• 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

    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.

    Advent Wreath-Making
    Sunday, November 30 | 11:30 am
    Join us for the annual advent wreathmaking immediately following the 10:30 service. A simple lunch will be served after which all may select candle rings, fresh greens and ribbons to create a unique wreath to take home. Cost is $10 for each wreath; $5/adult and $3/child for lunch, with $25 family maximum for wreath and lunch.

    Service of Remembrance
    Tuesday, December 2 | 6:00 pm
    This service offers a time of silence and support for those grieving losses and enduring difficult circumstances. RSVP (for dinner) by November 25 to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

    Christmas Dinners 
    Friday & Saturday December 5 & 6 | 6 pm 
    Only a few spots remain for this annual Westminster Christmas tradition. Enjoy dinner, music, and an original live performance.

    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.. service.

    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?

    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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  • 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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