Faith Opportunities at Northeast United Methodist Church
John Wesley encouraged people to "methodically" study the Bible, but there are many paths to spiritual growth.
Bible Study Groups
Adult Bible study classes cover a myriad of subjects, from the origin of Christmas carols to the Scriptures as they relate to everyday life. Topics are always timely and encourage spiritual growth and Christian discipleship.
Our Monday morning class meets in Room 203 at 10:30 a.m. Classes are taught by Pastor Sarah Lawton.
In addition, a Secular Bible Study class meets in the Coffee House on select Tuesday evenings to look at the Bible from a non-believer's perspective. Check our Events calendar for details.
Men's Ministries meets for breakfast once a month in the Fellowship Hall, with members of the group taking turns as chef. The men discuss a variety of topics, from one member's tour of duty in Iraq to outreach programs for over-the-road truckers. They plan mission trips and community service programs and occasionally lead worship services.
United Methodist Women
"The organized unit of United Methodist Women shall be a community of women whose PURPOSE is to know God and to experience freedom as whole persons through Jesus Christ; to develop a creative, supportive fellowship; and to expand concepts of mission through participation in the global ministries of the church."
Any woman who wants to commit herself to the purpose mentioned above can be a United Methodist Woman. On an international scale, United Methodist Women works to alleviate problems concerning health, nutrition, and nurture; alleviating violence; church and gender issues; economic development; refugees and displaced persons; education, particularly of the girl child; exploitation of children; poverty; children of war and refugees. There are approximately 1 million UMW members worldwide. Locally, the group supports Emma Norton Services, the nursery school at Joyce United Methodist in Minneapolis, and the Neighborhood Children's House, which is housed at our Cleveland street building. An annual Baked Potato Luncheon provides funds for other local causes.
The old joke at ecumenical services is that the Methodists are the ones who know all the hymns. Music is a big part of our spiritual life, and we love to share it every chance we get. If you sing or play an instrument, you're encouraged to share your musical gift.
The Adult Choir meets on Tuesday nights from September through May to practice for the service the coming Sunday. The group sings traditional hymns, spirituals, and new choral music. If you know what SATB means, you're welcome to join.
That's what we call it when someone plays an instrument or sings outside the choir during the worship service. It may be instrumental or choral, classical or jazz, contemplative or contemporary. It can be a group effort or a solo. Soloists often share the gift of music as a prelude, the background when the offering is taken, or as a parting postlude.
Church-based Service Groups
Mabel Main Circle
Named after the wife of a minister of the old Grace Church, the Mabel Main Circle meets in the Fellowship Hall the third Friday of every month. Mabel Main members produce quilts and lap robes that are donated to the East Side Thrift Store, where needy persons can purchase them with a voucher. The quilts are very popular with single mothers. Fabric for the quilts is donated. The group also manages the Bake Sale at our annual Chicken & Biscuit Dinner, and provides some of the "little extras" around church, such as carpet cleaning or curtains for the nursery. New quilters are always welcome.
The Knitting Group
The Knitting Group welcomes people who crochet as well as knitters. Projects include prayer shawls, ulcer bandages, hats of all sizes, newborn baby hats and 30-inch baby blankets. These projects have been given to many individuals and to Global Health Ministries. The group also contributed prayer shawls to "Angels on Assignment," which gave them to families with loved ones in Iraq.
Setting the Lord's Table with bread, seasonal fruits and vegetables, and locally grown flowers, Guild members do more than change the colors of the altar cloths throughout the church year. They create works of art! If you have a knack for arranging flowers, making banners or other types of interior decoration, the Altar Guild would love to have you join them.
The Miriam Circle traces its beginnings back to the days when the church was part of the Evangelical United Brethren. At that time, it was called the Christian Service Guild. When the EUB and the Methodists merged in 1968, the Miriam Circle was born. The circle is named after Miriam, the sister of Moses, who kept an eye on her little brother. And that's what Miriam Cirlce members do, too! They meet monthly to explore worldwide issues that affect women and children, such as human trafficking, women's health, social justice, and immigration. Locally, the group supports Emma Norton Services, the nursery school at Joyce United Methodist in Minneapolis, and the Neighborhood Children's House, which is housed at our Cleveland Street location.
Our vision: To be an environmentally sustainable, spiritually fulfilling, socially just community of faith in the United Methodist tradition in Northeast Minneapolis.