Brookins-Kirkland Community AME Church plans a Youth Gospel Explosion on July 22, at 3 p.m., at 3719 W. Slauson Blvd., in Los Angeles, said Pastor Mary S. Minor. The Young People’s Division sponsors the event. The theme is “We Have the Victory” based on Romans 8:35-38. Several youth choirs, pastors and praise dancers will participate. On July 23 to July 27, at 7 p.m., Vacation Bible School takes place at BKCAME. Classes for children, teens and adults will be available. Refreshments will be served. To learn more about both events, call (323) 296-5610.

AME Southern California Conference Women In Ministry presents an Appreciation Luncheon and Comedy Show on July 28, at 12 p.m., at First AME Church, 2270 S. Harvard Blvd., in Los Angeles, said the Rev. Dr. Charolyn J. Jones, SCCWIM coordinator. The Rev. Roosevelt Lindsey, Jr., presiding elder of the Los Angeles South District, and the Rev. Dr. Allen L. Williams, Sr., presiding elder of the Los Angeles North District, will be honored. Also, Ramona Stephens and her entertaining colleagues will perform. The donation is $45 by July 21 and $55 after that date. For information or tickets, call (213) 448-7304 or email [email protected].

Murph Chapel-St. Paul AME Church presents “Back to School – Stay in School” on Aug. 4, at 10 a.m., at 1381 Pass and Covina Rd., in Valinda, said Pastor Tracey Johnson. Caring Adult Foundation, Love My Neighbor Foundation and the NAACP San Gabriel Chapter co-sponsor the event. Mayor Lloyd Johnson is the guest speaker. Free backpacks and supplies will be distributed to students. Call (626) 917-3686 for details.

First New Christian Fellowship Baptist Church offers free meals for children ages 18 and younger through August 10, at 1555 West 108th Street, in Los Angeles, said Pastor Norman S. Johnson, Sr. The FNCF Community Development Corporation sponsors the program. Meals are served weekdays, 7 a.m. to 8:15 a.m. and 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. The meals are a component of the Summer Food Service Program, sponsored by the California Department of Education’s Nutrition Services Division. For information, call (323) 756-2541.

Carson Community Deliverance Center Church holds a Women’s Prayer Service on Saturday, August 11th at 10 a.m., at 555 E. 220th St., in Carson.  The public is invited to attend for worship and prayer.  For information, call (310) 835-7905.

Congregational Church of Christian Fellowship hosts the Sally Bell Mentor Group’s 2018 Combined Award Ceremony on August 11, at 5 p.m., at the 2085 S. Hobart Blvd., in Los Angeles, said Pastor James K. McKnight. Winners of the SBMG Essay/ Poetry event and the Young Artists will perform. Shirley Starke-Wallace will be honored as the 2018 Art Angel of the Year. To learn more, email [email protected]