Worship at Spirit Garage
Spirit Garage gathers for worship Sundays – Live and streaming.
10:30 AM Outside of Squirrel Haus Arts (Starting May 23rd, 2021, throughout the summer except for June 20th, when you can find us at Lake Harriet bandshell)
Squirrel Haus Arts is located at 3450 Snelling Ave, but in the summer of 2021 you can find us out back on Dight Street. This is just off Hiawatha Ave. and 35th Streets.
What to expect when you come
Worship at Spirit Garage, for now, happens in a parking lot outside of a warehouse in Longfellow. It’s a strange space for worship. But we call ourselves “the church with the really big door” and Squirrel Haus Arts has a really big garage door. So as we live out the remainder of this pandemic, at least in the summer of 2021 and starting May 23rd, we’ll just throw open those really big doors, and our Garage Band will make music and we’ll have a message and hang out together in the parking lot.
Squirrel Haus Arts is located at 3450 Snelling Avenue in the Longfellow neighborhood of Minneapolis, but you’ll find us out back off of Dight street. You’ll know the building by the really big squirrel on it. It is just across the tracks from Hiawatha Ave, and just off of 35th Street.
During the summer, someone will probably greet you and hand you (if you want) a one page description of what will happen. You can bring your own chair and set it up with some distance between you and the next people (like 6 feet). There will also be a coffee/tea/water bar that you are welcome to. You will not be required to wear a mask because we are outside with some distance, but you are welcome to of course, and we ask that you bring one in case you need to use the restroom inside, or find yourself in a longer conversation with someone. For more information about what in-person worship will look like related to covid, read this.
Four Different Styles of Worship
Our worship varies depending on the week. We have four different kinds of worship:
Coffeehouse worship: featuring poetry and songs that tell a sacred story and remind us of God’s love and grace.
The Gospel According to….Each month is different, but we highlight a band that has songs that remind us of God, and preach a message about that instead of starting with a Biblical text.
Different Lens Highlights the voices of faith leaders who are also BIPOC or queer, who might expand our minds and hearts about who God is, how we read scripture, what God is up to and who God is for.
Old School Spirit Garage: This is our “Traditional” worship service-traditional to us! With five songs that often are originals, scripture, prayer and a message.
Regardless of the week you come, you can expect:
We begin with a welcome song. Participation is optional, sing, dance, clap along if you like, or feel free to just sit and listen.
After the opening music, the pastor will welcome everyone and introduce the theme for the day, usually with a poem. Then we take a moment to prepare for worship and begin our worship in the name of a God who is still creating, still sustaining, and still saving us in all kinds of ways.
We believe that God is present in mysterious and wonderful ways through the sharing of communion. This involves eating bread and drinking wine or grape juice together most weeks. We also believe that communion is a gift of God, that Spirit Garage is God’s place and if anyone wants to take part in communion, they are welcome to participate. We share communion almost every week at our Sunday gatherings, and all are welcome. All means all. You can come forward and hold your hand out; you’ll be given a piece of bread, with the words, “The body of Christ, given for you.” Hold on to that bread, and then the next person will be holding two cups: the larger one is wine; the smaller one is grape juice. Dip your bread in one of these two cups, as you hear the words spoken to you: “The blood of Christ shed for you.”
If you for your own reasons would prefer to receive a blessing, you can come forward with your arms crossed in front of you. And if you for your own reasons would prefer to just stay in your seat, or check out some of the art projects, you’re welcome to do that too. Just know that you are welcome to fully participate in communion if you desire it.
Following communion, we send you out with a blessing for the week, so that we all might take whatever love, grace and strength we’ve received during worship out into the world and share it with all whom we meet.
Before our final song, you’ll hear about what is coming up next at Spirit Garage, and we’ll pass some oil cans-our offering plates, around. No one is obligated to give, but if you found it to be a life-giving experience, we hope you’ll make a gift to Spirit Garage. You can do that in person with cash or check, or online or through texting!
What to wear
We are pretty casual. Wear what makes you feel comfortable.
We have a “one room schoolhouse” approach to children’s ministry, with kids up to about 13 right now spending time together after church with some parent volunteers and a message related to the themes of the day. Sometimes that happens at Squirrel Haus and sometimes they will go to a park. They meet every other week.