The Salem News
---- — South Congregational Church will host its Vacation Bible School on Monday, Aug. 5, through Friday, Aug. 9, from 6 to 8:30 p.m., following dinner at 5:30 p.m., at 60 Prospect St. in Peabody. This year’s focus is on Athens and Paul’s missions and journeys in Greece. Children in kindergarten through grade five are invited to learn about Greece through singing, crafts, skits and Olympic games. Everyone is welcome. Participating families will be placed into groups called “OIKIO.” Children can attend with or without parents. For details, registration and fees, visit http://southchurch.net, or leave a message at 978-531-1964, ext. 111.
Temple Beth Shalom will hold its 17th annual Sha’ BBQ at 5:30 p.m. on Friday, July 26, followed by a shabbat family service, led by Rabbi Emily Mathis, and oneg shabbat. Meet new members and greet prospective members. The kosher menu includes hamburgers, hotdogs, chicken nuggets, veggie burgers and sides. Reserve a spot by Monday, July 22, at 978-535-2100 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Events will be held at 489 Lowell St., Peabody. The shabbat eating experience is open to the entire Jewish community.
Registrations are being accepted for faith development classes at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Greater Lynn, for kids ages 2 to 18. Participants will spend 15 minutes in worship with their parents at a Time for All Ages, then leave for their classrooms. All congregants will gather after the service and classes for fellowship. Sunday worship begins at 10 a.m. at 101 Forest Ave. in Swampscott. For more information, visit www.uucgl.org, or contact Faith Development Director Karen Brown at email@example.com or 781-595-8836, ext. 12.
Children ages 4 through grade six are invited to participate in SonWest Roundup Vacation Bible School, Aug. 5 through 9 from 6 to 8 p.m. at Calvary Baptist Church, 4 Coolidge Road, Peabody. The program includes Bible stories, games, songs, skits and crafts. For more information or to register, call 978-531-0914.
True Gospel Baptist Church will host the IncrediWorld Amazement Park Vacation Bible School from 7 to 8:45 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 4, through Wednesday, Aug. 7, at 61 Bridge St. in Salem. The program includes songs, crafts, games and goodies. A Youth Rally Kick-Off service will be held Saturday, Aug. 3, at 6 p.m., followed by a pizza fellowship. For more information, call 781-584-4320.
A public healing service is offered every third Saturday of the month at 5 p.m. at Christ the Redeemer Anglican Church, 188 Elliott St., Danvers. The service includes musical worship, a short teaching, Holy Communion and an extended time of personal prayer if requested. A priest will be available to hear confessions. There will be a gluten- and alcohol-free station at the communion rail. All guests are welcome to stay for a light supper following the service at 6:15 p.m. For more information, visit www.ctr-anglican.org, or call 978-774-3163.
The Outreach Committee of Holy Trinity United Methodist Church is providing reusable grocery bags with the church’s name for anyone who would like to take one to the grocery store and fill it for the Danvers People to People Food Pantry. Bags can be returned or picked up at the church any Sunday of the month. The church is at 16 Sylvan St., Danvers. For more information, call 978-777-7408.
On the second Sunday of each month, members and friends of Maple Street Congregational Church collect food and essential items for the Danvers food pantry. Items most needed are baby wipes, disposable diapers in sizes 3 through 6, canned soups, tuna, pasta, boxed juices and cereal. The church is at 90 Maple St., Danvers. For more information, call the church office at 978-774-4510.
The Lappin Foundation will honor several community leaders at its annual Youth to Israel Adventure Welcome Home Reunion on Sunday, Aug. 25, at 2 p.m., at Temple B’nai Abraham in Beverly. Harold and Zelda Kaplan of Beverly will receive the 2013 Youth to Israel Adventure Award for their leadership, philanthropy and commitment to Israel. Marvin Wilson, a professor of biblical studies at Gordon College, will be presented with the Lappin Foundation’s Friend of Israel Award in recognition of his love and support for Israel and Jewish people. In addition to recognizing the honorees, the program will feature reflections by teens who will have returned from their trip to Israel, as well as a special donor recognition. The program is free and open to the community. For more information, contact Susan Feinstein at 978-740-4431 or visit www.lappinfoundation.org.