Mead’s Corner signs second five-year lease; looks to expand to other parts of Wichita

WICHITA — It appears word may be circulating that Mead’s Corner is for sale, so First United Methodist Church senior pastor Kent Rogers wants to set the record straight:

“Absolutely not,” he says. “We just actually started our second five-year lease on the building.”

There will be a fifth birthday party on Dec. 7.

The church opened Mead’s Corner as a way to serve the community.

“It’s really a center for outreach ministry for us,” Rogers says. “If anything we would be looking in the days to come for opportunities for expansion.”

He says as the church looks back at the last five years and what the Mead’s Corner founders planned, “we’ll be talking about our next five years.”

There are no immediate plans, but Rogers says the church hopes to open in other areas of the city while keeping the downtown space.

In the meantime, he says, the plan is “just to continue to improve on what we’re doing.”

ICT S.O.S. has new home at Mead’s Corner

WICHITA — ICT S.O.S., which is a grassroots effort to fight human trafficking, is getting a new home.

The group has been located in founder Jennifer White’s house, but as of next week it will be in an office on the second floor of Mead’s Corner at Douglas and Emporia.

“They’ve been kind of looking at how they want to rework the coffee shop both from an operations standpoint and a ministry outreach standpoint,” White says.

First United Methodist Church owns Mead’s Corner.

White says the church wanted to take on a cause that the coffee shop could support.

“We’ve now formed a partnership with them … to kind of be that signature ministry for them,” she says. “I’m a huge fan of Mead’s anyway.”

White says the move is coming at a good time for ICT S.O.S., which she formed in March 2011.

“We’re kind of in this spot where we’re trying to figure out, OK, what’s the next step for us?”

She says she likes that Mead’s is centrally located.

“It’s a place that people come and work and have Bible studies and book clubs, so it makes sense for us to be someplace we can be more visible and more connected to the community.”

Without a public space, White says, “We’re not as accessible to people as we can be if we have an actual location.” She adds, “This will allow us to kind of expand as well.”

In addition to the office, there’s a conference room on the second floor, or the group could meet downstairs in the coffee shop.

White admits it’s not only the space that has her excited. There’s a side benefit to locating there, too.

“What’s better than having a work space that has amazing coffee downstairs?”