Adults Groups and Education

Adult Education at Hennepin Church is a rich and varied palette. From Sunday morning classes to weekday and evening opportunities to small groups and support groups, we try to offer everyone the chance to create a circle of people in which they are known and can belong, where they may encounter the Holy and can nurture and engage their faith. These experiences may occur one time, once a week, for a series of several weeks or be an on-going commitment.

The Adult Nurture Committee provides oversight and planning for adult learning at Hennepin. Their role is to listen to the congregation, to identify areas of interest and to plan for classes and groups that will support on-going spiritual formation. They seek to do this for adults of all ages. They work closely with the Peace through Justice team and the Honor Our Earth team to provide monthly forums where the issues of social justice, care of Creation, legislative action and education on a faithful response to the world are explored.

We are open to ideas of classes and groups you would like to participate in, or even facilitate. We want to hear from you! Let us know what is nagging you or what is making your heart sing. Email Sally Johnson with your ideas and desires for new ways to create community at Hennepin.

Disciple Bible Study


Disciple is a 34-week Bible study that walks the participant through the Bible from Genesis to Revelation. It draws upon the work of scholars, the personal Bible reading and study of the participant, and dynamic group discussion to aid understanding of the Bible. A key component is the community of fellow travelers and the friendships that are built throughout the year.

At Hennepin, groups form in September and conclude in June. Participants purchase a student’s manual and are led by gifted students of the scriptures. If you are interested in this opportunity, please contact Sally Johnson.

Men’s Bible Fellowship


At 7:00 AM on Friday mornings a group of men gather for Bible study, conversation and fellowship (homemade cinnamon rolls included!). All men are invited to attend this lively discussion.


Knotty Quilters

Knotty Quilters

The Knotty Quilters began in the early 1980s. They meet on Wednesday mornings in the Dorcas Alcove of the Social Hall to make quilts for service organizations who distribute them as needed, and teddy bears for baptisms and for others. Some items are sold to raise money for supplies, or are donated to hospitals and church groups. Contributions of fabric, yarn, batting and thread are welcome. New members are encouraged to join at any time. 

Minnesota Internship CenterA new tradition of Knotty Quilters has been to present quilts to the Minnesota Internship Center (MNIC) students at Hennepin on their graduation. Click here to read about the MNIC school at Hennepin Church and the Knotty Quilters.

Prayer Shawl Ministry

Prayer shawls

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 made for Dignity Center clients and Community Meals guests. These needle workers meet at church the 1st Thursday afternoon of the month for fellowship as they knit. Yarn and patterns are provided.

Recovery Group

Chapel Candles

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 ring true for you, Hennepin’s Recovery Group, Sunday at Five might be for you.

Meeting at 5:00 PM every Sunday in the Border Chapel, the group shares the wisdom of sacred texts, personal stories of faith and doubt, music led by local singer-songwriter Leslie Ball, in a safe and confidential setting. People are invited to stay for coffee after the service.

Science and Religion

Science and Religion

The Science & Theology Network and Hennepin Avenue United Methodist Church co-sponsor a monthly Science & Religion Roundtable that explores a wide variety of topics. If you’re interested in how science and religion can be partners in the quest for truth, this book club may be for you.

Our Thursday evening gatherings are marked with great questions, lively discussions, occasional debates, and frequent laughter. Generally at 7:00 PM in the Longfellow Room at Hennepin Church, all of the meetings are free, and newcomers are always welcome to join us! 

Senior Adults

Life Adventures

Life Adventures presents programs and activities for learning, entertainment, and socializing, sponsored by the Senior Council of Hennepin Church.

You are invited to join in these Life Adventures events and welcome to have your friends and neighbors to come with you. Many of the programs are held in Hennepin’s Social Hall and begin with a catered lunch at noon. Prepaid reservations are requested to help us to prepare and cover expenses. Reservations should be made at the church reception desk (612-871-5303) by the stated deadline.

Activities range from our 50-Year Member Recognition Dinner, to special trips for fall colors, speakers on a range of topics, holiday musical programs, and talks from our pastors. You’re sure to find many things of interest!

Thursday Bible Study

Glasses on Open Bible

The Thursday Bible Study group meets at 11:00 AM in the Longfellow Room during the program year. This class is lead by Mary Mensheha and Juanita Reed-Boniface. New participants are always welcome.

The group often has a several-week studies. The fall 2014 study is the eleven-week Kerygma series Galatians and James: Faith and Works by Carol J. Miller.

