The Church

of New Hope

New pastor -- Chris Decker will be inducted as the second pastor to serve the church during a May 27 service set for 10 a.m. The service will be followed by a luncheon.

The founding pastor, the Rev. Dave Klein, will help officiate the service, along with Roger Larrison, who served as the interim pastor.

The Church of New Hope, 4415 Darrow Road in Stow, can be reached at 330-688-9999.

Crestview

Baptist Church

Youth activities -- Adult Bible study, youth group and TeamKid, for young children, take place Wednesdays at 7 p.m.

Sunday School for all ages takes place at 9:45 a.m., with worship at 11 a.m. and 6 p.m.

Crestview Baptist Church, 3943 Fishcreek Road in Stow, can be reached at 330-673-0405.

First Christian

Church of Stow

Handbell ensembles -- The church offers handbell ensembles from beginner through advanced (sixth-graders through adults of any age); singing with hands by using American Sign Language, no experience necessary (third-graders to adults); choirs for kindergartners to second-graders, third- to sixth-graders, seventh- to 12th-graders and adult; and worship band and orchestra.

* First Christian Church of Stow's Sunday services include worship in the chapel at 8:30 a.m., Christian Education classes for all ages from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. and worship in the sanctuary at 10:45 a.m.

Nursery care is provided during all services.

Kindergartners through fifth-graders begin worship in the sanctuary and then attend their own "Junior Church" after the Children's Sermon time. Communion is shared each week during both worship services.

First Christian Church of Stow, 3493 Darrow Road, can be reached at 330-688-4450 or online at www.FirstChristianStow.org.

Fishcreek Nazarene Worship Center

School of the Bible -- Fishcreek School of the Bible for all ages takes place every Sunday at 6 p.m. There is a class for everyone.

* Visit the church Wednesdays for dinner from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Donations will be accepted.

At 6:30, the church will host a time of worship, devotions and prayer.

Fishcreek Nazarene Worship Center, 4669 Fishcreek Road in Stow, can be reached at 330-673-8538.

Grace Bible Church

Service times -- Grace Bible Church meets for worship Sunday mornings from 9:35 to 11 a.m.

The church provides nursery care in which 2- through 5-year-olds enjoy a Sunday School lesson.

The church also provides a Sunday School class for elementary-age kids halfway through the service.

On Sundays from 6 to 7:30 p.m., seventh- through 12th-graders meet for games, a lesson from God's Word and snacks.

* The church presently has two small groups (flocks) meeting for a time of fellowship and study.

They meet twice a month either on a Friday or Saturday evening.

Grace Bible Church, 2474 Graham Road in Stow, can be reached at 330-686-2729.

Holy Family Church

Concert -- As a precursor to "The Fest," a Christian family festival in Wickliffe on Aug. 5, organizers will bring their road show to Holy Family Church in Stow June 1.

Doors open at 7, and music starts at 7:30 p.m. This event will feature Divine Soldiers, an Akron-based Christian hip-hop band.

The show is designed to bring youth and young adults of all Christian denominations together for an evening of contemporary Christian music, dynamic speakers and engaging presentations.

The theme for these road shows is "The Battle Begins," emphasizing the modern battle between good and evil. For more information, call 440-943-7662.

Holy Family Church, 3450 Sycamore Drive in Stow, can be reached at 330-688-3816.

Mission Baptist Temple

Bible study -- Mission Baptist Temple hosts a Bible study on the Book of Acts Wednesdays at 7 p.m.

Mission Baptist Temple, 4163 Kent Road in Stow, can be reached at 330-688-0901.

Stow Alliance Fellowship

Vacation Bible school -- Stow Alliance Fellowship will host "Avalanche Ranch: A Wild Ride Through God's Word" for 3-year-olds through sixth-graders June 11 to 15 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

Attendees will sing songs, play teamwork-building games, nibble "Chuck Wagon Chow," experience Bible adventures and create crafts to take home and play with all summer long.

Pre-register during the month of May at the church or by calling the church office.

Stow Alliance Fellowship, 4460 Stow Road, can be reached at 330-688-7433.

Stow Community

United Church of Christ

Worship times -- Sunday worship starts at 10:45 a.m. Nursery care is available for children 4 and under.

Adult Sunday School classes meet Sunday before worship, from 9:30 to 10:30.

Children's Sunday School takes place after the children's sermon.

