Ushers Ministry

December 26, 2017 by  

 The FBC Ushers celebrated their 101 Anniversary, Sunday, August 19, 2018 at 2:30 PM. Rev. Ronnie Tyler and the Chalk Hill Baptist Church was in charge of the service.

Mission:  To be doorkeepers in the house of God, and guard the same at all times during Friendship Baptist Church’s services.  “For a day in thy courts is better than a thousand.  I had rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God, than to dwell in the tents of wickedness” (Psalms 84:10).

 Vision:  To develop a ministry that provides ushers and usher services for Friendship Baptist Church’s worship services and special programs

 Duties:  Ushers are forerunners – for they must adhere to God’s guidance in accepting the position as a doorkeeper, they must help set the tune for the worship experience, they must prepare the church for the guests and members by being among the first to arrive, they must be courteous to all displaying a warm loving  smile and personality, they must be ready to fill the needs of the congregation, they must attend other area churches with the Pastor, they must see that required worship service items are distributed to the congregation as needed, they must attend ushers meetings and an usher must be in study; Bible Study, Sunday School, etc.

 Ushers’ Ministry Programs:

  1.     Senior Usher Ministry:  This ministry consists of Senior Ushers (ages 22 and older) and provides usher services on Sundays at 10:15 am.

  2.     Junior Usher Ministry:  This ministry consists of Junior Ushers (ages 6 to 21) and provides usher services on every  4th Sunday at 10:15 am.

Blessed is the usher who graps the meaning of Christ’s Words. “He that is greatest among you shall be your servant.” Matthew 23:11

Music Ministry

November 16, 2017 by  
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Choir Rehearsal Dates

ABMVOP-  Every Thursday before the 2nd, 3rd, & 4th Sundays at 6:00 PM

Male Chorus-Every 1st, 2nd, 3rd Mondays at 7:30 PM

Senior Choir-Every 4th & 1st Mondays at 5:00 PM

John Phillips Choir- Every Saturday before 3rd & 4th Sundays @11:00-11:30 AM

WFCPC- Every Saturday before 3rd & 4th Sundays @ 10:15-11:00 AM

FBC Pipers- Every Saturday before 3rd & 4th Sundays @ 11:30- 12:00 noon

Thank You, Pastor!

March 6, 2016 by  
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In recognition of Pastor Edward’s anniversary, I think this poem characterizes the pastor and speaks to who he is.—Cynthia Gilliard


Thanks, Pastor


You study and prepare and daily pray
That your sheep will heed what you say.
You deliver the messages God gives to you.
To listen and obey is your wish for all to do.
From morning until night, day after day
You care for your flock in a most loving way.
You visit those who are shut-in or sad.
You may be the only visitor they have had.
Each ministry within the church you oversee,
Encouraging each to fulfill their ministry.
You guard the flock from wolves that would tear
And divide. You seek relationships to repair
If one of your flock should begin to stray
You challenge him or her without delay.
You encourage them in you to confide
Using the Scriptures to counsel and guide.
Thanks, pastor, for all that you do.
We really do love and appreciate you.


Shirley Davis
June, 2010


February 25, 2016 by  
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The community was cordially invited to attend a historical re-enactment titled “Black Wall Street:  The American Dream Turned Nightmare” March 20, 4:00 PM at the Etherredge Center, University of South Carolina-Aiken located at 471 University Parkway, Aiken South Carolina.

At the heart of the play is the Greenwood District of Tulsa, Oklahoma (1915-1921), where affluent Blacks were reaping the rewards of hard work and wise investments. Dubbed Black Wall Street, Greenwood boasted over 600 successful Black-owned businesses across a 35-block area.

Because of Jim Crow laws, the segregated community had to depend upon one another.  This dependency not only resulted in a tight community, but also resulted in wealth acquisition as residents traded dollars hand to hand.  Their dollars circulated 36 to 100 times, sometimes taking a year for currency to leave the community.  Greenwood businesses included 21 restaurants, 30 grocery stores, 2 movie theaters, 21 churches, plus a hospital, a bank, a post office, libraries, schools, law offices, beauty and barber shops, and even a bus system.  At a time when the entire state of Oklahoma had only two airports, six Blacks owned their own planes.  Equally important as entrepreneurship and wealth was the shared goal of educating every child.


A cast of 45 performers are volunteering their talents to reveal this compelling chapter of American history–the creation and destruction of the greatest economic movement ever achieved by African Americans.  It leaves the audience with haunting questions:  How we will end the discord in our society?    Will we learn to live together, or will we die apart as fools?


This commemoration of Black History was free to the general public due to the generous support of Friendship Baptist Church, AECOM, and USCA.

This is a Test

August 20, 2014 by  
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This is only a Test

Speaking Engagements 2014

February 17, 2014 by  
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March 10-13, 2014 at 7pm
New Beginning Baptist Church (Revival). Aiken, SC. Rev. James Jackson, Pastor.

