CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - A special group of women will be treated like royalty at Mother Emanuel AME Tuesday night.
They'll be served dinner by the men of the church.
It's an event members of the church look forward to every year, and this year, they said it will help them continue to heal.
"As long as we can do things to keep healing that's what we have to keep doing," said Clifford Jones, an Emanuel AME church member. "We have to keep doing the things we used to do and not let one person stop us from doing it."
That includes the annual dinner for the "Life Women's Ministry" group.
Ladies from the church and neighboring churches will dine here, as the men wait on them.
"It's to show appreciation for the hard work the ladies do in the church," Jones said.
The group does more than that though.
They've left their mark on the community as well, helping the homeless, providing clothing to the needy and much more.
"They can expect to be treated like Queen Elizabeth tonight," Jones said. "With sparkles and glitter all over. Expect to be treated like royalty."
"They give us flowers, they're very attentive to us, so it's really awesome," said Marlena Davis, a member of Life Women's
Susie Jackson and Ethel Lance were regular members of this group of ladies.
They and the seven others will be missed.
"When the men serve us, Reverend Pinckney was one of the guys who came to Women's Ministry in December and just acted like one of the regular fellas and served us also," Davis said. "So I think we're all entering this with anticipation of this always being a wonderful event, but also with a little bit of a heavy heart, because we know where we're coming from."
Some of the survivors have also worked with this group, and were invited to attend tonight.
"It's been a journey, and we're still moving forward," Davis said.
The theme for the dinner is "Imagine", based off the hit song by John Lennon who was killed exactly 35 years ago.
A verse of that song reads, "Imagine there's no countries, It isn't hard to do, Nothing to kill or die for, And no religion too, Imagine all the people, Living life in peace..."