Religion calendar: Topeka church to hold free art camp for kids

Sydney Wolferts

East Side Baptist Church, 4425 S.E. 29th, will have a free Kids Art Camp from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, July 15, for children entering grades kindergarten through six.


Lunch will be provided and half-day options are available.

For more information, call (785) 379-9933 or visit

In other religion news:

--Sydney Wolferts, 18, daughter of Brian and Angie Wolferts and of Michelle Wolferts, received the Young Womanhood Recognition Award during a recent youth activity of the Sherwood Ward of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 2401 S.W. Kingsrow.

The recognition is the highest award given to LDS young women ages 12 to 18. It is given on the basis of high moral character and the completion of a program of spiritual and secular goal-setting, service, and personal development projects.

Her projects included planning and organizing a fashion show that featured modest clothing for young women; learning to sew and quilt; growing a garden and sharing the produce with a neighbor; collecting donations for the Helping Hands Humane Society and organizing church youths to make dog toys and cat beds; and learning and applying sound principles of personal finance.

Wolferts, a member of the LDS Sherwood Ward, is a May graduate of Washburn Rural High School. She plans on attending classes at Washburn University before serving as an LDS missionary.

--Faith Temple Church, 1162 S.W. Lincoln, will have a garage sale from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, July 15. Proceeds will go toward the remodeling of the church’s kitchen.

--First Congregational United Church of Christ, 1701 S.W. Collins, will have a garage sale from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, July 15.

--Mount Carmel Missionary Baptist Church , 610 S.E. Lime, will have its 10th annual Christian luau from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, July 15. Food items will include fish dinners and pork dinners with corn on the cob, spaghetti and cole slaw. A $10 donation is requested for each meal.

--Highland Heights Christian Church, 2930 S.E. Tecumseh Road, will have a free movie night on Saturday, July 15. The movie “Beyond the Mask” will be shown starting at 6 p.m., with doors opening at 5:30 p.m. Free snacks will be provided.

--William Elliott, 21, son of Mark and Sondra Elliott, of Auburn, will speak about his recently completed two-year mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints during the 11:30 a.m. sacrament service on Sunday, July 16, of the Colly Creek Ward in the LDS meetinghouse at 3611 S.W. Jewell.

Elliott returned on June 28 after serving without pay and at his own and his family’s expense in the south-central coastal area of California. In addition to teaching interested people about the LDS Church, Elliott also volunteered at food banks and did home repairs and landscaping for people in need.

He is a 2014 graduate of Washburn Rural High School and the fifth member of his family to serve as an LDS missionary. In the fall he will return to the University of Kansas, where he will study industrial design as a sophomore.

--New Jerusalem Missionary Baptist Church, 1018 S.E. 8th, will observe its annual Choir Day service at 3:30 p.m. Sunday, July 16. The guest pastor will be the Rev. Delmar White and choir of New Mount Zion Missionary Baptist Church.

--Susanna Wesley United Methodist Church, 7433 S.W. 29th, will sponsor a farmers market from 9 a.m. to noon Sundays through Aug. 6 in the church parking lot. Proceeds support children and youth ministries.

--True Vine Missionary Baptist Church, 307 S.E. Tefft, will celebrate its annual Choir Day at 3:30 p.m. Sunday, July 16. Music will be provided by the True Vine praise team and True Vine male chorus. The Rev. Thomas Parker will deliver the message.

--Susanna Wesley United Methodist Church, 7433 S.W. 29th, will have the “Maker Fun Factor” vacation Bible camp for children from 3 years of age to those entering the fifth grade from 6:15 to 8:30 p.m. Sunday, July 16, to Thursday, July 20. The camp will feature an ice cream social on Sunday evening and a light meal Monday through Thursday evenings. Enrollment is $15. For more information, call Shari Combs at (785) 478-3697. To register, visit

--University United Methodist Church, 1621 S.W. College, will have the “Hero Central” vacation Bible school from 7:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Monday, July 17, to Friday, July 21.

--The Topeka Center for Peace and Justice will offer its annual Peace Camp for children who have completed kindergarten through fifth grade from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday, July 17, to Friday, July 21, at First Congregational United Church of Christ, 1701 S.W. Collins. To register, visit or call (785) 232-4388.

