Faith news – Churches going online

Many church services in Wyandotte County have been canceled because of efforts to stop the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic. An order Friday night by the chief medical officer of Wyandotte County lifted the exemption on churches and faith gatherings, and those that have meetings are under the guidelines of no more than 10 persons per gathering, spaced at least six feet apart. (Source: UG news release from Friday, March 20, above)

Residents are advised to visit the social media page of their church or faith organization, or to call them or email them, to see changes that have been made to regular schedules, or if there are video services planned on Sunday.

The Archdiocese of Kansas City in Kansas will post a video Mass for Roman Catholics on Sunday, March 22, at or

Open Door Baptist Church, Kansas City, Kansas, will have livestream services on Sunday, March 22, on the church’s website, Facebook page at, on YouTube and on the church’s app.

St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, Kansas City, Kansas, has posted a video Mass for Sunday at its Facebook page, .

Stony Point Christian Church, Kansas City, Kansas, is not having in-person services, but will have a children’s church ministry online on Sunday, March 22, at

St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Kansas City, Kansas, is planning to have a livestream video of its 10 a.m. Sunday service March 22 at

Wyandotte United Methodist Church, Kansas City, Kansas, will not have in-person services on Sunday, March 22, but will have videos of its sermon posted Sunday afternoon on its webpage at

To see the above videos, copy and paste the above web addresses into your browser.

Information about other church services in Wyandotte County may be available from the church’s social media page.

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More closings announced

Since the COVID-19 emergency declaration, some area churches and museums have announced they will not be open, or they will scale back gatherings.

Some Wyandotte County churches have postponed or canceled services or programs on Sunday, March 15, according to the churches’ social media posts. Others are open but are encouraging people who are sick to stay home. Some churches have video links to services. Search on the church’s social media posts for more information.

The National World War I Museum and Memorial in Kansas City, Missouri, is closing today through April 3, according to an announcement today. The outside grounds will remain open to the public during this time. For more information, visit

The American Jazz Museum and The Blue Room club in Kansas City, Missouri, have closed temporarily to stop the spread of the COVID-19, according to an announcement today.

The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City, Missouri, will be closed to the public from March 14 through Friday, April 3, because of the effort to contain COVID-19, according to an announcement. For more information, visit

The Strawberry Hill Museum, Kansas City, Kansas, canceled this weekend’s tours and events, and hopes to reschedule classes later, according to an announcement on social media.

The Wyandotte County Museum in Bonner Springs remained open, but canceled or postponed events that are scheduled there. The museum’s exhibit on the architecture of Wyandotte County was scheduled to remain open, but there are no programs in conjunction with it. The museum requested researchers to call ahead and see if the research could be conducted by staff.

A program on Saturday at Grinter Place, a state museum in Kansas City, Kansas, was canceled.

The Kansas City, Kansas, Public Libraries have canceled all programs and events through March 31, but the libraries remain open, according to an announcement. The mobile library is closed. The Turner Community Library will close from March 14 to 23 because of the temporary closure of the Turner Recreation Commission building.

Black history programs canceled

A black history program to be presented by Chester Owens Jr. on March 22 at the Wyandotte County Historical Society meeting has been canceled because of the COVID-19 coronavirus risk, according to officials.

The topic of the program was the history of Sumner High School. The program will be rescheduled at a later date, according to officials.

According to Wyandotte County Museum officials, a new exhibit at the museum will be open to the public during regular museum hours. “Look Up, the Fascinating Architecture of Wyandotte County,” includes photos of historic architecture throughout Wyandotte County. It will be open through June 13. David Hartman, curator, took some of the photos and curated the exhibit. There are no talks or gatherings in conjunction with the exhibit. The museum is at 126th and State in Bonner Springs.

Another Chester Owens Jr. speaking engagement, this one at the Kansas City, Kansas, Public Library on March 23, also will be canceled, according to library officials.

The March 23 topic was about the history of Western University and the A.M.E. Church in Kansas City, Kansas.

All library programs are being canceled at the present time to stop the spread of the coronavirus, according to library officials.