Worship at Lake Harriet United Methodist Church

What will worship look like this Summer?
Lake Harriet UMC has a COVID task force comprised of church staff and business and medical professionals working together to make ongoing recommendations during the COVID pandemic. They are watching, reading, and learning as they help our community make worship and business decisions to keep us safe, and make decisions about in-person ministry.
COVID-19 Update – June 1, 2021 

There is good news to celebrate!

The CDC 7-Day Positivity Rate for Hennepin County is 2.45% as of June 2.

CDC 7-Day Positivity Rate Tracker

The vaccination rate for Hennepin County is trending up. In the city of Minneapolis, 78.6% of residents age 15 and older have received at least one vaccine dose. 62.05% of the population age 12 and up have received at least one dose. https://mn.gov/covid19/vaccine/data/index.jsp,

Mayor Frey Ends Mask Mandate

The Minnesota Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church has moved to the “BLUE” phase. This means that churches can now open with no capacity limits, but social distancing is still recommended in this phase.



What does this mean for Lake Harriet UMC?

In addition to the 9:00a livestream worship service, there are now two opportunities to worship onsite: 
9:00a In-person Studio Worship, 10:30a Outdoor Worship (for the month of June).


9:00a Studio Worship 


As of June 9, NO ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED. We will adhere to our limit of 50 people in the sanctuary through the month of June.
Beginning in July, there will be no social distancing requirements and no capacity limits. While the mask mandate for the city of Minneapolis has been lifted, Lake Harriet UMC strongly encourages the wearing of masks in worship as a way to stand in solidarity with those who cannot be vaccinated, those who have health concerns that make them vulnerable, and with children who cannot yet be vaccinated. Wearing a mask is a simple thing we can do to love our neighbor and keep everyone healthy. The mask recommendation will continue to be evaluated throughout the summer monitoring COVID-19 cases, vaccination rates, and vaccination availability changes. The CDC strongly recommends those who have not been vaccinated to wear masks.


When you arrive on Sunday morning, please make your way to the Sanctuary. The Commons (lobby) is not large enough to accommodate crowds and maintain safe social distancing. When you enter the Sanctuary, you may notice that things look a little different than they did pre-pandemic. 


The COVID-19 Task Force, staff and Leadership Council will continue to monitor public health guidelines and will continue to re-evaluate our plan and adjust as appropriate. Plans are being made for fall for worship and Christian education for children, youth and adults. 


If you have questions, suggestions or feedback, we’d like to hear from you. Send your thoughts to church@lakeharrietumc.org


Please be gentle with yourself and others during this time of transition. Re-entering public spaces and crowds can be both exciting and make one anxious. We are hopeful that our June month-of-transition can help us all feel safe, welcome, and respected.


Onsite Studio Worship


Sundays at 9:00a
Beginning June 6
Registration Required
Limited Quantity

We are calling onsite worship “Studio Worship” because you will be part of the livestream recording. It will be a slightly different experience than worship was pre-pandemic. All participants will be required to wear masks. All participants will need to register in advance. Registration is live now and end Saturday, June 5 at midnight. You will be assigned a place to sit in the Sanctuary. The pew spacings have been adjusted to allow for better social distancing, and people will reserve seating “pods” based upon the quantity in their party. Furnishings, musicians, singers, etc. have been moved to ensure social distancing for worship leaders, and to accommodate the four cameras that are used to stream/record the worship service. Under guidance from the MN Dept of Health, no singing will be permitted, though humming along or listening to the many talented musical worship leaders is encouraged. No coffee/cookies will be served, and the drinking fountain has been shut off (bottle filling station is operable).


To register for the June 6 onsite worship, click here to jump to the registration page.

Sundays at 9:00a
We want to affirm that online worship will not become any less important as we start to add in-person worship opportunities! Lake Harriet has a robust online worship service that will continue! John Wesley said, “The world is my parish” and we believe this is true. People from across the metro area and beyond the state of Minnesota participate in online worship either during the live stream, or later when it is more convenient for them. Online worship will likely be our largest worship service and we pray it will continue to grow. We celebrate what God has done and what we are learning through this experience.
To visit our livestream page, click here.

Worship Features and Accessibility

Our building and sanctuary are fully accessible.
If you need access for wheelchairs or walkers in the sanctuary, see an usher.
T-Coil hearing assistance is available
throughout the sanctuary by turning your hearing aid to the T (telephone) position. For assistance, see a sound team member at the back of the Sanctuary.
Children’s bulletins, crayons, and books are available
in the back of Sanctuary: help yourself any time during the service.



Communion is served the first Sunday of the month.

In the United Methodist Church, we serve communion at an open table.
Everyone is invited!
To learn more about Open Table, click here.

Healing Prayers are offered on any fifth Sunday of a month.


Summer Worship Service Schedule

Sunday Morning service at 10:00a
May 24 – September 6, 2020


Relaxed, just like summer. Grab a cup of coffee and a cookie, and begin your week with us!


Worshipping With Children

At Lake Harriet UMC, we embrace kids. Their sounds and presence remind us of the joy, spontaneity, and awesomeness of God. You spend enough time apart during your busy week; join us for worship as a family.

Babies & tots

Our nursery is professionally staffed and available for your child (6 months to 3 years). A beeper will notify you if your child could use your comfort. The Susanna Wesley room also provides space for families to take a break if needed. There you will have a visual of the Sanctuary through one-way glass and audio via speaker for the grown-ups, as well as the Children’s Library for kids.

Kids 3 years & up

Worship materials (books, bulletins, art supplies) are available as you enter the sanctuary. During the sermon, children have the option to accompany an adult leader to a kids’ space for a children’s message that relates to Sunday’s sermon topic. On Communion Sundays, we set this practice aside so we can all gather at God’s table together.