Raytown Christian Church:
The Bless You! Church in Raytown, Missouri for over 135 years!
Raytown Christian has been sharing God’s love on the east side of Kansas City since 1871. We’re here for one reason: To help people say “Yes!” to Jesus.
We help people say “Yes!” to Jesus through our commitment to be a blessing to everyone we encounter. As members of the Raytown Christian Church we will bless others when we’re in a church building, at our workplaces, in our schools, in our neighborhoods, and wherever we go.
Our ministries and outreach missions have been blessing our neighbors for generations and many of those we’ve blessed have experienced real life transformation. Our dream is to be a church that is so life-transformational that even the most committed atheist would point to us and say “If I was going to go to a church that’s the church I’d go to!”
We bless our community through the Raytown Food Pantry that helps feed 40-60 families each week; through the Summer Lunch Program that provides lunch for upwards of 500 children a day throughout the Raytown School District; though the Embracing Education Program that offers summer education for at risk children who need to enhance their academic prowess; and through many other ministry and programs we host, manage, and direct.
What We Believe
Like most Christians, we believe:
- Jesus Christ reveals who God is and offers saving grace to all.
- Jesus commissioned the Church to take his message and to offer his grace to the world.
As members of the Disciples of Christ, we are committed to:
- Open Communion – Communion is celebrated in weekly worship. It is open to all who believe in Jesus Christ as their Savior and Lord and to those seeking his presence.
- Freedom of Belief – Disciples are called together around one essential of faith: belief in Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior. People in our church are free to follow their consciences guided by the Bible, the Holy Spirit, study and prayer, and are expected to extend that freedom to others.
- Baptism by Immersion – In baptism the old self-centered life is set aside, and a new life of trust in God begins. Although Disciples practice baptism by immersion (putting the whole person into the water), we honor other baptism traditions as well. We believe every part of the Church counts.
- The Ministry of All Believers – Both paid ministers and volunteer leaders are called to serve in all aspects of worship, service, and spiritual growth.
Our Getting Started Story
The Raytown Christian Church had its beginning in the story of four small groups of people who lived in the newly formed Township of Brooking in the 1870s. Each group felt the need of a permanent place to worship God. They met wherever they could find a sheltering roof. One group which called itself “The Church at Little Blue Station” was organized in 1871. The second sizable group, known as “Church at Pitcher Schoolhouse,” banded together under the leadership of a schoolteacher who taught in the Independence public schools. A third group consisted of members of a congregation who “had church” at Gore’s Chapel, a schoolhouse located five miles northeast of Lee’s Summit.
Members of a fourth group attended a small church built of logs, situated on what is now Bannister Road, this was the “Bethlehem Congregation.” These four churches joined together to become Raytown Christian Church. Church records indicate that after a hard struggle the money was raised and the building was begun, which was completed in 1881. There were 99 charter members. The small frame church, built largely at the hands of its members, stood in a grove of locust trees, at what is now 6227 Raytown Road.
Eventually the church would build (and rebuild) at its current location of 6108 Blue Ridge Boulevard. When the second church burned December 1, 1936, it was voted to “accept the offer of the use of the High School for Sunday School and church meetings on Sunday mornings, and for evening meetings to be held in homes of church members. Raytown Christian Church returned the favor a few years later by hosting kindergarten classes in its building when the schools were too full to host them.
It is easy to limit a church’s history to just its buildings & fires and never get a sense of who they are. Commitment to Raytown as a community has been a hallmark of RCC’s mission and ministry. Our weekly food pantry ministry, our support of senior’s center programming, our Boy Scout Troop 285’s long history & our decision to stay in the city center and remodel/expand our building’s facility in 2007 exemplify this dedication. The Raytown Summer Lunch Ministry that serves lunches to hungry children in our community during summer break, was founded at Raytown Christian Church.