• 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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    Events

    Joint Religious Legislative Coalition Days on the Hill | Tuesdays, February 23 & March 8

    What can we learn from Moses about advocacy and building a more just society? This year with the challenges of Capitol construction and a short legislative session, JRLC is taking Day on the Hill on the road to answer that very question. Join us for a meal, training, issues briefings and an opportunity to take action on important social justice issues:
    February 23, 6–9 pm, Islamic Center of Minnesota, Fridley, or
    March 8, 5:30–8:30 pm, Mary, Mother of the Church, Burnsville
    Cost: $20; $10 student/low income/JRLC member. Register.

    22nd Annual Coffeehouse Cabaret | Saturday, February 27 | 4 pm

    Delightful parodies, hilarious skits, pastors in goofy costumes, and the chance to see our young people poke fun at the church community they love so well! Join us for the 22nd Annual Coffeehouse Cabaret. Reserve tickets in the Heller Commons. All proceeds benefit the high school summer mission trip.

    Annual Meeting of the Congregation | Sunday, February 28 | 11:30 am

    The Annual Meeting of the Congregation of Westminster Presbyterian Church will be held on Sunday, February 28, at 11:30 am in the church’s sanctuary, 1200 Marquette Avenue, Minneapolis, Minnesota, to receive the 2015 financial reports, to review the 2016 church budgets, to receive a report from the Personnel Committee for Staff and Ministers (PCSM) of Session, and to hear an update on the Open Doors Open Futures Campaign. —By Order of the Session, Vincent Thomas, Clerk of Session

    Click to view this week's schedule of events.

    News for the Westminster Community

    "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.

    Lloyd Peitzman receives Association of Presbyterian Church Educators' Life Achievement Award

    Westminster member Lloyd Peitzman recently was named Life Achievement Award winner by the Association of Presbyterian Church Educators (APCE). Lloyd served as Director of Christian Education at Westminster for many years. Throughout his life, he has upheld the importance of education in the church and it is with deep gratitude for his service that APCE will present him as the 2016 Life Achievement Award Winner at the January 2016 annual event.

    "Bruce Dayton given simple, respectful farewell"

    Read the story in the Star Tribune.

    Doug Mitchell Receives First-Ever Gertmenian Leadership Award

    The Rev. Doug Mitchell was awarded the first-ever James Gertmenian Leadership Award at Beacon Interfaith Housing Collaborative’s annual Building on Faith event in October. Plymouth Congregational Church and Beacon Interfaith Housing Collaborative created the award to honor the Rev. Jim Gertmenian, recently retired senior minister of Plymouth and the founding clergy of Beacon. The award is presented to clergy who pick up the torch and carry forward Jim’s example of inspirational leadership and commitment to ending homelessness.

    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

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  • February 10-March 24

    Lent, Holy Week & Easter

    Ash Wednesday

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

    Wednesdays in Lent


    Noon–12:30 pm: Celtic worship service in the Chapel; soup & salad lunch follows ($10)
    5:30 pm: Dinner in the Refectory
    6:15–6:25 pm: Child-oriented service for families
    6:30–7:00 pm: Taizé-style prayer service in the Great Hall
    7:15 pm: Lenten Covenant Groups (more info here)

    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

    5:45 pm: Come to the Table meal and worship experience in the Great Hall where we gather as disciples, serving and loving one another as we share in Christ’s peace.
    7:00 pm: Worship in the Sanctuary

    Good Friday (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: Worship starts in the Courtyard and moves into the Chapel, with music by Gospel musicians Thomasina Petrus and T’hom West; light breakfast follows
    9:00 & 11:00 am: Worship in the Sanctuary with the Westminster Choir; accompanied by brass and timpani, we celebrate Christ's resurrection love.

    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.

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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
    The Greatest Gift
    February 10-March 27

    The Westminster Gallery’s exhibition for Lent and Easter 2016 is The Greatest Gift. This exhibition tells the story of Christ’s passion beginning with Jesus’ Palm Sunday triumphal entry into Jerusalem, which also marks the beginning of Holy Week. The exhibition continues with the events of Maundy Thursday and the Last Supper when Jesus gathers his disciples to prepare them for the end of his earthly life. We celebrate communion in remembrance of Jesus’ gift of salvation.

    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.

    The Crèche Collection

    Westminster member, Martha Spencer Rogers, began collecting crèches in LaPaz, Bolivia, in the mid-1960s. In 2004 and 2007 she gifted more than 180 crèches and custom display cases to the Westminster Collection. This magnificent collection has inspired children and adults alike by presenting the nativity story in multi-cultural and multi-ethnic representations of the holy family. Every visitor can find an infant Jesus that could be from their region of the world. The collection is on permanent view on Westminster’s second floor and the lower level.

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  • Holy Land Pilgrimage Tour

    The day began early for about half of the group. We met just after sunrise for a 2.5 mile quick walk from our hotel through the Old City of Jerusalem. We entered through the Damascus Gate and immediately found ourselves in a warren of narrow streets lined with shuttered storefronts. Few people were walking at that hour of the day.

    As we walked the Old City started to come to life. Stores were opened. Tea shops and bakeries and shops with religious icons and images began opening their doors. Those we passed were friendly, often offering a smile and a “Salaam” as we passed.

    By the time we emerged from David Street – the principal shopping lane through the Old City – we were no longer alone. We paused at the Jaffa Gate for a moment to get our bearings, and then plunged back into the narrow alleyways. We went back a different way, ending at the New Gate. We came out of the relative quiet of the walled Old City into the morning hustle and bustle of modern Jerusalem, Traffic, busses, light rail, pedestrians. And a couple dozen Israeli soldiers not stationed near the Damascus. They hadn’t been there when we entered the Old City.

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