Come as you are! Our people come to church dressed in whatever way makes them feel comfortable. That can be casual, or “Sunday best,” and often you will see both sitting right next to each other in the pew in front of you.
We continue to monitor Hennepin County COVID statistics using the CDC's current guidance. The COVID caution-level in Hennepin County has been low recently. If you are vaccinated you may mask at your discretion. Please check our Members page for last-minute changes to our worship schedule or COVID practices.
Worship Schedule Sundays: 10AM worship (choir, eucharist, full liturgy) Wednesdays: 5:30PM Centering prayer group First Friday of the month: 7PM Taizé prayer service (silence, prayers, contemplative music) Taizé services are NOT held in June, July, August, or January. Second Tuesday of the month: 7PM Healing prayer service
We worship in our church building at 4557 Colfax Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55419. Our services are available online too. We share recordings of our Sunday morning worship on YouTube after the live service ends.
Located at the crossroads of the East Harriet, King Field, Lynnhurst, and Tangletown neighborhoods of Minneapolis, you can easily find us between Lake Harriet and 35W on 46th Street. We're just a short walk west of bus stop 2855 and 57203. We have a parking lot on the northeast corner of Bryant Ave and 46th St (just east of our building), but you may also park along the city streets in our neighborhood.
You may use any of our three entrances on Sunday mornings. There is a wheelchair ramp on the south side of the building at our 46th St entrance. There is also a reserved parking space at the foot of the ramp. Once inside the south door, you’ll find an elevator to the worship level immediately to your left.
Because we have changed our parish's name recently, some mapping programs still have us listed as "St. Luke's Episcopal" or "Sts. Luke & James". That's us! Same folks, just a new name: Grace Episcopal Church!
Here at Grace we hold the middle ground between "high church" (think formal English cathedral) and "low church" (unscripted). We follow the traditional structures of Episcopal worship and order our service according to the liturgies laid out in the Book of Common Prayer.
Although we always follow the traditional Episcopal liturgies (more on this below), we may present these worship elements in a variety of ways. While we usually feature choral music from the Anglican tradition, we have explored worship with gospel, jazz, and classical chamber music. The point is, at Grace we enjoy traversing worship styles while maintaining a focus on the unity of the sacraments.
The Episcopal worship service is filled with historical rituals. If you grew up in a formal, liturgical church, these rites will make you feel right at home. If you are trying out the Episcopal church for the first time, don't worry. You'll receive a guide to the service when you arrive. It's okay to be a little uncertain sometimes. Even people who have been attending an Episcopal Church all their lives often have to look around to see what they are supposed to do! So do what the people around you are doing and enjoy.
Coffee Hour After the worship time ends, we invite you to stay for a while. In our library, across the lobby from the front exit, you will find some free snacks. We encourage you to pause there and have a treat so we can greet you. We hope you’ll decide to return!
Adult Forum On many Sundays we hold educational conversations shortly after the worship service ends. The topic will be announced at the end of our morning worship time.
Becoming a Member All are welcome, all the time, to come to our services and events. We are apprentices of the way of Jesus, and if you are looking to join that journey, these three steps will lead you deeper into God’s life in the midst of this community.
1. Join in worship We gather for worship every Sunday, and offer monthly opportunities for Healing Prayer and Taize worship as well. Apprenticing ourselves to Jesus is a contact sport – we need to make time to meet God and each other regularly.
2. Practice your faith The promises we make at baptism include these five commitments, a blueprint for the Christian life.
Will you continue in the apostles’ teaching and fellowship, in the breaking of bread, and in the prayers? Will you persevere in resisting evil, and, whenever you fall into sin, repent and return to the Lord? Will you proclaim by word and example the Good News of God in Christ? Will you seek and serve Christ in all persons, loving your neighbor as yourself? Will you strive for justice and peace among all people, and respect the dignity of every human being?
I will, with God’s help.
There are infinite ways to put these promises into action. How will you live them out? Take time to pray and consider concrete ways these five commitments show up in your life, and how the Holy Spirit might be calling you to try new ways of living them out.
3. Invest in the congregation
Invest your time and your skills by joining in an event, small group, or ministry team! This is the best way to get to know others in the congregation. You can find opportunities here and by talking with staff and members.
Invest your resources! Financial pledges – a promise of how you will give money over the calendar year – fund our church. Your financial pledge is a way of committing to the ongoing life of our congregation. Make a commitment that works for you and helps you feel like your resources are going to support something you really care about. Whether it’s $5 a week or something more, the important thing is to make a commitment. You may pledge or give online.
Practical steps for membership
Let us know! Reach out to email@example.com to let us know you are ready to become a member. That will let us make sure we have your contact information, get you plugged into our database and communications, and connect you with next steps.
If you’re coming from another Episcopal church, we will ask you to transfer your ‘letter’ – you can reach out to the office at that church, and they’ll send us a formal letter of transfer.
A few times a year, we have gatherings for newcomers to meet each other, key leaders, and be welcomed during a worship service.
Baptism, Confirmation, Reception, or Reaffirmation are all ways that we mark membership in the context of worship. Talk to the clergy to find out which one might be right for you.
Children are an important part of our multigenerational community. We encourage them to be a part of our worship.
There are “quiet bags” and children’s bulletins available at each entrance to the worship space. It is very acceptable for children to keep their hands busy during worship and we try to provide tools that make those moments easier. Allow small children to sit or kneel on the floor and use the pew as a desk if needed.
A special children’s area called the “Pray Ground” is available to children and parents/guardian during worship. It is located in the transept space directly across the piano and choir transept. A rug is situated in this area with the intention that children may want to sit on the floor or even lie down.
Childcare Available For Young Children
If you prefer, we do provide childcare during the 10am worship service. We request that only parents or adult guardians bring young children to the childcare room. Our childcare providers need parents to sign their children in and out of the room. The childcare room is for young children infants up to age 5. Older siblings are asked to stay with their parents in worship. If older youth (12+) would like to help in the childcare room, they are invited to sign up once per month in advance (on the desk just outside of the childcare room) They will need to attend the required training for Childcare Room volunteers. Only one volunteer is permitted to serve each week.
Sunday Morning Worship 10AM Taizé Prayer Service 7PM, first Friday of most months
Healing Prayer Service 7PM, second Tuesday of each month
Phone: 612-524-9180 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Our parking lot is located on the NE corner of 46th & Bryant Ave.
Grace Episcopal Church 4557 Colfax Ave S Minneapolis, MN 55419