Buds of Promise WHOMS




Ms. Barbara J. Epps  (View Profile)

Ages 1 - 12

"Blooming All for Jesus" 

Green (grow) and White (purity) 

"Blooming All for Jesus". 

The Buds of Promise are the Juvenile Society of the WH & OM Society. The mission of the WH & OM Society is to establish Christian learning environments and experiences for all children (ages 1 through 12) through Mission Education. These experiences will enable each child to acquire the knowledge, beliefs and attitudes that are essential to his/her spiritual development as an individual and are necessary for the attainment of a meaningful life. 

My Buddy is a children's magazine published by the Buds of Promise Missionary Juvenile Society of the Women’s Home and Overseas Missionary Society. This magazine is biblically based and acts as the Buds Connection to Zion across the world. A magazine for children by children, filled with excitement to draw others to Christ! 




Please help the Bud’s of Promise outreach project for 2016 by donating supplies to Lancaster County First Steps.    These supplies will help children prepare for kindergarten.     This supply bin will be in the vestibule until June 12.  All supplies will be collected at Bud’s camp on June 12  at Steele Hill A.M.E. Zion Church.   Your support is greatly appreciated.  It takes a community to raise a child.    Let’s make sure that the children in Lancaster County have the materials they need in order to be successful in their beginning years of learning.  Below are various supplies you can purchase at Dollar Tree, Walmart, and other local retailers.

Blunt Child scissors                                                Glue sticks

Crayons                                                                     Watercolors

Large erasers                                                           Washable markers

Beginner reader books                                         Sight word flash cards

Folders                                                                      #2 pencils

Backpacks                                                                Number  flash  cards

ABC flash cards                                                       Picture cards

Rhyming word cards                                               Beginner addition and subtraction cards

Kindergarten Language Arts activity book     

Kindergarten Math activity book

Dotted lined writing paper          

What Does Lancaster County First Steps Do?

First Steps works to accomplish its mission through a state coordinating office and a network of 46 county partnerships, each a private non-profit organization led by a board of early childhood champions. With a modest recurring appropriation of state funding, First Steps leverages cash and in-kind resources at the federal, state and local level to improve services for young children in six (6) strategy areas:

Healthy Start Children’s development and ability to learn are profoundly impacted by their health.
Family Strengthening:  
A parent is a child’s first and best teacher.
Early Intervention:  Early identification of developmental issues is critical to the well-being of children.
Quality Child Care Access to high-quality care is a critical component of a child’s healthy development.
Early Education:  Quality preschool opportunities set the stage for success in school.
School Transition:  
Preparing children and parents for a successful transition into kindergarten.

Lancaster County First Steps determines how to spend its funds based on an annual needs and resources assessment and collaboration with community partners to fill gaps in local services for young children and their families. First Steps has proven its impact through strong program and fiscal accountability and independent evaluations – a requirement of its enabling legislation.

All programs that receive funding from First Steps – whether they are operated by a county partnership or a collaborating partner, such as a school district – must adhere to program standards that require programs to be research-based and operated with fidelity; staff who have appropriate qualifications, training, and supervision; services that are comprehensive and coordinated with available community resources; standard assessment instruments that document client outcomes; and programs that target services to children most at risk for not being developmentally ready for school.


       Click here for SC First Steps
       Click here for Lancaster First Steps
       121 South Wylie St.  Lancaster, SC  29720  
        Lora Bryson, Executive Director