Area Churches Together Serving, also known as ACTS, is expanding its food program in an effort to serve remote, underserved communities in Aiken County in addition to those who continue to be …
Sunday mornings in the Aiken-Augusta area are still relatively quiet on the grounds of most churches, with Facebook, YouTube and online services having arisen as a popular option over the past…
Julie Whitesell held her daughter's hands as the bells of St. John's Methodist Church rang. She, like many other of the congregation's members, had her head in prayer in the memory of George F…
Racial injustice is an issue that must be addressed by people of faith, according to several local religious leaders who responded recently to the Aiken Standard’s questions about the death of…
Ashley Brittain felt called to serve as a foster parent, a life she describes as a "roller coaster" of emotions but always a wonderful adventure.
Recent Wednesdays on SC Highway 421 have included several mid-day traffic "challenges," but the people stuck in the cars have not seemed to mind the slowdown too much, as the process has resul…
In-person church services have resumed at St. Mary Help of Christians Catholic Church, with some changes.
Deacon Will Frei first felt the desire to become a Catholic priest in the seventh grade when he was a student at Aiken's St. Mary Help of Christians Catholic School.
Young people in Crosland Park have had a consistent advocate in their neighborhood over the past several years, with the establishment of Agape Children and Christian Ministries.