Having folks trick-out their car trunks and fill them with treats for children -- instead of letting the little ones roam the streets, knocking on strangers' doors -- has become a Halloween tradition at some local churches.
On Wednesday, the First Baptist Church of Hilton Head Island sponsored a puppet show, followed by a Trunk or Treat at its "Light Up the Night with Jesus" event.
Light, compared to the darkness of traditional Halloween activities, was the theme just Wednesday across the Broad River at the Baptist Church of Beaufort's "Let There be Light Fall Festival." Free family oriented games and activities for all ages were held. In keeping with the family theme, both events requested participants wear non-scary costumes.
Other local houses of worship invite the public to join them in the celebration of fall with hay jumps, fun activities and festive foods at the following events today and Sunday:
SPRING HILL AME CHURCH
Spring Hill AME Church will present its Fall Festival from 5 to 8 p.m. today in the church's parking lot. The carnival will have game booths, candy and prizes, face painting, a bounce house, music and a cake walk. At the close of the festival, all of the guests will receive a hot dog, chips and a drink. Candy, nachos, funnel cake, cotton candy, popcorn and candied apples will be for sale. The church is at 20 Paige Point Road, Sheldon (across from the post office).
Details: Nikki Lawrence, 843-812-3139, 843-846-6852
GRAYS HILL BAPTIST CHURCH
Grays Hill Baptist Church will hold its annual Fall Festival from 6 to 8 p.m. today. The event will feature free activities, candy and popcorn for the community. The church is at 2749 Trask Parkway, Grays Hill.
SERVANTS OF GOD INTERNATIONAL OUTREACH
Servants of God International Outreach Tabernacle and Visions In People's Hope will host a Fall Festival from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. today. Food, games, a yard sale, bake sale, free community services information and fellowship will be offered. The church is at 2754 Trask Parkway, at the traffic light in Grays Hill.
Details: 843-271-7545, 843-846-6017
PORT ROYAL BAPTIST CHURCH
Port Royal Baptist Church will hold a Fall Festival and Trunk or Treat from 5 to 7 p.m. Sunday. Food, family fun and games will be offered. The children will Trunk or Treat in the front of the church at 6:30 p.m. The church is at 707 Pinckney Blvd. (at Naval Hospital Gate), Port Royal.
Praise Assembly is hosting a community event from 6 to 9 p.m. Sunday. Activities will include live music, carnival rides, free food, games and candy. The church is at 800 Parris Island Gateway, Beaufort.
Details: 843-525-1121, www.LowCountryPraise.com
SPOKEN WORD OUTREACH MINISTRIES
Spoken Word Outreach Ministries invites its members to Bring a Friend to Church Day on Sunday for celebration of the annual Fall Festival. Youth church begins at 10 a.m. and continues with games, hayrides, inflatable games and a cookout. The church is at 42 Keans Neck Road, Lobeco.
Details: 843-846-4835, ext. 1
UNITARIAN UNIVERSALIST CONGREGATION OF THE LOWCOUNTRY
Children and adults are invited to come in costume at 10 a.m. Sunday when the Rev. Dr. Nannette Pierson, founder and director of the Sandalwood Community Food Bank, will speak on Samhain, "Summer's End," at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of the Lowcountry. Participants are asked to bring a can or box of food to fill the Sandalwood Pantry's trick-or-treat bags. The congregation meets at 110 Malphrus Road, Bluffton.
COMMUNITY BIBLE CHURCH
Community Bible Church will begin its annual Fall Festival at 4 p.m. Sunday at Huspa Plantation in Sheldon. Games and activities will be offered. A potluck supper will be at 5:30 p.m. The church is at 638 Parris Island Gateway, Beaufort.
Details: 843-525-0089, cbcof beaufort.org
BRICK BAPTIST CHURCH
The Women's Ministry of Brick Baptist Church will present the "Five Wishes" program at 10 a.m. today in the church's Clarence Johnson Fellowship Hall. A representative from Hospice Care of the Lowcountry will present the seminars.
Details: Sharon Beasley, 843-838-9235, email@example.com
Angel Food will be distributed beginning at 9 a.m. today at St. John's Lutheran Church, 157 Lady's Island Drive, Beaufort. The new closing time is 10 a.m. today. Volunteers are needed to help unload the truck at 6:30 a.m.
Due to Thanksgiving and Christmas, the schedule is moved up, and holiday specials will be offered. The next round of orders may be placed through Nov. 11 online at www.angelfood ministries.com (go to "local site" and enter ZIP code 29907).
