• Coming Together Sunday | September 11

    Sunday, September 11

    Coming Together Sunday is just around the corner!  Summer sabbaths are so important to the rhythm of our lives, and our life together. Westminster programming does slow down during the summer, but our staff has been busy planning for our joyful return to programming this fall. Join us September 11, for worship and the annual picnic.  

    Open Doors Open Futures and the demolition next door have given us a unique opportunity to gather in new and creative ways. This year, we will obviously not host the picnic out on Nicollet Mall! Instead, we have planned for a meal on the Convention Center Plaza lawn, just east of Westminster on 12th St. There will be good food, music, games, and friends to see. Picnic Volunteers: Helpers are needed for many jobs before/during/after the picnic. Contact Susan Hield if you can help, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 612.332.3421.

    Tickets will be sold day-of this year, at multiple locations in the church and on the lawn ($10 for 12 and older, and $5 for children, with a $30 immediate family maximum). 

    Site Tours for ages 12 and up: On September 11, be part of an escorted group that goes down into the site. Note: for safety reasons, closed-toe, flat shoes, pants, shirts with sleeves must be worn when going down into the site.

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  • Now Thru September 11

    Events

    We Are in Creative Time

    Learn more about parking during Open Doors Open Futures construction, summer at Westminster, and Children, Youth and Families summer events.

    Coming Together Sunday, September 11

    Join us September 11, for worship and the annual picnic. This year we have a meal on the Convention Center Plaza lawn, just east of Westminster on 12th St. There will be good food, music, games, and friends. Tickets will be sold day-of this year, at multiple locations in the church and on the lawn ($10 for 12 and older, and $5 for children, with a $30 immediate family maximum- cash or check only). Picnic Volunteers: Helpers are needed for many jobs before/during/after the picnic. Contact Susan Hield if you can help, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 612.332.3421.

    Site Tours for ages 12 and up: Also on September 11, be part of an escorted group that goes down into the site. Note: for safety reasons, closed-toe, flat shoes, pants, shirts with sleeves must be worn when going down into the site.

    School Supplies Drive

    Families in Transition is collecting school supplies for clients of Families Moving Forward! Collection continues through September 11. Items needed include pencils, backpacks, glue, notebooks, rulers, and more. Click for a list of needed supplies. You can drop off items at the collection box across from the reception desk. If you have questions about the supply list, contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.,  or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

    Meet Momastery's Glennon Doyle Melton

    Westminster’s Women’s Ministries, in collaboration with the Town Hall Forum, will welcome Glennon Doyle Melton on Tuesday, October 18. Melton is the founder of Momastery, an online community where hundreds of thousands of followers meet daily to respond to her funny, inspiring, and boldly honest essays on marriage, motherhood, faith, addiction, and recovery. Learn more.

    This Week: View this week's schedule of events.

    News for the Westminster Community

    Presbyterian World Mission Provides Update on South Sudan

    South Sudan, founded in 2011 after gaining independence from Sudan, has had a fragile five year tenure of independence. Plagued by civil war from 2013 through 2015, leaders from the rival groups signed a peace agreement seven months ago. This summer, the terms of the agreement began to unravel. Missionaries with the Presbyterian World Mission recently shared updates on two indivduals who have been affected by the rising conflict. More.

    Westminster Welcomes Tesfa Wondemagegnehu as Director of Choral Ministries

    We are thrilled to share that Tesfa Wondemagegnehu has accepted the call to become Westminster's Director of Choral Ministries. In this role, Tesfa will direct the Westminster Choir and participate in worship planning, with particular focus on developing new worship in the soon-to-be-built Strong Hall. He also is charged with creating new vocal ensembles and fostering relationships with arts organizations in the Twin Cities and beyond. More.

    Westminster Receives $100,000 Grant from Met Council

    The Met Council has approved $100,000 in funding to support Open Doors Open Futures' stormwater management and reuse. Westminster was one of seven applicants chosen from a pool of 23. This latest funding augments a $600,000 grant Westminster received earlier this year from the Mississippi Watershed Management Organization.

    Running is an Invitation to Listen

    How does one practice a physical faith – inside or outside of the church? In what ways can we experience God through our bodies and our communities? And how does movement, of many forms, bind us to a deeper sense of spirituality? Read Rev. Meghan K. Gage-Finn's blog post for NextChurch.

    "Historic Nicollet Mall church expanding"

    Read the Downtown/Southwest Journal's coverage of Open Doors Open Futures

    Westminster Session & Trustees Approve Plans for Open Doors Open Futures

    Read more here or download the news release.

