What to Expect on SundaysFrequently Asked Questions
When and where do you meet?
Sunday mornings begin at either 9:15am or 10:30am, depending on how much of a morning person you are. At 9:15am we have our adult education classes (recent topics have been White Privilege, Money & Spirituality, Israel/Palestine, Happiness, The Sacred Art of Living and Dying) except during the summer months. Worship begins at 10:30am all year round and lasts roughly an hour.
We meet at Springhouse Ministry Center in the LynLake/Uptown Area of Minneapolis (610 West 28th St., Minneapolis). Three faith communities all meet in the same building, but separate sanctuaries. When you walk in the door, a greeter will be there to direct you to the community and sanctuary we are worshipping in that morning.
Where can you park?
There is a small parking lot directly next to SpringHouse on 28th Street. You can also park in the Intermedia Arts lot across the street. Finally, there’s lots of street parking.
Where do I go inside the building?
Because we worship three churches in one building all at the same time, it can be a little confusing. But don’t worry! Just ask the greeter at the front door which sanctuary Lyndale is in and they will tell you. There is also a sign there!
What actually happens during church?
We spend time singing, hugging, praying and listening for the Holy in ourselves and the world. For a play-by-play, check out our See for Yourself page.
Who can take communion?
We practice an open communion, which means that you do not need to be a member of this church or any community of faith to join us at the table. We believe that Christ is the host and Christ welcomes ALL.
What is available for kids on Sunday mornings?
There is Sunday School and child care for all ages (infants through 18) starting at 9:15am. When worship begins at 10:30am, there are activities and childcare for children 8 years old and younger who do not wish to be in the sanctuary. We also have a special area for kids at the front of the sanctuary where they are invited to participate in worship together. The nursery room also has a rocking chair and a private room for nursing mothers.
What happens after church?
We have a coffee hour, but it’s more than just coffee and you don’t have to stay the whole hour! You’ll find your share of healthy and decadent treats, folks from all three church communities gathered together chatting, and possibly some action tables with members of various churches looking for help changing the world for the better. Depending on the Sunday, there may also be a meeting of one of our various teams like the Activistas or the Green Team [link to both] – all of which are always looking for new energy to stop by and join them.
What should I wear?
If you feel most comfortable in jeans, go for it. If you’re feeling fancy, go for it. The bottom line: we don’t have a dress code because we believe everyone is beloved as they are.
Is the church accessible for all physical abilities?
Yes. We have invested to make sure ALL are not only welcome, but able to attend Lyndale UCC.
Do you have bathrooms that are safe for the trans* community?
We have private, gender-neutral bathrooms available on both floors of the building because we are an open and affirming community that believes in supporting the full expression of Divine creation.