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Lincoln County Kansas
CHURCHES

People of many faiths made Lincoln County their home during the early days of settlement in the late 1860s and 1870s. Large groups of Lutherans settled in several areas of the county, including Lincoln, Sylvan Grove and Denmark. A contingent of Irish Catholics settled in the green hills between Lincoln and Vesper. There were Methodist churches in all the larger towns of the county. And largely through the efforts of the Rev. H.C. Bradbury, the Presbyterian Church was a strong force as well.
Here is a listing of some of the county’s churches, most of which are still in existence:
Lincoln: Central Christian, Church of Christ, Congregational Christian, Presbyterian, St. John Lutheran, St. Patrick’s Catholic, St. Paul Lutheran, United Methodist, The Wesleyan Church.
Sylvan Grove: Bethlehem Lutheran Church, Presbyterian Church.
Vesper: Emmanuel United Church of Christ, Vesper Presbyterian.
Barnard: Baptist, United Methodist.
Others: Ash Grove United Methodist, Denmark Evangelical Lutheran, Bethany Baptist.
Below are links to more information about churches and religion. If you’d like to submit information for this page, please contact Tracee Hamilton.

HISTORY OF ASH GROVE METHODIST CHURCH
A 1956 article about the 50th anniversary of the church

METHODISTS OBSERVE CENTENNIAL
The 100th anniversary was celebrated in 1971.

VESPER PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH HISTORY
"Vesper church to mark 110th anniversary," Lincoln Sentinel-Republican, 11 September 1986

ANOTHER VESPER PRESBYTERIAN HISTORY
"Vesper Presbyterians Celebrate Their Seventy-Fifth Anniversary," Lincoln Sentinel-Republican, 1 November 1951.

SADLY, VESPER PRESBYTERIAN CLOSES
"Historic Church Plans Last Service," Lincoln Sentinel-Republican, 3 January 2008.

SYLVAN BETHLEHEM LUTHERAN CHURCH HISTORY
"Church Plans Dedication Services"; from the Lincoln Sentinel-Republican, 2 February 1962

SYLVAN GROVE CHURCH HISTORY, PART 1
A history of the Presbyterian Church in Sylvan Grove, from "Honoring Our Heritage," by Marge Lawson

SYLVAN GROVE CHURCH HISTORY, PART 2
A history of the Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Sylvan Grove, from "Honoring Our Heritage," by Marge Lawson

SYLVAN CHURCH HISTORY, PART 3
A history of the Methodist Episcopal Church in Sylvan Grove, from "Honoring Our Heritage," by Marge Lawson

SYLVAN PRESBYTERIAN'S 100TH
The Sylvan Presbyterian Church celebrated its 100th anniversary in 1976.

BETHANY BAPTIST CHURCH ANNIVERSARY
"Bethany Baptist Church 100th anniversary"; from the Lincoln Sentinel-Republican, 6 April 1978

BETHANY BAPTIST CHURCH HISTORY
"Bethany Baptist Church celebrates 120 year anniversary"; from the Lincoln Sentinel-Republican, 30 April 1998

DENMARK CHURCH HISTORY
"110th Anniversary at Denmark Church"; from the Lincoln Sentinel-Republican, 1 September 1988

DENMARK CHURCH HISTORY
"110th Anniversary at Denmark Church"; from the Lincoln Sentinel-Republican, 1 September 1988

ST. JOHN LUTHERAN CHURCH WEBSITE
Up-to-date information on St. John Lutheran Church

ST. JOHN LUTHERAN CHURCH DROPS GERMAN SERVICES
Shortly after Germany declared war on the United States in December 1941, the congregation of St. John voted to discontinue its services in German.

ST. JOHN LUTHERAN CHURCH HISTORY
"St. John Lutheran Church to celebrate centennial in August"; from the Lincoln Sentinel-Republican, 23 July 1981

A HISTORY OF LUTHERANISM IN KANSAS
A brief history of several early Lutheran Synod churches in Lincoln that didn't survive.

CHRIST KRUSE BROUGHT GERMAN LUTHERANS TO COUNTY
Christ Kruse came to Lincoln County to inspect a farm he'd bought, sight unseen, and liked the land so much he stayed to help establish German Lutheran settlements south of Lincoln and at Sylvan Grove.

