At Midway Christian Church in Midway Kentucky, we continually strive to live out our vision to be a Christ-centered community of faith, building on its historical mission of loving God and one another, in an atmosphere of spiritual growth, worship, and witness.
Located in historic Midway, Woodford County, Kentucky, Midway Christian has been a central part of the community since 1844. All are welcome to worship with us and can expect a safe space to live out their faith. Rev. Dr. Heather McColl’s weekly sermons are biblical, relevant and often challenging. As a Disciples of Christ congregation, we have no formal creeds to determine the correctness of a person’s belief, but rather say “No creed but Christ. No book but the Bible”. We are proud to be a pillar in the community of Midway, KY for generations.
We are a Christian church that values community. Midway is known to be one of the best places to live in Kentucky; we aspire to be a church that is known to be one of the best places to worship in Kentucky (and beyond). Our congregation welcomes guests and members from the surrounding cities of Versailles, Georgetown, Frankfort, and Lexington. We are a church looking to bring hope to all in the community and welcome all each Sunday morning for in-person worship or via our live streams on Facebook and YouTube.
Each month we invite the Midway community to sit at the Open Table for a meal. Having been in the community since 1844, we value our home here in Midway, Kentucky, and are proud and humbled to open the doors to our neighbors in this way. All are welcome at our monthly free dinners because we are all God’s children. Church attendance or membership is not required to attend. This is our way of being a set-apart church for the Kingdom of Heaven here on Earth.
Midway, Kentucky is home to Midway University. Students from the university are welcome to join us every week for a safe space for worship and fellowship – and within walking distance. Education is an important part of our Mission and ministry and we are proud of our history with Midway University, having helped raised the the funds to open the original school. We value faith formation starting in the earliest stages of life. We offer a nursery for babies and toddlers. At Midway Christian Church in Midway Kentucky, our youth participate in Children Worship & Wonder to encourage those between the ages of three and eighteen to spend time together in fellowship and learning. We additionally, offer education, to our adult members throughout the year through speaker series, discipleship meetings for women, and retreats. In our adult gatherings, we seek to experience the mystery of God’s presence in our lives as we explore, inquire and discuss together. We show our love for the community of Midway by providing meeting space for AA/AL-Non groups; Cub Scout, Girl Scout, and Boy Scout meetings; serving Thanksgiving Dinner to the community; and partnering with the Bluegrass Cycling Club on their Wednesday night rides.
OUR MISSION OF WELCOME
Our mission statement clearly describes our goals. We want to be a church that serves God and welcomes all through Welcome, Education, Love, Community, Open table, Mission, and Evangelism. It has become a powerful identity-forming practice at Midway Christian Church in Midway Kentucky. It is known to our members as well as the community of Midway and surrounding communities. The mission of WELCOME reminds us of the presence of God in our midst. We are enabled to lead others to Christ through our mission of WELCOME in His Holy name.
Our mission of WELCOME reflects our identity as People of The Table. We are a church that is honored by the favor that comes from the presence of God and the partaking of the Lord’s Supper. Matthew 10:40 says, “Whoever welcomes you, welcomes Me, and whoever welcomes Me, welcomes the One who sent Me.” Communion is central to our celebration of worship at each service. It’s not just what we do but it is who we are. Our church is intentional about remaining open and inclusive. We challenge ourselves to “agree to disagree.” As a church, Midway Christian works to learn and share testimonies of their members, deepening the community, and strengthening the relationships they cherish. Our church family includes people of diverse backgrounds, beliefs, understandings, attitudes, and geography.
Outreach is important to Midway Christian Church. Living our faith means seeking justice and equality for others. We provide time and money for God’s work beyond our church walls. This work takes place in our city, in our nation, and all around the world. We support the work of the Body of Christ through the Kentucky Region and our national denomination. Our congregation has a strong ministry of outreach both locally, such as our blessing box, and by giving to various local Disciples of Christ affiliated organizations. Throughout the year, we reach out beyond this budget and provide additional support and funding to special projects as needs are identified.
SPECIAL WORSHIP SERVICES
In addition to regular our Sunday worship, Midway Christian Church hosts many special services and events during the year. Baptism Sunday offers members the chance to renew their baptism and Laity Sunday is an opportunity for two or three of our members to share testimony of their faith journey. On Scout Sunday we honor the scouting programs hosted or chartered by Midway Christian Church, and Earth Sunday is devoted to the importance of caring for God’s Creation.
On Saturdays during Lent, Midway Christian Church hosts a Lenten Breakfast Series where a potluck breakfast is shared followed by a presentation, discussion, and fellowship. We remember the Last Supper of Jesus Christ with his Disciples during our Maundy Thursday evening service, celebrate Jesus’ triumphant entry into Jerusalem on Palm Sunday, and offer our praise for His resurrection Easter Sunday. Fifty days later on Pentecost, we join together with our sister church, Historic Second Christian, to commemorate the descent of the Holy Spirit upon the Disciples and the fulfillment of Christ’s promise to baptize His followers.
Our celebration of the Christmas season begins on the first Sunday of Advent with the Hanging of the Greens service as we prepare the sanctuary for Christmas. We are reminded in scripture and song of the meaning of each symbol used for decorating prior to it being placed. During the Christmas Eve candlelight service we sing carols and listen to a reading of Helen Steiner Rice’s “The Story of the Christmas Guest”. On the fourth Sunday of Advent we celebrate Christmas Sunday with a Lessons and Carols service. On January 6, the twelfth day of Christmas, Midway Christian Church celebrates Epiphany which commemorates the visit of the magi to the Christ child. We present an Epiphany Service prior to the annual Epiphany Dinner fundraiser.
Midway is a close knit community and the many denominations represented here work together through the Midway Ministerial Association to serve the community. Midway Christian, Historic Second Christian, Midway Presbyterian, Midway United Methodist, Midway Baptist, St. Matthew’s AME, and Pilgrim Baptist churches work together to provide community worship services for Ash Wednesday, Easter Sunrise, Thanksgiving, and Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. In the greater community, we observe World Communion Sunday with other Christian denominations around the globe to promote Christian Unity and ecumenical cooperation. The MMA also sponsors a fund available for those in need of rent or utility assistance within the community.
God is Love. There is nothing that anyone can do to earn it. God’s love is infinite and no action or deed can be done to be made to feel more important to God than we already are as His children. Love has no choice but to be in the center of our Mission at Midway Christian Church. We implement love into our ministry through our ongoing care and support to our congregation members and friends. Our love also pours out to anyone that we cross paths with. Midway Christian Church responds to people in crisis such as illness or bereavement. No one is forgotten who attends Midway Christian Church. We remain connected to members who attend church from home. We offer virtual services via Facebook and YouTube, and CD recordings are available for our home-bound members.
Evangelism is what Jesus was all about. In the Great Commission, Jesus said, “Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you.” He made it clear that one of our greatest tasks is to share the good news of God’s amazing love with as many people as we possibly can. From those in our neighborhood to those who live in scattered places around the globe, we want to make an impact on the lives of people.
The town of Midway was captured in a wonderful drone video by our friends at Midway Messenger. It gives context to where Midway Christian Church in Midway Kentucky lies in the heart of the community.