Mission & Vision

It is our mission to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world.


Our vision is to embody Jesus Christ’s inclusive love for the seeker, the cynic, the flawed and the faithful.

Christ's Love in Action

Come and see how Christ's Love is truly in action at Kirkwood United Methodist Church, through some of the following ministries below. 

  • Fed To Feed Others

    At KUMC, we are "Fed to Feed Others!" All are invited to Kirkwood United Methodist Church and all are invited to the Communion Table on the first Sunday of the month. And as you are fed by Christ, you are also invited to share that love with others through the donation of non-perishable food items.  KUMC's food collection efforts help stock five other local food pantries in our community every month. The need is still great as many families are still facing hardships due to COVID-19. You can donate items using these three options; 

    • Drop items in KUMC's Donation Bin in front of the glass doors weekdays from 9 am - 3 pm.
    • Bring items to church with you on Sunday to donate in person at the Mission Window indoors.
    • Bringing a load? Drive up on Sunday mornings from 9:30 - 10 am before Worship and volunteers will unload your car. 
    Anyone at anytime is welcome to contribute. You can find our Missions on the Adult/Serve Page. Use the link below to go there now. 
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  • Drive-Thru Food Giveaways

    KUMC, in cooperation with other community partners has been able to sponsor drive-thru food giveaways for those in need. In an one day event, 276 families were fed in October 2020, and a second event in November 2020 provided food for 300 families. Your continued food donations, and volunteer hours are greatly appreciated to make these events a success. All are invited to help. Check back often for future Drive-Thru giveaways here. 


    Questions? 

    Julie Sherwood

    314.966.8167 x131

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  • InClusive Ministries

    KUMC is ready to welcome you! We have a new inclusive Ministries initiative, and offer volunteer activities to help in our community and learning opportunities about inclusvie ministries to all. Watch for Events on Facebook.

     

    Questions? 

    Lorri Coates

    314.966.8167 x105

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  • KUMC Racial Justice Ministries

    KUMC's Racial Justice Ministries aims to educate and eliminate Racism in our immediate community and beyond. This group meets often to discuss current issues, plan events, and promote those programs in our area that speak to unity and equality for all. 


    Questions? 

    Dolan Bayless

    314.966.8167 x110

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KUMC Racial Justice Ministries

Fall & Winter 2022 Discussion Series

You are invited to come to Kirkwood United Methodist Church for this year's Fall & Winter Racial Justice programs. The 2022 - 2023 series includes three panel discussions on topics that are currently in the news and a gospel concert. 

KUMC's Racial Justice Ministries Group has selected panel speakers for each of the three discussions that can bring important knowledge and experience about those evening's topics to give you better insights about the issues and also answer some of your questions. In December, KUMC will host the Community Gospel Choir Concert.  Come to hear the beautiful voices of this choir and stay after to learn about local projects in racial justice that you can help with.  


All Events are at KUMC, and free to attend. Here are the four events in this series:


  • Reconciliation in the Community. You can Make a Difference!                  Presented on Sunday, October 2
  • A Conversation About Gun Violence,  Presented Sunday, November 6.
  • Community Gospel Choir Concert, on Saturday, December 3 at 7 pm.
  • Affordable Housing - An Educational Panel, February 2023 - TBA. 


Future KUMC Racial Justice Discussion Series

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  • COmmunity Gospel Choir Concert

    Saturday, December 3 at 7 pm in the Sanctuary

    On Saturday, December 3rd, the Community Gospel Choir is performing in KUMC's Sanctuary. Come to listen to these incredible voices and stay to learn more about racial justice and ways you can get involved to support ongoing justice and reconciliation efforts in our community. 

  • Affordable Housing - An Education Panel

    February, 2023

    The loss of affordable housing in Kirkwood and other surrounding communities is definitely a racial justice issue. It drives both people of color and lower-income individuals (including retirees) out of Kirkwood. This discussion will be led by Women's Voices United. They are working with the city of Kirkwood and will present potential solutions. 

Putting Reconciliation to Work in Our Community. 

You Can Make a Difference

Presented on Sunday, October 2, 2022

KUMC Racial Justice Ministries hosted an in-person discussion centering on the work of reconciliation lived out in the community.  At the event, a panel of three local speakers provided brief perspectives on reconciliation work in the community. Participants were encouraged to reflect on ways they could live out the work of reconciliation in their communities in round table discussions following the panel discussion. 


