Church News
Thursday, June 29, 2006
Trinity United Methodist concert
Jerry Jones, of Seaford will be in concert at Trinity United Methodist Church (near Trap Pond) on Sunday, July 2 at 10 a.m. Jones was named this year's Male Vocalist of the Year for the eastern United States by the Country Gospel Music Association. He has written 14 gospel songs and is working on his fourth recording. Everyone is invited.

Wesley UMC Vacation Bible School
SonTreasure Island Vacation Bible School begins Monday, July 31, at Wesley United Methodist Church on Atlanta Road, from 6:15 until 8:30 p.m. The closing program will be on Sunday, Aug. 6. SonTreasure Island creates an island atmosphere where children will sing, watch skits, create crafts and play games. For information, call 628-1615 or 628-0720.

Old Christ Church summer services
Old Christ Church near Laurel (built in 1771) will have summer services for the first time since 1918. During July and August Holy Communion and morning prayer will be held at Old Christ Church. The services will begin at 9:30 a.m. each Sunday, Holy Eucharist will be on July 2, 16, 30 and Aug. 13 and 27. Morning prayer will be on July 9 and 23 and Aug. 6 and 20. Light refreshments of cookies and lemonade will be served following the service. All services are casual. Old Christ Church was built in 1771 and served as an active facility until the mid 19th century. Old Christ Church is said to be one of only a dozen churches along the Atlantic Coast to survive unaltered from America's pre-revolutionary period. The church is known for its pristine interior and the fact that it has never been plumbed, heated, electrified or painted. The churchyard looks to be barely over 200 years old. This is due to markers that could not survive the elements since they were made from wood. Prominent among the surviving markers are those of Nathaniel Mitchell, governor of Delaware (1805-1811), one of only three Episcopal priests in Delaware at the time. Old Christ Church has been maintained and administered since 1922 by the non-profit Old Christ Church League. It is today owned by its successor, St. Philip's Episcopal Church, Laurel.

Episcopal convention
Episcopal church leaders and delegates from around the country met in Columbus, Ohio, June 11-22 for the church's general convention. Nevada Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori was chosen as the new Presiding Bishop, making her the first woman to head the 2.3 million-member denomination. She succeeds retiring Presiding Bishop Frank Griswold. Herb Quick attended the convention as delegate from St. Luke's Episcopal Church in Seaford.

Bethel UMC hymn sing July 9
Hymn sing featuring Joyful Noise and the Bethel Church Praise Team on Sunday, July 9, at 6 p.m. at Bethel United Methodist Church, west of Seaford on North Oak Grove Road. A dessert reception will follow. Phone 629-7117 (Lucy Slacum) for details.

Bethel Vacation Bible School
Bethel Worship Center invites children ages 4 through 12 to SonTreasure Island Vacation Bible School from July 10-14, from 6 to 8:30 p.m. The closing program and carnival will be on Saturday, July 15, from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Bethel Worship Center is located in Seaford on U.S.13 and Ginger Lane across from Chambers Motors. Call the church office at 628-4240.

Gospel Cafe schedule
Centenary United Methodist Church at the corner of Poplar and Market streets, Laurel, is presenting the Gospel Cafe every Saturday from 6 to 7:30 p.m. The Gospel Cafe features the Bruce and Nancy Willey Music Ministry. Come for the music, the fellowship and the refreshments. Special guests will appear on the following dates:
July 1 - Ginny Van Tine and Dawn Hopkins.
July 8 - Bill and Vera Primrose and J.R. Mayle.
July 15 - "Good News" Tour.
July 22 - Rob Carroll.
July 29 - Traci Worster and "Abundant Joy."
Every week Mary Ann Young signs Gospel favorites.
Everyone is invited. Contact the church at 875-3983 between 8 a.m. and noon or call Bruce Willey at 875-5539.