UPDATE: Struggling Minnesota church plans relaunch

Updated: January 24, 2020 07:22 PM
Created: January 20, 2020 01:15 PM

(Associated Press) - COTTAGE GROVE, Minn. - UPDATE: In a Jan. 20 story about the planned relaunch of Grove United Methodist Church's campus in Cottage Grove, Minnesota, The Associated Press, relying on information from the St. Paul Pioneer Press, erroneously reported that the church was asking older congregants to leave in the hopes of becoming more attractive to younger families.

The church, which also has a campus in nearby Woodbury, has asked current members to wait 15 to 18 months after the Cottage Grove campus re-launches before returning to worship there, but it didn't single out older members in that request.


The story also erroneously reported the age of the pastor who will be guiding the relaunch and the number of children he has. Jeremy Peters is 32 years old, not 30, and he and his wife have three children, not two.


(Associated Press) -  COTTAGE GROVE, Minn. - A struggling Minnesota church is asking its older parishioners to go away in hopes of making it more attractive to young families.

Grove United Methodist Church in the St. Paul suburb of Cottage Grove is closing in June, with plans to relaunch in November. The St. Paul Pioneer Press reports the present members, most of them over 60 years old, will be invited to worship elsewhere.

Church officials say the congregation needs a reset and the best way is to appeal to younger people. The Methodists’ regional body is paying $250,000 to restart the church.

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