Corbin Church History contributed by Amy Lungren Shoffner
Church History - Corbin Kansas
In the 1870's and 1880's the church frontier was reaching out to the South Central Kansas area. Dedicated men were traveling many miles a day to bring the word of God to those pioneers.
A colony moved from
School was organized out of some concern over the lack of proper
training for children. The
first Sunday School reported “doing well”
By 1896, the first Epworth League was organized for young people. The first membership recorded was 38 members. The first Woman’s Society was also organized in 1896, known as the Women’s Parsonage and Home Mission Society. By 1901, there were 14 members, giving of their services to the repair of the parsonage, and the purchase and making of clothes for destitute families.
1900, the Wellington Circuit was changed to the Corbin Circuit, with
the circuit parsonage also being located in Corbin.
In 1914, Corbin, in
When the Chisholm Trail Cattle Drives declined, in 1891 a new church was built near the site of the Hahn school, one and one-half miles west of the river on hwy 44. This was approximately a mile south and west of the Chikaskia Post Office which closed in 1886. This church building was torn down in October 1944 and the corner-stone (time capsule) is in our historical library. The lumber from this church was used to rebuild the parsonage in Corbin.
and the Methodist Episcopal Church flourished during the twenties
even though times were hard. Music
from the Main Street Bandstand was heard every Saturday night.
This activity attracted people from miles around.
Two church communities east of Corbin decided to move.
The Carriger church decided to attend
services at South Haven. The
this time, the Epworth League was a busy group.
During the 1920’s & 1930’s this group was noted for the
plays they gave at community gatherings and anytime asked.
This active group made canned goods and quilts which were arranged
into a booth. The decorated
booth was “entered” in one of the district Booth Festivals which were
held annually. The booths were judged with the winning booth
receiving a ribbon. All items
from all the booths were then taken and given to the Children’s Home
In 1942, Rev. L.G. Snyder did double duty as a builder and minister as he was the main person to get the parsonage built. This new pastor’s home included three bedrooms, indoor plumbing and was located on block 18 in the Kennedy Addition, the same site as the former parsonage built in 1894. The church also owned three lots across the street west of the parsonage. Pastors used this area for their gardens and it included a cow shed. Frances Snyder Kloefkorn remembers:
on the building of the parsonage. In fact, I believe he would be considered the
main builder. I thought my dad was so old....I figured it up awhile ago and he
was less than 50....I think about 48 or 49. We lived in an old house just a block
south of the parsonage spot while the new house was being built. It was just
west of where the Websters live.”
On October 24, 1963, the building Committee, W.J. Johnson, chairman, Bob Rice, B.J. Evans, Marvin Ginn , Ervin Urban and the pastor, Roy Pike met in the parsonage where plans were discussed for building the present Educational Building. Groundbreaking ceremonies for the educational building were held Nov.1, 1964 with construction beginning April 1965. Most of the construction was done by local church men and women volunteering their time and labor. The building cost was $23,000.
“After the service, everyone gathered on the lawn for the Groundbreaking
pastor at Corbin from 1916-1919, Rev. R.A. Potter, pastor at Corbin from
first followed by building committee members and W.J. Johnson, chairman,
Bob Rice, B.J. Evans, Marvin Ginn , Ervin Urban and the pastor, Roy Pike”
church annex which for so many years had hosed fellowship activities
was sold and moved
June, 1968, the name was changed to
1974, the Craven property just to the east of the church was purchased
at a tax sale for $11.79. The
old house was torn down and the land leveled.
This is being used for additional parking.
In 1974, the Craven property just to the east of the church was purchased at a tax sale for $11.79. The old house was torn down and the land leveled. This is being used for additional parking.The
ground breaking service was held
stucco church building and contents was sold at public auction on
Friday November 26, 1976. The Consecration Service was
held November 28, 1976 (another source says November 23, 1976). Rev. Jack Harris, Winfield
District Superintendent was the speaker. Ernest T. Dixon was the
There are three side windows of stained glass in the sanctuary. Their meaning –The west window, with the lamp and open Bible, is symbolic of the scripture, “Thy Word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path” Ps11:105 The north east window is the communion window and the wheat and grapes symbolize bread and wine. The south east window is the Resurrection Window symbolized by the lilies and crown of thorns. The large north window has the dove of peace, open word (Bible) and cup “Father if thou be willing, remove this cup from me: nevertheless not my will but thine be done.” Luke 22:42
Dedication Service with the traditional mortgage burning was