Grand Avenue Temple United Methodist Church

A multi-cultural/economic/ethnic/racial congregation
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Who We Are

Reaching out to unite ALL in God's love, we are an urban church with an extremely diverse congregation that worships together, side-by-side, following the example of Jesus Christ. In this special way, we are creating a slice of God's Kindgom on Earth!

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    Grand Avenue Temple is an accepting, affirming church. Attend and you will leave feeling that you already belong.

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What to Expect

What are services like?

What you won't find is a glitzy, high-tech, stage production; rather a very informal and Spirit led service, where people are not afraid to share their joys and concerns at any time. We have a "Sharing of the Peace" greeting during which everyone moves about the sanctuary to greet one another in God's name. We also sing a "Happy Birthday" song each week to honor those who may have no one else to recognize their special day. Our "Offertory" consists not only of the giving of monetary gifts, but also offerings of Bible verses or personal poetry readings and/or songs from those who may not have the monetary resources to give. We also have a "Jesus Jar" in which the homeless can deposit unsafe objects found on the streets in order to make their own contributions toward making the world a better place. Again, in our own special way, we give everyone the opportunity to participate and feel special.


What is the community like?

We have one of, if not the most, diverse congregations in Kansas City, ranging from jobless/homeless people who live in shelters or under bridges to successful business owners. We are not afraid to welcome and sit side-by-side with someone different from ourselves, wanting all to know, feel, and share the love and hope of Christ.


What if I'm not a Christian?

Following Jesus' example, everyone is welcome at our church: believers and non-believers, the rich, the poor, the saved, the sinner, the addict, the prostitute, the widow, and the orphans. We hope you will see the love of Christ in our worship, in our congregation, and in our services to His people, and will consider learning more about Him and why we do what we do by joining us on Sunday. God Bless You.

Our Services

Sunday: 10:00am

Our Weekly Service Times
205 East 9th Street
Kansas City, MO 64106-2004
(816) 842-3484

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About Us

Denomination:
Methodist (UMC)

Language:
English

Size: Medium

Music:
Traditional Hymns,Gospel Choir,Contemporary,Organ

Vibe:
Down to Earth, Casual, Traditional Liturgy, Spirit-filled, Inclusive, Historic, Friendly

Programs:
Community Service, Social Justice, Faith and Work, Addiction/Recovery, Choir, Missions, Food Pantry, Adult Education

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Founded:
1865





Our Services

Sunday 10:00am: Ninety minutes in duration.

Church Leader

Reverend Ron Brooks

Ron Brooks (“Rev. Ron” as he is known around the Temple) grew up in southern Missouri as the son of a school teacher and a United Methodist pastor. Initially following his mother’s career path, Ron graduated from Central Missouri State University (CMSU) with a degree in Secondary Education and the hope of addressing the issues of life in urban America through teaching in the inner city. His call to the ministry was stronger however, and led him to follow in his father’s footsteps and become a United Methodist minister! Although the call to become a minister changed his career path, his desire for urban involvement remained. During his first year in seminary at St. Paul’s School of Theology, Ron worked for the Columbus Park Presbyterian Mission in downtown Kansas City. It was here that he was first exposed to urban life in Kansas City. While there he worked with the nearby federal housing project, Guinotte Manor, and served the homeless. Ron later received his Doctorate of Religion in Pastoral Care and Counseling from Claremont School of Theology in Los Angeles, California and is a Board Certified Chaplain of the American Association of Professional Chaplains. He is a retired Chaplain of the United States Navy, having spent all his time in the Pacific Fleet. Throughout the years, although his call to the ministry redirected his efforts into other forms and other places, he finally arrived home again in downtown Kansas City with his appointment to Grand Avenue Temple in 2004. Downtown is like home for Ron and his wife Jan, both of whom until just recently lived and worked downtown, walking to most places they’d go. Their downtown neighborhood was reminiscent of Ron’s first appointment at a small town church in rural Missouri. He lived two blocks from the Post Office and it took two hours to walk there because of all the conversations which occurred along the way. Grand Avenue’s congregation is at home on the streets of downtown Kansas City, so as Rev. Ron says: ”I do a lot of curbside counseling.”
Ron Brooks (“Rev. Ron” as he is known around the Temple) grew up in southern Missouri as the son of a school teacher and a United Methodist pastor. Initially following his mother’s career path, Ron graduated from Central Missouri State University (CMSU) with a degree in Secondary Education and the hope of addressing the issues of life in urban America through teaching in the inner city. His call to the ministry was stronger however, and led him to follow in his father’s footsteps and become a United Methodist minister! Although the call to become a minister changed his career path, his desire for urban involvement remained. During his first year in seminary at St. Paul’s School of Theology, Ron worked for the Columbus Park Presbyterian Mission in downtown Kansas City. It was here that he was first exposed to urban life in Kansas City. While there he worked with the nearby federal housing project, Guinotte Manor, and served the homeless. Ron later received his Doctorate of Religion in Pastoral Care and Counseling from Claremont School of Theology in Los Angeles, California and is a Board Certified Chaplain of the American Association of Professional Chaplains. He is a retired Chaplain of the United States Navy, having spent all his time in the Pacific Fleet. Throughout the years, although his call to the ministry redirected his efforts into other forms and other places, he finally arrived home again in downtown Kansas City with his appointment to Grand Avenue Temple in 2004. Downtown is like home for Ron and his wife Jan, both of whom until just recently lived and worked downtown, walking to most places they’d go. Their downtown neighborhood was reminiscent of Ron’s first appointment at a small town church in rural Missouri. He lived two blocks from the Post Office and it took two hours to walk there because of all the conversations which occurred along the way. Grand Avenue’s congregation is at home on the streets of downtown Kansas City, so as Rev. Ron says: ”I do a lot of curbside counseling.”