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Sunday Gathering

Get an online taste of our vision for The Grove Planting Project’s worship experience — powerful music, compelling teaching, and a truly welcoming environment.

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Groups

Build relationships and find encouragement for following the way of Jesus in everyday life.

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Events

Have fun and connect with others as we work with community partners to make Cottage Grove an even better place to live.

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Partnerships

Come alongside other community organizations working to meet the needs of families in Cottage Grove.

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Join us each Sunday evening at 5pm on Facebook Live or Church Online for an alternative worship experience.

What’s alternative mean?

 

Groups

Groups are intentionally smaller environments meant to grow meaningful relationships and encourage us in following the way of Jesus. With the onset of the COVID-19, most groups have been moved fully online.

Cottage Grove and Surrounding Area – Laid Off, Furloughed, and Job Loss group

This group is meant to share resources and build community for those in the Cottage Grove (MN) area who have been laid off, furloughed, or lost their job due to COVID-19.

Our hope is that you find this group to be empowering and encouraging. As such, members who disrespect or discourage one another may be removed at the administrator’s discretion.

ONLINE THROUGHOUT THE WEEK 

Parenting Forward discussion group

Have you been moved by the death of George Floyd to engage with your family in conversation around reforming our systems and our souls? Let’s come together to discuss “Parenting Forward: How to Raise Children with Justice, Mercy, and Kindness.” If you live in Cottage Grove and surrounding areas, we’ll even buy the ebook for you.

TUESDAY NIGHTS AT 7:30 PM 

Trouble I’ve Seen discussion group

Have you been moved by the death of George Floyd to engage with your family in conversation around reforming our systems and our souls? Let’s come together to discuss “Trouble I’ve Seen: Changing the Way the Church Views Racism.” If you live in Cottage Grove and surrounding areas, we’ll even buy the ebook for you.

MONDAY NIGHTS AT 6:30 PM 

Benefit of the Doubt discussion group

The beauty of the Bible is that is shows us what the life of faith looks like — and the life of faith is often messy and full of questions. Sometimes questions seem off-limits, leading people to walk away from the church or never fully welcome in the church to begin with.

Join us with your questions in hand as we explore God, the Bible, Christianity, and much more without judgment or fear. We won’t guarantee answers, but you will walk away knowing you’re not alone.

THURSDAY NIGHTS AT 5:30 PM

Bless This Mess discussion small group

Parenting is hard, and parenting children in faith is even harder. When life is chaotic, it’s helpful to know that we’re not in it alone.

Join us as we encourage meaningful relationships and nurture the goodness in our kids alongside others whose lives are just as crazy as yours.

While we’ll use the book “Bless this Mess” to guide some of our discussion, reading is optional. We just want you to show up as you are!

read the full Book Description

When Rev. Molly Baskette and Dr. Ellen O’Donnell first met, they were both new mothers seeking parenting wisdom. They read a lot of books on the topic, but none of them contained practical suggestions that would help their families psychologically and spiritually while maintaining their progressive values: How do we teach the art of forgiving and serving others? How do we raise kids who are tolerant, curious, and honorable? And what about the sex talk?  

Taking matters into their own hands, Baskette and O’Donnell began creating actionable steps addressing these questions and more. This audiobook is the fruit of their many conversations begun long ago during the daycare carpool, from angsty moments to hallelujahs. 

In Bless This Mess, listeners will gain constructive tools as they learn how to talk to their children about social justice, money, God, ethics, bullying, disabilities, sexuality, and their bodies. Parents will also glean insights on how to serve others with joy, give generously and gratefully, and – perhaps most important – learn how to stop being so afraid all the damn time, even while raising kids in an increasingly chaotic and often scary world. With real-life examples, relatable personal stories, and strategies tailored to the toddler, preteen, or teenager, Bless This Mess guides parents of children at all stages of their development.

Events

Get out into the community. Have fun with friends and family. Build relationships. Make a difference.

While COVID-19 will keep us from meeting in person anytime soon, we’re offering fun ways to connect and have fun online.

Skoolie Family Fun Nights!

Every Thursday . 5:30-6:30pm . Armstrong Elementary

We are very excited to let you know that we are partnering again with our friends at SoWashCo CARES for a modified version of Summer Skoolie beginning Thursday, July 9!

While the location remains the same — Thursdays at Armstrong Elementary in Cottage Grove — the time will be slightly shortened from 5:30-6:30pm. 

Things will also look slightly different this summer as we want to ensure we provide a safe environment by implementing new safety guidelines. We will need to limit the number of people participating and maintain social distancing practices. Masks will be strongly recommended as well.

This year we will not be providing a meal to eat onsite but instead we will have CARES packs with pantry staples available for families. In addition to the CARES packs, we are very excited to be partnering with Loaves and Fishes to offer to-go meals this summer.

Socially distanced activities will be provided for family as well, including a storybook walk in the grove.

While you are welcome to simply show up and participate, SoWashCo CARES is also looking for help to make this happen in such a short amount of time! Below are several volunteer opportunities. Please note volunteer groups must be limited to 5-8 people depending on the activity. 

1. Assemble CARES packs
2. Serve Loaves and Fishes meals
3. Distribute CARES packs
4. Provide activity
5. Help fund food and/or activities

1. Assemble CARES packs. Up to 8 people can meet at Oltman Middle School to assemble CARES food packs on Tuesdays from 2-4pm and Thursdays from 3-5pm. These packs will be available at every Skoolie site M-Th.

2. Serve Loaves and Fishes meals. Reheat and portion Loaves and Fishes meals into to-go containers at The Grove Church on Mondays (Woodbury location) and Thursdays (Cottage Grove location). The Grove will work directly with volunteers to sign up for this opportunity.

3. Distribute CARES packs. 2-3 people needed to hand out boxes of food to families at Skoolie events.

4. Provide activity. We will need to get creative to provide socially distant activities. Some ideas include..a dance party, music performances, scavenger hunts, yoga in the park, hula hoop contest, tie-dye activity, circuit activities, bingo, arts and crafts, chalk murals etc.. Please let us know if you are interested in providing an activity and we can provide more details about safety protocols.

5. Help fund food and/or activities. Any financial support is always helpful. Each CARES pack will cost approximately $10.

CLICK HERE if you’re interested in signing up.

 

Partnerships 

As a part of the larger Cottage Grove community, we’re dedicated with working alongside a variety of other organizations in order to make our city an even better place to live for all. 

armstrong elementary

We’ve been working with our neighbors at Armstrong Elementary School to provide cold weather clothing. Here’s a list of outstanding items which you can donate.

SoWashCo CARES

SoWashCo CARES — South Washington County Community Action Reaching Every Student — helps meet the basic needs of students and their families. Through the SoWashCo CARES Facebook page, followers in the community can see posts requesting specific items for families in need.

St croix family resource center

We’ve been helping support and promote the St. Croix Family Resource Center’s new Youth Connections Drop-in Center for teenagers experiencing homelessness in Cottage Grove.