Orders also may be placed Monday through Saturday at Life House Church, 40 Faith Station, Beaufort or by calling 843-379-9673.
For people south of the Broad River, Grace Coastal Church is no longer an Angel Food host site. Lion and The Lamb Ministries in Hardeeville is a new host site. Details: 843-540-2207
CAMPBELL CHAPEL AME CHURCH
A community fundraiser is planned today and Sunday to assist Lula Mae Ford of Bluffton with medical costs associated with her recent kidney transplant. A lunch begins at 11 a.m. today and a gospel concert will be held at 3 p.m. Sunday at Campbell Chapel AME Church, 25 Boundary St., Bluffton. Meals are $10. Orders may be placed by calling 843-757-3652. The concert will feature choirs from throughout the Lowcountry. Contributions may be made to Lula Mae Ford at Palmetto State Bank.
Details: 843-338-3699, firstname.lastname@example.org
UNITARIAN UNIVERSALIST FELLOWSHIP OF BEAUFORT
Yajaira Benet-Smith will speak about the Latino presence in Beaufort County at 10 a.m. Sunday at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Beaufort at the Wardle Family YMCA, Port Royal. Benet-Smith is the perinatal awareness for successful outcomes coordinator for Beaufort County. The church meets at 1801 Richmond Ave., Port Royal.
UNITY IN ACTION UNION OF CHURCHES
Unity In Action Union of Churches will host its Fifth Sunday Fellowship Union Services at 11 a.m. Sunday at the Quality Inn Hotel, Boundary Street, Beaufort. The host church and pastor are Revelatory Ministries, Beaufort, and Pastor Calvin Mikell. Other Union members are Church of the Harvest Apostolic of St. Helena Island, Apostle Jerome Middleton, pastor; Servants of God International Outreach Tabernacle of Grays Hill, the Rev. Jacqueline G. Harley, pastor; and Highest Praise Ministries of Lady's Island, Pastor Rufus Fripp.
Details: 843-575-0143, 843-838-2889
BEAUFORT SEVENTH-DAY ADVENTIST CHURCH
The Beaufort Pathfinder Club and the Beaufort Adventurer Club (a youth ministry organization of the Beaufort Seventh-Day Adventist Church) will conduct its annual canned food drive Sunday in the Beaufort and Port Royal area. Food items will be sorted and presented as Thanksgiving baskets to needy families in Beaufort County. Canned foods will be picked up Sunday.
CORNERSTONE CHRISTIAN CHURCH
"Mary, Martha and Me," a women's conference and workshop, is planned at 9:30 a.m. Nov. 6 at Cornerstone Christian Church. The deadline for reservations is Wednesday. Seating is limited. Glenda Doles will speak. Tammy Malphrus will perform music. Workshops on card-, bow- and jewelry-making, stress management, budgeting, and wellness and nutrition will be offered. The church is at 2301 First Blvd., Beaufort.
SPRING HILL AME CHURCH
Spring Hill AME Church will celebrate its annual Fall Revival at 7:30 nightly Wednesday-Friday and at 2 p.m. Nov. 7. Speakers are: Wednesday, Canaan Missionary Baptist Church, the Rev. Susan Johnson; Thursday, Grays Hill Full Gospel Deliverance Church, Pastor Norman Jenkins; Friday, Bethel Word & Worship Deliverance Temple, Pastor Arthur Cummings; and Nov. 7, Huspah Baptist Church, the Rev. Samuel Hilton. The church is at 20 Paige Point Road, Sheldon (across from the post office).
Details: 843-846-6852, 843-846-6680
SECOND JORDAN BAPTIST CHURCH
Second Jordan Baptist Church will celebrate Friends and Family Week at 7:30 nightly Wednesday-Friday and at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Nov. 7. Speakers and guest churches are: Wednesday, Canaan Missionary Baptist Church, the Rev. Susan Johnson of Sheldon; Thursday, Mount Sinai Baptist Church, Pastor Joseph Black of Round O; and Friday, Oakman Branch Baptist Church, Pastor T Tucker of Walterboro. Services begin at 11 a.m. Nov. 7 with Pastor Albert J. Smoak and close out at 2 p.m. Nov. 7 with Second Euhaw Baptist Church with Pastor Leroy Johnson. The church is at 2 Jordan Drive, Beaufort.