ST. PATRICK'S CATHOLIC CHURCH DEDICATION
"Dedication of Catholic Church"; from the Lincoln Sentinel, 20 June 1907

ST. PATRICK'S CATHOLIC CHURCH BELL
"History of St. Patrick's Bell"; from the Lincoln Sentinel-Republican, 26 January 1939

ST. PATRICK'S CATHOLIC CHURCH HISTORY
Written by Helen Flaherty and taken from the Lincoln Sentinel-Republican, date unknown

ST. PATRICK'S CATHOLIC CHURCH MEMORIALS
A list of stained glass windows and Stations of the Cross donated by the founders of the church

CATHOLICS IN LINCOLN COUNTY
Miscellaneous items gleaned from county newspapers concerning the development of the Catholic Church in Lincoln County

ST. PATRICK'S HISTORY
An article written on the 50th anniversary of the laying of the cornerstone of St. Patrick's Church

DENMARK CHURCH ON HISTORIC REGISTER
"Denmark Church approved as historical site"; from the Lincoln Sentinel-Republican, 16 May 1991

DENMARK CHURCH ANNIVERSARY
Denmark Lutheran Church celebrates its 125th anniversary; from the Lincoln Sentinel-Republican, 9 October 2003

EMMANUEL UNITED CHURCH OF CHRIST HISTORY
"Emmanuel United Church of Christ 75th Anniversary"; from the Lincoln Sentinel-Republican, 23 April 1973

EMMANUEL UNITED CHURCH OF CHRIST HISTORY
"Emmanuel Church celebrating 90th year"; from the Lincoln Sentinel-Republican, 25 August 1983

LINCOLN CHURCHES IN 1913
Part of a series of articles on Lincoln in 1913; includes brief sketches of the Church of Christ, First Christian, Catholic, Free Methodist Church, Methodist, Presbyterian and Baptist churches

SOME METHODIST CHURCHES IN LINCOLN COUNTY
Methodist churches of Barnard, Beverly, Lincoln and Sylvan Grove. Summaries of church histories and current statistics taken from the book, History of Methodism in Northwest Kansas / by William Henry Sweet (Salina, Kan. : Kansas Wesleyan University, 1920)

REV. BRADBURY TRIBUTE
An interesting story about Presbyterian minister H.C. Bradbury, from the Lincoln Beacon, 27 October 1887

REV. BRADBURY AND THE COWBOY COLLECTION
The story of a "cowboy collection" on behalf of Rev. Bradbury, from the Lincoln Republican, 2 December 1897

OBITUARY OF REV. H.C. BRADBURY
From the Lincoln Sentinel, 7 June 1923

TRIBUTE TO REV. H.C. BRADBURY
An editorial from the Topeka Daily Capital that was reprinted in the Lincoln Sentinel, 7 June 1923

THE PREACHER SURPRISED THEM
A story about Rev. H.C. Bradbury's early days in Minneapolis, from the Lincoln Republican, 18 December 1902, Lincoln Republican

A HISTORY OF THE PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH IN LINCOLN COUNTY
Written by Rev. H.C. Bradbury and published in the Lincoln Beacon, 10 March 1887

THE BRADBURY MONUMENT
A 1928 article about the erection of an obelisk monument to Rev. H.C. Bradbury in the Lincoln Cemetery.

REV. BRADBURY'S TRIP WEST
In 1903, Rev. H.C. Bradbury visited the West Coast, stopping to see many former Lincoln Countians along the way.

HARMONY CHURCH DEDICATED
In 1904 a new Harmony Presbyterian Church was dedicated.

HARMONY PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH BURNS
in 1933 Harmony Presbyterian Church burned down, the cause unknown. The church was not rebuilt.

CATHOLIC CHURCH HISTORY
"The Catholic Church in Lincoln"; from "A Standard History of Kansas and Kansans."

REV. HENDRICKSON RETIRES
Rev. R.L. Hendrickson preached his last serman in the Congregational Christian Church in 1954.

FIRST CHRISTIAN CHURCH CLOSES
In 1996, the First Christian Church in Lincoln closed after 117 years.

BEVERLY CHURCH HAS CENTENNIAL
The Beverly Church's centennial celebration in 1986 coincides with that of the town.

SHILOH PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH DEDICATED
The church four miles west of Ash Grove was dedicated in 1916.

BRANSON MOVED TO PRAIRIE GROVE
A 1923 article about Methodist pastor L.A. Branson moving from Sylvan to Prairie Grove; includes the movements of other area Methodist ministers.

PRAISE FOR REV. W.D. SCHERMERHORN
A 1922 article from the Sylvan Grove News about Rev. Schermerhorn, the man who shot the bank robber at Sylvan Grove and went on to become a prominent educator in the Methodist church.


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