Life of the Church
A church’s life goes beyond the Sunday morning service, extending into the activities it hosts and sponsors for its members and community. The church’s activities include ongoing activities as well as Signature Events that highlight the unique nature of the congregation.
Music – Singing is an integral part of the worship experience at Westport. In addition to the Sunday morning service, we sing in Sunday School Classes, sponsor special concerts, collaborate with music schools for recitals, and encourage young vocalists and musicians in a variety of ways. more details…
Children & Youth Programs – The destiny and fate of children and youth in the city has always been and continues to be an important focus of our church members’ Christian commitment. And even as we carry out that commitment and sustain traditions of ministry that are years and decades old, we seek wider horizons for our work. more details…
Community Programs – By serving a special part of the city of Kansas City for nearly 180 years, the church has been led into a sustained and creative ministry in the community. Sharing Christian love with people in the community, both church members and the many people who live and work in Westport, the church has become a source of strength and inspiration for people living in an urban environment that is at once stressful, challenging, always changing and ever in need of ministries of care and compassion.
We have helped create a number of social service and community service initiatives that now have a life of their own, while we continue to collaborate with and support them:
- Westport Center for the Arts (founded in 2007)
- Shepherd Center Central/Westport Cooperative Services (founded in early 1970’s)
- Boy Scout Troop 60 (over 100 years old)
- Westport House Senior Citizen Housing (built in 1970’s)
- Willow Woods Child Development and Child Care Center (founded in 1980’s)
We also work with Cherith Brook House of Hospitality, 12 step groups, and, when we return to our reconstructed building— many folk dance groups, Tai Chi, and historical preservation groups.
Worship & Spirituality – Westport offers variety of services and programs to address the spiritual and worship needs of the community. more details…
History of the Church – Westport’s history in the community goes back nearly 180 years. Its contributions have been recognized by local officials and organizations. more details…