FIRST PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH ON HILTON HEAD ISLAND
A Celebration of Remembrance for people who have lost loved ones will be held at 4 p.m. Nov. 7 at First Presbyterian Church on Hilton Head Island. Names of loved ones will be read during the service and must be submitted to the church office by Wednesday. The church is at 540 William Hilton Parkway between mile markers 5 and 6.
LUNCH HOUR OF POWER
Elder Joe White, associate minister of Jehovah Church of Jesus Christ will speak from noon-12:45 p.m. Wednesday at the Lunch Hour of Power in Helen Galloway's Memorial Chapel of Chisholm Galloway Home for Funerals, 808 Bladen St., Beaufort.
MOUNT CARMEL BAPTIST CHURCH
Beaufort County residents are invited to the third annual Community-Wide Prayer Breakfast at 7 a.m. Thursday, sponsored by the Wardle Family YMCA and hosted by the Mount Carmel Baptist Church. Al Truesdale, president elect of Kiwanis Club of Beaufort, will speak. Transportation by reservation is offered to the event in Dale with the bus to depart at 6:30 a.m. from the Wardle Family YMCA. YMCA membership is not a prerequisite to attend. Reservations are required.
CARTERET STREET UNITED METHODIST CHURCH
Carteret Street United Methodist Church men's club shrimp boil is from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. and from 5-7 p.m. Thursday. The menu is boiled local shrimp, baked beans, cole slaw, roll, brownie and tea. All meals may be eaten at the church or taken out. Free lunch deliveries are available. Tickets are $9 for adults and $4 for children younger than 12. All proceeds support local missions. The church is at 408 Carteret St., Beaufort.
PARISH CHURCH OF ST. HELENA (EPISCOPAL)
The final performance of a free organ concert series, First Music, is at noon Friday at the Parish Church of St. Helena (Episcopal) with organist Patrick Hawkins of Columbia. The church is at 507 Church St., Beaufort.
Details: 843-522-1712, ext. 214
The Women of the Parish Church at St. Helena's annual bazaar begins with a Bazaar Preview from 5-7 p.m. Friday. The bazaar is from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Nov. 6 in the Parish House, 507 Newcastle St., Beaufort. In addition to the silent auction and the church mice, shoppers will find baked goods, candy, frozen foods, books, crafts and gifts, jewelry, plants, Christmas decorations, a pet boutique, silent auction and Bargain Box.
Details: 843-522-1712, 843-538-6497, www.sthelenas1712.org
CENTRAL OAK GROVE MISSIONARY BAPTIST CHURCH
Central Oak Grove Missionary Baptist Church's three-day Youth Revival begins at 7:30 nightly Monday-Wednesday and culminates at 4 p.m. Nov. 6. The church is at 161 Mathews Drive, Hilton Head Island.
Details: 843-681-5784, 843-684-2886
BETHEL DELIVERANCE TEMPLE
Youthful Praiz Community Choir will perform at 6:30 p.m. Nov. 6 at Bethel Deliverance Temple, 239 County Shed Road, Burton. Other groups to perform include Gideon of New Life Deliverance Temple, Beaufort; Xtreme Praise of Mount Carmel Baptist Church, Beaufort; Francis Marion University Gospel Choir, Florence; Devine Praise, Beaufort; and Matthew Wade, Beaufort. Admission is free, but love donations will be accepted.
Details: 843-338-0335, 843-476-9667
MT. CALVARY MISSIONARY BAPTIST CHURCH
Dr. Julius Scott will speak at 12:30 p.m. Nov. 6 at the luncheon and worship service sponsored by Church Women United at Mt. Calvary Missionary Baptist Church, Hilton Head Island. The theme is "Building the Beloved Community." Scott will give insight into the work that was inspired by Martin Luther King Jr. Women are invited to bring a dish to share. The church is at 382 Squire Pope Road, Hilton Head Island.
BLUFFTON UNITED METHODIST
The Bluffton United Methodist Men have begun the 10th annual Golden Kernel Pecans sale, which raises money for charities such as Bluffton Self Help, Bluffton Meals-on-Wheels and the Bluffton Boys & Girls Club. The sale runs through Nov. 7.
Details: 843-757-3840, 843-757-3351
FIRST PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH OF BEAUFORT
The First Presbyterian Church of Beaufort will host its traditional Kirking of the Tartans at 11 a.m. Nov. 7. Following the services, church families and friends, decked-out in their family tartans, will march around the block of Church Street. The church is at 1201 North St., Beaufort.
Details: 843-846-5886, 843-524-3051