Southminster Presbyterian Church has a heart for mission outreach, which brings about God’s beloved community of justice, equality, and peace. We partner with local ministries in the Kansas City area who address need in the areas of poverty and homelessness, children and youth at risk, and health and welfare. Southminster is also involved in mission around the world. We have long standing partners in Mexico through Living Waters for the World and in the Democratic Republic of the Congo working in education and medicine. There are many ways to serve, and Southminster seeks to help the community around us and the wider world.
Local Mission Outreach
Southminster supports 9 local ministry partners in the metropolitan Kansas City area. Our areas of focus are: poverty and homelessness, children and youth at risk, and health and welfare. Our local mission partners are:
Interfaith Hospitality Network
Johnson County Emergency Assistance –
Della Lamb Community Services
Hands-On Mission Volunteer Opportunities
Southminster is a host church in the Interfaith Hospitality Network ministry to homeless families. Five or six times a year, families make Southminster their home for a week, an effort that requires many volunteers.
Southminster provides a noon-time meal six times a year through the Crosslines Food Kitchen.
A group of Southminster folks regularly volunteer at Harvesters, a ministry supplying food to area food pantries.
Southminster has been involved with Heartland Habitat for Humanity, building four houses over the past 15 years.
Southminster is involved in Global Mission through the Presbyterian Church (USA) and through our congregation’s own initiatives.
Mexico Mission Partnership and Living Waters for the World
Southminster has partnered with Presbyterians in southern Mexico for the last 15+ years. Mission work trips have accomplished projects in the Yucatan Peninsula, Chiapas, and Tabasco. We also support missionary co-worker Don Wehmeyer in southern Mexico through an annual grant. For the last 10 years, our work in southern Mexico has been in partnership with Living Waters for the World (www.livingwatersfortheworld.org), installing small-scale water purification systems in communities in Chiapas and Tabasco.
Frontera de Cristo Presbyterian Border Ministry
Southminster has partnered with the Frontera de Cristo Presbyterian Border Ministry located in Douglas, Arizona, and Agua Prieta, Mexio. The purpose of the border ministry is to educate about the concerns, problems, and possibilities from a faith perspective and to promote understanding and cooperation between Presbyterians on both sides of the US-Mexico border.
On the third Sunday of each month Southminster collects the Noisy Offering. The money from this offering, along with additional funds from the Deacons, goes to support mission co-workers through the PC(USA). Currently we are supporting Jose LaMont Jones who is working in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
Journey to Bethlehem
A Southminster tradition since 1985
Under the leadership of Rev. Jim Fry this tradition is one of the longest running at Southminster Presbyterian Church. On December 20-21, 1985, using a script written by three Southminster members, the first Journey took place.
Over the past 35 years a few changes have been made, but most of the script remains the same. Children of the church have grown up to take on different roles and adults have portrayed the same characters year after year.
Visitors are welcomed into the sanctuary where they hear stories and sing familiar carols as they wait for their turn to travel. Having declared how many sheep, goats and oxen they own, they set off with a guide through a transformed church. Travelers encounter over 100 costumed people in seven scenes that retell the story of Jesus’s birth.