* The Berean Bible class is studying the Book of Proverbs, and meets in the parlor. The Friendship Group is studying James Moore's book, "If God Has a Refrigerator, Your Picture Is on It," and meets on the lower level.

Stow Community United Church of Christ, 1567 Pilgrim Drive in Stow, can be reached at 330-688-8927 or online at www.stowcommchurch.org.

Stow

Presbyterian Church

Youth program -- Three-year-olds through fifth-graders are invited for a wild ride through God's Word at Avalanche Ranch June 11 to 15 from 6 to 8:30 p.m.

This free program features games, crafts, snacks and knee-slapping music. Register online or by calling the church.

* Bible story time and crafts for children will be hosted by the church at its picnic area near the fire station playground Tuesdays at 10 a.m. starting June 19.

* Sunday service times are as follows: contemporary at 8:15 a.m.; traditional at 9:30 a.m.; and blended at 10:45 a.m. Sunday school is at 9:30 a.m. for children and teens. Adult Bible fellowships are at 8:15 and 9:30 a.m.

Stow Presbyterian Church, 4150 Fishcreek Road, can be reached at 330-688-6935 or online at www.stowpres.net.

United Methodist Church in Stow

Service times -- The United Methodist Church in Stow has Sunday services at 8:30 a.m. (contemporary) and 10:45 a.m. (traditional). Sunday School for all ages is at 9:30 a.m. All are welcome to attend.

United Methodist Church in Stow, 4880 Fishcreek Road, can be reached at 330-673-7752.

Victory Life Church

Service times -- Victory Life Church's Sunday morning classes begin at 9:15 a.m., with worship and a message from God's Word following at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday evening classes begin at 7 p.m. for adults and youth, with classes and activities for children. Nursery care is available both days.

Victory Life Church, 3833 Hudson Drive in Stow, can be reached at 330-929-6555 or on the Internet at www.vlchurch.com.

Bailey Road

Christian Church

Sunday School -- Sunday School for all ages takes place at 9:30 a.m., followed by worship at 10:45. Children ages 3 through the second grade are dismissed before the sermon to attend a special age-appropriate class.

Nursery care is provided during these times.

* On Sunday evenings from 6 to 7:30 p.m., the new Kids Klub, J.F.C. (Just for Christ), for kindergarten through eighth-graders, gathers for fun, learning and friendship.

The high school-age group meets every other Sunday after worship to plan fun things to do together.

Bailey Road Christian Church, 3200 W. Bailey Road in Cuyahoga Falls, can be reached at 330-929-2527.

The Church

in Silver Lake

Pentecost -- The Church in Silver Lake will host a celebration for Pentecost May 27 at 10:30 am. The theme for the day is "Catch the Spirit, Sail Toward Tomorrow."

Refreshments will be served following the service. Child care and Sunday School are available for children.

* Vacation Bible school will take place June 9 to 13 from 6 to 8:30 p.m.

The Church in Silver Lake, 2951 Kent Road in Silver Lake, can be reached at 330-928-2991.

Life Church

Services -- Life Church's Adult Sunday School class starts at 9:30 a.m. Worship service begins at 10:45. Nursery and children's classes are available.

Life Church meets in the lower level of the Nye Financial Group building, 7941 Ravenna Road in Hudson. For more information, e-mail lifechurchohio@aol.com.

Northminster Presbyterian Church

Vacation Bible school -- "Soaring to New Heights with God" is the theme of Northminster Presbyterian Church's vacation Bible school June 18 to 22.

The cost is $7 per child, with a maximum of $15 per family, and is open to children age 4 through fifth-graders.

Northminster Presbyterian Church, 104 W. Portage Trail Ext. in Cuyahoga Falls, can be reached at 330-928-8885.

Pilgrim United

Church of Christ

Services -- Pilgrim United Church of Christ invites the public to worship at the Sunday service at 10:30 a.m. Adult and children's Bible classes are Sundays at 9:30 a.m.

* Any woman interested is invited to come to the friendship circle, which meets on the third Thursday of each month at 7 p.m.

The church is located at the corner of Broad Boulevard and Second Street in Cuyahoga Falls.

Riverwood

Community Chapel

Services -- Services at Riverwood Community Chapel will take place at 9 and 10:35 a.m.

Riverwood Community Chapel, 1407 Fairchild Ave. in Kent, can be reached at 330-678-7000 or online at www.riverwoodcommunitychapel.org.