We are a congregation of the Presbyterian Church in America (PCA) and Heartland Presbytery and as Presbyterians many of our roots go back to the time of the Reformation in Scotland and Europe. Kirk is an old Scottish word meaning church and our desire has always been to plant a church here on the Great Plains of Kansas. As our name suggests, we want to be a church for our day with roots in the past. We started a church planting Bible study in September of 2015 with the hope of planting a church in the Andover, Kansas area and God has answered that prayer. In August 2017 we became a mission church of the Presbyterian Church in America (PCA).
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A Legacy of Faith
Kirk of the Plains' History...thus far!
"Someone Should Plant Presbyterian & Reformed Churches in Kansas"
Shortly after Pastor Rick came to Heartland Community Church (in Wichita) as the Associate Pastor, he began to receive phone calls at the church from people from various places in Kansas asking if there were any plans to plant reformed churches in their particular area of Kansas as they did not have any available close by. Knowing that there were no immediate plans to do so, and having received numerous requests, Pastor Rick began to pray asking the Lord to provide someone to plant reformed churches in the state of Kansas. Never did it enter his mind that God might use him to help plant such churches. As time went by Pastor Rick began to have an ever increasing desire to see Presbyterian & Reformed churches planted across the state of Kansas. Suspecting that God may call him to be involved in this endeavor of Church planting, Pastor Rick explained to the Elders of Heartland that he wondered if “someday” in the future the Lord may call him to church planting and so he asked them to pray about this opportunity. Quite a few years went by and finally in the Fall of 2014 Pastor Rick approached the Elders to say that he thought the time might be right to start a Bible study in Andover, Kansas in hopes that it might grow into a church plant. After much prayer and discussion, the Elders gave Pastor Rick permission to start the Bible study while remaining Associate Pastor of Heartland Community Church. What happened after that is outline below:
July 18, 2015
Rick & Robbie Franks held an informational meeting in their home in Wichita about the formation of a new Bible Study in Andover, KS that they prayed would develop into a church called “Kirk of the Plains”
Prayer for Bible Study in Andover
A group of Christians met weekly in Andover Central Park for the month of August to pray about the formation of a new Bible Study in Andover & the start of Kirk of the Plains
Bible Study Begins at Hope Community Church
September 1, 2015
The Andover Bible Stuy held its first meeting in the youth wing at Hope Community Church in Andover, KS with 9-11 people in attendance.
Greater Andover Days (GAD) Celebration
October 3, 2015
We had our fist booth at the Greater Andover Days (GAD) Celebration and enjoyed getting to meet many people and learn more about the Andover community!
Table Talk Ministry Begins
January 8, 2016
We began hosting a monthly discussion group for the purpose of discussing a different theological topic or question each month in order to help us grow in grace and godliness together.
Bible Study Moves to Holiday Inn
June 7, 2016
The Bible Study moved to the meeting room of the Holiday Inn in Adover as Hope Community Church’s Youth Ministry expanded for the summer.
Kirk of the Plains Moves to Andover Senior Center
October 11, 2016
The Bible Study moved to the Andover Senior Center because we had grown to the point where we thought it was time to add monthly Sunday evening worship services to our regular weekly Bible Study & Prayer time. While the Holiday Inn was available for Bible Study they already had commitments for Sunday evenings.
Kirk of the Plains First Worship Service
October 16, 2016
Under the oversight of the MTW/MNA Committee of Heartland Presbytery, the Kirk of the Plains Bible Study had its first Worship Service at 5:00 pm at the Andover Senior Center and continued to do so on the 3rd Sunday of each month until September 2017.
Pastor Rick & His Family Move to Andover
December 27, 2016
Pastor Rick Franks continued to work at Heartland Community Church as Associate Pastor while planting Kirk of the Plains. However, the work had grown to the point that Pastor Rick thought it best to move from Wichita to Andover so he could be part of the Andover community.
Bible Study & Prayer Moves to Franks Home
January 17, 2017
The Bible Study & Prayer time was moved to Pastor Franks’ home, but Kirk of the Plains continued to have Worship Services at the Andover Senior Center on the 3rd Sunday of each month.
First Women's Study
April 1, 2017
Our women met for their first study at the Dillion’s Starbucks in Andover and have continued to do so on the first & third Saturdays of the month.
First Men's Study
April 8, 2017
Our men met for their first study at the Dunkin Donouts in Andover and have continued to do so on the second & fourth Saturdays of the month.
Kirk of the Plains' Core Group Meeting
July 1, 2017
We had an informational meeting of the people who expressed interest in being part of the Core Group to help start Kirk of the Plains. By July 8, 2017 we had a commitment from 7 families; constituting 26 people (10 which were children) to be a part of the Core Group of Kirk of the Plains.
Core Group Petitions Heartland Presbytery
July 16, 2017
On July 16, 2017 the Core Group signed a petition, humbly requesting that the Heartland Presbytery accept them as a mission church of the Presbyterian Church in America.
Kirk of the Plains Becomes a Mission Church
August 4, 2017
Heartland Presbytery met at Manhattan Presbyterian Church in Manhattan, KS. At their meeting the Presbytery accepted the Core Group’s petition and approved Kirk of the Plains to be a mission church; assigning a provisional Session for the new church and appointing Rev. Rick Franks as organizing Pastor. So Kirk of the Plains Project became know as Kirk of the Plains, PCA.
Pastor Rick Transitions from Heartland to Kirk of the Plains
On August 31, 2017
Thursday, August 31, 2017 was Pastor Rick’s last day as Associate Pastor at Heartland Community Church in Wichita. On September 1, 2017, he became the Organizing Pastor of Kirk of the Plains in Andover, Kansas.
Kirk of the Plains' First Weekly Worship Service
September 3, 2017
Just two years after the beginning of our first Bible Study & Prayer meeting, we held our first weekly Sunday morning Worship Service at The Lodge in Andover Central Park at 10:45 a.m. Due to scheduling conflicts we could not meet at The Lodge weekly. So we met at the Andover Senior Center on the 1st & 3rd Sundays of the month & at The Lodge on the 2nd & 4th Sundays.
Kirk of the Plains Finds a More Permanent Home
January 29, 2018
After meeting at various places for worship each week, the Lord provided a more permanent home for Kirk of the Plains. We were able to lease space in the Andover Square shopping center and on January 29, 2018 we had our first worship service in our new space at 123 W Central Ave, Andover, KS 67002.