In-Person Worship at Oak Grove

Link to online reservation form:

In addition to the 9:00 a.m. outdoor in-person worship, we have an indoor, in-person Sunday Worship Service at 10:15 a.m. (reservations required).

The information below details what you need to know about the in-person indoor worship. We invite you to familiarize yourself with the safety protocols and practices in preparation for in-person worship.

Scroll to the end of this page for archived video and information about the Town Hall re-entry update meeting held on July 21.

Preparing for In-Person Indoor Worship on July 25

  • Worship will begin at 10:15 a.m. We ask anyone with a reservation for indoor in-person worship to arrive no earlier than 10:00 a.m..
  • Reservations for a limited number of people (about 60) will be required each Sunday so that we can ensure distancing in the sanctuary.
  • Reservations can be made each week at this link or by calling the church office.
  • Reservations will open each Monday morning for the upcoming Sunday (e.g., Monday, July 19, for Sunday, July 25).
  • We ask anyone coming to the 10:15 a.m. worship to park in the upper parking lot or in the “White House” parking lot.
  • Masks and social distancing will be required for all.
  • Because of the need to distance between household groups in the sanctuary – please be prepared not to sit in your favorite spot! 😊
  • Children will stay in the pew with their families. There will be no worship bags or small table up front.
  • There will be no nursery care.
  • After worship, you will be invited to connect with one another outside.
  • Worship at 10:15 a.m. will continue to be livestreamed.

Re-Entry Team to Host Town Hall

If you are not able to view the archived video above, try this direct link:

The Re-Entry team will hold a town hall forum on Wednesday, July 21, at 6:30 p.m. both live in the sanctuary (limited to 60 participants, no reservation needed) and livestreamed to Facebook and the OGPC website.

This is an opportunity for the team to share information with the congregation about where we are in our re-entry plans, the various considerations that go into decision making, and answer some frequently asked questions.

There will also be an open time for any questions from the congregation. Questions can be asked in person, in the comments on Facebook, or by texting in a question during the event.

Holy Week 2021

April 4, Easter Sunday. Outdoor Sunrise Service at 6:45 a.m (reservations requested – see below), followed by live-streamed Easter Sunday Worship Service at 10:45 am.

Note: the Sunrise Service will take place on the church grounds on Easter Sunday, April 4, at 6:45 am. It will be a time of prayer, scripture and poetry. Masks and social distancing will be required. If you would like to attend, we kindly ask that you RSVP so that we know how to set up the space. The service will happen rain (or snow!) or shine. Please call the church office (952-888-4621) or email Mary to let us know that you are coming.

easter sunrise

April 3, Family Easter Egg Hunt (3–4:00 pm) outside at Oak Grove Church.

easter eggs

April 2, Good Friday. Live-streamed service at noon on Facebook and the website.

Good Friday, April 2, 2021 Bulletin

Direct link to Good Friday service on Facebook

April 1, Maundy Thursday. Pre-recorded service available online on Facebook and the website (see links below).

Maundy Thursday Service – click here to view the video on Oak Grove’s web page

Maundy Thursday Service – click here to view the video on Facebook

March 28, Palm Sunday. Palms & Pancakes Drive-Thru (9–10:00 am) at the church, followed by live-streamed Palm Sunday Worship Service at 10:45 am.

palm sunday

One Great Hour of Sharing. Remember in this Lenten and Easter Season to include One Great Hour of Sharing in your giving. It is the gift that goes around the world! We will dedicate our One Great Hour of Sharing Offering during worship on Palm Sunday, March 28.

Calling All Deacons and Elders!

On Sunday, Jan. 17, we will be Ordaining and Installing our Elders and Deacons. Since we are doing this remotely and cannot lay hands on our new officers, we are asking all current and former elders, deacons, and clergy to send in pictures of your hands by Thursday, January 14, to

Thank you as we continue to be a church beyond the walls!

