You don’t need to be a “member” here to be welcome here; you are welcome here. We invite you to worship with us fully - including participating in Holy Communion and baptism.
We’d like you to know that Calvary is not a church made up of perfect people; it is a church made up of real people who have come to know and trust the healing, forgiving, and perfect love of God. It would be our privilege to worship God with you, to walk in God’s love at your side, and to grow with you in the direction of God’s desire that God’s love, alive in each of us, might reach out to all people through us.
Why do we worship?
There are many ways people understand what worship is and why we do it. One thought is that worship is simply going to church: singing songs and hymns, saying and hearing prayers, the reading of scripture, a sermon, perhaps baptism and communion. Another thought is that all of what we do and who we are is worship. Both of these are true, and yet, worship is much more than either of them. Worship happens when we gather as a church for worship services and also as we live our lives in the world in which God has placed us.
What is the goal of worship?
Robert Scnase said it best: “God uses worship to transform lives, heal wounded souls, renew hope, shape decisions, provoke change, inspire compassion, bind people to one antoher, and to prepare them to serve their neighbor. Worship sends us into the community more consciously aware and spiritually prepared to represent God’s hope and become ambassadors of God’s grace.”
What can you expect?
Simply put: you can expect to hear the Word of God, experience love and grace, and to enjoy donuts and coffee.
To expand on that, you can expect worship that includes gathering, confession and forgiveness, scripture, a message, a meal (Holy Communion), blessing and sending - all the bones of Lutheran worship. You can expect people of all ages, faithful preaching and frequent baptisms. At all of our services we share in Holy Communion. It is also our hope that you experience warmth, friendly faces, and a sense of welcome.
Sundays in the Sanctuary
This service is grounded in Word and Sacrament and formed in the traditional language and liturgies of Lutheran worship.
Sundays in the Fellowship Hall
Contemporary worship at Calvary is casual, family friendly, and grounded in Word and Sacrament. Worship is led by a praise band playing contemporary Christian Music.
Wednesdays in the Sanctuary
From September through May we offer a casual evening worship service while still incorporating all the key components of traditional Lutheran worship.
1405 South 9th Street
Grand Forks, ND 58201
We are in a residential neighborhood so your chances of happening upon us are small, but copy our address into your phone or car navigation and you'll find us pretty quick!
There are two parking lots on our property. On the east side of the building is the larger lot that people use to get to the office (door 1), the Sanctuary/Narthex lobby area (door 2), and the Kitchen (door 3).
The south side of the building has another parking lot that is used to get to the Fellowship Hall (door 4).
You are welcome to join any worship service at any time. The doors are glass to see inside each worship space. Come on in and worship with us - even if you're running behind!
Sunday/Wednesday School students begin worship with their families and move into education time about 15 minutes into the service after kids' time.
Come as you are! All are welcome. You will see everything from jeans to dress pants!
Tops, bottoms and shoes appreciated.
Our church nursery is staffed during most worship services. A few times a year it is simply just open for use. Feel free to stop in and try it out with your young person. Nursery staff are all trained and background checked for the care of our congregations littlest people.
There are handicap parking spots in both parking lots as well as "short walk" spots in the east lot. Those spots are intended for those with mobility needs or parents of infants. Our church is equipped with an elevator and there.
We utilize screens in every worship service and you can connect your hearing device to the loop in each worship space.
Interested in a wedding at Calvary? We would love to be part of your wedding and unfolding relationship. You can reserve a date for your wedding at Calvary by contacting the church office. Weddings can be held in the Sanctuary (traditional worship space or in the Fellowship Hall (contemporary worship space).
At Calvary, we ask that all couples attend a pre-marraige retreat facilitated by a Calvary staff person or by Life Works ministries. We want to walk with you as you prepare for more than a wedding - but your marriage. This counseling provides valuable instruction on key topics (conflict, communication, money, etc.) with time to process these ideas together privately as a couple. They are also good opportunities to connect with other couples in the same life stage as you. Be sure to look at the additional information on the right to learn more about pre-marriage retreat options.
All of Calvary’s pastors perform weddings. Once it is determined which pastor you’ll be working with, you will be able to meet with them for a follow-up from your retreat experience and to work together in planning the wedding service. For additional information about costs, planning, and what you can expect from the church, you can view our complete wedding guide by clicking on the link below.
There are two options for pre-marriage retreats. You can attend a retreat facilitated by Calvary staff held intermittently throughout the year or attend a retreat by LifeWorks, a company who we work closely with who have many dates available every month.
All Calvary retreats are based on the Prepare/Enrich program. You will each fill out an inventory ahead of time and a report will be generated based on your answers that will help you identify your strength and growth areas in your relationship, some description of your unique personality and how you understand marriage and family. This report will only be seen by yourselves and the facilitator for your specific class. It is completely confidential. The program comes with a workbook with communication exercises in it that we will use in our classes designed to get you talking, planning and dreaming about your future together. Retreats are a one day event with cost of $150. Click below to register.
Couples also have the opportunity to attend a retreat facilitated by Life Works. The retreats are Friday evening and Saturday (cost: $300/couple), and occur various weekends in Grand Forks and elsewhere (go to www.lovecommitsucceed.com for more info).
A memorial service recognizes both the pain and sorrow of the separation that accompanies death and the hope and joy that are so important to the Christian story. A memorial or funeral service at Calvary will celebrate the life of the deceased, gives thanks for the person's impact in the world, and commend that life to God.
At Calvary, we are experienced at walking alongside families in grief. We will help you craft a memorial service that is an authentic representation of your loved one, a place to celebrate their unique personality, and a time to begin the process of letting them go to spirit. We have been witness to the ways memorial planning opens the potential for healing and allows opportunities to express grief in healthy ways.
Contact the church office and a Calvary pastor will walk alongside you through the process. If you are working with a funeral home, the pastor will go to the funeral home meeting with you to help the church coordinate your loved ones wishes.
If you are not using a funeral home, there will be some fees and additional information to be aware of when planning so make sure you contact the church office. The office will work to help you coordinate any audio/visual requests and funeral lunch requests.
Did you know Calvary has a Columbarium and a memorial pathway?
A "columbarium” is defined as a structure built for permanent and respectful storage of urns containing cremated remains. The curved free-standing structure has the niche fronts facing inward, where a paved area, benches and landscaping provides a quiet place to reflect. If you are interested in more information, click the button below.