Prospect Park United Methodist Church
Something for Everyone!
The spiritual and social life of the PPUMC community is vibrant and diverse, providing a source of nurture for our “internal” community, as well as ways to reach out to the larger “external” community. We guarantee you’ll find something on the list below that will spark your curiosity about what happens here!
See the Calendar of Events for current meeting times. Many of the groups will not be meeting during the summer months, but will begin meeting again in September.
Join the choir! If you
enjoy singing, join us on Wednesday evenings from 7:00 - 8:30 pm -
September - May. We begin rehearsing on September 5th, 2012! NOTE:
We're starting 1/2 hour earlier this year!
Our audition policy is "y'all come". We'd love to have you join us every week, but realize that busy lives mean full schedules. Even if you can't commit to every Wednesday rehearsal or every Sunday church service, we'd still welcome your presence whenever you can come! If you would like more information, contact the church office (612-378-2380 or ProspectParkUMC@gmail.com)
The choir is open to any youth or adults who want to raise their voices in song! Music is an important part of our worship experience and so we invite you to join us, whenever you can, for a good time making music together! New members are welcome to join at any time.
Maybe singing isn't your thing, but music is ... One of our core traditions is celebrating the musical participation in worship by PPUMC members & friends. If you would like to play something as a part of a worship service, please contact the church office.
Campus Ministry Team
PPUMC’s proximity to the University of Minnesota brings in college students and other members of the University community who are looking for a worship home. The PPUMC Campus Ministry Team has received a grant from United Methodist Campus Ministries, Inc. to explore new ways to reach out to college students and cultivate vital spirituality. Watch for exciting things to grow out of this venture!
This group gathers frequently at a member’s home at 8:00 am on Thursday mornings for gentle yoga, meditation & reflection, and a short reading to start off the day. Check the Calendar for the meeting time.
The Spiritual Exploration Group meets during the school year at
PPUMC -- generally the 3rd Monday of each month -- to explore
areas of spiritual growth and transformation. New members are
welcome to join at any time. Check the Calendar
for the meeting time.
The group discussion often centers on a book dealing with a spiritual growth theme such as prayer, Sabbath, or mindfulness. At times we are quite untraditional - for instance, one year, Joy led us in an exploration of spirituality and the paranormal. Our sharing is free-ranging and punctuated with laughter and "aha" moments. All questions, experiences, doubts, and affirmations are welcome. It's a safe place to speak your heart. We seek to deepen relationship with the Holy, in and through each other, trusting that fruit will be borne to deepen the larger community as well.
Come join us and bring a favorite poem with you, if you'd like. The group will meet monthly on a Monday evening. Check the Calendar for the meeting time.
Children & Youth
Children and youth are important members of the PPUMC community, and their inclusion in worship & other church activities is actively encouraged. Sunday School is offered throughout the school year for all ages, along with a variety of other special activities that are frequently intergenerational in nature. Organized events also include people from the local community, the Shalom Community of Churches, and other UMC congregations.
The PPUMC women's group meets occasionally during the year to discuss items of interest. PPUMC men also meet, generally on the second Saturday of each month. Check the Calendar for the meeting times.
Bird-by-Bird - Green/Sustainable Living
Members of the PPUMC community gather frequently to discuss the issues related to maintaining and promoting a green/sustainable lifestyle. Adult Education sessions have been devoted to this topic. The group has gathered to make eco-friendly household cleaners, and we collect Green & Sustainable Living resource links to help educate and support those who are choosing this lifestyle.
For those who wish to order organic & fair trade items there is Whole Farm Co-op (WFC). Anyone is welcome to purchase items through the WFC and have them delivered to a local drop-off location once a month. See our web page about ordering from Whole Farm Co-op for more details about this opportunity.
Ongoing Outreach Opportunities
PPUMC is involved in several on-going activities to help the disadvantaged and homeless, as well as active participation in projects that address social justice issues. Ongoing projects include:
Sunday School Mission Projects
The offering and birthday money that is taken during Sunday School gathering time is designated to go to the Heifer Project which sends animals to families in poorer areas. The children voted to have one sheep, a flock of chicks, a flock of ducks, and a flock of geese sent to deserving families with the funds they've gathered so far. These animals will make a world of difference to the communities they are sent to, since the families that receive the animals will share and pass on offspring. Good Work Sunday School!
After the church service, on the first or second Sunday of each month, we have a Fair Trade Sale. We sell coffee from Honduras, chocolate, hand-loomed cotton goods from India, and other fair-trade items. The money from the sale goes back to support the people who made the product and ensures that they receive a fair price for their labor. Find out about additional involvement in Social Justice concerns on our Social Justice web page.
Shalom Community of Churches
PPUMC is a member of the Shalom Community, a group of UMC churches that share activities and resources, in order to provide a richer and more diverse experience for individual congregations.
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Last modified: April 7, 2013 -- JO