After 27 years of dreaming and planning, The United Methodist Church of the Resurrection will celebrate the grand opening of their permanent Sanctuary this weekend at the church’s Leawood campus, 5009 W. 137th Street. Worship services will be Saturday, April 1, at 5 pm and
Sunday, April 2, at 7:30 am, 9:15 am, 11 am and 5 pm. Special dignitaries and
state and local elected representatives will participate in a ribbon cutting at
4:30pm on Saturday, prior to the 5 pm service.
“We are excited to take this next step in building a space that we believe will be an important resource, strengthening the fabric of the community for generations to come,” Senior Pastor Adam Hamilton said. McCownGordon Construction of Kansas City was the construction manager. The building was designed by the architectural firm of HGA from Minneapolis, MN. More than 500 local construction trades men and women have worked on the building over the last two years.
The octagonal building features a roof of seven stainless steel “sails” that rise towards the heavens, a reminder of the seven days of creation and the seven days of Holy Week. The interior of the space is simple, with natural daylight, wood and stone. The featured art in the room is a stained glass window created by Judson Studios of Los Angeles, CA which tells the overarching story of the Bible from Genesis 1 to Revelation 22. While intended to draw people to God, the room is also surprisingly intimate, designed to foster community and connection among worshipers. “The congregation’s hope and prayer is that this building will be used for generations to come to help people find God, to grow in their faith, to experience authentic Christian community, and to be inspired to live their faith in the world,” Hamilton said.
United Methodist Church of the Resurrection is located at 13720 Roe Avenue,
Leawood, Kansas. It also has locations in Olathe, Blue Springs and downtown
Kansas City. Resurrection is the largest Methodist church in the country with
over 20,000 members. For additional information about the church, please visit
the web site: cor.org.