The Kirk

Community Minded; Loving and Serving

The Kirk of Kansas City is an inclusive congregation trying our best to follow Jesus. Together, we worship God, build community, and love and serve God’s people.

Jesus is the heart of our faith, and because of Jesus we welcome everyone with love. The Kirk is not the type of community where everyone is required to think the same way or agree on a list of essentials. Instead, we are a church exploring God’s wildly abundant love for all. Through worshipping together, providing opportunities to learn and to serve, and building lasting and meaningful relationships, we are able to experience this love. We’d love for you to join us.

Sundays: 10 AM Worship on zoom | See Details below

Welcome Back to Onsite Worship!

We’re delighted to resume onsite worship this Sunday. We hope you can join us! While many things will feel familiar—the creak of the pews, the beauty of the piano, the comfort of our sanctuary cross—this is still a time of transition as we ease into worshipping together in-person. Thank you for your patience as our volunteers learn the new systems, as we continue certain Covid protocols, and as we remember how to worship together in the same room. It has been a while, and it will take a few weeks for us to get everything going the way we would like.

Our sanctuary AC and new Audio-Visual system are operational…though not at 100% yet. Our new second camera is not online, and the chiller is cooling great, but not at its full strength. Neither will keep us from worshiping onsite this weekend: the sanctuary has been cool all week, and the online system is a go. But if you’re watching online, thank you for your patience with us as we get everything going. It will take a few weeks for us to learn how to do this well. In the meantime, you may see more camera movement than we would like, as our single camera does double-duty, and we are going to be working out how best to design our slides for people worshipping on site as well as at home.

If you are joining us in person, prepare yourself for things to be different. Here’s some of what to expect:

  • Masks will be required on Sunday mornings when in the building. The only exceptions will be for worship leaders when they are leading their parts.
  • We are not implementing a reservation system or seating restrictions (except for the pews nearest to the Choir loft, which will be unavailable this summer). If you or members of your group are not fully vaccinated, you may choose a spot a safe distance from others.
  • We will not be distributing a bulletin. Words of prayers and common responses will be projected on the screens in the sanctuary.
  • We will also not be passing around offering plates. There will be a table in the Narthex where you can leave an offering before or after the service, and we will have a moment of thanksgiving in the service to dedicate your gifts. You can also continue to give online at www.kckirk.org (check the footer at the bottom for the donate button). Thank you for your generous and ongoing support of The Kirk, including your financial gifts.
  • Onsite participants will not be singing during the worship service. Hymns will be projected on the screen for those onsite and online. Starting Sunday, June 20th,we anticipate having a soloist offer special music in person.
  • Coffee Hour and Fellowship Time will be outdoors on our patio immediately after worship. Starting Sunday, June 20th, we will begin each fellowship time with a brief (and easy) song we’ll all be able to sing together (for those of us who LOVE singing but will miss not being able to sing indoors during worship).
  • We’re excited to see you again! Help us maintain good hospitality by asking before shaking hands or getting close…not everyone will be fully vaccinated and everyone will appreciate checking how comfortable they are before you get up close.
  • There will not be childcare available yet. We will be working on childcare options, hopefully soon. In the meantime, children are welcome to join you in the sanctuary during worship.
Pastor Chad and the staff thank all of the volunteers who have worked very hard on to get our online system up and running, our air conditioning chilling, and our space ready for us to be together again. See you Sunday!

Join us for Online Worship this Sunday

Due to the Covid-19 Pandemic, all of our worship services will be online through at least mid June 2021. Join us every Sunday at 9:45am for some beautiful prelude music, with service starting at 10am.

We have three ways to join us:
1) Use this link with your zoom app (preferred): https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85267665141
or launch your Zoom app or go to Zoom.us and enter the meeting ID: 852 6766 5141
2) Dial in with your phone. Call 312.626.6799 or 646.876.9923 (please note these are not local calls). When prompted, enter the meeting ID: 852 6766 5141 #
3) Follow along on our Kirk facebook page, facebook.com/thekirkofkc

 

Worship Video from Sunday, June 13th

Here is the worship video from Sunday, June 13th:

Click on the [] box in the lower right corner of the worship video to enlarge it to full screen.

Follow along for future worship services (9:45am on Sundays) at https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85267665141 or join us on The Kirk of KC’s Facebook page.

Check out former worship videos on our Youtube Channel.

For more, see our This Sunday page. Links to sermon text and the video on the Sermons page.

Love is Kind! A Summer Sermon Series

Christians are called to treat everyone with compassion, empathy, and caring. Kindness matters. It is a fruit of the spirit. It is what the Lord Requires of us! Love itself is Kind.

But how can we be kind these days? How does kindness relate to justice? To anger? To privilege and power? Is kindness foolish, or can it help us live peaceful lives, empower reconciliation, nurture justice, and maybe help save the world?

We’re going to be looking at these topics this summer with a new sermon series: Love is Kind! Every Sunday through July 11th, during worship with The Kirk of Kansas City.

Worship on Zoom or Facebook Live. Target Goal for resuming in-person worship: June 13th.

We would love for you to

visit

so we can meet you and show you around.

We are a welcoming and inclusive community that celebrates God’s wildly abundant love for all.

We aspire to be a loving, forward-thinking community of seekers and disciples learning the way of Jesus Christ. We work less on ourselves and more on our neighborhood while striving to be authentic in our relationships and meaningful in our service to the world.

We’re community minded, loving and serving, and we would love for you to visit so we can meet you and show you around.

Even though we are closed to in-person gatherings during this pandemic, visit-us virtually through our online activities. Check us out at Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter.

A little bit

about

who we are

The Kirk is a congregation of people from all over the Metro Kansas City. People come from the neighborhoods around The Kirk, southern Johnson County and all over - even way up in Parkville and down to Harrisonville.

Some have called The Kirk home for our entire history. Some are newer members who have recently moved to the area. Some are even from other countries like South Korea, El Salvador, and Cameroon.

We have great kids who stay for worship and participate in our youth programs. We have older couples and a number of families too.  We live normal lives and find our time together at The Kirk to be helpful in navigating a busy, stressful, changing world.

Through

Worship

together we hope to help you connect to the best of what life is all about.

The Kirk's worship service includes traditional music, a biblically sound and culturally relevant sermon, and a space to pause and find meaning in something beyond yourself.

We find our time together on Sunday mornings to be helpful in navigating a busy, stressful, and changing world. Through worship together we hope to help you connect to the best of what life is all about.

By going out in the world, we are loving and

serving

our community.

We are a church because God calls us together to love one another and to serve others as Jesus has loved the whole world. We take this requirement of our faith seriously. Because of God's love, The Kirk works with a number of organizations to help and serve throughout South Kansas City, Kansas City at large, and the world, in the name of Jesus Christ.

Peace Park

A faithful vision for our space.

We love our building and grounds. It is more than a place for us to gather in worship and fellowship. It is a tool for ministry and mission, a place for us to worship, to give thanks, to say goodbye and to mark transitions.