    Channel 5 News Covers Open Doors Open Futures Groundbreaking Celebration

    Watch the story.

    MPR: "Westminster leaders approve church expansion"

    Listen to the story.

    Star Tribune Reports on Open Doors Open Futures

    Read Kristen Leigh Painter's detailed story here.

    "Chasing education and bringing it home"

    Nancy Smith-Mather reports for Presbyterian News Service (Jan 7, 2016) on how the South Sudan Education and Peacebuilding Project is transforming lives and communities. Read her moving article.

    "Bruce Dayton given simple, respectful farewell"

    Read the story in the Star Tribune.

    Tavis Smiley at the Town Hall Forum: "Poverty is the greatest threat to America"

    Listen to his talk on Minnesota Public Radio.

    The Rose Grand Opening

    After nearly four years of planning and construction, Westminster’s Affordable Housing Team is thrilled to announce the grand opening of The Rose. The amazing new housing at the corner of Franklin and Portland Avenues has been built by Aeon MN, with financial support from Westminster. Read the Aeon interview with Doug Mitchell.

    The Presbyterian Outlook talks with peace workers in South Sudan

    Read the story that includes comments from Shelvis Smith-Mather.

    Homeless kids learn that money talks

    The Star Tribune writes about programming at Nicollet Square, which Westminster financially supports. Read the story by Gail Rosenblum.

    Construction to begin in June on Nicollet Mall renovation

    Read the story in the Star Tribune about the $50 million investment in the Mall, set to begin June 2015.

    Westminster Media Contact

    This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., (612) 242-3184

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  • Welcome to Westminster

    Westminster Presbyterian Church has been a telling presence in the city since 1857.

    An engaged, urban partner sharing good news with a world in need of God’s peace, love, and justice, Westminster is a vibrant, open-minded congregation worshipping in the heart of Minneapolis on Nicollet Mall. As a church home for people of all ages and backgrounds to deepen their faith and make a difference in the world, Westminster has long been known for the beauty of its traditional services combined with a progressive church culture.

    Worship

    Summer Sundays: 9 am Communion; 10 am Worship

    Creative Time

    Learn more here about parking and location of weekday programming during construction related to Open Doors Open Futures.

    Location

    Westminster Presbyterian Church is at the corner of Nicollet Mall and 12th Street in downtown Minneapolis. Westminster offices are located at 1200 Marquette Avenue. Driving, bus and parking directions are available here.

    Interested in membership?

    Westminster welcomes those seeking an active, engaged church that shares the good news with a world in need of God's peace, love, and justice. Click here for more information.

    Find Your Place at Westminster

    There's a place for you at Westminster, whether you are a family with small children, a youth looking for a group of friends, or an adult seeking spiritual education. Click here to find your place!

    Have more questions?

    Visit our Frequently Asked Questions page.

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  • Transforming Our Telling Presence

    Westminster is transforming its telling presence in the city and preparing for the future.

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    Open Doors Open Futures is Westminster's multi-pronged campaign to increase support for local and global needs, to expand its historic building on Nicollet Mall with an inspiring new wing designed by James Dayton Design, and to develop significant new green space surrounding the church.

    With Open Doors Open Futures, Westminster will:
    Increase its mission support for local and global needs through $7 million of new investments in affordable and supportive housing in downtown Minneapolis; faith development, college accessibility, and leadership training for young adults; local partnerships that revitalize urban ministries and provide compassionate counseling; and, support for peace building and educational efforts in South Sudan, and global ministry partnerships in Cuba, Cameroon, and Palestine.

    Expand its historic building with an inspiring new wing that opens onto Nicollet Mall and Marquette Avenue. The new wing will improve access and add flexible spaces for worship, youth, and congregational and community gatherings. In addition, 25% of the building is reserved for an on-site, direct service community partner. The building will demonstrate environmental leadership with ecological, responsible design.

    Develop welcoming green space and two plazas surrounding the church and new wing. This critically needed green space and community plazas will provide inspiring places for connection and respite for city residents, workers and visitors at the nexus point at the southern end of Nicollet Mall. Importantly, this project complements Minneapolis’ ambitious Downtown 2025 Plan.

    Currently the unoccupied eight-story office building on the site is being taken down. Click here to view both a live action and time-lapse camera view. Or, click here to view a slideshow of the project to date. Following demolition an underground parking structure will be added in advance of the wing’s construction. The project is slated to take approximately two years to complete.

    Read the Star Tribune story about Open Doors Open Futures, listen to the MPR interview, or watch Channel 5's coverage of the groundbreaking celebration.

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