Frequently Asked Questions
+ What denomination is Living Spirit?
Living Spirit is part of the United Methodist Church (UMC).
Learn more about the UMC
+ What do you believe?
That's pretty big question to answer over the internet (but you probably already knew that). Here's our best shot at making it consise: What We Believe
+ What kind of people worship at Living Spirit?
All kinds of people! Our congregation is intergenerational, multi-racial, multi-ethnic, and from various socioeconomic backgrounds. We live in Minneapolis, St. Paul, and first and second ring suburbs around the Twin Cities.
+ When do you have services?
We worship every Sunday at 10:30 a.m., celebrating Holy Communion on the first Sunday of each month. Check the calendar for special services at other times throughout the year.
+ Is there Sunday school?
A small group of youth and adults meets every Sunday morning at 9:15 a.m. from September to May. The topics vary throughout the year and change frequently, so it's always a good time for someone new to jump in.
For children age 4 through fifth grade, we offer Children's Church on non-communion Sundays during worship (after the children's message). This is a learning opportunity similar to a traditional Sunday School, with Bible stories, crafts, games, and more.
You can learn more about these options here: Growing in Faith.
+ What is the music like?
We supplement the United Methodist Hymnal with African American spirituals, global praise songs, and a few more modern selections. Most of our accompaniment is on the piano, but we do have a few gifted organists who play periodically. We frequently have solo performers sharing their gifts in diverse areas, such as trombone, violin, singing, and dancing.
If you’re interested in participating more actively, Living Spirit has several ensemble groups; learn more about them here.
+ Where is Living Spirit?
Living Spirit is located at 4501 Bloomington Ave. in south Minneapolis. We are on the corner of Bloomington and 45th St., in the Northrop neighborhood. We are very close to Metro Transit lines 14 and 46, and a short walk from lines 5 and 23. If you are driving to us, you can get directions here.
+ Where can I park?
There is a small parking lot (around 20 spaces) behind the church, accessible from 45th St. If you are able to walk a bit farther, please consider street parking. We are located in a residential neighborhood where finding parking is generally very easy. There are a limited number of businesses on the corner of Bloomington Ave. and 46th St., so you are more likely to find close parking just north of the church.
+ What should I wear to church?
Whatever you’re comfortable in! If you want to dress up, feel free to do so, but if that’s not your style you’ll still fit right in with us. Members of Living Spirit come from a variety of cultures where "church clothes" range from everyday wear to a more polished look. We respect that everyone is dressed appropriately for their own worship experience.
+ What languages are spoken at Living Spirit?
Our congregation is multi-ethnic, so many of our members speak more than one language, and for many English is not their first language. We worship together in English with a diverse variety of accents joining together as one.
+ What does your ministry focus on?
The members of Living Spirit are passionate about a lot of things, but we focus our energy on a few areas.
We care about feeding our neighbors and making sure no one goes away hungry. Parts of that ministry include our free Wednesday supper, free Sunday breakfast, limited food pantry (bread and produce) on Sundays, our community garden, the annual BBQ, and the annual collard green feed.
We’re also concerned about racial reconciliation in our neighborhood, in Minneapolis, and in our world. Our Social Justice Team is active at church and engaged in the community.
Finally, we enjoy the natural abundance God has created, and we want to make sure that it’s available for future generations. We focus on creation care and sustainability, both as a community and as advocates.