New Worship Schedule

Starting August 11, 2019

Answering the Questions

How and Why Do We Worship?

For the better part of three decades, Topeka First UMC has worshipped within the same weekly schedule. There is nothing inherently wrong with the schedule through which this Church and the community attached to it has structured their lives. Increasingly though, there is a recognition among staff and leadership that we have not asked the question why. Why do we worship the ways we do at the times we do? Why is Sunday School at 9:30 a.m.? Why have we experienced a decline? Why do we make people choose between growth and worship? Does what we do help make Disciples?


Why is an important question. In early 2018 a task force of Church leadership, staff, and laity began to ask and sought to answer these questions and others. In asking these questions others developed. In answering those questions more rabbit holes opened and more threads were followed. Through it all, the task force remained focused on building a system that better allows us as a congregation to live out our mission: to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world.

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We believe that this new worship schedule will help us live into our commitment to the Discipleship Pathway while giving all people the opportunity to worship and grow deeper in their faith on Sunday Mornings.