Episcopal Campus Ministry of Wichita (ECMoW), a collaborative effort between seven congregations in the Wichita area (Good Shepherd, St. James, St. John’s, St. Stephen’s, and St. Bartholomew’s all of Wichita along with St. Jude’s – Wellington and St. Andrew’s – Derby) and students from Friends University, Wichita State University, Newman University, and Butler Community College began in January 2009 as an active club/organization on the campus of Wichita State University (WSU).
Initially the group of students and their advisors offered contemplative worship on Sunday nights in the chapel on the campus of Wichita State University. The service was a candlelight service of scripture, short homily, prayers and singing accompanied by a guitar. Guided by their experiences, the gathering evolved to include sharing a meal with fellowship after worship.
In the spring of 2012 worship shifted from WSU to a local parish, still keeping in the contemplative format. While this change was initially due to a scheduling conflict with WSU, students identified the experience of worshipping at a parish as a more sacred feeling. The desire to have prayer books available and use of a kitchen also contributed to the ease of the gathering (parishes provide a meal for the students on a rotating basis). ECMoW began worshipping at a different parish in the Wichita area each academic year, and has found gathering in various worship spaces and communities to be a rich experience.