Mission & Ministries

The House of Hope Presbyterian church has a longstanding tradition of supporting the work of local, national and international groups.   Below is a selection of some of our outreach programs.  For information about any of the following groups or to volunteer, please call the church office at (651) 227-6311.

"Let your light so shine before all, that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven." (Matthew 5:16)

Community Outreach | Within The House of Hope


Community Outreach

Capital City Grief Coalition:  Area churches participate in providing ongoing grief support groups for persons suffering the loss of a loved one through death. Thursdays evening from 5:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. Location changes every thirteen weeks.

Central High School Tutoring Program:  Tutor at-risk students at St. Paul Central High School to assist with basic reading and math learning skills.  Orientation and teacher support provided for volunteers.

Community Garden will kick off its fourth year of producing fresh vegetables to help feed the hungry of our community. Last year the garden yielded nearly a ton of fresh produce, all of which was donated to Neighborhood House food shelf in St. Paul. The garden is staffed solely by volunteers, and we need your help!  Whether you consider yourself a master gardener or don't know a cabbage from a carrot, your help is urgently needed.  Time commitment is as varied as our volunteers--work as your own schedule permits.  Families are welcome as well.  What a great way to teach children the value of gardening as well as helping their community.  For more information, contact Terri Mattila (garden manager) at matt0547@umn.edu / 651-307-9919, or Angela Penniman (assistant manager) at angelapenniman@gmail.com / 720-840-6252.

Dayton Avenue Joint Projects: This project joins the efforts of the congregations of The House of Hope and Dayton Avenue Presbyterian Church. One project offers volunteers the opportunity to serve one Saturday morning every other month from nine until noon to work in the clothing center at Dayton Avenue Church located at 217 Mackubin Street in St. Paul. Another project involves gathering school supplies before the start of the school year for children of a nearby school.

Food Shelves:  First Sunday each month is Food Shelf Sunday. Non-perishable groceries contributed by the congregation are donated to neighboring food shelves.  Donations may be left on the table by the Elizabeth Chapel.

Habitat for Humanity:  Helping alleviate the housing crisis by assisting low-income families construct or renovate their homes. Need men, women, and youth (if 14-15, with parent). Activities include: Saturday Work Crew on the second Saturday of each month from October-April; weekday Work Crew on the third Thursday of each month; Summer Work Camp Crew for one to five days during a week in the summer. Food Crew to provide lunches for our work crews. Other Volunteer Activities such as: working in the Habitat office and warehouse; donating services, building materials, and lots; participating in special events; and serving on various Habitat committees.

Kwanzaa Community Church:  This mission of the Presbytery provides programs to the Hawthorne neighborhood of North Minneapolis, including worship, Christian education, HIV/AIDS ministry, gang intervention, pregnancy prevention, recovery programs, after school programs and meals, and reading enrichment.

Loaves and Fishes Meal Program:  Prepare and serve a hot evening meal to our neighbors in the Frogtown area of St. Paul. Third Monday of each month.

Project Home:  Extend hospitality and friendship as a host/ hostess for one or more evenings (5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.) or overnights (8:00 p.m. to 7:00 a.m.) when House of Hope hosts the St. Paul Council of Church's overnight family homeless shelter in our Youth Room. Our commitment for the shelter is for 31 days during the month of October. Your time spent with these families can make a difference in their lives and yours. Families, including children, are encouraged to serve together. Click here to learn how you can help!

Red Cross Blood Drives:  Watch church publications for opportunities to give blood for neighbors in need during earthquakes, floods, fires, storms, and also for the deeply personal and often quiet disasters that require a gift of blood.

YWCA Family Night Out (Women in Transition): Gather at a location near House of Hope from 6:00 p.m.to 8:00 p.m. for one evening each month. The women of the Y's Transitional Housing program and their children join with House of Hope volunteers in a variety of activities emphasizing recreation, fellowship and fun.  Families with children and youth of all ages are encouraged to attend.


