Worship at Lake Harriet United Methodist Church


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.

Our Task Force has recommended re-opening the building for limited in-person worship (up to 50 people) and small groups (up to 10 people) when the CDC 7-Day Positivity Rate falls to 3% or less for Hennepin County. https://covid.cdc.gov/covid-data-tracker/#county-view

The Leadership Council, at their February meeting, approved this recommendation and plan for our congregation. To read the full text of the recent LHUMC COVID Task Force recommendations, click here.


We are hitting the 3% rate for Hennepin County more and more.

It goes a little above 3% or a little below 3% but is definitely trending in the right direction! 


If the current positivity rates continue, beginning Palm Sunday, March 28, limited registration-required, in-person worship of up to 50 people will be permitted in the Sanctuary. We are calling this “Studio Worship.” You will be part of the recording of the livestream worship service. Face coverings are required. No singing is allowed, though you can hum along or just listen to the musicians. Sign-ups will be available on the church website starting Wednesday, March 24. We’d like as many people from the congregation to be able to worship in person, if they feel safe, so if you sign up for one week, wait another week to give others a turn.


Before Palm Sunday, staff is hard at work making sure we are ready for you! We are running some “practice” Sundays to make sure our safety procedures and hospitality are ready.



To protect our community and all those using our church building, we ask that you answer the following questions before attending an onsite gathering:

  • Are you currently experiencing a cough, fever (>100.4), chills, sore throat, muscle pain, loss of smell or taste, vomiting, or shortness of breath?
  • Are you currently caring for someone who is ill?
  • During the last two weeks, have you been diagnosed with COVID-19?
  • During the last two weeks, have you had contact with someone diagnosed with COVID-19 or suspected to have COVID-19?
  • During the last two weeks, have you lived in or visited a place where COVID-19 is spreading?
  • Do you consider yourself high-risk, unable to follow the in-person meeting precautions, or otherwise feel uncomfortable with attending an in-person gathering?
If you answered yes to any of the screening questions, please continue to worship online.



Sundays at 9:00a
Beginning March 28
Registration Required

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 will begin Wednesday, March 24, at noon (watch this page for a link that day at that time). 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).  

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.