A Progressive, Open & Affirming, Anti-Racism Church
NEW SPIRIT welcomes Rev. Sonny Graves as its new pastor!
Rev. Graves begins his ministry with us on April 8
His first worship service is April 15 – please join us!
Sunday worship – 9:30 am
Adult Class – 10:45-11:45 am – led by Rev. Verlyn Hemmen
Grab your coffee & goodies and join Verlyn in the sanctuary as we explore several social and psychological concepts that impact us all.
Class includes written content and discussion. Each class stands independently, so if you would be welcome to attend as many as you want.
HOLY WEEK & EASTER
Palm Sunday – March 25 – 9:30 am Worship, Sunday School.
Maundy Thursday – March 29 – 7:00 pm – Worship with Communion and service of Tenebrae
(reading of the passion sections of the Gospels with music, silence and extinguishing of candles – all ages)
Easter Sunday – April 1 – 9:30 am, Worship, choir, children’s bell choir
Challenging Conversations – Privilege
Wednesday, March 21 – 7-9 pm – Childcare provided
Join us as New Spirit begins the first in a workshop series called ‘Challenging Conversations’. In an activity centered format, we will begin to explore and understand privilege, whiteness and systemic racism. Free, but please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org to let us know you’re coming and whether you’ll need childcare.
Welcome to New Spirit!
If you’re looking for a church home or just a warm and welcoming place to be once in a while, please join us on a Sunday morning. Once a farm house, our church is tucked behind Target in Savage. We have plenty of parking and our building is totally accessible, including bathrooms and an elevator. We have paid staff for nursery care.
Come inside. On Sundays at 9:30 am you’ll find a not-so-formal worship style. We have comfortable chairs and an atmosphere that invites questioning. There are lots of friendly people, Sunday school for the children, great singing and plenty of hot coffee, usually accompanied by yummy treats.
Not sure what you believe or whether or not you believe anything? You will find here others with similar stories. “Faith is a journey, not a destination.” We live that perspective. Members come from many denominations, some have no religious background, and we have active friends of other faiths. Our denomination’s idea of a “Still Speaking God” affirms our practice of taking the Bible seriously, but not literally. As an Open & Affirming congregation we welcome people and families of all sexual orientations and gender identities. As best we can, we try to reach out to the community and the world, to be God’s people in the way of Jesus Christ by loving others, serving those most vulnerable and working for justice and peace. We also like to have fun!
Singles and couples. Families and empty-nesters. Gay, trans, and straight. Elders and children. Norwegian-Americans, native Kenyans and East or West Coast transplants: you are welcome here.
Rev. Rosemary Rocha, Interim Pastor
To learn more about our denomination, the United Church of Christ, click here.