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We welcome those who are looking for a place to be married, for funeral and memorial services, and for other special celebrations or events. For fees and detailed information, please call the church office at 651-451-6223.

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Worship Gatherings

Sunday Worship: Posted every Sunday by 10 am
Midweek Reflection: Posted on Wednesdays
Wednesday Study Group @ 7 pm via Zoom
Thursday Men’s Book Study @ 8 am via Zoom

Mailing Address

535 20th Avenue North
South Saint Paul, Minnesota 55075
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Phone & Email

Phone – 651-451-6223
Email – [email protected]
Rev. Tom Watson – [email protected]
Church Administrator Eleta Pierce – [email protected]

Church Sacraments

Frequently Asked Questions

Do you celebrate Communion?

Our worship includes the Sacrament of Communion once each month and on special occasions. We are pleased to share the Lord’s Supper with all who come to the table—there is no membership requirement. We believe that Jesus is the host and we are all his guests, from wherever and however we come to be filled.

The elements of communion in our setting include gluten-free bread and grape juice—trays of each are passed along the pews and shared together. Children are welcome to participate in communion at the discretion of their parents or grandparents. An annual workshop for families helps children and their parents understand more about this sacrament.

Can we be married in your church?

Weddings mark the joining of two people in God’s love. Weddings are available for members and non-members alike.

Weddings in the church are occasions of worship and the celebration of love, and First Presbyterian is a beautiful place to begin married life together! Couples wishing to be married in the church should contact the church office at least six months in advance of the desired date. A deposit is required at the time of booking. Normally the pastor of the congregation officiates at any wedding held in the church, but guest pastors may be invited in special circumstances. The guidelines and policies for weddings may be found here.

Would you baptize my child?

The Sacrament of Baptism is a sign of belonging to the church and an affirmation of commitment by the parents and the congregation. It is offered for infants of members and their extended families, older children, youth and adults. Baptisms are an act of the congregation and always take place in the midst of a regular worship service.

In infant baptisms, members of the church promise to help parents and families raise their child and nurture them in faith. It is a very special occasion in our worship life together.

What holiday traditions do you celebrate?

Special seasons and times in the year bring additional services and opportunities for worship. Lent, the six weeks leading up to Easter each spring, is a time for reflection and prayer in our tradition and features a Wednesday evening service of music and story in a casual setting preceded by a simple supper of soup and bread. Easter Sunday is a glorious time of celebration and features two services of worship. Christmas Eve is also a special time of celebration and includes several evening services highlighted by the music of the season.

Will you perform a funeral or memorial service for my loved one?

These services are open to members and non-members alike. Funerals and memorial services in the church are opportunities for the family and community to gather in grief at the loss and celebration of the life of a loved one.

The worship service focuses on a witness to the resurrection and sharing the memories of the deceased. A simple reception of coffee and cookies may be held following the service and is hosted by the Board of Deacons of the church. A meal may also be catered in, and the Deacons will assist in serving and clean-up.

Do you bury ashes?

The Memorial Garden is available to members and non-members for the interment of human cremains (ashes from cremation) in a common vault or in individual plots. The main area is a sealed vault below the ground where ashes are poured and co-mingled with the ashes of others. A limited number of individual plots are also available where ashes are poured directly into the ground in a spot determined by the church and plotted on a grid. Sprinkling of ashes is not available in the Memorial Garden. Information about the Memorial Garden and pre-planning interment is available here.

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