People's Congregational





309 North Third Street, Bayport, MN 55003


Our Mission

We are a community of people who celebrate God's unconditional love through joyful worship and faithful service.  Empowered by the spirit of the risen Christ, we are blessed to be a blessing.




At People’s Congregational Church we seek always to be a vibrant faith community that engages people in transforming acts of service in the world.   Worship is at the core of our community of faith.  We worship to give thanks and praise to God, to have the Word of God revealed to us, and to remember to Whom we belong.   Our worship is inclusive, welcoming, and Christ-centered.  Our blended worship services combine contemporary and traditional elements to equip and empower members of our community to live fully into Christian discipleship.  We encourage newcomers by offering a hospitable space to experience God’s grace. When we celebrate the Sacrament of Holy Communion on the second Sunday of the month, we offer the sacrament to anyone who wishes to participate.




Here at People’s Congregational Church, you will discover a wide variety of ways to become involved in a welcoming spiritual and social community which strives to faithfully follow the teachings of Jesus Christ.  
From worship services to a broad range of educational offerings for youth and adults, to Bible study and social activities, you will find abundant opportunities to become a cherished part of our church family.  

Our calendar also lists music and lay ministry opportunities, committees, and volunteer activities for all interests and talents are among the ways in which you might serve God and find your special place at People’s Church.



Beyond worship, members of our congregation frequently get together often for study, fellowship, small group gatherings, Taize services, gardening, workshops and retreats.  Some are short term and some gathering have continued for years.  We strive to create a sense of a caring family that welcomes new people and new events every month.  Please check our calendar for opportunities to find new friends and to express your faith.




Children and youth play an important role in our congregation as we help them to learn about and participate in the Christian faith, life and mission.

Our church school meets each week of the school year from 10:15-11:15.  Children from preschool to sixth grade to learn about and interact with the stories of the Bible.  We use music and art to enrich their learning, fun and participation.  Special events and participation in worship are sprinkled in through the year.

Our youth meet on Sunday mornings from 9:00-10:00 am weekly.  Their class helps them to deepen their faith and their connections with one another and the wider church community.  Overnights, retreats, mission trips and involvement in worship help deepen and broaden their commitment.



People’s Church is a community of faith that accepts and celebrates one another’s differences. It is our hope and prayer that you may sense the living and loving Spirit of Christ (and fun!) among us.

At People’s Church we have FAITH in a loving, life-giving God. Our foremost priority is to love God and one another. We believe that each individual’s relationship with God is unique, and that active attention to a personal faith journey helps one to understand the divine purpose for life. Our path toward God is based on the teachings of Jesus Christ.  

At People’s Church we have the FREEDOM to find God in our own way. We encourage people to live authentically and be who God has called them to be. The Bible and its teachings are used to provide understanding of God and Jesus Christ as well as guide us in our daily living. We honor and encourage our differences, because we know that the Holy Spirit has blessed each one of us with a variety of gifts. 

At People’s Church, FELLOWSHIP is the key component to creating a life well-lived. Through our prayer-filled love and support of each other, we have a lot of fun, we enjoy thought – provoking conversations, we generate exciting ideas, and we strive to follow the leading of the Spirit.

From our Pilgrim heritage to our involvement in contemporary issues, ours is a rich story which we look forward to sharing with you.

 Church Vision

Where We Are


309 North Third Street

Bayport, MN 55003



This Month at People's
January 2015




Message from Pastor Lanny


Dear People of the Journey,


Isn't it strange how our journeys through life are not always what we had planned!


I know I certainly planned a much different Advent than what I experienced. A visit to my doctor in early Novemeber le me down a rabbit hole to Regions Hospital where their surgical team performed a quadruple by-pass on my heart! Days in the hospital and transitional care followed the surgery. Then more weeks of recovery at home and the beginning of cardiac rehab!


First of all I'm lucky to be alive. A routine medical appointment suddenly changed when a blood test revealed I had experienced a mild heart attack. I was whisked away to Regions Hospital to undergo quadruple bypass surgery on November 7th. I'm grateful for the quality of care I received before, during and after surgery. (balance of Pastor Lanny's message is in the January 2015 Newsletter - click the Calendar tab).


The People of People's Welcome Pastor Linda Tossey
It is with pleasure that the People of People's welcome Pastor Linda S. Tossey as the new Senior Pastor of People's Congregational Church. As we embrace the 'New Year', we also greet Pastor Linda with her enthusiasm and energy - and all that is to come as we begin our spiritual journey together. She has traveled from Warrenville IL to her new church home in Bayport, and is settling in. Pastor Linda's first Sunday in the pulpit is January 18th. Please join with us to greet and welcome Pastor Linda.


Blessings to you as we move forward - "Rooted in tradition and forward-thinking to embrace the future". Our work continues in January!



- January 11th: Celebration of the Interim Ministry of Pastor Lanny Kuester (Luncheon following worship)

- January 18th: Pastor Linda Tossey (1st Sunday in the pulpit)

- January 25th: People's Congregational Church Annual Meeting (11:15 am, Fellowship Hall)

Sunday Schedule


9:00am Adult Forum and Confirmation

10:15am: Worship and Sunday School

11:15am: Fellowship


Professional Nursery Care Provided 10:00-11:30am


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People's Congregational Church

309 North Third Street, Bayport, MN 55003


Last Updated: 1/6/2015