An engaged, urban partner sharing the good news with a world in need of God’s peace, love, and justice, Westminster has been a telling presence in the city since 1857.
With stirring worship services, beautiful traditions, and a progressive church culture, Westminster is a home for people of all ages and backgrounds to deepen their faith and make a difference in the world. The church offers ministries in adult, children, and youth education; music and the arts; and social justice, with a highly engaged congregation welcoming and caring deeply for all people within and beyond its walls.Read More
The Westminster Gallery
Ponder This in Your Heart: This Advent/Christmas exhibition draws us into a contemplation of the events leading up to Christ’s birth.
Celtic Christmas Service
Thursday, December 11 | 7 pm
Enter the wonder of the Christmas season with candlelight, harp music, and carol singing.
WestConnect Christmas Party
Saturday, December 13 | 7 pm
The young adults of WestConnect will gather for food and fellowship and the annual exchange of oddities from past years’ parties. More info on the WestConnect Facebook page.
All Church Cocoa and Caroling
Sunday, December 14 | 11:30 am
Immediately following 10:30 worship, all are invited to share in the first annual Cocoa and Caroling event. Join us as the Piazza on the Mall is transformed into a winter paradise with fire pits, s’mores, music, and more. Together, we’ll share in a few of our favorite Christmas carols, lingering in the warm afterglow of our worship. So let’s come together, young and old, and share in the music and memories of our faith.
Middle School Christmas Party
Sunday, December 14 | Noon-2:00pm
Christmas Quiet Worship
Saturday, December 20 | 9:00 am
Five days before Christmas, all are welcome for a time to become still, with quiet music, familiar words from Scripture, silence and prayer. Janet Hagberg leads worship.
High School/College-Age Party
Saturday, December 20 | 6-9 pm
Sunday, December 28 | 4-7 pm
Plymouth Christian Youth Center
Families in Transition: The Giving Tree
Gifts for Nicollet Square Residents
Recycle Your Holidays
Through Saturday, January 31
Ever wonder what to do with that balled up, tangled mess of holidays lights that don't turn on? The Recycling Association of Minnesota has a solution for you! Drop off your unwanted Christmas lights across from the reception desk and we'll take care of recycling them. Please, no battery packs or other electronics.
Advent I Sunday
November 30 8:30 & 10:30 am
Why Bother with the Second Coming?
Advent II Sunday
December 7 8:30 & 10:30 am
How Can the Church Tell this Story?
Advent III A Service of Lessons & Carols Sunday
December 14 | 8:30 & 10:30 am
What if Mary Had Said, “No?”
Advent IV Christmas Festival Sunday
December 21 | 8:30 & 10:30 am
Is the Church Born at Christmas?
Nursery open 8:15-9:45 and 10:15-11:45
Christmas Eve Family Pageant
Wednesday, December 24 | 4 pm
Christmas Eve Candlelight Worship Services
Wednesday, December 24 | 8 & 10 pm
Why Does Christmas Matter?
The season of Advent (the four Sundays prior to Christmas) is a festive time at Westminster. Seasonal themes and wonderful music are part of what makes this season unique. In addition, the whole church is decorated for the holidays, and special programs make Advent a delightful and meaningful time in the life of our church.
The 4:00 pm service for children and families is a warm, informal worship experience, led by child readers and youth choirs, telling the story of Jesus’ birth with a Christmas tableau with church school students. The traditional and beautiful Christmas Eve candlelight services at 8:00 and 10:00 pm feature the Westminster organ and adult choir, lessons of Scripture recounting the history of salvation, and a brief sermon by the pastor.
Services are held at noon and 6:30 pm to mark the beginning of the season of Lent.
Noon: Worship in the Sanctuary, a 30-minute service of quiet reflection and music on Lenten theme
5:30 pm: Dinner in the Refectory
6:15–6:30 pm: Child-oriented service for families
6:30–7:00 pm: Taizé-style prayer service in the Great Hall
7:00–8:30 pm: Adult educational programs
Includes special music by children and youth choirs. Holy Week begins with this service, which marks Jesus’ return to Jerusalem. The service conveys both the triumphant entry and the shadow of the Passion.
Noon: communion service in the Chapel
7:00 pm service: Communion Tenebrae in the Sanctuary. The lessons of Scripture, followed by silent reflection and by the unadorned breaking of the bread and pouring of the cup in darkness, underscore the solemnity of the night of Christ’s betrayal.
The Greater Minneapolis Council of Churches sponsors an Ecumenical service in the Westminster sanctuary, with dramatic readings from the passion narrative and music by the Westminster Choir.
7:00 am service starts in the Courtyard and moves into the Chapel;
9:00 & 11:00 am services in the Sanctuary. Easter worship offers special music by the Westminster Choir with the addition of a brass section.
The Westminster Gallery exhibits and collects religious and secular art representing diverse ethnic and cultural traditions. We feature art from the Westminster collection, private collections, and from regional and nationally known artists who demonstrate the connection between art and how it informs our faith. The church has a long history of collecting and incorporating art into both worship and daily life. The Westminster Gallery opened in 2002.
At Westminster, we believe that art matters because it provides a communication tool between an artist or designer and the diverse audience that encounters the art. This encounter likely will generate thought, stimulate conversation, or evoke emotion.
When the angel Gabriel appears to Mary and announces that she will give birth to the Christ child, Mary responds by saying “Here am I, the servant of the Lord; let it be according to your word” (Luke 1:38). She continues with the words now known as the Magnificat with praise and rejoicing for God’s gift to her. After she delivered the child and the angels had shared the good news of great joy with the shepherds, when the word was out regarding this wonderful thing that had happened in Bethlehem, "Mary treasured all these things, pondering them in her heart" (Luke 2:19).
We too should pause to ponder the greatness of the birth of the Christ child by setting time aside from this frantic holiday season and contemplating the love and awe of God’s gift to us. The exhibition Ponder This in Your Heart features art from the Westminster Collection and presents many opportunities for us to pause and ponder.
The Annunciation (detail), by C. Cei, oil on canvas, 1900, the Westminster Collection.
The Westminster Gallery features approximately six exhibitions each year. The exhibitions during Advent/Christmas and Lent/Easter are based on those themes, but vary substantially from year to year. A summer exhibition generally features art created by Westminster members and friends, and is curated around a particular theme. The other exhibitions focus on a single artist, a biblical theme, or may be inspired by current events. The work of other artists is frequently exhibited in the Great Hall, and the public spaces of the building are filled with original art from the collection.Read More
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