“Celebrating over 150 years in North Lawrence, Centenary UMC has overcome both fire and flood to make it what it is today!”


Who Are We?

Centenary United Methodist Church strives to be a small church with a big heart.

Centenary UMC originally conducted worship services in a schoolhouse in North Lawrence before moving in 1870 to its current location at 245 N. 4th St. 

The original stone and frame church survived the 1903 flood that devastated much of North Lawrence, but was later destroyed by arson in 1967.

A church that believes in the power of holding on to many of its mission-minded traditions, Centenary UMC is continually looking toward how it might continue to support the neighborhood in which it is located. 


Ministries We Support

The Ballard Center 

The Ballard Community Center serves all of Douglas County in hopes of sustaining families. In particular, The Ballard Center works to give children the best start possible in life through early education while also stepping in to assist families in crisis or who are nearing a crisis.

Centenary United Methodist Church is proud to call The Ballard Center one of its ministry partners and has a goal of being known as the “Diaper Depot” of north Lawrence. The congregation has a monthly goal of providing 500 or more diapers per month to the center for distribution to families in need.

If you would like to contribute diapers, please either call the church (785-843-1756) or send an email to pastor@lawrencecentenary.org.

More Ministries

  • School Supply Drive (Ballard Center Preschool Program)
  • Drop in and Rest Center (D.A.R.E.): Regular Clothing & Hygiene Collection for this center. 
  • Heifer International: Regular monetary collections to go toward the purchase of livestock and plants for impoverished countries in our world.
  • School Partnership with Woodlawn Elementary: Encouragement of members to go and volunteer in the classroom, and serve as a breakfast or lunch buddy.