Faith & Spirituality Briefs
Lewes Presbyterian to hold Vacation Bible School July 28-Aug. 1
Lewes Presbyterian Church invites all children ages 3 through those completing sixth grade to Weird Animals Vacation Bible School to be held from 6 to 8:30 p.m., Monday-Friday, July 28-Aug. 1. Come and enjoy one-of-a-kind Bible times, untamed games, exotic crafts, critter cafe snacks and music stampede. On Friday evening there will be a family dinner, and the children will sing all the songs they have learned during the week.
For more information, call the church, 302-645-5345. The VBS will accept walk-ins.
Special ministry of music services July 20
White’s Chapel United Methodist Church and Zion United Methodist Church, sister churches on the Milton Nassau Charge, will present a special ministry of music and testimony by Craig Banks and his associates Sunday, July 20. Zion’s service starts at 9 a.m. and White’s Chapel's at 11 a.m. Everyone is welcome. For more information call pastor Everett C. Isaacs, 302-858-2649 or 302-337- 3212.
Mt. Zion AME sponsors veterans' banquet July 19
Mt. Zion AME Church in Ellendale will present its A Few Good Men and Women banquet at 2 p.m., Saturday, July 19. This banquet is a celebration to show Mt. Zion’s appreciation to active and retired veterans. The public is invited. Tickets are $35, and memorial journal ads are $10. For tickets or more information, call 302-422-6704 or 302-856-2879. The event will be held at Mt. Zion AME Church Fellowship Hall, 18211 Beach Highway, Ellendale. The Rev. A. Iona Smith Nze is the pastor.
Israel UM Church to host benefit service July 19
Israel United Methodist Church, 20230 Plantation Road, Lewes, will hold a benefit service for Sister Josephine Dean and Sister Emma Harmon starting at 6 p.m., Saturday, July 19. All choirs, soloists and worshippers are welcome and encouraged to attend. The event is sponsored by the Unity Male Chorus. For more information, contact Brother John “Jack” Burton at 302-645-8519.
Zoar UM Church to hold outdoor service, fellowship July 20
Zoar United Methodist Church will have its annual outdoor service at 10:15 a.m., Sunday, July 20, in the grove where the campground originally was located. The worship will be musical, with the message brought in song by the Good Time Music Ministry. There will be a covered-dish luncheon following the service. Bring a dish to share, a chair to enjoy the outdoor service, and stay for the fellowship after. In case of rain, the service will be indoors in the sanctuary. Zoar is just north of Millsboro on Route 30 at the intersection of Zoar Road and Gravel Hill Road. For more information, call 302-945-5580.
Unitarians meet July 20 in Lewes
The Unitarian Universalists of Southern Delaware will meet at 10 a.m., Sunday, July 20, at 33739 Marsh Road in Lewes. Member Rick Welk will present "Drinking From Alien Spiritual Wells." After wandering for years through a desert of religious mirages in search of his spiritual center, and finding an oasis at UUSD, Welk looks at how important it can be to drink from alien wells to quench the spiritual thirst and embrace the differences in beliefs the world has to offer For details, call the church office at 302-645-6334 or visit uussd.org.
'O Wondrous Love' performance July 27 in Lewes
The Academy of Arts will perform “O Wondrous Love” at 6:30 p.m., Sunday, July 27, at New Covenant Presbyterian Church, 3072 Savannah East Drive, Lewes. The new play, written and produced by Nicole Chavers Stratton, contains a series of stories focusing on the lives of several hymn writers and dramatically portrays each story. The program will be 60-75 minutes in length. The performance is free and open to the public.
The Academy of Arts, a professional Christian drama team from Taylors, S.C., employs professional stage lights, music, sound effects, costumes, props, and multi-image techniques to present biblical, historical, patriotic, and moral themes on the stage.
Stratton is the artistic director of The Academy of Ministries. Music for the program was arranged and orchestrated by Nicky Chavers. For more information, visit www.theAcademyofArts.org or call 864-268-9342.
UUSD to explore parenting relationships July 27
The Unitarian Universalists of Southern Delaware will meet at 10 a.m., Sunday, July 27, at 33739 Marsh Road in Lewes. In "Parents, Floating Inside," UUSD member Ron Schaeffer will reflect on National Parents’ Day and how well do, or did, people really know their parents and the ways they influenced their children’s lives? Looking forward, how well do people appreciate their own impact on their children and grandchildren? For details, call the church office at 302-645-6334 or visit uussd.org.
Conley’s UM Church announces Vacation Bible School July 28-Aug. 1
Conley’s Vacation Bible School for children age 3 and up will be held from Monday, July 28 to Friday, Aug. 1. This year’s theme is Workshop of Wonders. For the adults there will be a Bible study led by Pastor Mike Hurley. The program runs 5:30 to 8 p.m. with dinner each night.
