Christian Education | Youth Groups | Confirmation | Worship and Music | Family Activities and Fellowship | Study and Discussion Groups | Presbyterian Women | Women’s Circles | Men’s Fellowship | Outreach
Our children’s Sunday School classes meet at 10:30 AM. Children come to the sanctuary at the beginning of the worship service, then after a brief Children’s Time, they are dismissed to their class in the CE building adjacent to the church. We use the Sparkhouse Whirl Lectionary curriculum. The adult class meets before worship at 9:15 AM in the downstairs south room of the church building. During the summer months, Sunday School classes do not meet.
Children at Hope Community learn Christian principles and how to apply them. Each year Hope Kids put on a Christmas Program and engage in more long-term global and local service projects. Past projects include the world hunger Heifer Project, the Bill’s House homeless project here on the Iron Range, the local homeless shelter, and a Babies’ Home project in Mampong, Ghana. We kick off our Sunday School year with a congregational Back-to-School barbecue in September.
When active, our Youth Group has participated in a variety of activities. Past activities include:
- Kayaking on the Brule River
- Nature hikes
- Summer canoe trip in Canada
- Preparing a Thanksgiving dinner for the congregation
- Food Shelf Scavenger Hunt
- Pumpkin carving for the Convalescent Center
- A Super Bowl party
- Taking Headstart children shopping at Target
Confirmation at Hope takes place when young people are in the 9th Grade. Confirmation consists of classes and structured learning activities designed to prepare young people for membership. The Confirmation Program is led by the pastor and runs from October to May, culminating in Confirmation Sunday when confirmands are received into membership.
Ministry to Adults
Study and Discussion Groups
Food for Thought meets Tuesdays at noon in the CE building conference room. This is a study of contemporary world issues, drawing from a variety of media sources. Bring your lunch and join in.
Presbyterian Women is made up of all of the women who are members of the church. The following is our stated purpose: “Seeking to be obedient to God’s call in Jesus Christ, we unite to support the mission of the Presbyterian Church, to help one another to grow in Christian faith and understanding, and to act in Christian concern in the company of God’s people everywhere.”
Our many activities include the following:
- Annual Thank Offering
- Lenten Service followed by a fellowship dinner
- Birthday Offering
In addition to the Presbyterian Women, the church also has two women’s circles. They are the Hannah Circle and the Sarah Circle. The circles meet once a month and work in conjunction with the Presbyterian Women on many projects.
The men of the church meet for fellowship and breakfast on the first Thursday of the month at 8:30 a.m. at the North Gate Cafe.
Each year, the Hope Men have gone on a fishing trip in June, usually over a three-day weekend. The trips have been in Northern Minnesota and Southern Ontario, Canada.
On the second Tuesday of every month, the men get together to serve a meal at the Community Kitchen. All men of the church are encouraged to become involved in these fellowship activities.
The Hope Men also participate in highway cleanup every spring.
Outreach and Community Involvement
The congregation of Hope Community Presbyterian Church views itself as a church in mission. With an ever-increasing awareness that the gospel message of Jesus Christ commands us to be concerned with the needs of those outside the church doors, the congregation budgets for mission giving both nationally and globally through the mission agencies of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), and locally to worthwhile community projects. Current projects include:
- Congregations Caring for the Earth – We are a member of Congregations Caring for the Earth, an ecumenical, interfaith group of congregations who have chosen to work together to help highlight in our faith communities the connection between our faith and our relationship with the earth creation. As part of the Iron Range Parnership for Sustainability, we are delighted to participate in the annual Iron Range Earth Fest in the spring and the Harvest Festival in the fall.
- Mesabi Community College Outreach – Hope actively pursues connections with out-of-state MCC students to help them feel that they have a “home away from home” during holiday celebration times and special church events and dinners. Students join us for our annual church picnic in Olcott Park every August.
- Salvation Army Supper Club – On a monthly basis, members of Hope prepare and serve meals at the Salvation Army Supper Club in Virginia.