I’m New Here

If the Spirit leads you to be a part of this community we will welcome you, and we know that the new insights and gifts that you bring will enrich us. To the glory of God!

We are delighted you have found your way to us. We gladly invite you to learn about the Oak Grove congregation. We stream our worship services on Facebook. The most recent videos are archived on our Sermons web page.

WELCOME! Oak Grove Presbyterian is a vibrant, loving, open-hearted, generous community – always learning and growing in Christ. Our Church strives to express God’s love in all we do and affirms the sacred worth of all persons and the earth.

We celebrate individuals of every sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, race, ethnicity, physical and intellectual abilities, economic status, political perspective, age, family composition, country of origin, and citizenship status. We all are created in the image of God! We recognize our differences and do not seek to erase them but to use them as a source of strength and encouragement as we journey together as co-creators of a world in which justice, peace, mercy, and love flourish.

Oak Grove is located in the center of Bloomington, MN, on Dakota land. As a community, we continue to learn more about this sacred land and its people.

Oak Grove is a progressive congregation, proud of its long history in the community, but looking forward – not backward. Oak Grove is unusually open to new ideas and new ways of doing things.

 Our heart is mission. We are vitally involved in numerous mission ventures, locally and around the world.

Jesus welcomed the little children. So do we! We invest a significant amount of our resources in children, youth, and family programming.

Our music program is known both for its quality and for how much fun the participants have!

We are fully welcoming of LGBTQ+ folks and have an active Rainbow Fellowship. Our restrooms are fully accessible for all genders.

We are a courageous place. We value honest conversations. We know that we don’t have all the answers, but we do wrestle with the questions. We try to follow Jesus and are open to the Spirit leading us.

We are glad to be a part of the Presbyterian family, but our allegiance is to Jesus, not to any denomination. Many of our members have come from other denominations or from no church background at all.

We hope that you will feel at home with us! If you would like more information about the church, or would like to speak with a pastor, please call 952-888-4621 or email administrator@oakgrv.org. We look forward to connecting with you.

Worship

We attempt to craft worship services with integrity and vitality, in which all ages are welcome.

Congregational and choral singing is accompanied by a variety of instruments and includes both traditional and contemporary hymns.

Sunday Worship times are 8:15 & 10:45 a.m. with Faith Formation for adults and children at 9:15 am during the School Year. Our Summer Worship schedule begins Memorial Day weekend with one service at 9:30 a.m.

What Should I Wear?

It doesn’t matter what you wear. Some people wear suits or dresses; others come in casual slacks, jeans or shorts. You are welcome regardless of what you decide to wear.

What Do You Do in Worship?

We will not ask you to stand up and introduce yourselves. Our services are informal, fairly traditional, but with a variety of music.  Our chancel choir normally sings at the 10:45 service and at both services on the first Sunday of the month.  There is a children’s time at both services. The 8:15 worship service usually lasts 45-55 minutes. The 10:45 service usually lasts 55-65 minutes. Generally we rise for prayers and songs. There is no kneeling.

Are Children Welcome?

Yes. To encourage the presence and participation of children, we make available “worship bags” filled with learning activities for our youngest worshipers and also set aside a special time in the service for a story or conversation specifically with them. Professional child care is available during every worship service in our well-equipped nursery for infants or toddlers, but parents are welcome to keep their children with them throughout the service if they wish.  We have a high tolerance for the joyful noises of little ones. We have an area in the front of the sanctuary on the right (as you look toward the front) with plush toys and quiet activities.  A number of our young families choose to sit in that area.

Do I Need to Make a Financial Gift?

No. The offering part of the service is our way of giving back to God for the many blessings we have received, but there is no obligation to make a contribution.

If there is Communion, Should I Participate?

The sacrament of communion is celebrated on the first Sunday of each month. Oak Grove Presbyterian is an inclusive church and all are welcome to participate. Gluten-free bread is provided for those who are gluten intolerant. Children are welcome to participate as well, if parents allow.

Is the Church Handicapped Accessible?

Yes.  There are many handicapped parking spaces available outside the main doors.  We have members who use wheelchairs, walkers, oxygen, and canes and access to the church is not a problem.

Core Values at Oak Grove

Remembering our rich history
Serving the local and global community
Working for justice and peace
Growing multi-culturally
Welcoming all; Open and affirming
Seeking to follow Jesus wherever the Spirit leads