Religion Briefs
Saturday, July 19, 2003

Vacation Bible Schools plan summertime fun

Summertime fun using crafts, music and games will be used to teach biblical truths in Vacation Bible Schools planned by local churches.

>> A theme of farming activities will be used to illustrate the fruits of the spirit at the Kailua Church of Christ "Son Harvest" school beginning Monday and continuing through Friday. The sessions at the church, 400 Maluniu St., are free and open to children from preschool to 12 years of age. The activities are from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. nightly. For information, call 262-5227 or write

>> St. John Lutheran Church will feature a "Super Cool Undersea Bible Adventure" at its Bible school July 28-Aug. 1. The classes for youngsters in preschool through sixth grade will be from 6 to 8:30 p.m. at the church, 1004 Kailua Road. Call 261-5787 to register.

>> "Lighthouse Kids: Shining God's Light" is the theme of the First United Methodist Church sessions. The vacation school for children of preschool through age 11 will be from 5:30 to 8 p.m. July 29-31 at the church, 1020 S. Beretania St. The cost of $5 per child or $10 per family includes supper each night. For information, call 522-9555.

Arab-Jewish event is scheduled at park

Israeli and Sufi Muslim dance performances as well as speakers advocating peace will be on the program tomorrow for the island version of a Global Arab-Jewish Dialogue Day.

The event from noon to 6 p.m. at Kapiolani Park will be sponsored by Aloha Peace House, a group of Oahu residents in support of peace and understanding in the Mideast and in the United States, said organizer Hussamudin Akhras. The gathering will be in the grassy area between the Waikiki Shell and the Kapiolani Park Bandstand.

Similar celebrations will be held in about 30 U.S. communities and 18 other countries.

Singer Leon Williams will give free concert

Baritone Leon Williams will perform the songs of Nat King Cole, Elton John and Aaron Copeland in a free Friday concert at First Presbyterian Church of Honolulu.

Williams has appeared in musical theater and concert productions on the mainland, in Canada, Europe and Japan. He appeared as Papageno in the Hawaii Opera Theatre production of Mozart's "The Magic Flute." He has music degrees from Westminster Choral College and the Juilliard School in New York City.

The 7 p.m. production of "Leon Sings" at 1822 Keeaumoku St. is sponsored by the church's Creative Arts Program.

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