St. John’s Parish is made up of two Kansas congregations in Bendena and in Lancaster. Our two locations invite you to experience God in worship and community events throughout the year.
Rev. Emily McQuillanParish Pastor
Wanda OlsonOrganist, Bendena
Barbara MetcalfeOrganist, Lancaster
What’s a Parish?
In 2005, St. John’s in Bendena and St. John’s in Lancaster came together to unite as a joint parish. The two congregations are served by one pastor and share a parish council, but each location has their own unique call to serve their local communities. Friends and members of either congregation are welcome and encouraged to get involved at both sites. The parish also hosts the youth group and confirmation group, further bringing the two congregations together. Events held throughout the year at each site are open to all.
More about Bendena
In 1913, the congregation in Bendena was established. Worship services and community events are still held in the original, historic building.
More about Lancaster
in 1895, the congregation in Lancaster began to meet for worship at a school building in the area. Early services were held in German and English. By 1905, St. John’s moved into what would become the present building, eventually purchasing it. Over the years, this original church building has been renovated and expanded to accommodate the growing needs of families and hosting community events.
Statement of Faith
As a member of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America, the parish of St. John’s accepts the canonical Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments as the inspired Word of God and the authoritative source and norm of its proclamation, faith, and life.
Our faith can be summed up in the words of the Apostle’s Creed.
I believe in God, the Father almighty,
creator of heaven and earth.
I believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord.
He was conceived by the power of the Holy Spirit
and born of the virgin Mary.
He suffered under Pontius Pilate,
was crucified, died, and was buried.
He descended to the dead.
On the third day he rose again.
He ascended into heaven,
and is seated at the right hand of the Father.
He will come again to judge the living and the dead.
I believe in the Holy Spirit,
the holy catholic Church,
the communion of the saints,
the forgiveness of sins,
the resurrection of the body,
and the life everlasting. Amen.