Before the church facility was built, the congregation met in a dentist’s office, a school, and even in camp chairs on the church property in the midst of weeds, gophers, and snakes. At that time, the road was only dirt and gravel. Built on the original Smoky Hill Trail, the church folks chose the covered wagon as their symbol. The original pioneers traveled on the Smoky Hill Trail in wagons, circling up at night to keep each other safe. Each wagon housed a community member with his/her skill – the blacksmith, the gunsmith, the teacher, or the tailor. Each family supported the community for the “good of the whole” and, also, received aid from the community. The people of Smoky Hill UMC came to see each other as participants in such a wagon train, using their gifts to serve the community and to care for the community. It is this western spirit that has served Smoky Hill well over the years.