Jim Edwards grew up in a spiritually diverse family. His sister is Jewish, his father is Buddhist, and Jim was a Taoist for almost a decade. Growing up in Kansas City, he spent time away during his service in the Navy and then came back to his home town. After a bad breakup with […]
2015 has brought about many changes at Graceway. We have taken a good look at how we are doing ministry, and have made improvements based on what we learned through the leadership retreat in July.
In 2011 Christians in America gave only 2.3% of their income to churches and 33-55% of members nationwide report that […]
A few weeks ago we updated you on some of the exciting things happening with our Groups ministry. Starting in January we will be offering several Medium Groups with a variety of topics. These groups will be more than just a typical class as they will be highly interactive and designed to help you learn […]
Thanksgiving is a time to reflect on the blessings received over the past year. At Graceway, we are thankful for our members and how they have blessed our community as well as the church in 2015. We are thankful for the hundreds of volunteers who dedicated time to ministering to families through our youth baseball […]
A few months ago we introduced you to the the seven initiatives that were formed from our leadership retreat in June. During this retreat, we prayerfully sought God for His direction. We revisited decades of past history in order to gear up for our future together. We learned many lessons and […]
Today we honor the men and women around our nation, and within Graceway, who have dedicated their lives to serving in the military.
Terri Bly, a Graceway member, enlisted in the Army National Guard in 1981. Terri, along with her two sisters, all enlisted after their uncle encouraged them to join as […]
In a large church, finding connection on a Sunday morning can be difficult. Our Groups ministry has worked hard to set up ways in which you can find connection and community via small and medium groups. Below are some updates that will be made to our current Groups model.
Our small groups […]
As we prepare for our January series “i am graceway” we want to introduce you to Pastor Andy Castro and his wife, Christa. We have dozens of families here at Graceway that have adopted and/or foster young children. The Castro’s represent one of these families as they currently have one biological son, one […]
The classic children’s book, "The Giving Tree", tells a story of a boy and a tree. Each day the boy would come to the tree to eat of its apples, swing from the branches, and slide down its trunk…and the tree was happy. It is a story of selfless giving. Inspired by this book, the […]
In January we are going to begin an “i am graceway” series and from time-to-time we are going to share stories from our congregation—stories of redemption, stories of overcoming, and stories of forgiveness. This week you will read a story about one of our staff members, Kellie DeWitt, and how God helped her forgive what […]
Graceway’s 2015 Youth Soccer season has just wrapped up. This year we had over two hundred children, many of whom do not attend church here. Our youth sports leagues (both baseball and soccer) are the largest community outreach we have here at Graceway. Each season hundreds of kids join us from around the […]
A work of art is a part of its creator. When artists share their work with others they are giving a piece of their heart and soul, something that is unique to them. Join us Friday, October 9th for Straight from the Soul where you will experience one-of-a-kind pieces created by […]
Sunday we begin a new series we are calling “The Time Is Now.” This series is all about the urgency of what God wants to do in our life. Jesus has set his face to go to Jerusalem knowing that there, the cross awaits him. You can sense the urgency in Jesus and […]
Games, s’mores, hayrides and more! Graceway’s Family Fun Fest is going to be an event that the whole family can enjoy.
On October 17th at 4:00pm, join us at The Point for an evening full of activities for your family. Hot dogs, s’mores, and drinks will be provided. Games will include a […]
This Sunday we will be celebrating Gary Hart, and his wife Sharon, for their many years of service here at Graceway. Gary has recently decided to serve alongside the leadership of the Greater Kansas City Chinese Christian Church located in Shawnee, Kansas.
Gary has had a heart to minister to Chinese people for years. His passion began […]
“There is no worse feeling than hearing your child cry to sleep because they are hungry and you can’t do anything about it.” This is a story told to us by a volunteer, who was once a benefactor, of the Raytown Emergency Assistance Program (REAP). REAP was able to help this woman through […]
One afternoon while playing this silly playground game Chris ‘caught’ a girl and when he did, she turned and yelled, “Stay away, ugly!” That phrase, which also included an obscene word directed towards Chris at the time, altered the way he would view himself for the next 30 years. Never before did he ever consider […]
This past Sunday the front of the stage was filled with our staff and volunteers as Jeff introduced the initiative teams formed from the leadership retreat a few weeks ago.
During this retreat, we prayerfully sought God for His direction. We revisited decades of past history in order to gear up for our future together. […]
Article by Stephen Ray
Have you heard the old adage, “There are only two kinds of people in the world: givers and takers”? My mom used to say it all of the time. She knew that I was born into this world a taker, and was teaching me generosity to be a giver. […]