There are many ways to be of service.

Sunday morning worship is made possible because 100+ people jump in to greet, usher, pour coffee, teach children, sing in a choir, wash dishes, serve communion and much more.

Our neighborhood, city and world are touched by volunteers who mentor and teach skills, prepare and serve free meals, collect and sell used goods, raise awareness and advocate for social justice and much more. Through works of service with and for others, Hennepin Avenue UMC community members grow in their faith, meet some amazing people and help bring disciples to Jesus Christ.

There are many ways to serve…

From one-time, roll up your sleeves and get something done projects to ongoing teams and groups, there is bound to be a fit for your interests and gifts. Scroll below and get involved!


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To learn more about the various leadership committees and groups, click here.

The Connection Team can help connect people with an interest in volunteering to groups that can use their gifts and skills; to learn more, please email Cheryl Gibbons at

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Care Ministry

The Care Ministry Team is a group of trained persons who visit Hennepin Avenue UMC members that are unable to attend church. This important group forms relationships that create and sustain an important bridge between those who are homebound and their faith community.

Along with regular visits, this team delivers poinsettias at Christmas and lilies at Easter. They also share Holy Communion. Their compassionate commitment ensures that every Hennepin Avenue UMC member can stay connected to the life of the church.

To learn more about becoming a Care Ministry team member, email Pastor Frenchye at

Congregational Care Team

This team works to reach out to the Hennepin Avenue UMC congregation to provide compassion, concern and connection in every age and stage of life.

This team focus is our life together, always with an emphasis on John Wesley’s most important question: “How is it with your soul?”

To learn more, email team chair Jan Russell at, or Pastor Frenchye at

Community Yoga

Yoga teacher Leslie Ball leads yoga classes to promote flexibility, strength, calm, and spiritual balance.

These classes are free, but a suggested donation is appreciated.

Bring your yoga mat and invite your friends! Classes are weekly on Wednesdays at 5:30pm and Saturdays at 11am.

For additional information, please contacts contact Cheryl Gibbons at, or call 612-871-5303.

To view the Events calendar, visit the Events webpage here.

The Dignity Center

The Dignity Center welcomes and supports people living in poverty on their path to stability.

More than a meal program and more than a resource center, The Dignity Center is a relationship-focused program of accountability, goal-setting, and skill-building. Participants work one-on-one with advocates who provide support around finding employment, overcoming criminal history, receiving health care, and securing housing. Every person who enters The Dignity Center is welcomed at the community table, where social connections and personal attention transform lives.

Volunteers give their time and talents to help run The Dignity Center. Hours of operation are Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 9am to 12pm.

To learn more about the program, to volunteer, or to donate, visit The Dignity Center’s website at

Downtown Grief Support Group

Hennepin Avenue UMC joins with other downtown churches to host weekly support for those walking through grief. This Downtown Coalition for Grief Support has been hosting weekly speakers and conversations of support since 1997 and rotates between churches.

These Saturday morning gatherings (9:30-11:30am) are open to all adults. People may join the group at any time and it is inclusive of all faiths and backgrounds.

The meeting location rotates but meets weekly on Saturday Mornings. For more information and a full schedule, please visit the coalition’s website at

The Green Team

The Green Team is a group of people seeking to care for creation through INTEGRATING our faith in order to EDUCATE ourselves and our peers on practical changes in our individual and community to ACTIVATE in a larger, global movement towards systemic change.

All are welcome to join this group and participate in activities and projects.

To get involved in this ministry, please sign-up here.
For Green Team resources, please visit the Green Team webpage here.

To ask more specific questions about The Green Team, please contact Adele Dahm at

Knotty Quilters

The Knotty Quilters meet on Wednesday mornings in the Dorcas Alcove to make quilts for service organizations, and teddy bears for baptisms.

Contributions of fabric, yarn, batting and thread are welcome.

New members are encouraged to join.


Once a quarter the Young Adult Ministry will host an event for all young adults paired up with a mentor to share an activity and grab some time to hang out.

If you’re interested in learning more about having a mentor or being a mentor, please email the Young Adult Team at

Prayer Shawl Ministry

The Prayer Shawl Ministry group makes shawls for Hennepin members and friends who are facing a serious illness or time of crisis. Scarves and mittens are also made for Dignity Center clients and Community Meals guests.

These needle workers meet at church the first Thursday afternoon of the month for fellowship as they knit. Yarn and patterns are provided.

Recovery Groups

“God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference.”

If these words have guided you, a recovery group might be for you. Hennepin Avenue UMC welcomes several Alcoholics Anonymous and Al-Anon recovery groups whose meetings take place in our church building:

Mondays, 6:30-7:30pm | The Way Out Big Book AA
(Closed group for men and women who wish to stop drinking/using)

Tuesdays, 7-8pm | Design for Living AA Group
(Open meeting for men and women)

Thursdays, 7:30-8:30pm | Central Pacific Open Meeting
(Anyone may attend)

Fridays, 9-11am | Steeple Friday Women’s Al-Anon

Sundays, 5pm | Sundays at Five Recovery Group

For more specific information on Recovery Groups at Hennepin Avenue UMC, please contact Cheryl Gibbons at or call 612-871-5303.

To view the Events calendar, visit the Events webpage here.

The Recyclers

How do you keep a building like Hennepin Avenue UMC from getting overwhelmed by projects? Call The Recyclers!

This group of committed men love repairing and recycling worn and broken stuff and being together. Whether you’ve got workshop experience, enjoy being handy, or just like strong coffee, The Recyclers welcomes you to join them.

The Recyclers meet Wednesdays from 1–3:30pm. If you’re interested, contact Cheryl Gibbons at

Sunday Brunch at Hennepin

Hennepin Avenue UMC serves brunch to 150 people or more every Sunday (except the first Sunday of the month). It’s a time of food, fellowship, and service to one another–made possible through the work of volunteers. Everyone is invited to the lower level Social Hall to join friends and make new ones as we enjoy brunch together.

Our very own (famous!) Chef Warren Seta plans and prepares the meals, but we need volunteers on Sundays to help! There are many opportunities available on Saturdays and Sundays for individuals and families to assist. The time commitment is about 60-75 minutes. Your help is greatly appreciated for this important hospitality mission!

To volunteer for Sunday Brunch, visit the Sunday Brunch webpage.

Ushers & Greeters

Ushers and Greeters are integral to the operation of the Sunday worship services.

Ushers: Welcome the congregation to the sanctuary and hand out bulletins; help people with specific and special needs, they receive the congregation’s offering, and clean up the pews between services.

Greeters: Welcome church-goers to the building with a friendly smile and hello, and are available to help direct people wherever they are looking to go.

Please consider volunteering to be an Usher or a Greeter! You are welcome to help once a month, every Sunday, or specifically for holidays and special events.

For information about Ushering, contact Ellen Sundell at
For information about becoming a Greeter, contact Stephen Boyd at

Contact Cheryl

For more information about Connections Ministries, or to share ideas, concerns or questions, please contact Cheryl Gibbons, Community Engagement Specialist.

email Cheryl