A downtown Topeka church will brighten the holiday season again this year by sponsoring midweek, lunch-hour programs featuring local high school choirs.
First Presbyterian Church, 817 S.W. Harrison, will present its annual “Noon Noels” Christmas music program at noon Wednesdays Dec. 6 and Dec. 13.
The Topeka High School Madrigals will perform on Dec. 6. The Hayden High School Singers will perform on Dec. 13.
Lunch for $5 will be available before and after the program at 11:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.
In other religion news:
— Crestview United Methodist Church, 2245 S.W. Eveningside Drive, will have its annual Christmas bazaar from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 2. The event will feature homemade craft items, home-baked goods and a “Cooke Walk” where attendees can purchase homemade treats by the pound. Lunch will be available from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
— The sixth annual Nativities and Noels event, which features about 700 Nativities from around the world along with continuous live vocal and instrumental Christmas music, will be Saturday, Dec. 2, and Sunday, Dec. 3, at the Topeka Stake Center of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 2401 S.W. Kingsrow. The event will run from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Saturday, and 3 to 7 p.m. Sunday. Refreshments will be served throughout the event.
Additional activities will include Nativity crafts for children and a Christmas storyteller. A Christmas music program for people of all ages will be presented at 7 p.m. Saturday.
Following the close of Nativities and Noels at 7 p.m. Sunday, a live broadcast of a Christmas devotional from Salt Lake City will be shown. The devotional will feature music by the Mormon Tabernacle Choir and a Christmas message from a worldwide leader of the LDS Church.