The North Baptist Church in Ottawa will be the host for Serve Day, a ministry of the Flint Hills Baptist Association.

Pastor Kim Wilcox of the North Baptist Church said churches from all over the Flint Hills Baptist Association will be in Ottawa and Pomona on Saturday to serve the community in a variety of ways.

“We have yards to mow, gutters to clean, houses to paint,” he said. “We are doing some fence repair and several other projects on the north side of Ottawa.”

The North Baptist Church has started a new church in Pomona called The Light House and projects will also be done in that community.

Serve Day started as a one-day outreach blitz when a pastor from Arkansas visited a Topeka-area Vacation Bible School and helped the association put on its first Serve Day. Volunteers helped a town of 200 people and established a tradition of serving different Kansas communities. Other towns that have benefited from the project are Lyndon, Madison, Atchison and Topeka.

While the work is being done, the church will host a block party for kids at the church, 413 E. Wilson St., Ottawa. The block party, scheduled from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., is to include bounce houses, train rides, face painting and Karaoke, organizers said.

Pastor Wilcox said he hopes the work they do on Saturday makes a difference in the community.

“We just hope to help the people and allow us to be the tangible love of Jesus Christ in a service way,” he said. “That reaching out to the community for Jesus.”

Projects in Ottawa will mostly be north of the Marais Des Cygnes River toward the north end of Ottawa.