United Methodist Women

United Methodist Women Minneapolis

UMW advocates for the oppressed and dispossessed, supports the needs of women, children and youth, seeks to build a supportive community among women, and helps foster growth in the Christian faith, mission education, and Christian social involvement.

UMW logoweb smWe are organized for mission. We seek wholeness for ourselves and for others, especially women, children, and youth. We seek to be followers of Jesus Christ as we live our faith in acts of justice and mercy. We are catalysts for needed change. We are mobilizers of human and material resources. We are creators of new arenas of participation throughout the church and the world. Ours is a “sisterhood” of Faith, Hope, and Love in Action.

Women’s Book Group


Kjerringsleppets is a women’s book group that meets the first Wednesday of every month from 5:30-7:00. Taking its name from a story told in Sue Monk Kidd’s The Dance of the Dissident Daughter, the name is a Norwegian word meaning “women on the loose.”

The group reads books that have been collectively chosen. It is always open to new women. Periodically, they host an overnight retreat. They read a wide variety of fiction and nonfiction, always asking the question “So, where did we see the face of God in this book?”

A list of the books being read in upcoming months will be found in the Sunday Spire, the !nSpire newsletter and on the website. Questions can be answered by emailing Sally Johnson

Young Adults

Young Adults Minneapolis

People who live in the US and are in their 20s or 30s go by a lot of names, these days. Millennials. Emerging adults. Mosaics. Tinkerers. Young adults. Whatever you call yourself, know this: God calls you!

Hennepin offers opportunities for young adults to grow in faith, serve the community in the name of God, and connect with peers and people in other generations. There are monthly opportunities, weekly programs, and periodic chances to serve. We’re using August as a time to poll the community and see what direction we want to go for 2014-2015. Please contact Associate Pastor Nate Melcher to add your voice to the conversation.

New Bible Studies/Small Groups: We gather to study the Bible, connect in small groups, and deepen our faith.
Service Opportunities: We make sandwiches for the Dignity Center, serve at the Community Meal, host the Sunday Breakfast, and more!
Mentorship Opportunities: Through building relationships with those who are older as well as younger than us, we seek to make our community connections that much stronger.


Young Adults – Monthly

Dinner Groups | Join a group of young adults for a monthly themed dinner. Volunteer leaders called “Champions” host groups of 6-12 in their homes, providing a main dish while other group members and visitors bring additional dishes. Every group has a faith development component, too, ranging from Bible study to a brief devotional to some intentional dinner conversation about faith, life, the church, and so on. Please contact Associate Pastor Nate Melcher to join a group.

Pub Theology: We meet once per month at a local brewery or pub for good drink, good company, and good discussion on a wide variety of topics. Our time together is founded on these simple ground rules:

  1. Listen first.
  2. Respect each person.
  3. Everyone is entitled to his or her opinion.
  4. Pub Theology does not condone any single perspective.
  5. Be good patrons; be polite and tip your waitstaff.

We are currently finalizing a recurring monthly schedule for 2014-2015. Please contact Associate Pastor Nate Melcher to add your voice to the conversation.

3rd Sunday Worship: You’ll likely find young adults at any given worship service at Hennepin Avenue UMC and all are encouraged to attend worship services every Sunday. And, we make a concerted effort to attend and sit together during the Festival Worship service at 9:30am on the 3rd Sunday of the month.

Adults Music Groups

There are many opportunities for adults to participate in the music ministry at Hennepin Church. Choral groups and bell choirs meet throughout the school year. Summer Choir helps provide musical leadership outside of the program year. All are welcome. Please contact Bill Mathis for more information.

Sanctuary Choir

Known for many years as one of the premiere music ensembles in Twin Cities churches, we lead in worship all year long (though in the summer our mode becomes more informal). Music in our worship repertoire ranges from chant to brand new, and our main goal is bringing individuals into an experience of God’s presence. We give 2-3 concerts every year, singing major works of the choral/orchestral literature, both old and new. We rehearse on Wednesday evenings from 7:30-9:30, and membership is open to all. Call to set up an interview.

Hennepin Chamber Singers

We are an auditioned ensemble of about 20 singers, meeting weekly and performing at non-Sunday morning events. We give concerts both at our church and around the community, as well as Christmas Eve and a few other worship services. Membership is by audition as openings occur.

Pacem Singers

We are an ad hoc, self-directed group who operate in coordination with the Pastoral Care department of the church. We make up small ensembles to sing in hospital rooms, hospice centers, and at bedsides to bring comfort. For more information, call Ginny Roach at 651-636-3379.