Breakfast at Hennepin
Our Sunday Breakfast (10:30 AM – 12:30 PM, Sept. – May) is a free-will offering time of food, fellowship and service to one another. Everyone is invited to the lower level Social Hall to join friends and make new ones.
During the program year, we typically will serve 150 people or more each Sunday. This is only possible through the work of volunteers. Our chef does menu planning, food ordering and most of the cooking, but we need people to help out with the various tasks. There are many opportunities available on Saturdays and Sundays for individuals and families to assist in this wonderful ministry of food and fellowship.
There will be an online signup available on the website beginning in September, and Food Service Committee will have a signup table in Carlson Hall where more detailed information is available. Partner up with a friend and join in the fun of helping serve our church with this very popular ministry!
Community Meals is Hennepin’s hunger and hospitality program. For over 20 years, Hennepin has been part of a downtown church consortium committed to providing a hot meal on Sunday evenings to low income and homeless people. 40-50 volunteers welcome 225-450 guests to a delicious dinner on the first and fifth Sunday of each month. In addition to dinner, guests also receive shelf-stable pantry items, toiletries, socks and underwear, and U of MN vet students provide free vaccines and care for guest’s pets.
Volunteers of all ages and abilities find fun, fulfilling work at the Community Meal. It’s a true ministry of joy and welcome. As a parent you can be a role model for your kids. Or, it’s a great way to volunteer with a group of friends or meet a whole new group of terrific people. You don’t need to be a church member to volunteer. All are welcome.
Compass 180, Hennepin’s Prison Ministry, is not just about making meaningful change. It is about reconnecting to dreams. It is about finding paths to get you where you want to be. It is about fostering entrepreneurial discovery.
Ex-offenders need jobs, education and housing to succeed. Even more critical they need someone who cares and believes they can succeed. They need a mentor.
The ability to support themselves and their families financially is a challenge. Lack of necessary skills, a minimal support network and a society reluctant to forgive make it a difficult task. Current economic times with it’s job loss and demand for resources have made this exceptionally hard and seeming hopeless. Compass 180 is about healing and hope. By this very act of healing we too are healed.
We are an ecumenical direct service outreach ministry of Hennepin Avenue United Methodist Church.
We are a learning site for students of all ages to experience hands on learning in social service ministry.
We welcome and support people in poverty on their path to stability. We define stability as safe housing and an income to support it. We believe that it is through relationship that transformation happens and it is through accountable relationships that progress is made to overcome the obstacles to stability.
The Ending Homelessness Education & Advocacy Team (EHEAT) is dedicated to advocate for the elimination of homelessness in our community. Connected with the Downtown Congregations to End Homelessness (DCEH), the role of the team is to plan and implement education and advocacy programs, projects, and actions within the Hennepin Church community, to support the effort to end homelessness.
We encourage all who want to create a more just community for our brothers and sisters, to join our Team.
For more information and to get involved, please contact John Cole.
Habitat for Humanity
Hennepin Church has a ministry of action in partnership with Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity. Each year we schedule work days at local Habitat for Humanity work sites. With our work experiences we blend work crews of Hennepin Church members and friends with others of very diverse backgrounds. This gives us all a chance to experience new realities and grow in our understanding of how our church neighbors live. Plus we get to get dirty and play with tools; and of course help build affordable housing. No special skills are required and at each work day lunch is provided.
Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity build over 50 homes in the metro last year and is able to give hundreds of families the stability of a safe, simple place. For more information visit their website at www.tchabitat.org. To receive email updates on any upcoming projects please call Larry at 612-396-7178 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Meals on Wheels
Delivering Meals on Wheels is a tradition at Hennepin Church. More than thirty years ago Hennepin joined other downtown churches in forming the Loring-Nicollet Meals on Wheels. We deliver a hot noon meal to elderly or handicapped people five days a week. Our territory is downtown Minneapolis. Hennepin’s day is Friday, and we need five drivers every week. It is gratifying to receive smiles and thank your from people who really need this meal. An hour of your time brings you the gratitude of 8-10 people. One driver said “This is the most fun you can have on a Friday morning!” You are invited to join us. Ride along with an experienced driver and check us out.
Hennepin Church is a partner congregation in the MCC Refugee Services. We are called into action periodically as new families relocate to the Twin Cities.
Refugee Services became a program of the Minnesota Council of Churches (MCC) in 1985. Since that time, MCC Refugee Services has welcomed more than 6,000 refugees from around the world to lives of freedom, hope and opportunity in Minnesota. It provides specialized services for refugees and asylees to assist them on the path to self-sufficiency and support them as they work towards achieving their dreams. MCC Refugees Services strives to provide excellent, holistic, family-centered services that provide abundant support to refugees and their families and it offers abundant support to identified families by finding transportation, places to stay, household items and clothing needs.
Hennepin Church supports the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) Depot at Sager Brown in Baldwin, LA. Since 1998 members and friends of Hennepin, in gratitude and service to God and with compassion for brothers and sisters around the world, have served at UMCOR Sager Brown through an annual mission trip in January, and at Hennepin throughout the year by creating disaster relief kits that will be used by UMCOR.
To learn more about mission trips and volunteer opportunities at Hennepin, contact Janelle and Cal Vaubel, UMCOR Sager Brown Partnership Coordinators and Mission Team leaders, at email@example.com, or call 952.922.3449.
The Steeple People Thrift Store accepts donations of quality goods for resale, and distributes profits to the community. It was founded in 1979 as an outreach ministry of Hennepin Avenue United Methodist Church and is now a 501(c) nonprofit organization. In the past 35 years, we have given away over $800,000 to local charities and nearly $100,000 of in-kind donations directly to people in need.
In addition to shopping, many people volunteer on a regular basis, and some come for a one-time opportunity. It is a great way to meet people, and to get involved with the community. There are often treats to share and conversations to enjoy. We need your help with sorting, pricing, and selling items, as well as professional assistance in many areas. If you have a skill please let us know, we could likely use your expertise! Hours are very flexible – you can work Sundays when our van is in the church parking lot, or any time at the store during our regular hours.
You may find out more about the Steeple People here.
Street Song is an exciting new choir which aims to unite voices for harmony and community. Comprised of persons ‘experienced’ in homelessness – i.e. persons currently or formerly homeless or those who work with them – StreetSong will be led by Teri Larson and Bill Mathis, Music Directors of the Basilica of St. Mary and Hennepin Church. This choral collaborative is an enterprise of the Downtown Congregations to End Homelessness.
In its pilot phase, starting on September 8, StreetSong will meet every Monday at Central Lutheran Church (333 S 12th Street, Minneapolis) from 12:15 -1:30 pm. A meal will be available at 11:30 am for singers, and bus tokens will be provided to remove the financial obstacle which can be a deterrent to participation. Its first performance will be at the DCEH “Unite to End Homelessness” event on October 12 at Central Lutheran Church from 2-5 pm.
StreetSong will draw on the experiences, hopes and aspirations of its members to produce a choral experience promoting personal fulfillment and the development of community. You can support a StreetSong member by contributing $40 to provide a choir t-shirt and transportation costs.
A major responsibility of Global Missions is to connect Hennepin Church with the United Methodist Church to engage in global mission through initiatives supported by the annual conference, missionary conferences, and UMCOR. Supporting Global Missions equips and transforms people and places for God’s mission around the world.