This is Church?
Minnehaha United Methodist Church is located at the corner of 37th Avenue South and 50th Street in South Minneapolis. It’s a big brick building with a steeple. You can’t miss it. You can locate it on a Google map right here.
Join Us for Worship
On March 8, 2020, we closed our church doors, turned off the heat, and sent our entire congregation home. Right now we’re slowly getting back to worshipping together in person. So if you’re a first-time visitor, relax. We’re wearing masks inside. We’re not shaking hands or hugging. Plus, after all those months in isolation we hardly recognize each other. That means we won’t have a clue if you’ve been here before. Tell us you’re a member of the choir or the minister and we’ll probably nod and say how good you look.
We Have a Plan (Sort Of)
If you want to check out our worship services, you have options. On Sunday mornings at 9:00 a.m. we’re inside the Sanctuary wearing masks and keeping socially distanced. (That’s the plan.) At 11:15 a.m. on Sunday mornings we might be outside on chairs in the back lawn enjoying the frigid Minnesota winter. (That’s the plan until it gets really, really cold.) You’ll also find us on YouTube for our Sunday morning livestreamed services at 9:00 a.m. and 11:15 a.m. and online all week long. (That’s part of the plan, too.)
Traditional and Alternative Services
Our 9:00 a.m. worship service is more traditional, with a pipe organ and possibly a choir – once the CDC gives the go-ahead. Our 11:15 a.m. worship service is more…electric. Our minister delivers a sermon at both services. Some of the sermons are actually interesting, so you may want to pay attention. Otherwise, just smile and think about pancakes. That’s what I do.
Sunday School for All Ages
There are lots of kids and youth at Minnehaha. And Sunday School for all ages starts at 10:00 a.m. Right now we’re trying to do as many lessons for kids and youth outside. Adult Sunday School is inside where it’s warm and there are tables and chairs, and no snow.
We're Confused, Too
Like I said, that’s the plan. Of course, if you physically show up at our church building and it’s just you, a stray cat and an array of solar panels generating electricity on our roof, you’ll know there’s either another wave of COVID-19 or else they’re giving away free donuts at Mel-O-Glaze. (Suggestion: Get a donut. It’s good for the soul.)
What Else is Going On?
Even when we’re not around there’s a lot going on at Minnehaha United Methodist Church. Check out the website and you’ll find a link to our Taizé-inspired worship, our support for social justice and LGBTQ+, upcoming events and sign-ups, a place to donate to the church, another place to subscribe to our electronic newsletter, a link to see how our solar panels are doing, and more. If you want to see what our staff looks like, you can click on that link. Or go to our Church History and watch a slideshow that includes pictures of our first minister in 1889 and the church fire in 1958.
Help Real People
Not everything we do is virtual, of course. For example, we continue to host the Minnehaha Food Shelf every Tuesday from 10:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. to help the food insecure in our neighborhood. If you need food, come to the church. If you want to help, just show up and say, “I want to help.” We also have a once-a-month food giveaway on the fourth Saturday of the month. We call it MinneHarvest. Show up at 7:00 a.m. to help unload the truck or at 9:00 a.m. if you need food. Clean-up is at 10:00 a.m. and we’re usually done by 10:30 a.m.
Everybody is Welcome
The point is, there’s a lot going on at Minnehaha United Methodist Church, even when nobody’s there. Most important: everybody is welcome. Especially you. Check us out this Sunday.