Spirit Garage began in the fall of 1997. The purpose was to create a Christian faith community for young people living in Uptown and people who don’t feel comfortable in a “traditional” church. The name Spirit Garage and the tagline of “the church with the really big door” were developed in the first year of Spirit Garage’s existence. That seems to sum up the goals of the community pretty well.
Spirit Garage worshipped in a school gym before moving to the Theatre Garage in Uptown for a few years. The Music Box Theater on Nicollet was the next home. In January 2016 SG relocated to the Longfellow neighborhood, with worship at the Hook and Ladder Theater on Sunday mornings and other events at various places around the neighborhood.
Many of our people are no longer in their 20’s, but we have a range of people. All ages, abilities, religious understandings, genders and sexualities and races are welcome.
Spirit Garage was started with the help of Bethlehem Lutheran Church Twin Cities. Bethlehem continues to support Spirit Garage through financial gifts, prayers, and organizational structure.
Spirit Garage is also a part of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA).