Local places of worship announce their upcoming events.


Holy Family Church Summerfest
    Holy Family Church, Gender and Chesnut Hill roads, Newark, will hold its Summerfest from July 10 to 13.
    There will be rides, games, prizes, food, drinks and music.
    Enter to win a trip to Hawaii or to Disney World.
    On the evening of Thursday, July 10, pay one price, ride all the rides. Vote for the Newark Idol Friday and Sunday nights.
    For more information, call (302) 368-4665 or go to www.holyfamilynewark.org.

Old fashioned gospel music featured June 29 at New Covenant Church
    Worship at New Covenant Church on Sunday, June 29, will feature the gospel songs of the 19th and early-20th centuries. The congregation will sing “When the Roll is Called Up Yonder I’ll Be There” and “The Old Rugged Cross,” as well as many other gospel songs mostly written after the Civil War to about 1920. These songs mirrored the popular music of the day, are very singable and usually have an upbeat message of salvation. Worship begins at 9:30 a.m.
    There will be an evangelistic sermon with an invitation to profess faith in Jesus Christ or reaffirm one’s faith in Christ.
    This will be a celebratory, joyful worship service.
    All are welcome.

Installation Service for Key of David Community Church
    An Installation Service will be held for Key of David Community Church, Sunday, July 13, at 4:30 p.m. at the M.O.T. Jean Birch Senior Center, 300 S. Scott St., Middletown.
    The pastors are David and Denise Minyard.
    Guest Speaker will be Bishop S. Todd Townsend of Resurrection Kingdom Fellowship.
    All are welcome to celebrate.
    For more information, call Spiritual Awakening Ministries, Inc., at (302) 293-4769.

Dale UMC announce upcoming events
    Dale UMC held its Vacation Bible School from June 23 to 27. VBS will conclude on Saturday, June 28, at Six Flags America. The bus will be leaving the church at 9:30 a.m. sharp.
    Sunday, June 29, will be the Youth Sunday Service. Join the congregation at 9:30 a.m. and help celebrate our youth. Our Children’s Choir, Praise Team and Mime Troop will all be performing. Sanfie Mills will be the worship leader.
    All are welcome.

Middletown Baptist welcomes Lighthouse Children’s Home
    Middletown Baptist Church is excited to welcome the Lighthouse Children’s Home from Kosciusko, Miss., July 6, at the 10:30 a.m. Sunday regular worship service. This service is open to the public. An offering will be taken.
    The Lighthouse Children’s Home was started by Larry Neff, who was orphaned at the age of 3 and placed in an orphanage home in Franklin, Ind. At the age of 17, he left the orphanage to make his own way. After serving in the U.S. Army, Larry married his high school sweetheart, Paula Dillman. They have two daughters, Casey and Patricia. In 1969, Larry and Paula attended a revival meeting at First Mt. Pleasant Baptist Church of Franklin, Ind. They were saved on the closing day of the meeting, May 16, 1969.
    From that day, it was Larry’s desire to have a Christian children’s home. Larry graduated from Baptist Bible College in Springfield, Mo., in May 1973. In September 1978, the Lighthouse Children’s Home became a reality as the doors were opened and the first little girl entered the home. There are now three Lighthouse Children’s Homes in Mississippi, Costa Rica and India.
    A group of young ladies will be joining Middletown Baptist from this home accompanied by staff member, Ted Mock. 
‘Songs of Praise’ concert
    Middletown Baptist Church is hosting a concert by “Songs of Praise” on Tuesday, July 1 in the church auditorium at 7 p.m. This free concert is open to the community. A nursery will be provided for children age 5 and younger.
    “Songs of Praise” is the tour group for the Northeast region of the United States from Hyles Anderson College in Crown Point, Ind. This group has been touring this summer and is led by Hyles Anderson faculty member Dr. Pete Cowling and his wife, Frieda.

Cornerstone Church has family alternative to traditional VBS
    Cornerstone Church of Bear announces a unique, family-oriented alternative to traditional VBS called, “Fishing with Jesus around the Sea of Galilee,” which set sail Wednesday, June 18.
    Each Wednesday evening through Aug. 13, all area families are invited to share in a meal together and listen to a short Bible teaching before the kids go off to activities and crafts in age-appropriate groups.
    This year’s theme centers on the teachings of Jesus as he shared the good word with the townspeople all along the shore of the Sea of Galilee. Come experience the sights, sounds and smells of this special time in history.
    Hear guest speakers share their special stories and enjoy a different entrée selection each week. Doors open at 6:15 (there is a nominal fee for dinner), the message begins at 7 and the evening concludes by 8:25 p.m. This is open to all ages and you are welcome to come once or every week.
    For more information, contact Sharon Fowler at (302) 836-2862 or email sfowler@cornerstonedelaware.com.

Mt. Pisgah U.A.M.E. Church upcoming events
    Saturday, June 28, “Friend” will be in concert at Mt. Pisgah U.A.M.E. Church, located on Old Summit Bridge Road.
    The Rev. Elwood Fews is the pastor.
    The concert starts at 6 p.m. All are welcome.

Byrd’s A.M.E. Church to Celebrate Annual Church School Day
    Byrd’s A.M.E. Church, 122 Dickerson St., Clayton, will celebrate Annual Church School Day on Sunday, June 29, at 11 a.m. The guest speaker will be Myk Fleming of Crossroads Christian Church, Cheswold. A picnic will be held following the service.
    For more information, call Sheila Evans at (302) 632-9591.
    The Rev. Karl A. Stevens is the pastor.

Immanuel UMC to hold VBS
    Immanuel United Methodist Church will hold its annual Vacation Bible School, July 6 to 11 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. This year’s theme is Power Lab, where kids can discover Jesus’ miraculous power.
    Each night children will take part in fun Bible learning they can see, hear, touch and even taste. Bible point crafts, teambuilding games, lively Bible stories, and tasty treats are just a few of the Power Lab activities that help faith flow into real life.
    Anyone interested in attending can pre-register at www.groupvbs.com/webtoybox/myvbs/immanuel or just show up on Sunday, July 6.
    Immanuel UMC is located at 209 Main St. in Townsend. 

Summer Story Time at Bethesda UMC
    Children of all ages are welcome to come out of the heat and into the air-conditioning on Wednesday mornings, 11 a.m. to noon. Parents must accompany kids ages 6 and younger. Story time will feature fun stories focusing on family values which will build character and your relationship with your kids at the same time. Register by calling the church office at 378-2313, or email pastorcarm@bumcde.org.

Bible study at Ebenezer UMC
    Bible Study will be held the first and third Tuesday at 5:45 p.m. at Ebenezer UMC, Delaware City.
    Vacation Bible School will be held Aug. 4 to 8 from 6 to 8 p.m.

Glorious Church of God in Christ to hold Free Yard Sale
    A yard sale (without the sale part) will be held every Saturday in June from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Glorious Church of God in Christ, 145 New Discovery Road, Townsend.
    For more information, call Kevin Smith at (302) 465-3267.

Trinity A.M.E. hosts voter registration
    The Trinity African Methodist Episcopal Church family and the Rev. Dr. Natalie P. Alford, pastor-teacher, invite the community to worship at the Sensational Sunday Worship Experiences at 11 a.m. each Sunday.
    Summer hours began Sunday, June 22, at 10 a.m.
    The church’s Social Action Ministry will host Voter Registration on the following dates: June 28, July 12 and 28, Aug. 9 and 23, Sept. 12, 20 and 27, and Oct. 4 and 11. If you have not registered, you can register at one of these times.
    For more information, call 378-2223. Sister Kay Daniels is the coordinator.

Northeast Christian Church Has Safe Kids IDs available
    The Delaware State Police will provide free Safe Kids IDs from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. following the 10 a.m. worship at Northeast Christian Church on Sunday, June 29, at St. Anne’s Episcopal School on Silver Lake Road.
    These wallet-size CDs contain vital information for the law enforcement community should your child ever be missing. Light refreshments will be available after the service while your IDs are being processed. 
    Possessing a Safe Kids ID will give you the important information you will need in a time of crisis. These unique mini-CD identification cards contain all the vital information needed for emergency personnel should your child become missing. 
    For more information, go to www.nechristian church.com or call the church at 378-0161.

Tree of Life Evangelical Lutheran Church news
    Summer worship hours continue until Sunday, Sept. 7, when services will return to beginning at 10:30 a.m.
    Pastor Wes Hamlin is in and about the Ministry Center on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. At other times, he can be reached by email at whch30@yahoo.com. Please put TOL in the subject line of your message.
    Looking for a Small Group Bible Study? Looking to strengthen your faith while connecting with other people? A small group consists of six to eight people who commit to one another to meet weekly, study the bible and pray for one another. Groups meet Monday nights at 7 p.m.
    Looking for a way to volunteer? Please consider prayerfully if you can help out with Altar Guild or by joining the Dust Busters Crew that cleans the Ministry Center.
    Those interested in participating in the Prayer Shawl Ministry  should contact Nicky Zaiser at nzaiser@hotmail.com .

Day Star Missions Ministries holds radio broadcast
    The Rev. Vaughn Montague and his wife Gwen Montague, of Day Star Missions Ministries, are hosting a radio show every day, Monday to Friday, from noon to 1 p.m. on 1600 AM from Dover.
    Special guests will join them on the show to explore and expound the holy word of God. Join them as they allow the movement of the Holy Spirit to lead to the truth of the awesome goodness of God revealed in his word. Listen for Bishop Craig DiPasqualle, who will be a regular guest on the program.
    There will be live call-ins, prayer calls, free gift giveaways and items of interest to the Christian community.
    For more information, call the Rev. Vaughn Montague at (302) 359-2033.

Middletown Seventh-day Adventist Church news
    Come study with the members of Middletown Seventh-day Adventist Church, located at 858 Noxontown Road, Townsend, each Saturday morning from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. in June.
    The topic is the wonder of Jesus – was he just a carpenter or was he God in the flesh?
    All are welcome.
    For more information, call 378-7260.

Connection hosts ‘Power Lab’ Bible School
    Connection Community Church, located in downtown Middletown across from the fire hall at 100 W. Green St., will hold its annual Vacation Bible School from July 6 to 10, running from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. It is open to all children from age 3 up to fifth grade.
    The theme is “Power Lab: Where kids discover Jesus’ miraculous power.”

Mt. Friendship AME welcomes guest preacher
    Mt. Friendship AME Church invites the community to its 11 a.m. Sunday, June 29, service where guest preacher will be Evangelist Pauline Smith.
    The church is located at 1761 Mt. Friendship Road, just south of Wheatley’s Pond Road between Clayton and Kenton.
    The Rev. Shirley M. Smith is pastor.
    For more information, call (302) 659-0800.

Church of New Beginnings event
    The Church of New Beginnings, 640 South St., Townsend, will open its doors for lunch on Thursday, July 3, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. The lunch is open to those less fortunate in our community.
    For more information, call Renee at (302)?482-5866.