Worship

Online Worship

View the bulletin for this week’s service. The Zoom link is provided in the bulletin. To view the livestream, and recordings of previous services, visit our YouTube channel.

In-person Worship

We ask those attending in-person worship to abide by our COVID procedures, which include wearing masks while in the building and keeping distance between households. If you aren’t feeling healthy, please stay home and worship with us online.

We are located in the Marcy-Holmes Neighborhood of Minneapolis, at 500 Eighth Ave SE, Minneapolis, 55414.

We do not have a parking lot; parking is available on the streets around the church. Please be respectful of our neighbors by adhering to posted parking signs. Please pay attention to Minneapolis parking restrictions during the winter months.

We also offer valet service for those with mobility challenges. Pull up to the Eighth Avenue entrance for help with parking and entering the building.

About our Worship

Each service is its own creation, with themes suited to the season of the church year and the life of the church. Our worship is grounded in scripture and tradition and it is responsive to the issues, struggles, and needs of our time. We use language with care and creativity, naming God in many different ways. Our music is diverse in style. We read poetry and incorporate visual art and videos. Sermons are an invitation to engage with biblical texts, with our own spirituality, and with the world around us. In the prayers of the people, we share our joys and sorrows with each other. During the pandemic, our music has been led by soloists; we have refrained from congregational and choral singing. We greatly look forward to singing together again when it is safe!

We hold special services throughout the church year, including All Saints Day, and during the seasons of Advent and Christmas, Lent, and Easter.

Inclusion

We are working to become an inclusive community that welcomes people of all ages and abilities within all church spaces, including worship. Please let us know how we can best support you. We encourage children to be in worship—sitting in the pews, working on art at the table in the back, wandering around the sanctuary as needed.

Coffee Hour

Coffee hour is before and after the worship service. Beginning at 9:30, we share warm drinks, snacks, and conversation. 

2nd Hour

“2nd Hour” learning and community building opportunities occur regularly, but not every week, after worship. We often invite guest speakers on faith issues and critical social justice issues.

Baptism

We practice infant baptism and we also baptize older children, teens and adults. Baptism happens as part of public worship, for those individuals or families wishing to foster an ongoing relationship with our church. 

Communion (Lord’s Supper, Eucharist)

We share in the meal of Communion in worship on the first Sunday of every month. We have an open Communion table. This means that all people are welcome to receive the bread and cup. You need not be baptized or a member of this or any other church. You are also welcome to simply observe if you’d rather not take communion.

Weddings and Memorial Services

If you would like to have your wedding at First Church, please visit our wedding page.

Memorial services at First Church are both personal and communal; they celebrate the life of an individual and they ground us in the faith that we share. Our Community Columbarium is a sacred space in our sanctuary that holds the ashes of loved ones who have died. The columbarium is available to members and friends of First Church and well as to members of the wider community. Please contact the church office to learn more about the columbarium.

Evening, candlelit worship