Homecoming Worship Service: 11 a.m., Shady Grove First Missionary Baptist Church, 16443 Plank Road. The Rev. Robert Lee Chandler Jr., associate minister of St. Matthews Missionary Baptist Church in New Orleans, will speak.


Vacation Bible School: 6:30-8:30 p.m., Rock Zion Baptist Church, 1768 Alabama St. Theme is “Building Disciples for Christ.” All ages are welcome.

Aug. 3

I Can, Gifted & Blessed: 9:15 a.m., Wayside Christian Fellowship, 201 Sherron Ave. The monthly showcase is free.

Baton Rouge


St. John Bible Institute Registration: Ongoing, St. John Bible Institute, 820 New Rafe Mayer Road. Registration is open for classes, which start Aug. 24. The institute is accredited by the Association of Independent Christian Colleges and Seminaries in Camilla, Ga. (225) 774-1468.

Red Stick Regional Piping & Drumming Competition: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., First Presbyterian Church, 763 North Blvd. Fourth Annual Scottish Bagpiping and Drumming competition for both beginning and experienced pipers and drummers. Sanctioned by the Eastern U.S. Pipe Band Association and sponsored by the Caledonian Society of Baton Rouge. Free and open to the public. For more information email or call (225) 236-2391.

Infertility — You’re Not Alone: 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., St. Thomas More Catholic Church, 11441 Goodwood Blvd. A workshop to discuss the struggle of infertility from a Catholic perspective. Speaker will be Angelique Ruhi-Lopez, co-author of “The Infertility Companion for Catholics.” Other speakers are Dr. Rob Chasuk, Staci Gulino and Deacon Clayton Hollier. $10 per person, which includes lunch. (225) 242-0323.

closet giveaway: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., St. Joseph Baptist Church Outreach Ministry, 2510 Tennessee St.

Back-to-School Supplies Giveaway: 3-6 p.m., Jubilee Christian Center, 14595 Florida Blvd. Students in kindergarten through 12th grade will get free school supplies. Lawrence Morgan, “The Lyrical Apostle,” will be the minister. (225) 272-4545 or

Men’s Day Musical: 5 p.m., Elm Park Baptist Church, 5150 Landis Drive.


Women’s Day Weekend: 10 a.m., New Hope Baptist Church, 5356 Greenwell Springs Road. Theme is “Women of Worship-Empowered by Christ.” It will include a brunch Saturday in the education center and a worship service Sunday at 10:45 a.m.

A Girl and her Pearls Women’s Conference: 1 p.m., Wisdom Rock Ministries, 10128 Florida Blvd. Prophetess Shimike Johnson will speak Saturday, and Pastor Nichelle Landry will preach Sunday. Musical guest will be Minister Lori Swain. Mother Pearl Porter will bring “Pearls of Wisdom.” Refreshments will be served.


Men’s Day: 8 a.m., Elm Park Baptist Church, 5150 Landis Drive.

Family & Friends’ Day: 9 a.m., Friendship Chapel Baptist Church, 2111 North St. Pastor Christopher Huddleston, of the St. James Church in Slaughter, will speak.

Sunday Worship: 9 a.m., Greater Divine Missionary Baptist Church, 6045 Hooper Road.

Religious Teaching Service: 9 a.m., Mount Moriah Family Baptist Church, 15366 Old Hammond Highway.

Sunday Worship Service: 9 a.m., The New Christland Baptist Church, 5685 Robertson St. (225) 284-9600.

New Sunday School and Service: 9:15 a.m., school; 10:30 a.m., worship service, Franklin Avenue Baptist Church, 10915 Florida Blvd.

Sermon from an 8-Year-Old: 11 a.m., Jordan United Methodist Church, 4619 Stearns St. Samuel M. Green, 8, will deliver a sermon.

deaconess day: 11 a.m., Fairview Baptist Church, 1636 Braddock St. Dr. Mercedes Dunbar, of the Israelite Baptist Church, and the Rev. Donald R. Sterling, pastor, will speak.