March 30, 2014 at 11am
South Aiken Presbyterian Church (Joint Fellowship Service). Aiken, SC. Rev. Dr. Christopher Crotwell, Pastor.

April 30, 2014 at 7:30pm
Mt. Pleasant Baptist Church (Revival). Grovetown, Ga. Rev. Frank Lewis, Pastor.

May 5-7, 2014 at 7pm
Piney Grove Baptist Church (Revival). Martinez, Ga. Rev. Gladys Moore, Pastor.

May 18, 2014 at 2pm
Cobb Grove Baptist Church (Mission Anniversary). Harlem, Ga. Rev. Mack, Pastor.

May 17, 2014. Deacon Workshop Facilitator at Old Macedonia BC. North Augusta, SC. Rev. Lemuer Myers, pastor.

July 13, 2014 at 3:00pm
Union Baptist Church (Pastor Anniversary). Aiken, SC. Rev. David Williams, Pastor.

July14-16, 2014 at 7pm. Revival Preacher at Doyle Grove BC. Blythe, Ga. Rev. Stephen Bratton, pastor.

August 18-21, 2014 at 7pm
Springfield Baptist Church (Revival). Eureka, SC. Rev. Reginald White, Pastor.

September 14, 2014 at 2pm. Men Day Preacher at Live River BC. Gracewood, Ga.

September 24, 2014 at 2:30pm
Mt. Canaan Baptist Church (Church Anniversary). Augusta, Ga. Rev. Dr. Victor Thomas, Pastor.

October 12, 2014 at 3pm. Pastor Appreciation at St. John BC. Rev. Bruce Stephens, pastor.

The Little Rock Nine: In their own Words

March 28, 2012 by  
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What: The Little Rock Nine: In Their Own Words

Where: URS Center for the Performing Arts—-Aiken, SC

When: Feb. 5th 2012

Highlights from the historical Docudrama “The Little Rock Nine: In Their Own Words.” This production,written and produced by Mary Suber, was based on the accurate account published in the book Warriors Don’t Cry by Melba Patillo Beal.




September 5, 2010 by  
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What: Natasha Q and Praise Unlimited
When: September 5, @ 4:00 pm
Where: Friendship Baptist Church Aiken, SC

VBS 2009!

June 2, 2009 by  
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FBC Vacation Bible School

When: June 8-12

Time: 6-8pm

Who: Everyone

Travel to the Holy Land on a 10-day journey with the Carter family as they explore and discover the miracles of Jesus. Experience the impact Jesus had on the thousands of lives He touched. Learn the lessons that helped the Carters to overcome everyday life situations. Their ability to work and grow together as a family will help to inspire spiritual growth within your group. Stories include incidents on the tour that the Carter parents handle through faith, prayer and strength, just as Christian educators and parents do. The children grow in faith as they deal with situations concerning obedience, harmony, trust, and submission to God.

Daily Lessons

  • Lesson 1: Creator
    Jesus turned water into wine.
    John 1:1-11
  • Lesson 2: Forgiver
    Jesus forgave and healed
    the paralytic. Luke 5:17-26
  • Lesson 3: Man of Compassion
    Jesus raised the widow’s
    son from death. Luke 7:11-17
  • Lesson 4: Deliverer
    Jesus drove out a legion of demons.
    Matthew 8:28-34
  • Lesson 5: Provider
    Jesus fed five thousand.
    Mark 6:34-44
  • Lesson 6: Powerful
    Jesus walked on water.
    Mark 6:45-53
  • Lesson 7: Healer
    Jesus healed the blind man.
    John 9:1-11
  • Lesson 8: Lord of Justice
    Jesus became angry with the money changers.
    Mark 11:15-19
  • Lesson 9: Man of Sorrows
    Jesus raised Lazarus from the dead.
    John 11:32-44
  • Lesson 10: Risen Lord
    Jesus rose from the dead.
    Matthew 28:1-10

Sunday School (Jun09)

June 2, 2009 by  
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sunday-schoolThe study this quarter begins with the theme of God’s call of a covenant community as reflected in the Old Testament books of the law, specifically Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, and Deuteronomy. The call of God to live in covenant community today is emphasized through these lessons.



 This unit covers four lessons. It is concerned with God’s call to Moses, the response of Moses and Aaron, Pharaoh’s refusal of God’s call, and God’s call to the people to leave Egypt.

Lesson 1: June 7, 2009 God Calls Moses Exodus 3:1-12

Sometimes a special person is called to help another person or a people to overcome difficulties and to survive in times of hardship. Who has the power and position to help us? In this passage of Scripture, God spoke to Moses in the burning bush and called Moses to be the deliverer of the Israelites, who were oppressed and suffering in Egypt. God chose Moses to save God’s people and promised to give him all the help he needed.

