Friendly Valley service
School's back in session, and 45 local students are whipping out school supplies they may not have otherwise had.
After four years of abandonment, one small church building in Val Verde is coming to life again with worship, prayer and belief.
Services began at a Sir George's Royal Buffet on Friendly Valley Parkway 45 years ago. The chartering of the congregation took place on July 26, 1964.
They broke ground on Good Friday in 2007.
Kevin Mather lay on a gurney barely conscious, his spine damaged and his head covered in blood.
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.
The commercial enlivened a largely static Super Bowl XLVIII: Jack Bauer, the tough "24" agent-with-a-heart-of-gold who defended the U.S. against terror, would return in May as actor Kiefer Sutherland reprises the role in "24: Live Another Day" on FOX television.
Last Saturday, Santa Clarita United Methodist hosted a special community event for women. The Go Red for Women event was held to raise awareness of heart disease in women.
Next Friday, thousands of Santa Clarita area students and residents will give and receive Valentine's. Many exchange small gifts, flowers or rosy colored cards.
As A.L. Gil slowly made his way to the center of the sanctuary, most may have expected a gentle message delivered by the 78 year old silver haired minister.
A former pastor's attempt to "try on atheism" for a year has generated a lot of scorn, and some backhanded praise, among believers and nonbelievers.
By most standards, Kayla Tinucci, 17, was an average high school student. She attends Canyon High and is involved in several extra curricular clubs, including the National Honors Society and the Key Club. Planning for the future and college were her top priorities, that is until a few years ago.