Friends & Family Day: Noon, Franklin Avenue Baptist Church, 10915 Florida Blvd. Worship will be followed by fellowship and food.

Pastor’s Encouragement Service: 3:30 p.m., New Jerusalem Baptist Church, 1627 Thomas H. Delpit Drive. The church will honor its pastor, the Rev. Van Smith Jr., and First Lady Leola Smith with a 29th encouragement service. Special guest will be the Rev. Fred Jeff Smith and the Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church. A reception will follow in the Fellowship Hall.


A Week of Celebration: 7 p.m., Mount Pilgrim Baptist Church, 9700 Scenic Highway. 4th District Missionary Baptist Association will have a weeklong celebration with the Rev. Jesse B. Bilberry Jr. as moderator and J.J. Mitchell as evangelism director. (225) 200-4521.


Summer Bible Camp: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Higher Ground Outreach Church, 3730 N. Sherwood Forest Drive. The Summer Bible Camp for children ages 4-12 will run Monday through Friday. Registration is $45 and includes camp shirt, fees are $70 per week. Breakfast, lunch and snack will be served daily. A field trips will take place Friday. (225) 273-6115.


Red Stick Mobile Farmers Market: 12:30-2 p.m., Star Hill Church, 1400 N. Foster Drive. Farm-fresh produce, recipes and food samplings available.

Family Bible Study: 7 p.m., Greater Divine Missionary Baptist Church, 6045 Hooper Road.

Summer sounds: 7 p.m. St. James Episcopal Church, 205 N. Fourth St. Concert features recording artist and raconteur Armand St. Martin, a 10th-generation New Orleanian, whose original composition, “Storyville Blues,” was featured on the final episode of HBO’s “Treme.” Admission is $10; free for college students with valid ID. A reception follows. Purchase tickets at or by calling (225) 387-5141 or at the door. The St. James Artists’ Guild is showing its work in the Parish Hall Parlor during July, along with works from students from The One Stop Homeless Center. View the exhibit from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays and 8 a.m. to noon on Fridays , at concert receptions, and on Sundays before and after services.


Human Rights Day: 10 a.m., Broadmoor Presbyterian Church, Naylor Hall, 9340 Florida Blvd. Church Women United will celebrate the day with a program featuring speaker Maxine Crump. The theme will be “Through God Our Hands Can Protect.”

Friday Night Worship: 6 p.m., Foster Road Baptist Church, 11333 Foster Road. Fellowship meals and worship will be held Friday nights in August in the church gym. The meal begins at 6 p.m., followed by the service. This week’s speaker will be The Tero Family.

Men prayer conference: 7 p.m., Apostolic Restoration Church, 4224 Beechwood Drive.

Friday-Aug. 2

Back-to-School Program: 10 a.m., Greater Mount Carmel Baptist Church, 1414 Sora St. The program will start with a workshop for parents only on Friday with Marlon Cousin, parental involvement coordinator for East Baton Rouge Parish, and EBR School Superintendent Bernard Taylor Jr., as special guests. On Saturday, a school supply giveaway begins at 10 a.m., which includes presentations for students and parents. (225) 775-7372.

Aug. 2

proclamation! enlarging your territory with your message: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., 1713 Wooddale Blvd., Suite 17. Ginger London Ministries will host the seminar to help you craft a compelling message to use social media, telecalls, webinars and other technology in ministry to get your message out. Seminar is for ministers, evangelists, psalmists, Bible teachers, pastors, authors, ministry trainers and Christian entrepreneurs. Cost is $49. Seating is limited. (225) 603-7122.

Church Fair: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., The New Christland Baptist Church, 5685 Robertson St. Booths for members are $50 and nonmembers’ booths are $75. Purchase booth before Aug. 2.

(225) 284-9600.

