• Welcome to Westminster

    Westminster Presbyterian Church is a vibrant, open-minded congregation of 3,000 worshipping in the heart of Minneapolis on Nicollet Mall. 

    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.

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  • Advent at Westminster

    Upcoming Advent Events

    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
    Pizza at church after the All Church Carol Sing and then a winter pool party at the YWCA on Nicollet Mall. RSVP to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

    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
    Celebrate Christmas with WPC friends at the Heine household. Please bring a snack to share and a white elephant gift. RSVP to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

    FEAST
    Sunday, December 28 | 4-7 pm
    Help serve and celebrate a festive holiday meal with the hungry in the church neighborhood. Sign up at the Reception Desk or contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

    Gift Giving Opportunities

    Plymouth Christian Youth Center
    The Families, Youth, and Children Council is sponsoring Gifts for the Stable, asking Westminster members and friends to donate new and gently used gifts for Plymouth Christian Youth Center’s annual Christmas Gift Sale in north Minneapolis. Please bring your gifts to the stable near the reception desk by Dec 7. The list of gift suggestions is posted on the stable, on bulletin boards in the second floor education wing, and near the refectory. Visit pcyc-mpls.org or contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more info.

    Families in Transition: The Giving Tree
    Make the holidays bright for parents and kids. Choose a tag from our Giving Tree, then buy an appropriate item and drop off the unwrapped gift at church. Contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

    Gifts for Nicollet Square Residents
    Help furnish a resident’s new home! We are collecting new/gently used items for gifts at the holiday party for Nicollet Square residents. Items such as indoor grills, rice cookers, crock pots/slow cookers, lamps, rugs, mobile phone speakers, etc. To contribute, contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

    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.

    Worship Services

    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?

     

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  • Christmas 2014

    Advent & Christmas

    Advent Worship

    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.

    Christmas Eve: December 24

    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.

    Lent, Holy Week & Easter

    Ash Wednesday

    Services are held at noon and 6:30 pm to mark the beginning of the season of Lent.

    Wednesdays in 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

    Palm Sunday 
Worship (8:30 & 10:30 am)

    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.

    Maundy Thursday


    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.

    Good Friday at 
Noon

    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.

    Easter

    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.

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  • The Westminster Gallery

    Come for the Art, Stay for the Grace.

    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. 

    Current Exhibition
    magnificatPonder This in Your Heart
    November 30—January 11

    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.

    Exhibition Schedule

    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.

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  • Pledge Today

    They will know we are Christians by our love.

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