holy week with our children

Pop-Up Catechesis of the Good Shepherd is scheduled for THIS Saturday, April 3rd, from 2-2:45 p.m. in the churchyard at Messiah. We'd love for your children in Levels 1, 2, and 3 (ages 4-12) to join us! NOTE THE TIME CHANGE (we meet at 2 p.m. this week).

Your children's weekly mailing has been designed to capture the joy of worshipping our Risen Lord as we walk through the days of His Passion and celebrate His resurrection! Children are encouraged to complete the hands-on project with materials (and directions) provided in the packet.

A list of resources from Catechesis of the Good Shepherd-USA that encourages you to mark the Paschal Triduum ("The Three Days"--Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, Holy Saturday and Easter) is available for children and families. These activities can be adapted to work for you, giving you a springboard for at-home conversation and prayer about these Holy Days. Contact me for links!

Grace and peace to you in our Lord Jesus Christ!


join us for holy week

We invite you to walk with Messiah during Holy Week. Please mark your calendar for our Holy Week services:

  • March 27: Palm Pick-Up at Church 12 - 4 PM
  • March 27: Outdoor Pop-Up Service with Palm Procession (RSVP required), 4 PM
  • March 28: Palm Sunday Livestream on YouTube, 11 AM
  • March 29: Holy Monday Morning Prayer on YouTube, 7 AM
  • March 30: Holy Tuesday Compline on YouTube, 7 PM
  • March 31: Holy Wednesday Youth-Lead Evening Prayer Outdoors by RSVP, 7 PM
  • April 1: Maundy Thursday Outdoor Pop-Up (RSVP required), 7 PM
  • April 1: Maundy Thursday Playlist and Resources will be provided for an at home observance
  • April 2: Good Friday Prayer Book Service Indoor Pop-Up by RSVP and Livestream, 12 PM
  • April 2: Good Friday Virtual Stations of the Cross on YouTube, 7 PM
  • April 3: Easter Vigil with Baptisms Outdoor Pop-Up, 4:00 PM
  • April 3: Easter Vigil resources for at home observance.
  • April 4: Easter Sunday YouTube Livestream, 11:00 AM

UPdate on in-person worship inside our building

Our COVID Response Team and Worship Team are working hard to prepare for in-person indoor worship. We have received approved of our Phase 2 Re-opening Plan for limited in-person indoor worship. We've been hosting limited in-person Wednesday Holy Eucharist services to practice our safety protocols for indoor worship. Moving forward, each week our staff will review the Ramsey County COVID-19 positivity rate and determine if we can host in-person indoor worship. If the positivity rate is below 5%, then we will send an invitation to the congregation inviting them to attend. In all cases, indoor worship is by RSVP only because our worship space is limited to 11 households per service. Our first "hybrid" worship opportunity with both in-person and livestreamed worship will be Good Friday at noon. We will begin offering "hybrid" Sunday worship with limited in-person worship on Sunday April 11 by RSVP only. We need multiple teams of 2 ushers to support our ability to safely worship in-person and assist with implementing our safety procedures.  We will continue providing updates on our reopening plan in the Cup with the Vicar video, weekly emails, Facebook, newsletters, etc. Please reach out directly to Jeff Kidder or Rev. Dave Langille with questions or concerns.

Learning more about race in america

Messiah's Missions and Outreach Committee created a list of resources for people who want to do more reading, watching, and learning around the issue of race in America.  We'd like to share the list with you so we can continue learning together. 

pop-up church is here!

“Pop-Up Church” is in-person, outdoor worship Saturdays at 4:00 PM in our side yard. Up to 50 individuals per week may attend this short, 30 minute spoken service of Holy Communion. Please note that advance registration is required so we can safely maintain our attendance cap for social distancing purposes.  Some days there will be instrumental music, but no singing at this time.  A short reflection will be shared. 

Our greeters will welcome you, ask you the COVID-19 questionnaire, and invite you to be seated in socially-distanced sections. Please bring your own camp/lawn chair and a mask. A contribution box will also be available for loose offerings for Pop Up Church costs.

We will continue to schedule Saturday Pop-Up services as long as weather forecasts are favorable and we have a volunteer team in place.  If the weather turns unfavorable, we will cancel via email to all those who RSVP'd that Saturday by 3pm. Please respond to the email invitation you receive or call the church office at 651-698-2590 to sign up for Saturday Pop-Up Worship.