Outdoor Ministry Summer 2021 Events

As we come to the end of the 2020-2021 Outdoor Ministry season (what a weird one it has been) we hope you will join us for any or all of the one-day events we have planned in the Twin Cities and Greater Minnesota.

Senior Graduate Day
Wednesday, August 4, 9:00 am- 2:00 pm
Hidden Falls Park, St. Paul

All high school graduates from 2020 and 2021 are invited to Hidden Falls Park in St. Paul to reconnect with friends, play a few games, and share a meal.

MNIPL – Be the Spark!
Thursday, August 5, 9:00 am – 2:00 pm
United Church of Christ, New Brighton
$20/person or $40/family

Be the Spark is a dynamic and experiential leadership development workshop that builds community and gives participants organizing tools and strategic approaches for engaging their community of faith in climate change solutions. Be the Spark participants learn how to invite the gifts and skills of those in their community to take action that inspires a sustained and creative effort in building a more just and sustainable world.

Appropriate for ages 12 and up. Lunch and refreshments provided.

Organic Farm Tour
Saturday, August 7, 10:00 am- 2:00 pm
Auntie Annie’s Fields, Northfield
$20/person or $40/family

Visit a local family organic farm in the Northfield area, owned and operated by the O’Sullivan family. Learn more about what it means to run a family farm—economically, spiritually, socially—and the practical pitfalls and joys. Elizabeth, a United Theological Seminary student, and her family will give a hands-on discussion about why they decided to farm. Be prepared to do a little “farming” while you are there.

This is open to all ages. A light lunch and refreshments will be provided.

Rest and Renew at Green Island
Sunday, August 8, 1:00 pm- 6:00 pm
Green Island Preserve, Wadena
$20/person or $40/family

Experience this unique opportunity to relax and meditate on the beautifully maintained paths of this old family farm that has transitioned into an oasis for contemplation and connection with Mother Earth. Stroll through the 30 acres of trees and sculptures. Meditate in the kuti, check out the amazing garden, and join the discussion with owner Kent Scheer as he talks about reimagining this old family farm into a place where conservation and spiritual practice intertwine.

First Congregational UCC of Wadena donated the materials used to create a campfire space, where the day will end with a light meal and s’mores. There is space for those who would like to bring a tent and camp overnight. Please contact Sheri Nelson if you would like more information: sherin@uccmn.org.

This is open to all ages.