It Worked For Us (success stories)


Reaching New People


First UMC of Red Wing makes worship more accessible for hearing-impaired

First UMC of Red Wing makes worship more accessible for hearing-impaired

11/8/2018

The installation of a T-Loop electronic hearing system in the sanctuary has opened up worship for hearing-impaired persons in a whole new way.


Richfield UMC's neighborhood movie night a big hit

Richfield UMC's neighborhood movie night a big hit

7/21/2017

Free neighborhood movie night succeeds with double feature and “drive-in” box cars for kids.


Faith UMC hosts workshop, wrestles with racial injustice

Faith UMC hosts workshop, wrestles with racial injustice

4/13/2017

The people of Faith UMC in St. Anthony invited neighbors to a half-day workshop on "Discerning Whiteness" to help them wrestle with the reality of racial injustice in their community.


Henn. Ave. UMC hosts block party for community

Henn. Ave. UMC hosts block party for community

8/9/2016

On the evening of July 31, close to 300 people gathered in Hennepin Avenue’s parking lot for hamburgers on the grill, baked beans, chips, watermelon, and fellowship.


20+ UMC congregations work to reach thousands at Twin Cities Pride event

20+ UMC congregations work to reach thousands at Twin Cities Pride event

6/28/2016

Members of Reconciling United Methodist congregations in Minnesota created a float for the Pride parade and hosted a booth where they handed out rainbow peace medallions.


Reconciling movement spurs evangelism and discipleship at Minnetonka UMC

Reconciling movement spurs evangelism and discipleship at Minnetonka UMC

5/6/2016

Minnetonka has grown 6 percent per year to reach average Sunday worship of 284 and total membership of 519 in 2015.


Centennial UMC helps community with advance care planning

Centennial UMC helps community with advance care planning

5/3/2016

The church hosted an informative panel discussion and workshop on the timely topic of advance care planning, and 57 community members attended.


Spirit River Community meets local needs through free legal clinic

Spirit River Community meets local needs through free legal clinic

4/6/2016

“Hosting this important event is a privilege and gives us a chance to reach out to a population that might not have the resources able to go to a lawyer’s office,” said Rev. Jim Crecelius.


Northfield UMC reaches community through free playtime for young children

Northfield UMC reaches community through free playtime for young children

3/30/2016

Every Tuesday and Thursday, from 8 to 10 a.m., young children and their caregivers can stop by for playtime in the church’s carpeted gym.


Gethsemane UMC reaches community through cribbage tourney

Gethsemane UMC reaches community through cribbage tourney

3/17/2015

More than 40 people of all ages attended a cribbage tournament in March; one-third of the players were from the community.


Lake Harriet UMC reaches new people through spring musical

Lake Harriet UMC reaches new people through spring musical

3/10/2015

Lake Harriet United Methodist Church in Minneapolis has been using the theater as a way to reach new people in the community.


La Crescent UMC unites community through sack lunch program

La Crescent UMC unites community through sack lunch program

1/6/2015

How do you bring members of a community together? Feed them lunch.


Mobile Ministry reaches children and youth during VBS in the most northern part of MN

Mobile Ministry reaches children and youth during VBS in the most northern part of MN

9/17/2014

Kabetogama UMC and Crane Lake Chapel (a non-denominational church), both located in the most northern part of Minnesota, teamed this summer for a special Vacation Bible School through The Mobile Ministry.


Homestead Church receives collaboration award for National Night Out

Homestead Church receives collaboration award for National Night Out

9/4/2014

Root beer floats, clowns, face painting, balloon animals, burgers, new neighbors and a vibrant congregation came together on Aug. 5 to celebrate National Night Out in Rochester.


Wheelock UMC hosts Hmong youth from across U.S.

Wheelock UMC hosts Hmong youth from across U.S.

4/15/2014

On April 11 and 12, Wheelock United Methodist Church in St. Paul hosted about 140 Hmong youth and young adults from across the United States for an annual event that brings Hmong United Methodists together for worship, workshops, and fellowship.


Elk River UMC serves as warming house, offering food, fellowship during statewide hockey event

Elk River UMC serves as warming house, offering food, fellowship during statewide hockey event

2/26/2014

As the community of Elk River welcomed 5,700 hockey players and fans for “Hockey Day Minnesota” in January, Elk River United Methodist Church transformed itself into the city’s largest warming house, welcoming visitors with hot food and a warm place to rest.


Crane Lake Chapel parishioners fix up home, reach new community member

Crane Lake Chapel parishioners fix up home, reach new community member

10/9/2013

After noticing a house in the community that was in need of repair, parishioners of the Crane Lake Chapel in northern Minnesota decided to help the owner fix up the house.


White Bear Lake UMC breaks bread with community

White Bear Lake UMC breaks bread with community

9/25/2013

Since constructing the bread oven in 2010, it has brought together the White Bear Lake community on many occasions: meals for local residents, bread-baking classes, and more.


Federated Church’s ‘2-Hour Delay Cafe’ reaches community’s youth

Federated Church’s ‘2-Hour Delay Cafe’ reaches community’s youth

8/29/2013

Each month, schools in the small, west-central Minnesota community of Morris have a two-hour late start due to staff in-services. Younger children have a school-based program, but what do middle and high school students do? Some drop in at the 2-Hour Delay Cafe in the Federated Church.


Chatfield UMC distributes blessing stones throughout community

Chatfield UMC distributes blessing stones throughout community

8/20/2013

This summer, members of Chatfield United Methodist Church embarked on a pilgrimage that involved placing blessing stones around their 2,800-person city and speaking words of blessing and affirmation for the good of the community.


Spirit River Community’s “Ask-a-Lawyer Day” eases anxiety for new Americans

Spirit River Community’s “Ask-a-Lawyer Day” eases anxiety for new Americans

7/29/2013

Recognizing that things like navigating landlord-tenant relations, understanding child custody laws, and filing taxes can be difficult and complicated for new Americans, and hiring a lawyer can be expensive, Spirit River Community United Methodist Church in Isanti hosts an annual “Ask-a-Lawyer Day.”


The Recovery Church hosts inaugural biker blessing

The Recovery Church hosts inaugural biker blessing

7/23/2013

“I believe God is riding with me,” says Mavis Fry, an avid motorcyclist. “I feel more aware of my surroundings and I ride more safely.” Fry is talking about why she chose to participate in the first-ever biker blessing at The Recovery Church in St. Paul.


Faith UMC parish nurse leads community effort for caregivers, care receivers

Faith UMC parish nurse leads community effort for caregivers, care receivers

6/12/2013

Faith United Methodist Church’s parish nurse is leading a community-wide effort to provide for caregivers and care receivers.



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