Local vacation Bible schools sound more fun and even healthier than ever. Two camps -- Veggie Fun World and the Big Apple Adventure -- are taking a crunchy, fruity approach. One church has turned its course toward the sea, and yet another simply seeks the truth. Here are some of the upcoming vacation Bible schools in Beaufort County:
THE PARISH CHURCH OF ST. HELENA, PRAISE ASSEMBLY
There will be three sessions of Veggie Fun World at the church this summer. All children will design their own unique T-shirt with each session's theme. Session one coincides with the older children's vacation Bible school program in cooperation with Praise Assembly in Shell Point.
Vacation Bible school and Veggie Fun World I are 9 a.m. to noon June 20-24. Cost is $130 a child for ages 18 months to 6 years.
Veggie Fun World II is 9 a.m. to noon July 18-29 on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Cost is $145.
Veggie Fun World III is Aug. 15-26 and will provide a transition into the regular fall school schedule. The days for activities are 9 a.m. to noon Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.
Online registration and payment are available at www.sthelenas1712.org.
Details: Roz Dixon, 843-522-1712, ext. 22; email@example.com
OKATEE BAPTIST CHURCH
The Big Apple Adventure vacation Bible school for ages 3 to those finishing sixth grade will be from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Sunday through June 16. Amid the sights and sounds of the city, kids will hear Bible stories about people who stepped out in faith and connected with Jesus and learn how they can do the same. The camp features crafts, music and games. The church is at 5467 North Okatie Highway (S.C. 170).
RED DAM BAPTIST CHURCH
The Big Apple vacation Bible school will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday and from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. The event is free and open to children ages 2 and older, including classes for youth and adults. Friday night is Family Night, inviting parents to share the end of the adventure with their children. Dinner will be served each night. A nursery will be provided. The church is at 93 Red Dam Church Road, Hardeeville.
Details: 843-784-6083, www.reddambaptistchurch.org
HILTON HEAD PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH
The Summer Seaquest vacation Bible school for ages 4 to rising fifth-graders will be from 9 a.m. to noon June 20-24 at the church, 235 William Hilton Parkway. Cost is $10 a child, not to exceed $20 a family.
Details and registration: 843-689-6362, www.hiltonheadpca.com
GRACE CHAPEL AME CHURCH
Jesus Truth Seekers Vacation Bible School will be from 9 a.m. to noon Monday through Thursday at the church, 502 Charles St., Beaufort. Lunch will be served daily.
Details: Grace Jones, 843-524-6091
CAMPBELL CHAPEL AME CHURCH
Vacation Bible school will be held from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Monday through Wednesday. The church is at 25 Boundary St., Bluffton.
Angel Food distribution will be from 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. June 25 at St. John's Lutheran Church, 157 Lady's Island Drive, Beaufort.
Orders may be placed from: 10 a.m.-noon today and 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Monday at St. John's; 10 a.m.-noon today at Grace & Truth Gospel Chapel, 1161 Sea Island Parkway, St. Helena Island; and 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Thursday at Shell Point Baptist Church, 871 Parris Island Gateway.
Life House Church in Beaufort is also a host site (843-379-9673). Lion and The Lamb Ministries in Hardeeville is a host site south of the Broad River (843-540-2207). Online orders may be placed at angelfoodministries.com.
CANAAN MISSIONARY BAPTIST CHURCH
The Transportation Ministry is sponsoring a summer trip to Orlando, Daytona and Tampa, Fla., departing at 4 p.m. June 23 and returning June 25. Activities will include a visit to Busch Gardens. Details: Albert Black, 843-597-1908; Kelvin Simmons, 843-540-9859. Youth groups are invited. The church is at 908 Trask Parkway, Sheldon.
NEW HOPE CHRISTIAN CHURCH (DISCIPLES OF CHRIST)
The seventh anniversary of the Rev. Edward Cushingberry Jr. will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Sunday. The Rev. Dr. Donald Gillette, pastor of East 2nd St. Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in Lexington, Ky., will speak. The church is at 67 Parris Island Gateway, Burton.
CHRISTIAN SCIENCE SOCIETY OF BEAUFORT
"God the Preserver of Man" will be presented as the Bible lesson at 10:30 a.m. Sunday. The society meets at Temple Beth Israel, Scott Street, Beaufort.
PROVIDENCE PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH, HILTON HEAD ISLAND
Touring pianist Denine LeBlanc will present a free concert at 4 p.m. Sunday in the choir room. The church is at 171 Cordillo Parkway, Hilton Head Island.
Details: Paul Elgin, 843-842-5673, firstname.lastname@example.org
UNITARIAN UNIVERSALIST FELLOWSHIP OF BEAUFORT
The Rev. Nan White, worship leader, will introduce the spiritual practice of sound at 10 a.m. Sunday The fellowship meets at 178 Sams Point Road, Lady's Island.
UNITARIAN UNIVERSALIST CONGREGATION OF THE LOWCOUNTRY
Sister Florence Muia from the Upendo Village of Kenya will present "Unity in Diversity: A Global Village of Love" at 10 a.m. Sunday. She will discuss the work she and others are doing to provide a support system for families in Kenya who have been affected by HIV/AIDS. Religious Education will be provided during the service and refreshments for all members and guests will be available. The church is at 110 Malphrus Road, Bluffton.
CAMPBELL CHAPEL AME CHURCH
The gospel choir anniversary celebration will be at 3 p.m. Sunday. The usher anniversary celebration will be at 3 p.m. June 26. The church is at 25 Boundary St. in Bluffton.
FIRST PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH OF HILTON HEAD ISLAND
The church will hold Breaking Free sports camp for ages 4-12 from 5:30-8:30 p.m. June 20-24. Sports are tennis, soccer, basketball, flag football and cheerleading. Trained athletes serve as coaches. Nerve 2 Serve mission camp, sponsored jointly by First Presbyterian and Christ Church of Bluffton, will be held for second- through eighth-graders from 8:45 a.m.-1 p.m. June 27-30. Cost for each camp is $40 a child; scholarships are available. The church is at 540 William Hilton Parkway, Hilton Head.
Details: 843-681-3696, email@example.com, www. fpchhi.org
MT. CALVARY MISSIONARY BAPTIST CHURCH
The Cantate youth choir from Suncreek United Methodist Church in Allen, Texas, will have lunch June 18 at Mt. Calvary Missionary Baptist Church and help map the historic Gullah Tailbird Cemetery in Hilton Head Plantation. The church is at 382 Squire Pope Road, Hilton Head.
ST. ANDREW BY-THE-SEA UNITED METHODIST CHURCH
The Cantate youth choir from Suncreek United Methodist Church in Allen, Texas, will sing at the 9 and 11:15 a.m. services June 19. The church is at 20 Pope Ave., Hilton Head.
RESURRECTION CHRISTIAN COMMUNITY CHURCH
The church will sponsor a Family Day of Fun picnic featuring a praise band, food and activities from noon-3 p.m. June 25 at Hilton Head Garden Apartments. For more information, call Stephani Wyatt at 843-681-3033 or 843-689-3625. The church is at 296 Spanish Wells Road, Hilton Head.
HABITAT FOR HUMANITY
LowCountry Habitat for Humanity will hold family orientation sessions at 6 p.m. Tuesday at Riverview Baptist Church, Boundary Street, Beaufort. Orientation sessions are the first step in the family selection process, and attendance at one of these sessions is mandatory for those interested in becoming Habitat partner families. Qualified future homeowners currently live in sub-standard housing, live or work in northern Beaufort County, have a steady source of income not above 60 percent of the median income, are willing to partner with Habitat and have the ability to repay a zero-interest mortgage.