Religion News: Lady's Island author writes faith-based books for preteens

Lady's Island resident Becky Mitchell has written an inspirational book, "Shadow of His Wings," of faith-based short stories for preteens.

Mitchell's work as a classroom teacher with fourth-, fifth- and sixth-graders has inspired her to write the book.

"I decided to write for that age, because there did not seem to be much for preteens in the way of faith-based books," Mitchell said.

Having retired from teaching in 1989, Mitchell's favorite subject to teach was English and writing.

"Children and teens and tweens are being exposed to dreadful images on television, they hear terrible things on the radio and in books," Mitchell said. "There is not much for kids in faith-based books. My goal is to build books to build children in the faith using imagination, experience, knowledge and compassion."

Even while she was teaching classes at Broad River Elementary School and Praise Christian Academy, Mitchell noticed there weren't many books of faith available for that age group.

"They don't have any good books to read to teach you about the truth," she said. "I have suffered a lot of my life with different things and learned a lot."

Born in Beaufort, Mitchell has lived on Lady's Island her entire life. She holds bachelor's degrees in speech and drama and elementary education. She has started writing a second book and outlined four more books of fiction in the Shadow series that are also based on scriptural principles and concepts.



Oaks True Holiness Church will host a youth seminar from 1-3 p.m. today. Joan Linyard, a Beaufort County educator, will be the presenter. The church is at 548 Sea Island Parkway, St. Helena Island.

Details and to register: Sarah Rivers, 843-525-1971


Second Mount Carmel Baptist Church of Burton will hold its Black History Program at 2 p.m. today at Pine Grove Baptist Church, 73 Pine Grove Road, Burton. Pastor Leonard Ritter of Ebenezer Baptist Church will speak. The program is a fundraiser for Operation Good Neighbor.

The church will celebrate the 16th anniversary and appreciation of its pastor and his wife, the Rev. Michael and Betty Haskins, at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Wednesday and Friday and at 3 p.m. March 6. Speakers and guest churches are: Monday, Friendship Baptist Church and the Rev. Elijah Heyward; Wednesday, St. Luke Baptist Church and the Rev. Renty Kitty; and Friday, Bethlehem Baptist Church and the Rev. Albert Chatman. The Rev. Chauncey Campbell of Old Fort Baptist Church will speak March 6. Second Mount Carmel is at 236 Joe Frazier Road, Beaufort.

Details: 843-846-9404


Angel Food orders may be placed from 9-10 a.m. today, from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. March 14 and from 10 a.m.-noon March 19 at St. John's Lutheran Church, 157 Lady's Island Drive, Beaufort; 10 a.m.-noon March 12 at Grace and Truth Gospel Chapel, 1161 Sea Island Parkway, St. Helena Island; 10 a.m.-2 p.m. March 17 at Shell Point Baptist Church, 871 Parris Island Gateway, Beaufort; and Monday through Saturday at Life House Church, 40 Faith Station, Beaufort. Orders may be picked up from 9-10 a.m. March 26 at St. John's. Online orders may be placed at

Details: 843-379-9673


Lighthouse Christian Center's Black History Celebration will feature "Try'umsee's Wings," a Gullah folk tale written by Patricia Ann Bee, at 4 p.m. Sunday. The church is at 3538 Trask Parkway, Beaufort (across from Stokes-Brown Toyota).

Details: 843-525-6910


Spring Hill African Methodist Episcopal Church of Sheldon will hold its annual African-American History Celebration at 3 p.m. Sunday. The theme is taken from Psalms 124:1: "If it had not been the Lord who was on our side, where would we be?" The Rev. Dr. Edward Johnson, pastor of the Union Baptist Church in Port Royal, will speak. Story telling, dance, poetry and old-time gospel songs will be featured. Participants are encouraged to wear African attire. Keith Parker is pastor. The church is at 20 Paige Point Road (across from the post office).

Details: 843-846-6680


Bountiful Word Ministries will hold a Black history program at 4 p.m. Sunday. The church is at 266 Bull Corner Road, Sheldon.

Details: 843-846-4804


The Shepherd's House Ministries will host Prophet Daniel Pringle of Austin, Texas, in a "Power Packed Impact Prophetic Service" at 6 p.m. Sunday. The church is at 15 Sheldon Baptist Church Drive, Sheldon.

