Summer is an active time for the faith community.
Less-structured days and time off from work or school can open up pockets of time to explore and participate in faith-based activities.
Across the Triangle, congregations have dispatched mission teams of youth and adults to places around the world to do good things. At Christ Baptist Church in Raleigh, mission teams are visiting Moldova, Guatemala and the Czech Republic in July.
Middle school, high school and college students from different traditions and denominations are traveling en masse to large, regional faith gatherings.
Here are some of the special summer activities going on:
▪ North Raleigh United Methodist Church is in the midst of a Summer Book Club featuring books on faith-based topics. The series will end with an ice cream social in August. nrumc.org.
▪ Wake Forest Baptist Church is in the midst of its Summer Music EXPLO which features music opportunities for worshippers of all ages. Events include parent-and-baby music classes, puppet shows and more. wakeforestbaptistchurch.org
▪ Lifepointe Church, which has locations in North Raleigh, Wake Forest and Cary, has chosen the Book of Psalms as its summer playlist. A Facebook group has been created so participants can read a different chapter each day and post comments about the reading. High school students are also studying Psalms and get together once a week for lunch, a Bible Study and community service projects. lifepointechurch.com
▪ The Raleigh-Cary JCC promotes a strong Jewish community through its outreach, which includes an aquatics program with swimming lessons and a swim team, as well as day camps. shalomraleigh.org
▪ Members of Highland United Methodist Church like to be social in the summer and have scheduled six potluck meals so they can get together. highlandumc.org
▪ Richland Creek Community Church in Wake Forest is hosting Special Friends Camp for children with special needs as part of its ongoing Special Needs Ministry. richlandcreek.com
▪ Brooks Avenue Church of Christ in Raleigh also has a thriving special-needs ministry and has day-camp opportunities this summer for children with special needs. specialatbrooks.org
▪ Vacation Bible School is a popular summer tradition at many churches. St. Raphael Catholic Church in Raleigh will host Vacation Bible Camp from 9 a.m. to noon July 11-15. The church is located at 5801 Falls of Neuse Road. This year’s theme is Vatican Express, and camp is open to rising kindergartners through fifth-graders. The cost is $40, and online registration is available at www.saintraphael.org.
Carla Turchetti compiles Faith in Focus each week. Email her with details of upcoming events at firstname.lastname@example.org.