Checking Us Out?
We’d love to have you join us! When visiting, you will find a warm and welcoming congregation who cares about others. Below is an introduction to Aldersgate to ensure a comfortable and meaningful experience. Below are a few tips that may be helpful.
Where are you? We are a little tricky to find. You’ll find us on the West side of Highway 100 between the 36th Street and Excelsior Blvd. exits. Our parking lot is on the North side of the building (36th street side) and this is also where our main entrance is. But you can also park on the street on the South side of the building (Excelsior Blvd. side). Our address is…
Aldersgate United Methodist Church
3801 Wooddale Avenue South
St. Louis Park, MN 55416-5197
Where Do I Enter? Most people use the parking lot entrance to the church and enter the sanctuary at what is the front and side of the sanctuary. But many also park on the street on the South side of our building so that they can enter from the back of the Sanctuary (especially if they’re running late!). When you enter from the main entrance (North side where the parking lot is) head upstairs and through our gathering area and into the sanctuary. There is also an elevator immediately to your left as you enter from the parking lot.
What style of worship do you offer? A more traditional worship service is offered the first and third Sunday of the month. The second and fourth Sundays of each month are more contemporary. These contemporary services are led by a worship leader and our band, Faith Alive. The entire service is projected on screen at all services. In all services we also have a time for people to share what is on their heart, what God is doing among them, and any prayer requests they would like offered during our prayer time. Simply wave your hand during that time and an usher will bring you a microphone. Communion is served the first Sunday of every month and all are welcome to partake, no matter your age or faith tradition. And in all services we believe you will experience a passionate, casual, authentic, Biblically based message which is relevant to your life.
What should I wear? We have no dress code – come as you are. Really. We mean it. Come as you are. You will see some dressed business casual here, and you will see some in shorts and t-shirts. We just want you to be you. And that goes for your kids too.
What do I do with my kids? We have a nursery available during the service for kids who are preschool age and younger, although families are also encouraged to worship together. At one point during the service we have a “children’s time” where all kids are welcome to come forward for a brief time with our Children/Youth Minister, after which the preschool age and younger ones head to the nursery and kindergarten and older kids head back to their parents. If you are going to send your littles to the nursery, you’ll want to check in with our Nursery Coordinator. You can do this before the service at the top of the first flight of stairs as you enter the south side of our building, or you can do this after the children’s time in worship. Either way, we ensure that your kids are provided a safe, nurturing, and loving experience in our nursery. Kids in K-5th grade are invited to Kids’ Time which begins after the Scripture is read in worship and ends about 11:15. They will be invited to head out of the service with our Kids Time Team, but are also more than welcome to continue in worship with you.
How Accessible Is Your Building? We have ramps into both our South and North side entrances. When you enter on the North side there is an elevator to head up to our gathering area and sanctuary immediately to your left. We also have large print bulletins available and project all readings, prayers and songs on a screen. If you have any needs, do not hesitate to ask one of our greeters or ushers!
How Can I Become a Member of Aldersgate UMC? If you’ve been coming around Aldersgate UMC for a while and are interested in joining, fill out the form here and we’ll be in touch!