New church coming to Mission in September will meet at Sylvester Powell Community Center; expansion of Christ Church Anglican

The Rev. Nick Comiskey will lead Christ Church Mission, opening in September.
The Rev. Nick Comiskey will lead Christ Church Mission, opening in September.

A new church is coming to Mission.

Christ Church Anglican, which has a campus at 91st and Nall, will hold its first public service at Sylvester Powell Community Center in Mission on Sept. 18. “We intentionally want to be a church for the city,” said Christ Church Associate Pastor Nick Comiskey. The Rev. Comiskey will be leading the new venture in Mission.

Christ Church has had a goal for nearly 15 years to “reproduce ourselves,” the Rev. Comiskey said. “We felt Mission was an ideal spot.” Mission was responsive after Christ Church did a survey of northeast Johnson County cities. “It’s so easy to get involved in things here,” he said. Some people, he said, just want to stay closer to the city and choose to be a part of NEJC.

Endless summer flyerThe new church will use the community center while it is closed on Sunday mornings and be packed up and gone before it opens.

The Rev. Comiskey, who lives in Fairway with his wife, Meghan, is a southern California native who came to Christ Church in 2011 by way of Pittsburgh, Penn. Since 2015 he has taken the lead on planning for the expansion to what will become Christ Church Mission. About 60 parishioners of Christ Church are going to be part of the new congregation.

The new church already has hosted a series of events and been volunteering in NEJC. The invitation to come to Sunday services should be an overflow of the relationship with the community, the Rev. Comiskey said.

One of those events will be an end-of-summer party that is open to the public from 6 to 9 p.m. on Aug. 19 in the parking lot of Mission Bowl on Martway. It will feature food trucks, live bands, inflatables and beer. Donations will be accepted to fund a project with Generosity Feeds, a group that provides meals for children who may not have adequate food at home.

“What we’re doing is not unique.” The Rev. Comiskey said he is being guided by professionals in church expansion. While he is leading the project, Christ Church’s senior pastor also will be preaching on occasion at the new Mission church.