Worshiping for 144 years in Harvey County!

by Kristine Schmucker, HCHM Curator

Harvey County is home to many faith communities.  Some congregations are relatively new, while others have provided community and support for much longer.  Hall’s Chapel is one of the oldest congregations in the county.

One cornerstone of the Black community in Harvey County is the church – specifically Hall’s Chapel. The congregation has deep roots with beginnings in 1875 when the Methodist Church organized the African Methodist Episcopal Church in Wichita with a circuit to Emporia and Newton.

In 1901, Hall’s Chapel was formed.

Hall’s Chapel, new building, 1921.

Charter member George Hall purchased a building from the Brethren Church in Newton.  The structure was moved to land he donated for a church at 200 E. 11th, Newton, Ks and the congregation became known as “Hall’s Chapel.” In 1921, a new building was constructed.

A second African American congregation, known as the Holsey Chapel CME, was form in 1882. In 1968, membership was in decline and members decided to join with Hall’s Chapel.

In 2005, Hall’s Chapel  built a new church at 711 E. 11th, Newton, Ks where members continue to worship. For over 100 years, Hall’s Chapel has provided a place to worship and served as a central part of Harvey County’s Black community.

Where is it?

Recognize the view?



Which Harvey County Church?

1st United Methodist Church, 801 N. Main, Newton, Ks, 2007

Did you recognize the dome of the 1st United Methodist Church, 801 N. Main, Newton?

Methodist Church pre-1915

Methodist Church, 801 N. Main, Newton, Ks, ca. 1900.


Looking north 800 Block Main, Newton, Ks, ca. 1905. Methodist Church on left; 1st Pres

Methodist Church 1915 to present

The new Methodist Church was constructed in 1915 at 801 N. Main, Newton, Ks.

1st Methodist Church, 801 N. Main, Newton, Ks. ca. 1920s

Building Harvey County: Churches

Enjoy these photos from our collection of church construction in Harvey County.

St. Mary’s Catholic Church, 1902.

8th & Main, Newton, Ks.



1st Presbyterian Church, 1903.

Corner of Main & E. 7th, Newton, Ks.


German Evangelical Church, 1906.

W. 7th & Plum, Newton, Ks.



Plymouth Congregational Church, 1912.

4th & Commercial, Sedgwick, Ks



Sacred Heart Catholic Church, 1917.

119 Poplar, Halstead, Ks.


First Methodist Church, 1917

801 N. Main, Newton, Ks


First Mennonite Church, 1931-32

429 E. 1st, Newton, Ks


First Church of the Nazarene, 1947.

E. 9th, Newton, Ks.


Bethel College Mennonite Church, 1953.

Bethel College, North Newton, Ks.


East Side United Methodist Church, 1961.

1520 E. Broadway, Newton, Ks.


Golden Plains Free Methodist Church, 1977.

224 NW 60th, Newton, Ks.


Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, 1978.

1201 N. Grandview, Newton, Ks