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.
missions and community partnerships
Choral Spectrum: LGBTQIA Chorus
Choral Spectrum is an SATB choir who works to provide a safe space of inclusion and expression to all LGBTQIA and Allies in our community using the power of music to enrich lives and influence our acceptance by all who listen. For more about the choir and upcoming concerts, click here.
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.
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!
Kansas City Pride Community Alliance
The Kansas City P.R.I.D.E. Community Alliance works to provide educational opportunities, support, social activities, and advocacy to enrich the lives of LGBTQ+ people in an inclusive environment for all.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Organizations We Financially Support
Click on each organization's title to find out more information about them.
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”.
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."
Cooperative Baptist Fellowship (CBF) Heartland – The regional organization affiliated with CBF national. Their goals are: Inspiring Leaders, Transforming Missions, and Engaging Communities.
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.
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.