Within The House of Hope

Children's Christian Education:  Birth through Grade 5.  Volunteer on a nursery committee, as a member of a teaching team or as a leader in the art room, computer room, movie theater, with music or puppets and drama.  Commitment ranges from every other Sunday to once in a while.

Choir School:  For children age 3 through High School seniors, the Choir School offers comprehensive musical instruction in a variety of unique and engaging environments. Sessions, classes, and rehearsals for children age 3 through eighth grade is on Wednesday afternoons starting at 4:00 p.m. High School choristers rehearse on Monday afternoons starting at 4:30 p.m.

Cloister Gallery:  A unique opportunity to view the work of local and regional artists.  The Cloister Gallery Committee welcomes volunteers to help hang art on the last Tuesday of each month from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. We also welcome suggestions of artists whose works could be considered for the monthly show.

Communion GuildPrepare elements for the communion service.

Family Fun:  Participate in fun activities for families to enjoy together, including the Advent Celebration and other special events. Volunteers are invited to help plan and implement family activities and celebrations.

Funeral Ushering Committee:  Usher at funeral/memorial services and/or serve light refreshments at receptions for families and friends following the services.

Greeters:  Extend warmth and hospitality to members, visitors, and friends as they arrive at Sunday worship, afternoon worship, or special events.

Hard Hats:  Men and women volunteers who assist with maintenance and upkeep in and around the church building.

Intercessors Guild:  Pray one day of each month to assist those in need.  To submit a prayer request, please contact the church office at (651) 227-6311.

Library Committee:  Order, catalogue, and maintain books for the church library. Committee normally meets at the church Tuesday from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m., but other arrangements can be made.

Mission Sewing: Meets September through June. The Mission Sewing group has pledged to make enough tied fleece blankets for every bed when Prior Crossing opens its doors. We expect to begin working on this project in January. In order to complete this, we plan to set aside a “tie-day” sometime in the late winter or early spring when anyone interested can come and help. Mission Sewing will purchase the fleece material and cut it into lengths. There is no sewing involved—only the ability to cut and tie fringes. Watch for further information. This project is in addition to our regular work of making quilts for the YWCA “Women in Transition” program. We also accept knit or crochet caps and mittens for the Community of Peace Academy and Campbell soup labels for a Navajo mission in Arizona. We meet on the first Thursday of the month from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Dining Rooms A and B. Those who sew are especially needed, but there are lots of jobs for nonsewers. Cutting and sewing as well as knitting and crocheting could be done at home and brought in to the church. Come for an hour or two, or bring a sandwich and stay for lunch, coffee and conversation. For questions call Janet Brownell at 651-765-4990 or Dianne Smith at 651-698-4183.

Motet Choir:  This is the adult choir of House of Hope. Rehearsals 7:00 p.m. to 9 p.m. Wednesday evenings and 8:15 a.m. Sunday mornings. During the summer, Wednesday evening rehearsals are eliminated and those who wish to participate just for the summer are welcomed on Sunday mornings at the 9:15 a.m. rehearsal.

New Member Sponsors:  Generally church deacons, but occasionally additional sponsors are needed. Interested church members should volunteer to be called upon as needed, up to four times a year. The basic commitment is to attend the final new member gathering and act as an information resource for new members.

Pew Rack Organizers:  Meets the 3rd Monday of each month from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. to replenish informational materials in the pew racks.

Tableaux Service Workers:  The House of Hope Christmas Eve Tableaux service is put on by youth and adult members of House of Hope. One of the key pieces of the service is the tableaux itself. Help is always appreciated for the set-up and take down of the set. Set-up usually occurs after second service on the Sunday before Christmas Eve and take down is immediately following the Tableaux service.

Our former associate pastor, Josh Heikkila,  is now the Regional Liaison for West Africa for the Presbyterian Church  (USA), based in Accra, Ghana. He works with Presbyterian Churches all across West Africa, to strengthen connections between them and the congregations, presbyteries, and General Assembly of the PC(USA). The Mission and Benevolence Committee of The House of Hope has voted to support Josh's work in Africa and he is now one of our mission partners.