Strand Notebook | Aynor church holds event for children, new chairs

Children and chairs. That’s what an upcoming special day at an Aynor church is all about.

The Garden of Prayer Fire Baptized Holiness Church in Aynor is having Youth Day on Aug. 9. Activities will begin at 4 p.m. and will include children of all ages modeling Sunday attire and singing, along with other activities.

The Rev. John Vereen of Murrells Inlet has been the pastor of the Garden of Prayer Fire Baptized Holiness Church for about 10 years. His wife, Jennifer Vereen, said the church has helped the community in numerous ways and continues to do so. Each Christmas, they provide overcoats for children in the Aynor and Murrells Inlet communities, she said. They also provide back-to-school supplies to those children and will have the supplies to give to them during Youth Day.

The event is doubling as a fundraiser for the church, which is located at 1039 Gum St.

They are trying to replace worn-out folding chairs that have been their sanctuary seats for 10 years.

Jennifer Vereen said “the Lord” put it on her heart to try to raise money to purchase 110 new chairs. “We should always have the church at heart,” she said.

While a chair may sound like a simple thing, when you sit in one that is dilapidated to try to enjoy a Sunday sermon or other church services, you realize how important it is to have a good chair and be comfortable.

The chairs they are hoping to purchase will cost about $4,000. They are well-padded and have a holder for a hymnal and for a hand-fan. Jennifer Vereen said they are hoping for assistance from the community.

“We are always doing something for the community,” she said. “We’re about helping and doing, and at this time, we need them to help us.”

The Garden of Prayer Fire Baptized Holiness Church is one of several local churches that are Fire Baptized Holiness (FBH) affiliated.

Some other FBH churches in The Sun News coverage area are Mount Zion Fire Baptized Holiness Church on Sixth Avenue in Conway, Shield’s Chapel Fire Baptized Holiness Church at 811 Canal St. in Myrtle Beach and Macedonia Fire Baptized Holiness at 2313 Prince St. in Georgetown. “We are a branch off of a big tree,” Jennifer said.

According to information on the website of the Fire Baptized Holiness Churches, the beliefs of the FBH churches include “that the Pentecostal baptism of the Holy Spirit and fire is obtainable by a definite act of appropriating faith on the part of the wholly sanctified believer, and that the initial evidence of the acceptance of this experience is speaking with other tongues as the spirit gives utterance.” The site lists several Bible verses that refer to speaking in tongues.

The FBH churches also believe in divine healing as in the atonement.

On Youth Day, the church has other plans to entertain the children, teenagers and adults. It welcomes visitors.

Contact PEGGY MISHOE at or 365-3885.