Powhatan Original Free Will Baptist Church lights the “Tree of Hope” beginning at 6 p.m. Dec. 16 at 3468 Powhatan Road, Clayton. The tree lighting ceremony honors the late Vicky Thorne Bagley and is a fundraiser for the Relay for Life for the American Cancer Society. Bagley loss her battle with breast cancer in 1999. Ornaments are $5 each. To purchase an ornament call Sandra Peedin 919-553-5735 or Wanda Benson 919-553-2994.
Food, clothing pantries
• The Real Ministry of Zebulon will serve a free Thanksgiving Day meal 11 a.m.- 2 p.m. at Nationwide Insurance Agency, 612 East Lee St., Smithfield. They are also giving out clothing, hats and gloves. Contact Eugene and Karen Durant, 919-359-1645.
• A Touch From Above Faith Center food pantry is open Mondays 6-7 p.m. at 654 Main St., Wilson Mills.
Needy families can sign up for free toys at the center 6-7 p.m. Nov. 26. Call 919-938-0073 ext.2.
• Christ Community United Methodist Church’s “Feed My Sheep” food pantry is open the second Saturday of the month 9 a.m.-noon at 1082 Amelia Church Road, Clayton. For information call 919-553-9770 or claytonccumc.org.
• Everett Chapel Church, 307 Everett Ave., Clayton, is donating used clothing to needy families. The church is also accepting clean, gently-used items. For more information call 919-553-5236.
• Sisters Sharing the Savior are studying the books of Ruth, Esther and Proverbs from 9:30-11:30 a.m. Tuesdays through April at Christ Community United Methodist Church, 1082 Amelia Church Road, Clayton. For more information call 919-697-1214.
• The Discovery Church at 195 N.C. 42 E, Clayton, has Bible study from 7-8:30 a.m. Wednesdays. For more information please call 919-553-7256.
• The Child Development Center at First Baptist Church is enrolling children ages 4 and younger. Call Jo Scott at 919-550-4018.
• The Baptist Center Church preschool is enrolling children ages 2-4. Call Sherri Anderson at 919-553-3119.
• Mount Moriah preschool is enrolling children for this school year. For information visit www.mountmoriahpreschool.net or call 919-772-1273, ext. 8.
• First Presbyterian Church preschool in Smithfield is enrolling children ages 2-4. For information call 919-208-5106 or 919-934-0988.
• The preschool at Clayton Crossings is accepting applications for the fall and spring terms. Call the 919-272-3600.