• Prayers for healing, unity at Galax vigil

    Ten local pastors and a police chief spoke at the Galax Hearts United prayer vigil, held Sunday evening at the Galax Police Department’s courtyard and attended by about 250 people.

    It began in a punishing blaze of sun and heat but cool shade and fresh breezes moved over the assembly as the evening continued; and ended with a song – “Amazing Grace” – that required no hymnal to be sung.

  • Hearts United plans Galax peace vigil

    What started as a prayer vigil to bring together law enforcement and the black community in a show of unity during a turbulent time has grown into a movement.

    Encouraged by the turnout and the positive reaction to the Peace Prayer Vigil in Hillsville on July 10, Pastor Daniel Harrison of Elk Spur Church in Fancy Gap has launched Hearts United. The group is planning a similar unity vigil on Sunday in Galax.

  • Hope Ladies serve up food, blessings at Rooftop kitchen

    Hope Ladies founder and president Kisha Johnson and vice president Delina Parks, who is also Johnson’s mother, are parked at a table in the kitchen area of God’s Storehouse and Community Kitchen, located in the basement of Rooftop of Virginia in Galax.

    Clad in matching Williams-Sonoma aprons, they look like they should be hosting a mother-daughter version of “The Barefoot Contessa,” one of the Food Network’s most beloved anchor shows. As it turns out, though, feeding the hungry and needy is far more to their taste.

  • Church breaks sacred ground

    HILLSVILLE – Hillsville Pentecostal Holiness Church broke ground on its new addition on Sunday.

    The church has been in its Virginia Street location since 2014. According to Pastor Jeff Pickett, on Oct. 19, 2014, the day of the first service, it was apparent that the church would need more room to accommodate the rapid growth in children’s classes.

    “And we knew we could not accommodate all of the church family for any meals in a timely fashion in the temporary fellowship hall,” said Pickett.

  • Churches honor King's memory in annual service

    The annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration was held Jan. 18 among many local African-American churches at the former Hillcrest Baptist Church building, now owned by MacMillian Ministries. The theme this year was “Fight On for Righteousness, Fight On for Justice, Fight on for Truth.”

  • Blessing the Animals

    BAYWOOD — Canines, felines and even fowl were welcome at the Church of the Good Shepherd near Galax last Saturday during the annual Blessing of the Animals service.

    Held each October in honor of St. Francis, the church off U.S. 58 in Baywood opens itself to the community’s four-legged family members. According to organizers, the church formerly held ceremonies on the lawn in front of the church, but in recent years they’ve opted for opening the church for several hours, allowing owners to bring their furbabies by for a quick blessing at their convenience.

  • Lord's Acre Sale set for Sept. 26

    The annual Lord’s Acre Harvest Sale features home-baked pies and cakes, home-canned goods, fresh-cooked foods, handmade crafts and bushels of fall produce for sale at Felts Park in Galax.

    The event supports local churches, and is sponsored each year by the Carroll-Grayson United Workers for Christ Association.

    This year’s sale is on Saturday. The day begins with a worship service at 9:30 a.m., followed by the sale from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

  • Christian Family Fun Day is Sept. 19 in Hillsville

    HILLSVILLE – The 4th annual Christian Family Fun Day will take place this Saturday, focusing on the theme of kindness.

    People from Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee and West Virginia are expected to attend, with the total reaching into the thousands.

    Richard Edwards, organizer of the event, said, “We want to create a fair atmosphere for kids and families who may not get to go anywhere else all summer, where they don’t have to worry about money.” This is an all ages event and everyone is invited to participate.

  • Church group goes on mission of mercy

    SOMOTILLO, Nicaragua — A local ministry recently made a trip to lend assistance to and spread messages of love and hope to families in Nicaragua.

    Since 2007, Cornerstone Community Church in Galax has partnered with Because We Care Ministries, and has made 13 trips to the remote northern part of Nicaragua, with more than 100 volunteer missionaries from the Twin Counties.

  • Church to debut play in new sanctuary

    HILLSVILLE — The Hillsville Pentecostal Holiness Church in Hillsville will present an Easter play, “The Last Days of Christ” this weekend at its new sanctuary on 203 Virginia Street.