Shepherd's Center Activity Groups

Our Activity Groups are open to everyone in the community and are meant to encourage physical activity, intellectual and spiritual growth, and socialization for seniors.  And, even though we encourage you to become a member to support the Shepherd's Center, you do not need to be a member to participate in these activity groups. 

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Let's get moving and have some fun! 


The Pickleball group plays Mondays and Wednesdays from 1 - 3:00 pm at First Baptist Church, 3033 SW MacVicar Ave, Topeka. Please contact one of the coordinators if you would like to play. Dave Mathias, [email protected] or Betsy Thompson, [email protected]


Party Bridge - American Standard
This Bridge group meets on the 1st and 3rd Thursday of the month, 1 - 3:30 pm, at Our Savior Lutheran Church, 2021 SW 29th St, Topeka. Park on the east side and use the East double doors.  You must know bridge basics.  Arrive a few minutes early, ready to play at 1:00.  Joan Arterburn and Lora DeWeese are co-coordinators.  Arrangements must be made by Monday at 5:00 by calling Joan at 408-5174.  Kathy Harr calculates score tallies and winners. 

Hand and Foot Canasta

Meets on the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of the month, 2 - 4:00 pm, St. David's Episcopal Church, 3916 SW 17th St, Topeka. 
Park on the West side of the church and go to the East end of the fellowship hall.  This is a fun and easy game to learn for tables of 4-6 people. No reservations are required.  There are always people ready to teach you how to play. The group Coordinator is Sharon Young. 

Mexican Train Dominoes

Mexican Train Dominoes - Meeting on the 1st and 3rd Tuesday from 2:00 - 4:00 pm, St. David's Episcopal Church, 3916 SW 17th St, Topeka. Please do not enter the building before 1:30 pm. If you are interested in getting together, please email the co-coordinators, Judy Samuels, at [email protected] or Mary Adkins at [email protected].

Shepherd's Center Book Club

The book club meets on the 1st and 3rd Monday of the month from 2 - 4:00 pm at Westminster Presbyterian Church, 1275 SW Boswell Ave., Topeka.  Enter through the south door, turn left, and go to the library.  Members select a book of study based on how well it lends itself to spiritual growth and group discussion.  Pat Kirkman is the group coordinator.  Please contact the office at 785-249-3258 for information on the current book of study.

MAP - Memories, Ancestory, Photos -via Zoom

The MAP group meets on the 4th Wednesday of the month from 10 - 11:30 via Zoom. We share the premise that we all have a story within us, be it our life memoir or telling stories about our ancestors. This group enjoys sharing genealogy discoveries, learning from others about sources, creating keepsakes, photo books, scrapbooks, albums, and videos to bring history to life. On occasion, the group will take field trips: Rich McReynolds, Coordinator. Please contact Rich at [email protected] for the Zoom link.

Family History Writing Group

Family History Writing Group - 2nd Wednesday of the month, 10:00 - 11:30 am, Lowman United Methodist Church, room 12. Do you have great family stories to tell, and you want to pass them down to the next generation but don't know where to start?  Contact our office for more information. 

Strength, Mobility, & Stability - SMS Exercise

Strength, Mobility, Stability Exercise Group (SMS) - Meeting as following in Topeka:
Monday 9:00 - 9:30 am Arbor Court, 4200 SW Drury Lane
Tuesday and Thursday, 9:00 - 9:30 am Rosehill Place, 3600 SW Gage Blvd # 97
Tuesday and Thursday, 10:00 - 10:45 am, Grace UMC, 2627 SW Western Ave
This class includes a little Yoga, Tai Chi, Pilates, and Calisthenics to help provide strength, mobility, and stability. If you would like to join, please contact Anne Crawford, Instructor Coordinator, at 785-273-4527 or email [email protected]. Paul Porter, Sub/Assistant

Tai Chi for Health with Madon Dailey

Tai Chi for Health - Mondays 10:00 - 11:00 am at Lowman United Methodist Church, Fellowship Hall, 4101 SW 15th Street, Topeka. Thursdays 10:00 - 11:00 am Tai Chi is at the Topeka Zoo!  For more information, please email Madon at [email protected] or call 785-845-4478.

To Join from home via Zoom Monday through Friday at 10:00 a.m. contact Madon by email or phone.

Line Dancing

Line Dancing - The 2nd and 4th Thursdays 1:30 - 3:30 and the 1st and 3rd Thursdays 1:30 - 2:30 at First Baptist Church, 3033 SW MacVicar Ave, Topeka.  This activity is for anyone who likes to dance.  There are many levels of experience in this class.  Please contact Karen Botkin at 785-945-6785 or Jim Baer at 785-256-2432 at [email protected] for more information.

Widowed Support Group

Widowed Support Group - The 1st and 3rd Wednesdays of the month, 3:30 - 5:00 pm, Arbor Court, 4200 SW Drury Lane, Topeka (Enter off of 15th Street). Please park in Lowman UMC's parking lot. If you have any questions, call one of the coordinators, Jerel Wright, at 913-707-3377, B. Munoz, 785-249-2449, or S. McManus, 785-230-4149.