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.
Not all who wander are lost
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. For a few years we held worship at the Hook and Ladder Theater in Longfellow, and then there was the online time, followed by some time out back behind Squirrel Haus Arts. Now, we share space at 100 W 46th Street in the Kingfield Neighborhood, with Yoga Sanctuary, the Meraki community and the Faith, Health and Wellness Center.
We have a range of people, from folks who helped start the church to young adults who somehow found us. 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).