Chancel Flowers Sign-up 2021

chancel flowers

We will continue to have colorful arrangements for our Sunday worship services, virtual or in-person. Select a date in memory of or in honor of a loved one, group or event. The cost is $30 due at sign-up. Contact Sharon Fields at 952-831-0504 (a landline) or to sign up and reserve your special date.

Car Rally Sunday Sept 13

UPDATE! Car Rally Sunday video

UPDATE: Car Rally Photos

This year we will celebrate Rally Day in a whole new way! We will offer virtual worship from 9:30 – 10 am, and then invite you to hop into your car and drive over to Oak Grove for a drive-through party between 10:15 – 11:30 am. This is our way to say hello and to thank you for “Living Church Beyond Walls!”

The Mardi Gras Jazz combo, a 5 piece band, will play music, we’ll enjoy Morris Dancing and collect Noisy Offering for supporting children in Minneapolis. Committee representatives, including Youth and Children’s leaders, will be on hand to give a friendly wave and connect in person! We can’t wait to see you on the 13th

Please follow the arrows through the parking lot from Penn Ave!

Brenda Johnson and Courageous Conversations on August 16

UPDATE: Here are links to the two books mentioned by Brenda Johnson in our August 16 Worship Service: The Romance of African Methodism: a Study of the African Methodist Episcopalian Church by George A. Singleton and Before the Mayflower: a History of the Negro in America, 1619-1962 by Lerone Bennet.

On Sunday, August 16, we welcome Brenda Johnson, for “Courageous Conversations” with Mary Koon. Brenda was ordained in 2017 as a local elder/clergy in the African Methodist Episcopal Church. Her life verse is Hebrews 1:1, “Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.” And Nehemiah 8:10, “…for the joy of the Lord is my strength.”    

Ms. Johnson is a Transitional Specialist with Stadium View School — part of the Minneapolis School District housed in the Hennepin County Detention Center — where she works with youth and families. Johnson is passionate about youth, families, and those incarcerated and is devoted to interrupting the “cradle-to-prison” pipeline. She is actively involved in the National Education Association. Her work is recognized internationally. We are excited to hear from you, Brenda! Welcome!

Rev. Denise Dunbar Perkins to preach on Aug. 9

On Sunday, August 9, we welcome Reverend Denise Dunbar Perkins. Join us at 9:30 a.m. for our virtual Worship Service!

The Reverend Denise Dunbar-Perkins is an Honorably Retired Presbyterian Church USA Minister from a Specialized Ministry of Board-Certified Chaplaincy at AbbottNorthwestern Hospital in Minneapolis, where she also served as an adjunct Clinical Pastoral Education Facilitator and chaplain preceptor for CPE students. 

Her work included providing pastoral care to patients and their families through spiritual assessment, sacramental ministry, bereavement assessment and support, bio-ethics or health care decision making support, consultation with staff, End of Life, life transitions with the elderly and connection with the interfaith religious community. Her specialty was in attending to the cultural/emotional/spiritual aspects and challenges with long term and life limiting medical conditions. 

She also served as a public speaker with a focus on the healthcare concerns of the communities of color (HIV, diabetes, cancer, etc.) and the church’s response to them. 

She is one of the original founding members of Kwanzaa (now Liberty) Community Church PC(USA) in North Minneapolis, the only African American Presbyterian Church in Minnesota and is also the first African-American female to be ordained into Presbyterian ministry in the State of Minnesota. In the last 24 years within the church, she has served locally, nationally and internationally as a speaker, teacher, preacher, workshop leader, curriculum writer and worship leader. She also been an adjunct professor at United Theological Seminary, where she received her Master of Divinity, teaching on Black church culture and Womanist Theology. Additionally, she is a former high school history teacher which informs her passion around paying attention to what has gone on before us in society. 

Denise is currently serves on the Called Ministry team for the Presbytery of the Twin Cities Area  and she is our Presbytery liaison to the Pastor Nominating Committee. 

Pride Sunday

Join us online at 9:30 a.m. on June 14, 2020, for Pride Sunday. The Worship Service will feature meditations from Oak Grove’s Rainbow Fellowship.