Diocese: Diocese of the Midwest
Deanery: Kansas City Deanery
310 N 72nd St
Kansas City, Kansas 66112
6805 Haskins St
Shawnee, KS 66216-4309
From Kansas City Downtown Area
From downtown Kansas City take Interstate 70 West and look for exit 415 for US-40/Turner Diagonal, keep left at the fork and merge onto Turner Diagonal Fwy, the take a slight right onto the ramp to Riverview Street, turn right onto Riverview Ave, turn right onto N 72nd St, Destination will be on the left at 310 N 72nd St Kansas City, KS 66112.
Schedule of Services
10:00 AM Divine Liturgy.
For a list of upcoming services, please visit the Service Schedule and Upcoming Events on the parish website.
On February 1st, 2003, a group of determined Orthodox Christians began praying and meeting at Liberty Junior High School, Liberty, Missouri. Reader’s services were led each week, with the exception of one Sunday a month when Father Andrew Moore could drive up from Springfield to serve Liturgy.
The first baptism came the same month as the Church began. The name, Northland Orthodox Christian Community grew as the group. Father Gregory Dye was assigned to the parish on January 1st, 2004. Liturgies were held each Sunday with adult education once a month. Even though all icons, choir stands, altar and server tables had to be carried in and out each week, the small band of believers worked with diligence. A vision was taking hold and they knew the Lord must have another place for worship. This group saw a future for an Orthodox Church in the Northland.
With a vote and space available, plans were soon made to renovate a store front near Gladstone, MO with easy access to the highway. Parishioners evidenced the handiwork of God as our rental space changed from a gutted, empty room to a beautiful Orthodox Church.
In late January of 2005, the first liturgy was experienced in the new space. Families came, baptisms and chrismations followed. Sunday school for the children began in August of that year, the same year the church took its patron saint. It was the desire of the early group’s meeting and praying for a name recognizable to all Christian traditions. All connected with the idea of St. James, being the brother of Jesus. Since then, all parishioners continue to educate themselves with the Book of James and celebrate St. James Day on October 24.