--Harveyville United Methodist Church, 373 Wabaunsee in Harveyville, will have vacation Bible school for children ages 5 to those who have completed 5th grade from 9 to 11 a.m. Monday, July 17, to Friday, July 21. The theme is “Cave Quest, Following Jesus the Light of the World.” Lunch will be served each day and is free for children up to the age of 18. Lunches also are available for parents or caregivers bringing the children to the church. There is no charge to attend the vacation Bible school. Pre-registration is available at

--Grantville United Methodist Church, 3724 South St. in Grantville, will have the “Glow for Jesus” vacation Bible school for children ages 3 to 12 from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday, July 17, to Friday, July 21. To register in advance, visit

--The Topeka Christian Writers group will meet from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Thursday, July 20, at Northland Christian Church, 3102 N.W. Topeka Blvd. Attendees are invited to bring a written work such as a poem, short story, pages from a novel or an Internet blog to read at the meeting. For more information, email Charles White at

--The annual Women’s Day program at 3:30 p.m. Sunday, July 23, at St. Mark’s African Methodist Episcopal Church, 801 N.W. Harrison. This year’s event will feature the Rev. Viola Jones and choir of First AME Church in Kansas City, Kan. Women from churches in the Topeka area will also deliver dramatic readings about various women in the Bible.

--Ryan Averett, 20, son of Todd and Teresa Averett, returned from Honduras on July 6 after serving two years as a missionary for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. A 2015 graduate of Washburn Rural High School, he plans to start Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah, in the fall and study exercise science.

--Highland Park United Methodist Church, 2914 S.E. Michigan Ave., will have a “Back 2 School Fun Fair” from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Saturday, July 29, on the church’s front lawn. The event will include school supplies, games and inflatables.

--Oakland United Methodist Church, 801 N.E. Chester, will be the site of the Oakland churches “Summer Sing” at 6 p.m. Sunday, July 30. Choirs from participating churches will furnish the music. Refreshments will be served following the program.

--Children who have completed grades kindergarten through five are invited to attend a Backyard Bible Club from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Monday, July 31, to Friday, Aug. 4, at Boswell Square Park, S.W. 13th and Boswell. The theme will be “Galactic Starveyors.”

--New Life Fellowship will have its 24th annual “Family of God” convention from Sunday, July 30, July 30, to Sunday, Aug. 6, at Faith Temple Church, 1162 S.W. Lincoln.

Services will beheld at 4 p.m. Sunday, July 30; 7 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 1, to Friday, Aug. 4; and 11 a.m. Sunday, Aug. 6.

Speakers will include: Sunday, July 30 — Pastor Angela Gazaway, of International House of Mercy in Kansas City, Mo.; Tuesday and Wednesday, Aug. 1 and 2 — Bishop Milton C. Woods, of Bethel Deliverance Tabernacle International in Detroit; Thursday and Friday, Aug. 3 and 4 —Bishop Jerron C. Williams, of New Life International Family Church in Decatur, Ga.; and Sunday, Aug. 6 — Bishop James H. Everett, Jr., of Deliverance Jesus is Coming Church in Irvington, N.J

--The 11th Annual Tennessee Town Neighborhood Improvement Association Basketball Tournament will begin at 9 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 5, at the King’s Court, S.W. Munson and Lincoln. Registration is free. Call Faith Temple Church at (785) 235-1834 for more information

--Free back-to-school haircuts will be offered from 4 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 9, in the fellowship hall of New Mount Zion Missionary Baptist Church, 2801 S.E. Indiana Ave. Barbers and stylists from across Topeka will give haircuts at the event, which is sponsored by the church’s outreach ministry and laymen’s ministry.

--New Mount Zion Missionary Baptist Church, 2801 S.E. Indiana Ave., will have an all-male fashion show titled “You Can’t Touch This!” at 4 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 12. Participants will come from various churches and organizations in the city. Admission is a school supply, with items to be donated to Ross Elementary School.

--CrossRoads Wesleyan Church, 2131 S.W. Harrison, will have its 13th annual SonShine Carnival from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 19. The event will include food, games and a silent auction. Many games and events are free, and many are for younger children. A free water slide will be featured. Some games cost 25 cents to 75 cents. Everyone will receive a prize, and winners will get a larger prize.