Upcoming Events and Activities

The Best of Enemies
Special Screening


If you joined us for the special screening of “The Best of Enemies” and would like to know more, click HERE to watch the 30-minute PBS documentary “An Unlikely Friendship” about Ann Atwater and C.P. Ellis.

Juneteenth Celebration at the Nelson Atkins Art Museum

Saturday, June 8

Juneteenth, also known as Freedom Day, commemorates the announcement of the abolition of slavery in Texas, and more generally, the emancipation of enslaved African Americans throughout the former Confederate States of America.

Meet ARJ hosts Kay McCarthy and Pat Frye at the Kirkwood Hall Plaza Level of the Nelson and connect with friends from St. James and Resurrection for free activities including music, dance, art and history.

For more information on Juneteenth at the Nelson click

The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art
4525 Oak Street, Kansas City, Mo 64111.
No reservations required.


Family Day at the Zoo

Saturday, June 15

Meet host LaDonna Williams-Hunt at the Kansas City Zoo entrance.

We will have a fun day of connecting while visiting the animals!

For more information on the Kansas City Zoo, click HERE.

Kansas City Zoo
6800 Zoo Dr
Kansas CityMO 64132

Dinner at Elsa’s Ethiopian Restaurant

Friday, July 12

Calling All Foodies and Non-Foodies!

Explore Ethiopian food with Hosts Pat & Len Frye for fun dinner and conversation. Avg. meal $11-$15/person; drinks extra, vegan and gluten free options available

Elsa’s Ethiopian Restaurant 
Sante Fe
Overland Park, KS 66204 

Paint Party with Palette Pizazz

Thursday, August 8

Meet host Betsy Triplett as we explore culture and creativity, laughing, listening to music and creating your one-of-a-kind “masterpiece.”

$15/person includes: Displayable canvas, musically rich environment, beverages and snacks.

Bruce R. Watkins Cultural Heritage Center, 3700 Blue Parkway
Kansas City, MO 64130

Friday Night Live- Art, Theater, Dinner and Conversations

Friday, August 23

Join hosts Rosalyn Wilson and Susan Dimick to View the 30 Americans Exhibit, presenting 30 contemporary African American artists; then see a short play inspired by the exhibition, with discussion to follow over dinner at local restaurant.

30 Americans Exhibit Ticket: $18/person 

Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art
4525 Oak Street
Kansas City, MO 64111

Local restaurant: TBD

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