St. John African Methodist Episcopal Church, 701 SW Topeka Boulevard, celebrated its 150th Anniversary on Sunday, August 19. Celebration keynote speaker was The Right Reverend Clement W. Fugh, Presiding Prelate of The Fifth Episcopal District.
This is a milestone in the history of St. John A.M.E. Church and a very special anniversary celebration. From an 1868 “Alley Barn” to where it is now, it is one of the oldest African American Methodist Episcopal Church in the State of Kansas.
St. John has been designated a city (January 2004), state (May 2008), and national (October 2008) historical site. Started in 1908, the building was completed in 1918, with multiple construction projects along the way. The church played an important role in the development of the African American community in Topeka.
“We are exceedingly thankful for God’s church, and the values, endeavors, and triumphs it has supported over the years,” said Pastor Pamela Myrtis Hughes Mason.
She said the church fills a spiritual need in the middle of the city, and has just completed a new prayer room, which was dedicated during the celebration.
Church members also placed items into a time capsule that will be opened 25 years from now.
For information call the church office at 785.233.3656.