missions and community partnerships

Missions at Holmeswood is about collaborating with God in bringing God's realm of peace, justice, love, and equality here on Earth in this time and place. We have our own mission projects and also partner with organizations in Kansas City and around the world to witness to the dream God has for us.

  • American Red Cross

    We proudly partner with the Red Cross as a shelter when there is a need in our community. The Red Cross assesses each disaster and may choose to utilize our building should the need arise. We open our doors as a safe haven and provide a comforting presence to those in crisis.

  • Center School District

    We partner with the Center School District throughout the year providing Back Snacks, clothes, food, school supplies, and furniture to students and families.

    • Back Snacks – “Back Snacks” are delivered weekly during the school year to Center High School and Center Alternative School to students who have been identified as “Unaccompanied Youth”.
    • Clothes Closet – Our church has a clothes closet to assist students identified by social workers of the Center School District throughout the year.
    • Food Pantry – Our church houses a food pantry available to the social workers at Center to assist those in need.
    • School Supply Closet – Our church houses a school supply closet for use by school personnel to assist with students’ needs throughout the year.
    • Furniture Closet – Our church houses a furniture closet for use by school personnel to assist families in need of household items like furniture, appliances, and beds.
  • Clothes Closet

    Our Clothes Closet supports the needs of families in the Center School District. The closet is used only by the district social workers who are helping identified families. For the list of accepted donations, click here.

  • Community Chorus

    This singing group meets every Wednesday at 4:00pm (with breaks in the summer) to learn new songs and practice the old. Throughout the fall and spring months they take their songs on the road to nursing homes, churches, and other ministry organizations. We always need new voices. Contact Allen York if you have questions or want to join.

  • Fall Festival & Trunk or Treat

    Holmeswood annually hosts a community Fall Festival or Trunk or Treat in October for the surrounding neighborhood and congregation. There are several opportunities for service related to this fun event. Opportunities include coordinating the event, donations, organizing, advertising and volunteering during the actual event. This is a wonderful way to connect our neighborhood and church community.

  • Food Pantry

    This is an ongoing ministry to meet the needs of hungry people in the Center Community. We are in partnership with the school district social workers who have daily access to the food pantry, as well as Backsnacks provided by church members and Harvesters for four area schools.

  • Furniture Closet

    Our church houses a furniture closet for use by Center School District personnel to assist families in need of household items like furniture, appliances, and beds. 

  • Heartland Camp (VBS)

    A full week of summer day camp for children who have completed kindergarten through 6th grade! This camp is a partnership between Heartland Center, and our church's Family Ministry and Mission Council. Heartland VBS provides children in our church and wider community a week of fun, fellowship, learning, and community-building.

  • Impact Center

    Impact Center Schools is a collaborative team of civic, faith, educational, and business leaders in South Kansas City, Missouri. Impact Center Schools creates a network of relationships and resources that will cause our students to thrive and our community to flourish. The team has focused on a mentoring program in our local high school as well as launching an initiative to end homelessness in our school district by 2022.

  • Media Library

    The mission of the media library is to provide resources and services which advance learning about God, stimulate Christian growth, enrich worship experiences and support members and leaders of our church in their Christian walk.

    Media Library Hours: Sunday: 8:30 am-11:30 am, Monday-Friday: 9 am-4 pm.

    The director and librarian of the Media Center is Pat Tennison.

  • MLK Day of Service

    We strive to compassionately serve every day of the year. Specifically on Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day in January we accept the call to make it a "day on", not a "day off" by participating in service projects all over our city. We are committed to collaborating with others and with God to bring the kingdom of God here on Earth.

  • MORE2

    Holmeswood began a member of MORE2 (More Squared) in 2020. MORE2 stands for the Metro Organization for Racial and Economic Equity. The website says, "As people of faith, we are called to break down barriers that divide us by race and class. Rather than providing services or programs, we work to change policies through grassroots movements, in ways that promote racial and economic equity in Kansas and Missouri." We are proud to work with an organization who fights for equity in our city!

  • Organizations We Financially Support

    Click on each organization's title to find out more information about them.

    Local Organizations

    Central Baptist Theological Seminary – “Prepares women and men for seeking God, shaping church and serving humanity. The seminary offers innovative theological education and effective ministry formation in a global context”.

    William Jewell College – “A private, four-year liberal arts college in Liberty, Missouri, founded in 1849 by the Missouri Baptist Convention”.  

    Hillcrest Transitional Housing – "Offers homeless families, singles & youth a disciplined educational program within a caring, supportive environment. Unlike many organizations whose focus is one-time or emergency care, Hillcrest’s primary objective is to move clients from homelessness to self-sufficiency within 90 days by addressing the total life situation of the homeless families they serve."

    State-Wide Organizations

    Baptist Home – The Baptist Home goal is to provide Christ-like care to aging humanity here at home and around the world.  

    Cooperative Baptist Fellowship (CBF) Heartland – The regional organization affiliated with CBF national. Their goals are: Inspiring Leaders, Transforming Missions, and Engaging Communities.  

    Missouri Baptist Children’s Home – It provides Christian residential child care, emergency child care, foster and adoptive services, crisis pregnancy services, and family counseling services. 

    Word and Way – A source of news and opinion, serving Baptists throughout the Midwest.

    National & Global Organizations

    Baptist Center for Ethics – This organization was founded with the mission of providing pro-active, positive and practical ethics resources to churches.  

    Baptist News Global – This non-profit news organization offers news, features and commentaries.

    Cooperative Baptist Fellowship – A Christian network comprised of individuals and churches that work together to spread the hope of Christ.  

    Baptist Joint Committee for Religious Liberty - The BJC’s mission is to defend and extend God-given religious liberty for all, furthering the Baptist heritage that champions the principle that religion must be freely exercised, neither advanced nor inhibited by government.

  • Prayers and Squares

    This ministry team meets the 2nd and 4th Mondays of the month from 12:30-3:30 to make lap sized quilts for individuals who need to be wrapped in prayer. While each quilt is made the creators pray for the individual who will receive the quilt. Anyone who likes to sew, tie or pray is invited to join the team. 

  • School Supply Closet

    Holmeswood hosts a year round school supply closet for students in the Center School District. Supplies are collected in the fall and throughout the year. For a list of needed items for the 2018-2019 year, click here.

  • Vazec, Slovakia

    We partner with a local non-profit organization called Jekh Drom in the town of Vazec, Slovakia. Jekh Drom cares for the physical, spiritual, and emotional needs of the Romani people who face extreme prejudice and discrimination. 

    We support Shane and Dianne McNary, Cooperative Baptist Fellowship field personnel, who serve in Slovakia and the Czech Republic. We are grateful for their ministry because it is through them that we are able to partner with Jekh Drom. Read more about their ministry here.