West Heights UMC supports the GraceMed healthcare ministry through participation in their annual Thanksgiving Day Say Grace 5k.  It is their signature fundraising event and is also Wichita’s largest, local 5K.  Members register to walk, stroll, run or volunteer at this fun, family event.  It's a great opportunity to get some much needed exercise before your Thanksgiving Day turkey feast, or as they say it: "Run the race then feed your face!".  Most importantly, though, more than $400,000 has been raised over the first six years of this event to further their mission "To show and share the love of Jesus Christ by providing compassionate, accessible, high-quality health care for residents in the communities we serve".  100% of these funds went to support the ministry of GraceMed.  If you have questions about this mission program and would like more information, please click here - we will get back with you soon!

GraceMed believes our community’s potential is immeasurably expanded by improving the health of our most medically under-served residents. That’s why GraceMed is dedicated to delivering nothing less than the very best care to thousands whose access to healthcare is limited either by their economic resources or the neighborhood where they live.  GraceMed's services include medical, dental, vision, educational & outreach, pharmaceutical and spiritual care. Quality of care is of the utmost importance to GraceMed and as a Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC), their care must meet or exceed measurable standards of care established and monitored by HRSA.  In recent years, GraceMed has served nearly 1 in every 10 people in the Sedgwick County area.  To learn more about GraceMed, please click here.   

Upcoming Opportunities To Serve

The GraceMed 5k is a once-a-year event occurring on Thanksgiving Day morning around 9am.  People serve through cash donations and/or registration in the event itself.  Anyone can serve and make a difference right here in Wichita.  If you're interested in seeing what other opportunities to serve are coming up, please click here.

Where is the Race?

The race occurs in Midtown, one of Wichita’s most historic neighborhoods, at the main GraceMed facility (see below).  


Past Service

Would you like to see people in action serving God through the GraceMed 5k?  Check it out below!

35 members and family/friends came out on a beautiful Thanksgiving morning today to support the ministry of GraceMed by participating in the Say Grace 5k race! West Heights was the 3rd fastest team overall and won both the Pastor Jon Jones Cup for the third year in a row and the Pilgrim’s Pride Award for the largest overall team. Two of our members also placed 1st and 3rd in their respective age divisions - CONGRATULATIONS!

people participated in this year’s Say Grace 5k event! West Heights won both the Pastor Jon Jones Cup for the second year in a row and the Pilgrim's Pride Award for largest overall team. In addition, 3 team members placed in their age respective age divisions! Thanks to all of you for helping the people GraceMed serves by being part of this event!

42 people walked, strolled, ran or volunteered.  This year, West Heights won the Pastor Jon Jones Cup Competition, having the highest percentage of participation based on their total church membership of any Methodist Church team.

36 people walked, strolled or ran.  This year, West Heights won The Pilgrim’s Pride Award for the team with the most members and The Galloping Gobbler Award for the fastest team!