Religion news: SonFest returns June 13-14 with rides, live music
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Religion news: SonFest returns June 13-14 with rides, live music

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St. John Neumann Catholic

Community carnival: Fourth annual SonFest featuring carnival rides, food, family bingo, eating contests, silent auction, live music and more. Special appearance by Drex and Maney from “Kiss” 95.1 FM. Guest musicians include Relentless Flood, Waiting Hill and Bought by Blood. Free admission. Ride tickets available at entrance. A portion of proceeds will benefit the Agape Dental Ministry. 5-11 p.m. June 13 and 1-11 p.m. June 14. Fireworks at 10 p.m. June 14. 8451 Idlewild Road.

The Maronite Mission of Charlotte

Masses: Mass will be held at 7 p.m. on the second and fourth Saturdays of each month in the Daily Mass Chapel at St. Matthew Catholic, 8015 Ballantyne Commons Parkway. The next Mass is June 14.

Unity of Charlotte

Meditation: Elsie Bernard will lead an evening of chanting meditation. Join others to clear blocks, charge one’s vibration and gain energy. $20 suggested love offering. 7-9 p.m. June 13. 401 E. Arrowood Road. 704-523-0062.

Providence United Methodist

Choir fundraiser: Live Maine lobsters flown to Charlotte for same-day delivery. $18.50 each. All orders must be prepaid. Proceeds go to youth music scholarship fund. Order by 5 p.m. June 11. Pick up 4-6 p.m. June 13. 2810 Providence Road. 704-366-7442.

Elizabeth Missionary Baptist, Monroe

Festival: “Juneteenth” African-American cultural festival with food, games, rides, live music, fellowship, more. The youth choir will perform. Special guests includes Tonya Rivens, Fly Ty, Tameka Peterson and more. 11 a.m.-8 p.m. June 14 at Belk-Tonawanda Park.

Spirit of Joy Lutheran, Weddington

Vacation Bible school: “Wilderness Escape: Where God Guides and Provides.” 6:15-8:30 p.m. July 28-Aug. 1. 8600 Potter Road, Weddington. Register at

Wesley United Methodist

Vacation Bible school: “Weird Animals: Where Jesus’ Love is One-of-a-Kind.” Ages 4 through fourth grade. $18 per child; scholarships available. 9 a.m.-noon July 14-18. Registration open through June 15. 3715 Rea Road.

MorningStar Presbyterian, Matthews

Children’s summer program: Children in rising grades K-5 invited to M.A.D. DAZE, a week of music, art and drama relating to a production of “Emilia’s Gift.” $50. 9 a.m.-3 p.m. July 7-11. After-hours care available. 13000 Idlewild Road, Matthews. For reservations, call 9:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Monday through Thursday. 704-847-0864;

Christ Lutheran

Vacation Bible school: Age four through rising fifth grade. $27 first child; $20 each additional child. 8:45 a.m.-noon June 16-20.

Summer camp: Music, art and drama days for rising third through sixth grades, $150. 8:45 a.m.-5 p.m. July 21-25. 4519 Providence Road.

Sharon United Methodist

Sermon series: The Rev. Kyle Thompson will present a series on “Downton Abbey.” 9 and 11:15 a.m. Sundays. The sermon for June 15 is “Smashing!” 4411 Sharon Road. 704-366-9166;

Sardis Baptist

Gentle yoga classes: Open to anyone who wants to improve strength, balance and flexibility, deepen breath and gain peace of mind. Space limited. $10 per class. 4:35 and 6 p.m. Mondays and 4:30 and 6 p.m. Tuesdays. Please call to register any day before 9 p.m. 5811 Sardis Road. 704-535-2831;

Calvary Church

Sports outreach program: The church’s popular CHAMP program offers soccer, flag football, and T-ball with emphasis on sportsmanship and Christian character development as well as athletic skills. Registration closes Aug. 9. Practices begin the week of Aug. 25. Fall season runs through Nov. 8. 5801 Pineville-Matthews Road.

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