Greetings in the name of our savior, Jesus Christ.
On behalf of Pretty Prairie United Methodist Church, I welcome you to our website and community. I have been blessed to live and serve here in Pretty Prairie for about a year and a half now and continue to enjoy getting to know the people here. Pretty Prairie UMC has people who are at different places on their journey of faith. We strive to be a place that helps each person take the next step on their journey. You are welcome here. I look forward to talking with you further.
Our current Sermon series is “Our Purpose is Love” – it is about recognizing that God IS Love (1 John 4) and that, being made in God image, our purpose is to participate in and share that love, within and beyond our church and community. We do that in many ways – we seek to love God and neighbor through works of piety (things like prayer, worship, Bible study) and works of mercy (things like serving others, feeding the hungry, listening deeply). As we turn to Lent, which begins with Ash Wednesday on March 6th and continues until Easter on April 21st, we will look at a series called “Living Fully, Dying Well.” Jesus led life fully and invites us to a life of abundance and wholeness. We tend to get bogged down in worry. Jesus acknowledged and talked about his coming death, but we tend to avoid such topics. Jesus invites us to claim the promise of this life, and of eternal life.
Bishop Rueben Job wrote: “Living fully is life’s most rewarding gift. Young or old, rich or poor, at the peak of our powers or weakened by the limitations of age or disease, living fully is something that in our better moments we all desire and with God’s help can all achieve. Just as we cannot live without serious consideration of life and its meaning, we cannot die well without consideration of death and its meaning for us all.” I think you will find this an insightful and helpful study and I encourage you to invite friends and prepare to have some intentional conversations with family as we claim the fullness of our mortal days and consider our transition into eternal life with Christ.
Be sure to mark your calendar for some special services. • Wednesday, March 6th, Ash Wednesday imposition of Ashes at 7pm. • Thursday, April 18th, Maundy Thursday service in partnership with New Jerusalem Church. Pastor Christopher will preach and preside at communion. We will meet at New Jerusalem’s sanctuary, which is next to the Middle School. • Friday, April 19th – Tenebrae or Good Friday service in partnership with our sister Church, Murdock UMC in Murdock, KS. 7pm in their sanctuary with Pastor Christopher preaching. • Sunday, April 21st, 6:45am Easter Sunrise service on the hill outside Murdock (at the curve just before you turn into town. Breakfast at Murdock prior to our normal 9:15am Murdock and 11:00am Pretty Prairie worship services.
Grade School Class - Meets in the south classroom on the west side of the Basement
Joy Fellowship (Young Adult) - Meets in the classroom on west side of the First Floor
Agape (Older Adult) - Meets on the west side of the Fellowship Hall
Global Church and Mission
Pretty Prairie United Methodist Church is a member of the 12.8 million-strong, global United Methodist Church. The Church's mission is to transform the world by proclaiming God's grace and demonstrating love in action, locally and globally, through disciples of Jesus Christ. The United Methodist Church's motto is "Open Hearts, Open Minds, Open Doors."
Pretty Prairie United Methodist Church has a thriving Music Ministry, including Chancel Choir, Children's Choir, special music during the summer and music programs through the year.
"In 1891 the house for school district No. 149 was built, the first building erected in the town of Pretty Prairie suitable for holding religions services. At this time Rev. C.A. Lakey, a pioneer evangelist, who had been preaching everywhere he could find a place to gather the people together, had organizing a Methodist Sunday School. In the spring of 1892 he organized a church." -Taken from A Brief History of the Pretty Prairie United Methodist Church, 1938
Many revivals would take place, growing the membership, until the church would be raised at its present location in 1929.
Pretty Prairie United Methodist Church
Children and Youth Ministries
Children and youth play a special role in Pretty Prairie United Methodist Church. Activities include Children's Choir, Good News, Vacation Bible School, Community Youth Group, Sunday School, and Confirmation Class.
United Methodist Women
United Methodist Women started in 1869 with six members. Today there are over 800,000 members. Pretty Prairie United Methodist Church has long had a faithful UMW. United Methodist Women are focused on ministries for women, children and youth. We are in mission to put our faith, hope and love into action for our community, country and world.