Details 843-252-5530


Members of the UUFB fellowship and representatives from Penn Center will present and discuss "Partners with Possibilities: UUFB and Penn Center," a program about various youth programs that involve both organizations, at 10 a.m. Sunday. The fellowship meets 178 Sams Point Road, Lady's Island.

Details: 843-838-1399


Because of special invitations to other churches, morning worship at Faith Memorial Baptist Church will start at 10 a.m. Sunday and March 6.

Details: 843-838-2362, 843-525-6799


The Men's Fellowship at Mt. Calvary Missionary Baptist Church on Hilton Head Island will host its annual Men's Day program at 4 p.m. Sunday. The theme for the program is "Men of Great Faith Walking in the Light Together." The Rev. Alandus Sims, associate pastor of the Fellowship Baptist Church of Pine Hills in Orlando, Fla., will speak. The program is open to the public. The Rev. Ben Williams is pastor of Mt. Calvary. The church is at 382 Squire Pope Road, Hilton Head.

Details: 843-681-3678


The Men and Women of the Lady's Island Baptist Church will celebrate its third annual Christian Men and Women United in Love service at 4 p.m. Sunday at the church on Brickyard Point Road. Elder Brendolyn Jenkins of Camden will speak. The Male Chorus will provide music. Women are asked to wear white, and men are asked to wear black suits with white shirts and black ties.

Details: 843-524-8528


Out of the Blue, the Hilton Head Island High School choral group directed by Larry Mercer, will present a musical program at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday in the sanctuary at First Presbyterian Church of Hilton Head Island. Out of the Blue is a chamber choir composed of 20 auditioned singers. The choir's repertoire ranges from sacred to secular, classical to Broadway, a cappella to accompanied. The choir will perform at Carnegie Hall in New York this spring with other choirs from around the U.S. The church is at 540 William Hilton Parkway.

Details: 843-681-3696,


The Rev. Stephen Brown, associate minister at the Lady's Island Baptist Church, will speak from noon-12:45 p.m. Wednesday at the Lunch Hour of Power in Helen Galloway's Memorial Chapel of Chisholm Galloway Home for Funerals, 808 Bladen St., Beaufort.

Details: 843-524-6634


The Holmes Women's Auxiliary will be celebrating its 30th annual Women's Day at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday-Friday. The theme is "Pray, Believe and God's Promises You'll Receive." Speakers are: Wednesday, First Lady Ruthie Chatman, Bethlehem Baptist Church, Port Royal; Thursday, Evangelist Willie Lee Fyall, Beaufort New Church of Christ, Beaufort; Friday, Sister Sarah Pearson, First African Baptist Church, St. Helena Island. Services will conclude at 4 p.m. March 6, where the Rev. Marilyn Wade of First African Baptist Church in Port Royal will speak. The church is at 1708 Old Shell Road, Port Royal.

Details: 843-524-8589


Women carrying loaves of bread in tote bags designed by a Chilean grandmother will start the World Day of Prayer worship service for women of the Bluffton and Hilton Head churches at Campbell Chapel AME Church at 12:30 p.m. March 5. Women are invited to bring a dish to share at the potluck luncheon in the Community Hall. "How Many Loaves Have You?" is the theme of the worship service, which will be conducted by members of Bluffton/Hilton Head Church Women United in the Campbell Chapel sanctuary following the luncheon.

Details: Judy Lundin, 843-290-4994,


St. Mark's Chapel will celebrate Mardi Gras with a party for all ages from 5-8 p.m. March 5 at the Pleasant Point Plantation Club House on Lady's Island. The party will feature games, a mask-making contest, a movie for children, music and dancing. Food provided will include gumbo, hot dogs and king cake. Reservations are required; call 843-522-9948. St. Mark's Chapel holds Sunday School at 10 a.m. each Sunday in the Historic Union Church, 1004 11th St., Port Royal.


Beaufort Aglow Community Lighthouse meets at 11 a.m. March 5 at the Port Royal Medical Center, (Second Floor Conference Room), 1320 Ribaut Road, Port Royal. Minister Beatrice Washington, associate minister at Ebenezer Baptist Church, on St. Helena Island, will speak. She retired after 30 years of service with the Beaufort County School District. At Ebenezer Baptist Church, Minister Washington is the Christian Education Director and Youth Bible Study teacher.

Details: 843-525-0525