Upcoming Events and Activities

Go Underground:

Small Group Study

Tuesdays, February 5 – 19
6:30 pm
Building B, Room 152


Diverse groups of 8-10 people will meet once a month for 4 months to discuss the Underground study materials (group members will decide as a group the best date, time and place for their meetings). 

The kickoff of these groups will be at the Kauffman Center on February 2nd for the Storling Dance Theater’s production of Underground (above)We will have a fellowship at 12:00 at the Kauffman Center followed by the performance from 1:30-3:30. Attendance at the performance is not required to join a small group.

Unpacking the Story of Race (Grow Night Series)

Tuesdays, February 5 – 19
6:30 pm
Building B, Room 152


Members of the Allies for Racial Justice Team – a partnership between St. James UMC and COR – will lead a series intended to help you grow in your faith as you begin to understand how to help bridge the racial divide in our city and our churches. The series will be on Tuesdays, starting February 5th through February 19th.

February 5: That’s in the Past, What Does it Have to do with Me?

Many people believe we live in a post-racial society, yet there is still undeniable racial strife, tension and separation. In this session, we will look at our own personal histories, the history of Kansas City and the history of the Methodist Church as each relate to race. Join us for a short, engaging documentary, interactive exercises and open dialogue to help examine what role race plays in our lives and our relationship with Jesus.

February 12: Implicit Bias – What We Don’t Think We Think

As each of us experiences life, we are surrounded by a number of biases. Some of these we consciously accept, some we consciously reject, while many more fall into the subconscious. Even though we are not aware of implicit biases, they constantly work in us, helping form our beliefs, values, ideas, and actions every day.

As followers of Jesus, we are created and called by God to consistently question beliefs, values, and motives by taking an intentional look at implicit biases that are corrupted by stereotype or prejudice, separating us from the Beloved Community (from GCORR website).

February 19: What’s Love Got to Do with It? Whose Culture?

Do you ever struggle understanding how the culture of the day fits with what you know about Jesus? Jesus consistently turned the culture of the day upside down. This session will take a look at today’s dominant culture and provide practical suggestions to help understand what it would be like to not be part of the dominant culture, with suggestions for ways to be allies to those in the minority culture, as is consistent with being followers of Jesus Christ.

SevenDays 2019:

Discover Diversity Dinner

Wednesday, April 10, 2019
6:30 PM – 8:30 PM 

Join Faith Always Wins Foundation and SevenDays for dinner and activities geared toward engaging people of all cultures, religions, and backgrounds to discover new friends.

Meal will be provided.


St. James United Methodist Church
5540 Wayne Ave
Kansas City, MO 64110

SevenDays 2019:

Faith, Love & Walk

Monday, April 15, 2019
6:30 PM – 8:30 PM 

We look forward to walking in unity as we embrace our themed day “ONWARD” during the SevenDays® Faith, Love & Walk at the National World War I Museum and Memorial on Monday, April 15, 2019. Our goal of ONWARD… coming together, celebrating the ripples of kindness we achieve as a community.

We encourage you to connect with one of the fourteen charities – on site both before and after the walk – to discover your personal Onward! Then stay for the celebratory atmosphere of connected community with music and food!

Participation from all religious/non-religious beliefs, races and cultures is encouraged & all ages are welcome. Children five and under walk free; but registration is required for each person participating in the walk.


National WWI Museum & Memorial
2 Memorial Dr
Kansas City, MO 64108

Speaker: Debby Irving

Tuesday, October 9th, 2018 from 7:00-8:30pm in the Foundry (Building B) at the United Methodist Church of the Resurrection, Leawood KS

Debby Irving, author of “Waking up White” will speak at Grow Night, shares her personal journey of what it is to be white in a culture that thinks race is about being black. Her book is available for purchase in the Well Bookstore at the Church of the Resurrection. Invite your small group, friends, neighbors or co-workers for this important message.

Register Here!

Fall Cookout

Sunday, October 7, 1–4 pm


Sunday, October 7, 2018 from 1-4 PM

Roe Park shelter area @ 104th and Roe Avenue, Overland Park, KS

Traditional cookout fare of hot dogs, hamburgers, pop and water will be provided. Please register to bring chips, dessert or a side dish to share, and enjoy a fun afternoon of fellowship and children’s games.

Festival of Sharing 2018

September 15, 2018


7 Sharefest events will be held throughout Missouri on September 15th to encourage localized and regional partnerships while maintaining ties with international organizations such as Heifer International and Church World Service. This event will include a fundraising walk, as well as opportunities for youth to engage in community service such as school kit assembly, distribution, prayer, worship, and sharing a meal.

Event details can be found at www.festivalofsharing.org

Contact info@stjamesumc.com to find out more and let us know you plan to attend

Kits may be dropped off from 9:30-11:30am on Saturday, 9/15