Programs and Services

The #1 Jesus Basketball League

The #1 Jesus basketball league is open to children between the ages of 5 and 18. Our season runs from January thru March. We have five different age divisions: Tiny Tots 5-6, Small Fry 7-9, Mites 10-12, Midgets 13-14, Juniors 15-18. Basketball games are played on Fridays and Saturdays at five different sites. The mission of the #1 Jesus League is to utilize basketball to draw young people into an environment in which the gospel of Jesus Christ can be introduced. Our goal is to evangelize the lost, and disciple and fellowship the saved. We aim to take the team sport of basketball to teach young people the gospel concept of unity of the body in which Paul relates to in 1 Corinthians 12. The #1 Jesus League has partnered with the City of Sumter and local area churches and is supported by a number of local businesses.

Aerobics Class

The M.H. Newton Family Life Center is also offering Aerobics Classes. Aerobic exercise helps push the heart and circulatory system further than the easy pace of many every day activities. This stress forces the body to adapt causing many changes which benefit us in a lot of ways. The health benefits we gain from aerobic exercise are important, not only does this type of exercise help control weight, it also limits the chances of developing many common illness and diseases. Classes are held on Monday evenings from 6:00pm to 7:00pm, For more information, contact the Family Life Center.

HYPE After School Program Headquarters

M.H. Newton Family Life Center is the central location for the HYPE (Helping Youth Pursue Excellence) After School Programs. Trinity Missionary Baptist, New Bethel Missionary Baptist, Wedgefield Baptist, and the North and South Hope Centers serve as satellite sites. HYPE is designed to meet the needs of students after school by providing a safe, secure, and loving environment for study, character development, and team building.

The HYPE After School Programs offers Academic Enrichment, Homework assistance from certified teachers and college mentors. Food and nutrition, art, and music. Tae Kwon Do classes are also offered as a means to improve behavior. Adult GED and Computer Literacy Classes are offered to parents of program participants and community residents. The After School Programs are supported by School Districts 17 and 2, Harvest Hope Food Bank, Pilgrims Pride, Eaton Corporation, and LA Leasing Rentals. ⇒Read More

Rental of Facility

In an effort to provide total service to the community, we do permit the rental of our facility to host your organization, business, church, and family events. We have a full service kitchen that is also available for rent. The facility is available to rent for Gospel concerts and for profit events. For additional information, contact the Family Life Center.




HYPE Summer Enrichment Camp

The summer enrichment program is offered from June thru August. Summer Camp consists of daily bible study, reading hour, recreation and field trips. During Summer Camp, the children have opportunities for Food and Nutrition , Gardening , Music, Art, Spanish, and Computer literacy classes. The children are encouraged to play games, socialize, and have fun! We offer video game systems for the children to play as well as basketball, table tennis, volley ball, and pool, and a host of other games to occupy the camper's time.

We have partnered with the Sumter Gallery of Art to offer scholarships for free art education classes for selected Summer Camp Participants. Summer Camp hours are 8:00 am - 4:00 pm, Monday thru Friday. Breakfast, ages 6 and up, Lunch and a snack will be provided. The cost for Summer Camp is $50.00 per week. For further information, contact the Family Life Center.