Whether at work, school, or church, we’ve all been new at some point in our lives. Being new can be a source of anxiety, but here at Memorial, we want to make this as welcoming and low-stress as we possibly can.
Worship is at 9:30 am each Sunday, but there’s a lot more than that going on at Memorial.
We’re located right on top of the hill overlooking Afton and the St. Croix River.
15730 S Afton Blvd.
Afton, MN 55001
When you arrive on a Sunday morning, we’ve got greeters right inside the door to welcome you, and to answer any immediate questions you might have.
Coffee and tea are available before worship in the fellowship hall (to the left when you enter the church). Didn’t get a chance to finish your cup? That’s OK, bring it with you to worship.
Free nursery services for young children are provided beginning at 9:15 am each Sunday and lasting through our education hour. The nursery is located downstairs, just below the sanctuary, allowing easy access for any parents that might need to check on, or drop off, children during the service. We also have a separate room in the rear of the sanctuary that provides a place for parents to take children who might need a slight break from service, or just need to move around for a little bit.
When you enter the sanctuary (to the right when you enter the church), ushers will be waiting to greet you and provide our worship bulletins. If you would like an activity bag for any child(ren), please ask the ushers. The ushers can also providing hearing assistants as needed–simply ask.
Our Sunday morning services are classical and contemporary, participatory and liturgical, biblically grounded and musically rich. Sit wherever you would like. We use the Evangelical Lutheran Worship hymnal for our order of service and hymns. Page numbers are printed in your bulletin. Occasionally, we will use the Marty Haugen “Now The Feast” order of service. On those Sundays, it will be given to you along with your bulletin. In the pews you will also find pew Bibles if you would like to look up the readings, though our readings are printed in your bulletins.
During worship, we offer a children’s time, at which children may also pick up a children’s bulletin from the front of the sanctuary.
Communion is celebrated each Sunday, and we welcome all believers to participate.
Following worship, we have a number of things you can participate in.
Our education hour runs from 10:45-11:30 am.
Adult education is offered in our Adult Ed. Classroom (downstairs) for all post-confirmation age and up. The theme for adult education varies throughout the year, please visit the adult education webpage for an update of the current topic.
Children in PreK-grade 6 participate in Sunday School in our downstairs classrooms. Children begin class in the choir room (downstairs) with singing. We have three classes: PreK/K, 1-3, and 4-6. Youth in grades 7-8 participate in Confirmation classes each Sunday during the education hour. Youth meet in the youth room (downstairs).
For children birth-age 3, we offer a special story time, led by our nursery attendant Teresa, each Sunday from 10:45-11:00 am. Nursery care is available for the remainder of the education hour for any parents who need to utilize it.
There is also fellowship time in the fellowship hall for any not participating in another activity.
Each Sunday we have snacks and beverages available in the fellowship hall for all to enjoy.
On many Sundays, we have special events either during the education hour, or immediately following, so please pay attention to the bulletin, in-worship announcements, or any postings to learn more about those. You can also visit the events page on the website.
Our Mission is…
To PROCLAIM the Gospel of Jesus Christ through God’s Word, the sacraments and loving service; To BE a loving and caring community where each person feels genuinely loved; To PROVIDE opportunities for spiritual growth through prayer, worship and study; To MINISTER to the needs of the congregation, the community and the world as the Holy Spirit empowers and leads us; To WELCOME without exception; LISTEN without judgment; and SUPPORT without prejudice all people, and in this way, TO BE CHRIST FOR OTHERS!
What We Believe…
Memorial Lutheran Church is a diverse group of people, coming together as the Body of Christ, convinced that the Holy Spirit is leading us toward unity in the household of God.
As members of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, we are connected to the faith of the church through the ages and around the world.
We believe in the Triune God; Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. We are part of God’s unfolding plan.
When we gather for worship, we connect with believers everywhere and of every time.
When we study the Bible and pray, we are drawn more deeply into God’s own saving story.
When we serve others and address social issues that affect the common good, we live out our Christian faith.
You are invited to be a part of this vibrant community of Christian faith.
The people of Memorial Lutheran Church have been gathering by the river and proclaiming the love of Jesus Christ to the St. Croix Valley since 1882. What started as a group of Swedish immigrants has grown into a diverse community of caring individuals.
While there have been many changes over the last century, one thing remains the same: our commitment to do God’s work for God’s people.
Traditions that have stayed with us:
Advent Vespers- A celebration to mark the beginning of the Advent Season that includes a Vesper service and meal complete with a sampling of Scandinavian holiday fare.
Strawberry Festival – First held in 1882 to celebrate midsummer’s day, a Scandinavian tradition. Today, it continues as a community gathering for all. The festival is held every year in June.
Are you looking to make a commitment to a faith community and take another step in your spiritual life? Memorial Lutheran is an inter-generational, loving gathering of God’s saints and sinners and would love to walk with you in faith!
October 30th, 2016 is the Festival of the Reformation, the day we commemorate the journey of our Lutheran tradition and look forward to how God is calling us to continue to re-form and live boldly in the world for the sake of the gospel. This day is also the day we will welcome new members to the church!
If you are interested in joining the Memorial community please be in touch with Pastor Elizabeth and she will let you know when our next New Member Evening is as well as the next Sunday we will be receiving new members.
“For as in one body we have many members, and not all the members have the same function, so we, who are many, are one body in Christ, and individually we are members one of another.” Romans 12:4-5
For more information how you can be a part of Memorial Lutheran Church, call 651-436-1138, or email Pastor Elizabeth.
There are a number of activities and events that take place throughout the week at Memorial. Please visit the Fellowship, Service, Music and Education pages, as well as the events calendar for more information.
We host boy scouts on Monday nights, kettle bell classes on Tuesdays and Thursdays, and AA on Saturday mornings. For more information about any of these community groups, or with any other questions, please contact the church office, 651-436-1138.