Native American Congregations

The Great Plains Conference supports the Oklahoma Indian Missionary Conference as well as these congregations within the boundaries of Kansas and Nebraska. 

Wichita Indian United Methodist Church

Address: 1111 N. Meridian Ave., Wichita, KS 67203
Phone:
316-351-7515
​Website:
http://www.umc.org/find-a-church/church/72394

Mission Statement: “We are who we are, blessed by God, called to teach, share and live the good news of our Brother Jesus.”

In addition to Sunday morning service, Sunday school and a Bible study on Thursdays, the church also participates in these yearly activities:

  • Ongoing mission to feed the homeless every second Sunday by making sack lunches to hand out to brothers and sisters on the streets of Wichita.
  • Two “Change of Seasons” events in the spring and fall where spring and winter clothing, personal toiletries, coats, shoes, socks, flu shots and haircuts are provided to those in need.
  • A food pantry is operated to provide help with groceries.
  • Emergency gas cards.
  • Annual Trail of Tears Memorial Walk.
  • Annual Sobriety Powwow on Dec. 31 offers family fun in a safe environment.
  • Indian taco sales the first Saturday of every month.
  • Youth group meets Monday nights from 6 to 8 p.m.
  • Christmas store on the first Saturday in December for children to find gifts for their families.
  • Trunk or Treat and hot dog lunch on the Sunday before Halloween.
  • Sweetheart Spaghetti Dinner on Feb. 14, Valentine’s Day.
  • Kids' outings such as trips to the Botanica Wichita garden and Chisholm Park.
  • Vacation Bible School.

 

Joel H., Austin B. and Lulu, students of Haskell Indian Nations University, volunteer at the monthly fundraiser Indian Taco sale. Submitted photo

Lawrence Indian United Methodist Church

Address: 950 E. 21st St., Lawrence, KS 66046
Phone:
785-832-9200
Website: 
http://www.umc-oimc.org/churches/northeastern-district/lawrence-indian-united-methodist-church/

Mission: “To promote the Gospel of Jesus Christ by having a gathering place for Native and Non-Native peoples to provide culturally inclusive and appropriate training. To be known as a United Methodist Church where Native American peoples of all tribes can blend their gifts, cultures, beliefs and faith with us.”

The Lawrence Indian UMC has a church in Lawrence, Kansas, and also meets in Kansas City, Missouri, at the K.C. Indian Center.

 

Sacred Winds Native Mission Church

Address: 2400 S. 11th St., Lincoln, NE 68502
Phone:
402-202-1826
Website:
 http://www.umc.org/find-a-church/church/151054

Mission: “Sacred Winds is a church to worship and praise God, to explore, learn and practice the Christian faith within the framework of plains indigenous cultural traditions, and to provide a faith-based community focusing on building, supporting and celebrating Native American families as they deepen their relationship with God and each other.

Sacred Winds Native Mission Church started in 2008 as a reorganization of the Lincoln Indian Community Church, which folded after 20 years due to financial constraints. Sacred Winds has been supported in part by the Blue River District and the Great Plains Conference of the United Methodist Church, private donors, church members and fund raisers. 

Pastor Lin Quenzer started her ministry with Sacred Winds during the summer of 2014. At that time, average weekly attendance was 10 to 12 and less than 100 individuals attended annually. Sacred Winds has grown its average weekly attendance to 34, and more than 200 individuals attend annually. The church provides weekly Bible study on Wednesday nights with an average attendance of 12 and quarterly special events with 75 to 120 attendees. 

Sacred Winds has more than a dozen different tribes represented among its members. Most members live in poverty and experience many struggles because of a lack of resources. Sacred Winds does not offer social services and feels that the Lincoln Indian Center plays a vital role providing these services to the community. 

 

Kahbeah Fellowship Mission

Address: 950 Kansas Highway 20, Horton, KS 66439
Phone:
660-223-5527
Website: 
http://www.umc.org/find-a-church/church/142808

Watch for more information about this congregation coming soon!