- Resurrection Christian Community Church members connected with their neighbors at Hilton Head Gardens apartments during a Family Day of Fun picnic June 25 on Hilton Head Island.
"We have needs (for missions) in our own backyard," said Stephani Wyatt, organizer of the event and a trustee at Resurrection Christian Community Church.
The government-subsidized complex houses many single parents with children "who need smiles, a lot of encouragement and the need for positive influences," Wyatt said. "Some need a helping hand to try a different route out of the cycle of poverty."
Many residents, their children and friends attended the event which promoted fun and community. There was a puppeteer, face painting and games, including a three-legged race. Happy memories were made as trusting relationships were fostered among residents.
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"We wanted to show them the love of Christ," Wyatt said. "To love them, have fun with them and promote the feeling of being safe and build a sense of community."
The church's Praise Band sponsors a monthly Praise in the Park event featuring the band. But for the June event, more games and activities geared toward children were added.
"I thought it would be cool to play there," said Wyatt, who discovered the needs of the Hilton Head Gardens residents while volunteering with IMPACT, a local school mentoring program. "I hope this day turns into a call to action for churches who would like to get involved with Bible studies or any other special programs that these wonderful, innocent, eager children could benefit from."
Church members received requests for prayers, and many residents signed up for a Bible study. Now the church is seeking a bus to transport the residents to the church for future events.
"We had some interest in people wanting to get connected with a full gospel, Bible-based acts church, but transportation is always a challenge. Getting a large bus is on our prayer list so we can get those who are interested to a place of faith, hope and love very soon," Wyatt said.
PROVIDENCE PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH, HILTON HEAD ISLAND
Adventures in Mission will have a 28-person mission group staying in the Providence Youth Center from July 10-15. The group members will work on various projects while they are on Hilton Head. A small fee will be given to those who volunteer to prepare and cook the evening meal. Adventures in Mission will provide the food.
Vacation Liberty School, for ages 10-15, is from 5-7:30 p.m. July 25-29 at the church. Participants will experience the principles, origin, nature and benefits of liberty, from the perspective of faith, hope and charity. Admission is free. Details: Bob Harris, 843-379-2575, firstname.lastname@example.org
The church is at 171 Cordillo Parkway.
CHRISTIAN SCIENCE SOCIETY OF BEAUFORT
"God" is the subject of the Bible lesson to be presented at 10:30 a.m. Sunday. Sunday School begins at 10:30 a.m. The society meets at Temple Beth Israel, Scott Street, Beaufort.
UNITARIAN UNIVERSALIST FELLOWSHIP OF BEAUFORT
Benjamin Franklin, as interpreted by actor Steve Nousen, will discuss "Faith of One Founding Father" at 10 a.m. Sunday. Nousen was former chief of staff for U.S. Sen. Mark Hatfield of Oregon and a federal affairs lobbyist before retiring to Beaufort. A picnic will follow the service.
The fellowship meets at 178 Sams Point Road, Lady's Island.
UNITARIAN UNIVERSALIST CONGREGATION OF THE LOWCOUNTRY
Jan Dow will present her sermon on "The Mayan Prophecy for 2012: What Is It? What Does It Mean?" at 10 a.m. Sunday. Child care will be provided. The church is at 110 Malphrus Road, Bluffton.
LUNCH HOUR OF POWER
The Rev. Dr. Van Gains, pastor of Samaritan Missionary Baptist Church in Varnville, will speak from noon-12:45 p.m. Wednesday in Helen Galloway's Memorial Chapel of Chisholm Galloway Home for Funerals, 808 Bladen St., Beaufort.
LIVE OAK CHRISTIAN CHURCH
The church's ServeFest team will hold "Summer at the House," an afternoon of fun activities for families at Bluffton House Apartments, from 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. July 9. The event will kick off with a magic show at 11:30 a.m. and also will include face painting, games, food and beverages. The church meets at 10:15 a.m. Sundays at Bluffton High School.
FIRST AFRICAN BAPTIST CHURCH, ST. HELENA ISLAND
The church will celebrate its Missionary Auxiliary's 13th anniversary at 4 p.m. July 9. Minister Priscilla Stoney of Lady's Island Baptist Church will speak. Holy Communion services are at 7:30 p.m. July 13-15. Guest ministries are: Monday, the Rev. Henry Chisholm and Jehovah Church of Jesus Christ; Thursday, the Rev. Joseph McKnight and Israelite Baptist Church; and Friday, the Rev. Willie Wilson and Adam Street Baptist Church. The church is at 109 Olde Church Road, St. Helena Island.
Details: 843-838-3970, FABStHelenaSC@Embarqmail.com
The Beaufort Chapter Lighthouse meets at 10:30 a.m. July 9 at Burton Wells Recreation Center, 1 Middleton Recreation Drive, Beaufort. Elder Kaffee Ray will speak.
Details: Maxine Smalls, 843-290-5563
CONGREGATION BETH YAM
A two-night lecture series by Rabbi Laurence Kotok of Temple Brith Kodesh in Rochester, N.Y., will be offered July 11-18. The first lecture will be "Israel: Whose Land Is It?" The second is titled "The New Anti-Semitism." This adult education lecture series is free and will be held at the synagogue. The congregation meets at 4501 Meeting St., Hilton Head Island.
SOUTH COASTAL FELLOWSHIP OF CHRISTIAN ATHLETES
A four-day Golf & Tennis Camp is from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Aug. 8-11 at Palmetto Dunes Resort, Hilton Head Island. Open to middle and high school young men and women, the cost of the camp is $395 with $100 deposit due by July 15. Enrollment includes food, instruction, use of golf or tennis amenities and giveaways. Limited scholarship assistance is available. Register at www.FCAcamps.org.
Details: Paul Cifaldi, 843-290-9801, email@example.com