St. Anthony Park UCC is located in St. Paul, near the State Fair grounds and the University of Minnesota St. Paul campus. The church was founded in 1886, so we’re 130 years old. Our tagline is: “Christian Tradition, Progressive Faith, All Are Welcome”
Our church members represent all ages, every decade, from newborns to our oldest member who is 106 years old. We have more than 50 children and youth, so we do A LOT of intergenerational ministry. We have hosted an All-Church retreat at Pilgrim Point camp.
We concentrate on building amazing disciples/followers of Jesus, not an amazing church. We take action as public witnesses: marching in the Gay Pride parade, serving on a phone-bank for marriage equality, and taking part in the Service of Lament and Prayer after the Philando Castile shooting. We attend the Prayer Vigil at the Ramsey County Detention Center where immigrant detainees are held, and we are in the discernment process about becoming a Sanctuary Supporting Church.
We are a financially generous congregation (we’re 5 for 5! among other giving) and are fiscally strong. Our church recently hosted two benefit concerts to raise funds and awareness – one for the ACLU of Minnesota, another for the Center for Victims of Torture. We try new things, such as sponsoring a refugee family from Syria, going on a Mission Trip to Back Bay Mission in Biloxi, renovating /”greening” our building to be more energy efficient .
We open our building to the Schubert Club-Music in the Park Series, St. Anthony Park Co-op Preschool, Boy Scout Troop 17, and the Full Moon Meditation Group. Members of the church march in the classic small-town St. Anthony Park 4th of July parade.
The church sponsors three ongoing support groups: Caregiver, Bereavement, and Depression. We enjoy one another’s company. We love one another. We carry each other through the river of life.
At St. Anthony Park UCC we prioritize our connection with the Minnesota Conference UCC and all UCCers with whom we are in covenant.