11th Annual Back-to-School Rally: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., North Baton Rouge Community Center, 2013 Central Road. Sisters of Sophistication Inc. will present the rally, which includes lunch, door prizes, entertainment, school supplies, face painting, ID cards for children and more. (225) 328-2470 or (225) 603-7610.

HopeKeepers of Baton Rouge: 11 a.m., St. Margaret’s Episcopal Church, 12663 Perkins Road. HopeKeepers of Baton Rouge is a nondenominational support group for anyone affected by chronic pain or illness, mental or physical. (225) 337-1633.

Aug. 3

100 Women in Red and 50 Men in Black Program: 11 a.m., Promised Land Baptist Church, 7234 Plank Road. The church and it’s pastor, the Rev. Perry Wrights Jr., will host.

Aug. 9

Life Choice (Pre-Cana): 9 a.m., Catholic Life Center, 1800 S. Acadian Thruway. Program for engaged couples seeking to get married in the Catholic church combines talks with personal reflection and couple dialogue in a classroom setting.

Back-to-School Suit-Up: 11 a.m., Franklin Avenue Baptist Church, 10915 Florida Blvd. Free gently used uniforms and clothes for all. The first 50 boys, younger than 18, will get a free haircut. The church is accepting donations. (225) 272-3740.

grand couteau

Aug. 4-13

retreats: Jesuit Spirituality Center, St. Charles College. Eight-day retreat aimed at helping individuals deepen their spiritual lives. Three- and five-day retreats also available. For an application form, visit or call (337) 662-5251. Sessions also will be held Aug. 21-30, Sept. 2-11, Sept. 15-24, Sept. 29-Oct. 8, Oct. 13-22, Oct. 27-Nov. 5, Nov. 10-19 and Dec. 8-17.



Gangway to Galilee Vacation Bible School: 9 a.m., Crossroads Church, 1006 N. Oak St. Children in pre-kindergarten through sixth grade will sing, dance, create art, play games, hear Bible stories and learn Scripture. or (985) 429-1299.


Aug. 8

Annual Revival: 6:30 p.m., F.T. Missionary Baptist Church, 4712 La. 10. Pastor Levi Wright will speak.



Loud-N-Clear Youth Communicators Class: 10 a.m., The Family Church, 223 Stone Ave. The class will teach practical communication training and technical development to young leaders. Registration is $30 online; $35 at the door.


Summer Joli Night: 5 p.m., Crossroads Church, 150 Verona Drive. Bring a picnic and enjoy a night of worship, games and a message from Jennifer Barnes Maggio, founder of The Life of a Single Mom Ministries. Free. To register, call (337) 234-4308


Aug. 9

Back-To-School Bash: 4 p.m., Bayou Plaquemine Baptist Church, 29215 La 75. Admission is free.


Aug. 3

Homecoming: 9:45 a.m., Pleasant Hill Baptist, 171 Pleasant Hill Church Road. The program includes a gospel music by the Southern Grace Singers and a morning service. Brother Lamar Skinner will preach. There will also be a lunch. (318) 765-8011.

St. Francisville


Hymn Festival: 6 p.m., First Baptist Church, 12404 La. 10. Benjamin Harlan, music and worship consultant for the Louisiana Baptist Convention, will direct the free performance. Before the service, choirs will rehearse at 4 p.m., followed by a light meal.



Concert: 6:30 p.m., Mike Vaughn Ministries/Good News Fellowship Church, 13101 La. 442 West. Shallow Creek Bluegrass Gospel will perform, along with Glynn Fendlason and Mike Vaughn. Free; a love offering will be taken. Doors open at 6 p.m.



Back-to-School Supply and Uniform Giveaway: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Mount Pleasant Baptist Church, 22911 Reames Road. The church is teaming up with the Chaneyville Community Center to host the giveaway. Call (225) 268-2766.


Mondays for the Master: 7 p.m., First Baptist Church of Zachary, 4200 Main St. Dr. Tim Piland, president emeritus of SBC in Virginia, will speak.