What to Expect
We recognize that many people visiting a church for the first time do so with a bit of uncertainty and fear, but we trust that you will feel warmly welcomed and made to feel comfortable at St. Michael's.
St. Michael's is a community of faith, a church home, composed of families, couples and singles of a variety of ages and backgrounds who bring with them their joys and sorrows, their hopes and fears, their dreams and doubts.
We gather to have our faith nurtured that we might go out into the world secure in God's love and to care for all people in God's name.
If you scroll down, you'll find more helpful information about St. Michaels. But the best way to get to know St. Michael's is to talk with people here. Don't hesitate to strike up a conversation with one of our pastors, an usher, people sitting with you in the pew, and learn more about our worship, education, fellowship and service in the world.
How do I get there? Where do I park?
St. Michael's is located on County Road B - between Snelling and Fairview Avenues in Roseville. The parking lot is located on the south side of the building. Click here for a map and to get directions.
What times are your worship services?
From September through May we worship at 8:45 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. on Sunday mornings. From Memorial Day through Labor Day we worship at 10:00 a.m. on Sunday and 7:00 p.m. on Monday.
While both services are rooted in the Lutheran liturgy, each service has its own feeling. Music at the 8:45 a.m. service features piano, guitar and other instruments, while the pipe organ at our 11 a.m. service offers a more formal environment. The summer 10:00 a.m. service is accompanied by the pipe organ, and the Monday night service is more informal and accompanied by the piano.
What happens during worship?
As you enter the church, a friendly usher will greet you and hand you a bulletin to guide you through the service. All of our services include responsive readings, readings from the Bible, preaching, singing, and prayer. At times you will be invited to stand, sing, greet your neighbor, be in silence and read responsively.
Communion is offered at St. Michael's on the first, third and fifth Sundays of the month and also on Christmas Eve, Easter and Pentecost. At St. Michael's everyone is invited to receive communion. Children are welcome to receive communion, but if they choose not to they are welcome to come forward to receive a word of blessing.
At all of our services we continue the ancient Christian practice of receiving an offering to support the ministry of the church and to reach out to the world to serve those in need. We welcome your gifts. If you are unable to give financially, we encourage you to find a way to share your time and talent with the church, another organization or a neighbor in need.
What should I wear?
Some people come to worship dressed more formally, others come more casually. We encourage you to come dressed in a way that feels most appropriate and comfortable for you.
How long do services last?
Worship will typically last about an hour.
Are children welcome?
Absolutely! We not only welcome but encourage children of all ages to join worship. If little ones get fidgety there is a "children's room" at the back of the sanctuary. The service can also be heard in the Courtyard Room right next to the sanctuary, and there is nursery care available as well. There are also activity bags available at the back of the church which holds paper, color crayons, and books.
Is there a fellowship time after church?
Immediately following each service there are refreshments and a time for fellowship in the Courtyard Room which is right outside the main doors as your enter the sanctuary.
Is there adult education on Sunday morning?
Between the worship services, from 10:00 to 10:50 a.m. we invite adults to participate in our Religion in Life hour. Speakers from around the community help us expand our understanding of scripture, deepen our faith and discover how to weave our faith in to our daily life. To find out more about the topics and speakers, click on Christian Education; then go to Religion in Life under Adult Education.
Is the church accessible?
Virtually all the building is on one level making every room but the balcony accessible. There are two steps up to the altar. When worshipers are unable to navigate the steps, we are very glad to bring communion to them in their pews.
Families with children
Families of all sizes, configurations and hues are welcome and cherished at St. Michael's. The church provides an engaging and comprehensive Christian Education ministry, a Children's Music program, along with fellowship and service opportunities.
Sundays-Childcare and Church School
While we welcome and encourage children of all ages to be present at worship, we do provide a fully staffed nursery from 8:30 a.m. until 12:15 a.m. each Sunday. The nursery, along with one of the bathrooms off the Fellowship Hall, are equipped with changing tables.
Sunday School for ages 3 through senior high school
Rooted in the Scriptures and the Christian tradition, St. Michael's Sunday School ministry offers a range of options for learning, service and friendship each Sunday from 10:00 a.m. to 10:50 a.m. from the Sunday after Labor Day to the Sunday before Memorial Day.
Three and four-year olds and kindergarten-age children meet in individual classrooms with loving teachers who will make them feel cared for as they begin to learn more about God's love for them. First through fifth graders participate in a workshop rotation program where each week, for a month, they explore a specific bible theme, biblical person, or passage from the bible using art, drama, cooking, science, movies, the computer lab, etc. After meeting together in the Fellowship Hall, the students split out by class to engage in these creative learning opportunities led by adults from the congregation. Each class also has a shepherd who spends the year with them so the students have a familiar face each Sunday. The sixth and seventh graders meet in individual classrooms with teachers who lead them in an overview of the Old and New Testaments. Eighth and ninth graders participate in confirmation. Students in grades 10 through 12 meet with one of the pastors in the youth room for a time of discussion and discovery.
To find out more details about the program, click on the Education page.
In baptism we make visible what has always been true - that this child is a beloved child of God. Parents and the congregation also make promises to help nurture the child in the Christian faith and to learn how to live in response to God's love. If you are interested in having your child baptized, please contact the church office at 651-631-1510 and speak with one of the pastors.
St. Michael's has a two-year confirmation ministry for youth in eighth and ninth grades. This ministry guides students in exploring their faith and learning how it can give shape to their lives. The classes meet on Wednesday evenings from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. and Sunday mornings from 10 a.m. to 10:50 a.m. The classes are taught by the pastors of the congregation. The Rite of Confirmation takes place in for tenth graders on Reformation Sunday.
Children's Music Ministry
Music is an important part of the Sunday School program. We also have two youth choirs and a youth bell choir. To find out more, click on the Worship page.
How can I get more information?
You can talk with one of the pastors following worship or you can contact the church office at email@example.com or 651-631-1510.