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A Conversation About Gun Violence

Presented on Sunday, November 6th at KUMC

Kirkwood United Methodist Church's Racial Justice Ministries presented a panel discussion featuring local St. Louis speakers on Gun Violence at the church on Sunday, November 6th. The panelist explored topics such as the history of gun violence, relevant legislation, how to discuss school gun violence with your children, and what you can do to help battle this nationwide epidemic. 


The panelists for this discussion were:

Richard Rosenfeld, Curators' Distinguished Professor Emeritus at the University of Missouri St. Louis

Wesley Bell, St. Louis County Prosecuting Attorney

Kim Westerman, Mom’s Demand Action

Dr. Kenneth Haller, MD at SLU Physician Group & Professor of Pediatrics at SLU

Professor of Pediatrics at Saint Louis University

And panelist moderator: Barb Phifer, Missouri State Representative

 

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Racial Justice Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow Education Series


October 10  through November 7, 2021

Kirkwood United Methodist Racial Justice Group presented a variety of opportunities for members of KUMC's congregation and people of the community to explore and understand the complex landscape of racial justice, particularly through the lens of Kirkwood and surrounding St. Louis areas. With racial justice as our mission, we recognize that a variety of perspectives and topics are needed to ground us in this critical work. This series comprises four unique, but deeply connected opportunities to learn about race, racial justice, and our community. Each opportunity can be attended as a standalone event, but taken as a whole they will paint a more complete picture of our past,  present, and future. Each event has a link to the recorded video of the presentations so that you can conveniently view this series from this page. 

  • Ongoing Opportunity oNE: 

    Racial Justice Sunday Sermon Series

    With Pastor Katie Trinter

    & Reverend Sharon L. Williams


    Sundays, October  10, 17, and 24 At KUMC or Online

    We live in a world of troubled waters where racial justice and equality are still a distant dream. In this sermon series, we explore issues of contemporary racism and injustice, through the lens of scripture, and God’s vision of a just and loving world. We will be unpacking some hard truths, while also dreaming of how, with God’s help, we can build a more just world. 

    You can watch the sermons in this series by clicking on the titles below that will take you to KUMC's Vimeo page: 

    Sunday, October 10: Pastor Katie Trinter - "Cries from Babylon"


    Sunday, October 17: Pastor Katie Trinter - "Set the Captive Free"


    Sunday, October 24: Reverend Sharon L. Williams - "In the Meantime"

  • Opportunity TWO: 

    Race and Education Session
    Sunday, October 10 at 7 pm in KUMC's Sanctuary

    This session will unpack the complicated landscape our current schools and educators face as it relates to race and racial justice. If you are curious about what is currently taught in schools, how this differs from education in the past, what the vision is for these topics in public schools moving forward, and what the “critical race theory” debate is truly about, this session is for you. 

    The session will be moderated by Barbara Phifer, Missouri House Representative. Speakers will include Heather Fleming, founder of Missouri Equity Education Project, Romona Miller, Grade Level Principal at Kirkwood High School and Deborah Holmes, former assistant superintendent of Kirkwood School District, and Michelle Hamilton, mother of a recent Kirkwood graduate, as well as a representative from the Kirkwood School District. Information will be presented, and time allotted for a question-and-answer element. 


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  • Opportunity Three: Racial Justice Panel – Growing up Black in St. Louis

    Sunday, October 24, 7 pm In KUMC's Sanctuary

    This panel discussion will be comprised of members of the St. Louis and Kirkwood community who bring perspectives on key topics from the past, present, and their hopes for the future of our community. The moderator for this discussion is Sinclair Bowman, and panelists include Darnell Frost, Paul Ward, Olivia Flagg-Bourke, and Bryson Reid. Join us to listen as they share their personal stories and experiences regarding race relations, education, community, and change from growing up in the St. Louis area. Often, these topics can feel distant and removed from our own circles, so we hope this panel discussion provides an opportunity to gain insight on the experiences of our neighbors right here in our neighborhoods.


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  • Opportunity Four: 

    Taxation and Legislation Panel Discussion

    Sunday, November 7, 7 pm In KUMC's Sanctuary

    Speaking through the frame of “yesterday, today, and tomorrow,” this panel will discuss taxation, legislation and policy related to race and racial justice. What is the difference between progressive and regressive taxes?  How does taxation impact our everyday life?  How can taxation be made more equitable?


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