Crossroads Community Church of Kearney

Camp for third- and fourth-graders runs Monday to Thursday, July 15 to 18, at the church, 2855 S. Petty Road.

Youth Fun Day at Watkins Mill Woolen Park is from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. July 20. For more information, call the church office at 628-2777 or visit

First Baptist Church of Kearney

Kidz Camp registration is open. Camp runs Sunday to Wednesday, July 21 to 24, and is for children who have completed second through fifth grade. Sign up can be done online at Camp is at the church, 303 S. Grove St.

The men’s third Thursday lunch is at 11:30 a.m. July 18, at Gino’s Italian Cuisine, 123 E. Washington St. Each person pays for their own meal. For more details on upcoming church events, visit

Chandler Baptist Church of Liberty

From 9 a.m. to noon, Monday through Friday, July 22 to 26, is children’s music camp at the church, located at 11401 Missouri Highway 33. The musical is “That’s So Daniel” for children who have completed kindergarten through sixth grade. Registration is available at or calling 781-2011. Performances are July 28.

St. James Catholic Church of Liberty

On Mondays in July, from 5 to 6 p.m. at the church, 309 S. Stewart Road, Father Mike Roach and Patti Stark will lead a reflection period to look at prayer and meditation through scripture and breathing. The goal is to strengthen faith and focus.

The church is hosting a Community Blood Center blood drive from 12:30 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, July 23, in the social hall. Donors will be eligible to receive two free tickets to a Royals game, a free Royals T-shirt or a $5 gift card to the online Major League Baseball store. To donate, schedule an appointment online at using group code “ES” or contact Nikki at 407-1208. Walk-ins are also welcome. Childcare is available.

For medical eligibility questions, call (800) 688-0900.

The Black Light Bash is Saturday, July 27. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. There will be bingo, food and fun. Visit for registration.

This year’s annual Holy Smoke BBQ Contest will be held on the St. James campus on Aug. 23 and 24. Registration is now open for barbecue teams. For more details, visit Contestants can also call 679-0425 for more information.

Hosanna Lutheran Church of Liberty

Hosanna Lutheran Church, 2800 N. Church Road, is hosting a free, water-themed vacation Bible school from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, July 26 and 27. Kids in preschool through 5th grade are welcome to attend to explore how God uses water to help people remember God’s promises. Find out more and sign-up

Precious Blood Renewal Center of Liberty

From 3 to 5 p.m., Sunday, July 28, there will be an interfaith event celebrating hope and a chance to learn about the Sisterhood of Salaam Shalom at the center, 2120 S. Gaspar Way. Sheila Sonnenschein is the volunteer coordinator for the Sisterhood of Salaam Shalom chapters in the Kansas City Metro area. She will come to the Renewal Center to talk about her work locally, nationally and internationally. For more information or to register, call 415-3745.

First Baptist Church of Smithville

Vacation Bible School, for children in kindergarten through sixth grade, is Saturday, July 20. Check-in begins at 9 a.m. with school from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at 300 S. Bridge St. The day includes Bible-learning experiences, team-building games and songs and multisensory Bible adventures. Those participating are asked to bring a donation of either new underwear, socks, feminine care products or toiletries for the community pantry. Monetary donations are also welcome. Lunch will be provided. For more information, visit the event page on Facebook by searching “Yee-Haw VBS” or emailing

Grace Community Church of Smithville

Returning for its 9th year, Summer Hoops is an event sponsored by Grace Community Church that aims to provide a safe, positive place for youth to develop basketball skills. Participants will work on basketball drills and play scrimmage games during the sessions. Summer Hoops is led by high school and college basketball players under the supervision of Grace staff members. Sessions will be held on the following Fridays: July19 and Aug. 2 and 9. Session times are based on grade levels. Session one, for those entering grades three to five, is from 9:30 to 11 a.m. Session two, for those entering grades six through eight, will be split into two groups. Group A meets from 12:30 to 2 p.m. while group B meets from 2 to 3:30 p.m. To register, visit

The 13th annual Smithville Christian Family Day will be from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday, July 27, in Courtyard Park, located along the 100 block of Main Street. Festivities will include music, kids’ activities, food and vendors. Described as the “pep rally” for Nehemiah Festival held in September, Christian Family Day will feature 12 Christian bands of different genres. The event is free but sponsorships and donations are welcome.

North Lake Church of Smithville

The church hosts its summer camp in Siloam Springs, Arkansas, beginning at 10 a.m. July 29. The camp runs through Aug. 2. Participants will learn about Christ. Parents can pick their children up at 3 p.m. Aug. 2 from the Siloam Springs camp.

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