Shawnee Church of the Nazarene finds its roots in prayer. Rather Hieronymous was a faithful member of Kansas City First Church of the Nazarene. She attended multiple times a week, making the 8 mile journey to and from Kansas City First Church. She was happy to do so, but she deeply longed for the day when there would be a Church of the Nazarene in her town of Shawnee, KS. It was a prayer that she never gave up on and prayed for 25 years.
On June 8, 1960 her prayers were answered. On the site of the old Kansas City district campground a preliminary organizational meeting was held. Christ spoke of the faith of a mustard seed that would move mountains. A group of 9 members from Lakeview (now Antioch) Church of the Nazarene covenanted to plant the church in Shawnee and contributed one thousand dollars. By the end of August at the organizational meeting there were a total of 26 charter members! On August 28, 1960 Shawnee Church of the Nazarene became the second Nazarene congregation in northeast Johnson County and the 24th congregation in the greater metropolitan Kansas City area.
Wayne Brunson was one of the charter members of the church and his neighbor, Elmer Johnson, helped this young congregation find a place to meet. Elmer was the treasure for the Masonic Lodge in town and so he insured as to its availability. Sure enough, the Lodge was available for rent on Sundays for $5 a Sunday.
Members of the church would gather at 7am to sweep up cigaret buds, set up chairs for worship, bring in cribs for nursery, and pray a prayer of dedication over the space for each Sunday.
Prayer continued to be woven into the very fabric of Shawnee Church of the Nazarene.
Over 50 years later Shawnee Church of the Nazarene is still passionate about prayer and ministering to the people of Shawnee, Kansas. Our prayer is that we first and foremost Love God. Everything we do flows from our love for God. Second is our desire to love others as ourselves and make disciples in the nations. Simply put we: Love God, Love Others as Ourselves, and Make Disciples in the nations. We also believe in the continued importance of prayer shaping a community of faith. Our prayers are, “Come, Holy Spirit” and “Lord, may you find us faithful.”
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