For information and preregistration call 302-945-1881 or visit www.ConleysChurch.com. Conley’s United Methodist Church is at 33106 Jolyns Way, Lewes near Peddlers Village Shopping Center.
LCOS welcomes kids for Weird Animals VBS July 28-Aug. 1
A summer kids’ event, Weird Animals VBS, will be held at Lutheran Church of Our Savior in Rehoboth Beach from 9 a.m. to noon, Monday to Friday, July 28 to Aug. 1. At Weird Animals, kids will learn about some of God’s most creative creations. They’ll participate in Bible-learning activities, sing catchy songs, play teamwork-building games, dig into treats, experience cool Bible adventures, collect Bible Memory Buddies to remind them they are one of a kind, and make crafts. Plus, kids will learn to look for evidence of God all around them through something called God Sightings. Kids at Weird Animals VBS will also join an international mission of providing animals to the Heifer Project, an organization that provides livestock and agricultural training to improve the lives of those who struggle daily to meet their basic needs. Weird Animals VBS is for kids from 4 years old to those who have finished the fifth grade. Register online at lcosrehoboth.org or call 302-227-3066.
St. Jude’s Parish Book Club meets Aug. 4
All are welcome to join members of St. Jude's Parish Book Club at 3 p.m., Monday, Aug. 4, in St. Jude’s Religious Education Center to discuss the book "All is Grace: a Biography of Dorothy Day" by Jim Forest. This is a story of an American journalist, social activist, and devout Catholic convert who founded the Catholic Worker Movement. She is a candidate for sainthood.
The Parish Book Club features a book each month about friends of God who can help others find their way in the world. It is sponsored by St. Jude’s Adult Faith Formation Committee and the Parish Library Committee. For more information, call the Religious Education office at 302-644-7413. A listing of upcoming book selections can be found at http://www.stjudeslewesde.org/religiouseducation/library.html.
St. Jude The Apostle Church is at 152 Tulip Drive off Route 1, Lewes, just north of the Five Points intersection.
Register by July 28 for St. Peter's VBS Aug. 4 to 8
St. Peter's Episcopal Church, Lewes, invites children age 3 to 10 to its Vacation Bible School to be held from 5:30 to 8 p.m., Monday-Friday, Aug. 4-8. This year's theme, Treasure Island, revolves around Corinthians and will include games, crafts and live music with children participating with percussion instruments. This is a free event, and dinner is included. Go to http://stpeterslewes.org/#/christian-formation/vacation-bible-school or call 302-645-8479 to register. Registration deadline is Monday, July 28. St. Peter's is on Second and Mulberry streets in downtown Lewes.
Solid Ground to hold Give & Take Aug. 9
Solid Ground Community Church will hold a back-to-school Give & Take from 9 a.m. to noon, Saturday, Aug. 9, at 11 Christian St. in Rehoboth. All are welcome. For more information about the church, visit Solidgroundcc.com.
St. Paul UMC to host revival Aug. 20-22 in Milford
All are invited to attend the Annual Back to School Revival at 7 p.m., Wednesday-Friday, Aug. 20-22, at St. Paul United Methodist Church, 300 North St., Milford. The theme this year is Break Every Chain. Guest preachers are: Wednesday, Aug. 20, the Rev. Leretta Pettyjohn from New Beginnings Church, Milford; Thursday, Aug. 21, the Rev. Jewett Short from Wesley Chapel UM Church, Slaughter Neck; and Friday, Aug. 22, Elder Shirley Baker from Upper Room, Milford. The event is sponsored by the Prayer Warriors of St. Paul. For more information, call the church at 302-422-0709.
Celebrate Men's Day at St. Paul UMC Aug. 24
St. Paul United Methodist Church will hold its Annual Men’s Day at 3:30 p.m., Sunday, Aug. 24. The theme is Feeding the Soul with the Word of God. The guest preacher will be Pastor Jonathan Dukes from Word of Life Community Church, Lincoln. Dinner will be served at 1 p.m. at Temple Lodge No. 8 on Church Street across from Brightway Commons Apartments. For more information, call the church at 302-422-0709.
St. Jude the Apostle Church invites adults to explore faith formation
All are invited to attend a series of sessions for the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults in the Religious Education Center of St. Jude The Apostle Church, from 7 to 8:30 p.m., the second and fourth Thursdays of the month. RCIA is a process of prayer, reflection and learning that may lead adults and children to explore the possibility of becoming members of the Catholic Church. Adult baptized Catholics may complete their initiation by preparing for the reception of the Sacraments of Eucharist, Reconciliation and Confirmation. There is no cost to the participants, and no commitment is necessary. Those interested are welcome to come for a session or two to see what it's all about. Each week, a different topic of faith exploration will be discussed, with time allowed for group participation.
St. Jude The Apostle Church is on Route 1, Lewes, just north of the Five Points intersection. For more information, call the Religious Education Office, 302-644-7413 or go to www.stjudeslewesde.org/religiouseducation/rcia.html.