ABSC music camps set for June, July

ARKADELPHIA – The Arkansas Baptist State Convention (ABSC) evangelism and church health team will offer two music camps this summer at Ouachita Baptist University. The first camp, JoyWorks, will be held June 24-27, and the second camp, PraiseWorks, will be held July 14-18. 

JoyWorks is a worship arts camp for children completing fourth through sixth grades. The camp will allow children to see the unique ways God has gifted them and will allow them to explore those gifts.

This year’s theme is “Get Reel.” The camp will provide children with four tracks titled “Lights!” “Camera!” “Action!” and “Soundtrack!” Participants will also get the opportunity to share their God-given talents in music, drama and visual arts.

PraiseWorks is a student worship arts camp for students who have completed seventh through 12th grades. Students who have completed sixth grade may participate only if their church allows sixth-graders in their youth ministry. The camp will offer 28 different tracks and allow students to choose two tracks in which to participate.

The goal of the camp is to equip students with hands-on experiences and give them a place to discover and develop their passion and their God-given abilities. 

“Every church used to offer opportunities for students to learn about music and worship. Because church programming is so full, this has been dropped by many churches. Students are missing out on worship leadership opportunities in churches. Our goal is to provide opportunities for students to learn how to lead worship creatively in a local church,” said Larry Grayson, ABSC evangelism and church health team member. 

For more information and to register for JoyWorks, visit Registration deadline is June 16. 

For more information and to register for PraiseWorks, visit Registration deadline is July 7. Both camps are provided by Cooperative Program gifts of Arkansas Baptists.


Sports Crusaders camp dates set

NORTH LITTLE ROCK – Sports Crusaders, a recreation ministry based in Holts Summit, Mo., founded by Bobby Shows, former recreation pastor at Park Hill Baptist Church, North Little Rock, will hold two children’s sports camps in North Little Rock this summer.

The first camp will be held June 23-27 at Park Hill Baptist, and the second will be held July 7-11 at the Police Athletic League in the Rose City neighborhood of North Little Rock. For more information, call 573-896-6095.


NEA Baptist Fowler Family Center for Cancer Care holds ceremony June 1

JONESBORO – A ribbon-cutting ceremony will be held at 2 p.m. June 1 for the NEA Baptist Fowler Family Center for Cancer Care.

The cancer care center is part of the NEA Baptist Health Care System’s new, fully integrated medical campus in Jonesboro. 

The campus includes NEA Baptist Memorial Hospital and NEA Baptist Clinic.

The cancer center is named in honor of donors Wallace and Jama Fowler, whose gift – the largest given in the history of the NEA Baptist Charitable Foundation – allowed for the creation of the Fowler Family Patient Assistance Endowment. 

The freestanding 34,000-square-foot advanced cancer treatment center will feature radiation therapy, chemotherapy, clinical research and supportive services. 

In 2007, Baptist partnered with NEA Clinic, the largest physician-owned, multispecialty medical group practice in the region, to meet the health care needs of the northeast Arkansas community through NEA Baptist Health Care System. In 2011, construction began on the new NEA Baptist medical campus.


HIS church open house June 7 in Sherwood

SHERWOOD – HIS Church, previously The Church at North Hills, will have an open house from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, June 7, at its new location at 8120 Highway 107 in Sherwood.

"(The church) will be very visible from Hwy. 107 and we want to use that as an opportunity to get people in church," said Michael Connors, church administrator. "We will be giving away hot dogs to the public and inviting them to come inside to see our new facility."


Campus-wide garage sale set for March 1

WALNUT RIDGE – Williams Baptist College will hold its annual campus-wide garage sale Saturday, March 1.  The sale will be held in Williams’ Miller Building from 7 a.m. to noon.  The Miller Building is located at 407 Fulbright Ave., which is at the east end of the street, near the Walnut Ridge Airport.

Students, faculty, staff and others donate items for the sale each year, with merchandise covering the expanse of the gym.  All items sell for 75 cents each, with the exception of furniture, appliances and electronics.

Williams’ Office of Campus Ministries sponsors the garage sale.  All proceeds will go toward student mission trips to Haiti, Hungary and Peru.

For more information or to donate items for sale, contact Josh McCarty at 870-759-4143 or

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