With many local churches in Valencia doing vacation Bible schools during the summer, young families have plenty of options for their kids.
He's been told, "Get a real job."
"One person - one kid - can make a difference," said Lori Crawford, member of First Presbyterian Church in Newhall.
Grace Baptist Church in Santa Clarita recently hosted nearly 1,400 kids from kindergarten through sixth grades for its vacation Bible school, themed "SonQuest Rainforest." It was the church's biggest vacation Bible school ever, according to Pastor Mike Gaston.
Here's a snapshot of vacation Bible school: a pastor wearing a straw jungle hat and close to 50 children waving their arms while singing songs about God.
Every Monday, members and volunteers for the Church of Hope spend three hours transforming their worship room into a full-time food pantry and thrift store on Soledad Canyon Road.
More than 90 members of the First Presbyterian Church celebrated 118 years of worship and community last Sunday at William S. Hart Park in Newhall.
More than 30 local residents gathered at the Valencia United Methodist Church on Saturday not to worship, pray or read the Bible, but to learn about personal finance.
While he is still figuring out how to work the lights and how to run the drinking fountains, senior pastor David White is humbled by the phase one completion of NorthPark Community Church - a dream that was 15 years in the making.
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Daniel Hauser, a 13-year-old boy with Hodgkin's lymphoma, ceased chemotherapy after a single treatment, citing religious beliefs as the reason for his decision.
Sponsored by the First Presbyterian Church of Newhall, six men left on their Amor Ministries trip April 24 and returned April 27.
Epicureans interested in corned-beef sandwiches, blintzes or bagels would have done well to attend the Santa Clarita Valley's first Jewish Food Festival Sunday, hosted by Temple Beth Ami at the Bridgeport Marketplace as a fundraiser to benefit the temple and the SCV Food Pantry.
Nick Goeigemiller had been homeless for nearly a year. He was an alcoholic, drinking more than a fifth of vodka every night, and was experimenting with other drugs when he finally turned to Mike McCutcheon for help.
This Christmas season one long-standing local holiday tradition was missing from the usual celebrations around town. Bethlehem SCV, formerly Bethlehem Lutheran Church, made the final decision to no longer host the living nativity event "Follow the Star."
It was 8 a.m. on a Thanksgiving morning, not exactly the best time to knock on a stranger's door. But a group of 70 volunteers from Vida Real Church, the Spanish language ministry of Real Life Church, wanted to share God's love by helping people in the community.
"Do you mind if I call you mother?" read the letter to Sandy Dierckman. The writer's mother had passed away. After receiving Sandy's package for his daughter last year through Operation Christmas Child, he looked to her as a surrogate.
Over the next few weeks churches in the valley will celebrate Christmas in different ways. For some that may include the angelic sounds of choirs, a retelling of the Christmas story. But for one church, a unique Christmas event will feature centurions, a recreation of Bethlehem marketplace and a fun trip back to ancient times.