Lesson 2: June 14, 2009 Moses and Aaron Respond Exodus 4:10-16, 27-31

Some persons believe they are not adequate to complete a task, so they are fearful of and resistant to accept it. How can people, who are afraid, be encouraged to do the work assigned them? In today’s Scripture passage, because of his lack of eloquence, Moses expressed reluctance to God’s call. To aid him, God provided Moses’ brother, Aaron, to speak on his behalf. Subsequently, they went to the elders of Israel and told them what God had revealed to Moses.

Lesson 3: June 21, 2009 Pharaoh Ignores God’s Call Exodus 5:1-9, 22-6:1

Some people fail to recognize true authority and power, erroneously believing that the authority and power rest within themselves. What brings us to recognize a higher authority? Moses went to Pharaoh and told him God commands that His people be set free. Pharaoh responded by refusing and making life harder for the Israelites. Afterward, Moses went to God in distress and God promised, because of who God is-His mighty hand-that Pharaoh would indeed set the Israelites free.

 Lesson 4: June 28, 2009 God Calls the People Out of Egypt Exodus 14:15-25, 30

Many people have “protectors” to help them through difficult, even perilous, times. Where do we look for protection in difficult times? By parting the Red Sea so that they can pass to the other coast, God delivered the Israelites from the Pharaoh and the Egyptians. Therefore, He led them out of slavery, in Egypt, and destroyed the Egyptians, the Israelites’ enemies.


 This unit has four lessons. It shows how God’s call led to the establishment of a new covenant and focuses on the people’s response to that call in celebration and worship, in commitment to special service, and in establishing the ideal of Jubilee.

 Lesson 5: July 5, 2009 God Calls People to Covenant Deuteronomy 5:1-9, 11-13, 16-21

People make agreements to give structure and rules for their life together. What regulations are necessary to enjoy mutually beneficial lives? In this Scripture passage, God set forth 10 rules of conduct governing behavior, property, relationships, and worship. Moses announced to Israel God’s Ten Commandments.

 Lesson 6: July 12, 2009 God Calls People to Remember Deuteronomy 16:1-8

Individual persons and communities regularly remember and celebrate great occasions with thanksgiving. How do we commemorate significant events in our lives? God commanded the Israelites to annually remember the Passover and to celebrate it for seven days. The Passover celebrated not only human freedom but the right to own land and flocks and to plant crops. It also helped the Israelites to recall the events of their deliverance from slavery and forced labor, while they were in Egypt.

Lesson 7: July 19, 2009 God Calls People to Special Service Leviticus 8:1-13

Some individuals in a community are set aside for special service to that community. How do we discern, acknowledge, and affirm those people chosen for special service? In this text, God called Aaron and his sons to be priests for the Israelites. He commanded that they be recognized by consecrating them with water and holy garments.

Lesson 8: July 26, 2009 God Calls People to Jubilee Leviticus 25:8-21, 23-24

The accumulation of property, in the hands of very few people, means that some are wealthy while others have no chance to escape poverty. How can communities care for the poor in just ways? God gave laws for the just redistribution of wealth to provide for the poor and thereby to honor God, who provides all. God instituted the year of Jubilee and gave laws for just transactions of land and crops.


This unit reflects on God’s ongoing call to obedience and defines what actions demonstrate faithfulness and rebelliousness. Five Old Testament lessons illustrate that God remains faithful to God’s promise whether or not we choose to obey.

Lesson 9: August 2, 2009 People Grumble Numbers 11:1-6, 10-15

When people experience difficulties, they often forget their blessings. During times of trouble, what happens when we forget our blessings? When God brought the people out of slavery in Egypt and provided for them in the desert, Moses and the people complained repeatedly, loudly, and often about their hardships. Truly, the Israelites had forgotten what a merciful, loving God had done for them- He delivered them from slavery in Egypt.

Lesson 10: August 9, 2009 People Rebel Numbers 14:1-12

When dissatisfaction grows great, people may rebel against their leaders and benefactors. What leads people to rebel against leadership and authority? After the 12 spies returned from Canaan, the people rebelled against God’s command to take possession of the land, complained against Moses and Aaron, and spoke about getting another leader and returning to Egypt.


Lesson 11: August 16, 2009 Moses Disobeys Numbers 20:1-13

Even great leaders may fail to heed higher authority. Why do people disregard authority? As the Israelites arrived at Kadesh, there was no water and the people grumbled. An all-knowing God told Moses to speak to the rock before them and water would come out for them to drink. In his anger with and tiredness of the people, Moses disobeyed God’s command and hit the rock. Because he did not trust God to provide for the people, Moses disobeyed God. God was displeased and Moses suffered a great consequence; he did not get to go over into the Promised Land (Canaan).

Lesson 12: August 23, 2009 God Calls for Obedience Deuteronomy 6:1-9, 20-24

When people obey laws, they expect that life will be good. Why do people care at all about laws and try to follow them? Deuteronomy states that God gives laws for our benefit.

Lesson 13: August 30, 2009 God Calls for Decision Deuteronomy 30:1-10

People want to experience a satisfying life to attain joy and prosperity. How do we get what we want out of life? This lesson in Deuteronomy tells us how.

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