At Open Heart, “love your neighbor” isn’t lip service.
We take seriously the words of Isaiah 58:
"If you get rid of unfair practices,
quit blaming victims,
quit gossiping about other people’s sins,
If you are generous with the hungry
and start giving yourselves to the down-and-out,
Your lives will begin to glow in the darkness,
your shadowed lives will be bathed in sunlight.
I will always show you where to go.
I’ll give you a full life in the emptiest of places—
firm muscles, strong bones.
You’ll be like a well-watered garden,
a gurgling spring that never runs dry.
You’ll use the old rubble of past lives to build anew,
rebuild the foundations from out of your past.
You’ll be known as those who can fix anything,
restore old ruins, rebuild and renovate,
make the community livable again." (Isaiah 58: 9-12 (MSG)
July 24th-July 27th, 2019
This July, your child is invited to take a journey to the mysterious town of Cricket Creek, where they will learn about the Bible, God's Kingdom, God's love for all people, and God's love for social justice.
This VBS program is free to all children ages 4 through 10. Nursery care is available for children under 4. Youth age 11 and up are invited to be guides and help the younger children.
Dinner will be served each evening at 5 p.m. with programming running until 7:30 p.m. Snacks will also be served! To register your child, please complete the following form that can be found by clicking here.
To register to volunteer, please click here.
View a sneak peek of this year's VBS here.
Jesus focused programming
From ages 1-100, we have programs designed for everyone to walk in their journey with Christ, with a unique emphasis on intergenerational relationships. We are a church that embraces diversity. We welcome young, old, rich, poor, Native American, black, white, gay, straight and the LGBTQI+ community. (Romans 14: 10-18 (MSG)
Sign up online for Open Heart's children and youth programming (CHAOS)
Open Heart UMC is excited to offer the following programs for children and youth. You can register your child(ren) online by clicking here.
-CHAOS Litttles (grades pre-k through 3rd grade and formerly known as Children's Church) offered during our 9:30am Sunday worship service.
-CHAOS Kids (grades 4th-6th) offered during our 9:30am Sunday Worship Service. CHAOS Kids explore the Deep Blue Curriculum.
-CHAOS Wednesdays (starting Sept 19th, for grades 5th-8th, 3pm to 5pm. A time for middle school youth to relax, play games, and worship together.
-Confirmation (for youth in grades 7th & 8th and their parents (every 1st and 3rd Sunday of the month at 10:15am. A time to learn and explore our United Methodist faith and values.
Welcome from Open Heart's Pastor
Welcome to Open Heart United Methodist Church. Located in the heart of Robbinsdale in Rapid City, we are a growing and diverse congregation of people who love Jesus, and we want to make the world better because of it. I grew up in Rapid City, attended Rapid City Central, and graduated from St. Olaf College in Minnesota. Having grown up largely "unchurched" and working in public policy and governmental affairs, my call to ministry came a bit later in life, when I was pregnant with my fourth child! But when God calls you, you can't ignore it. My husband (Eric) and I have four kids, and several pets. Our house is rarely quiet, the laundry is never done, but I wouldn't trade my life for the world!
I have a passion for sharing the love of Jesus with those on the fringes, and a heart for social justice. I believe that Jesus is the great uniter, and that there is no greater power in this universe than the healing love of God.
Open Heart is a laid back and authentic faith community, serving our neighbors in love. No matter your story, no matter your background, your successes or your failings, we have a place for you here. I hope you'll join us for worship soon. Come! You are invited! - Pastor Holly
Serve With Us
Whether you want to pray for our ministries, hold a baby in the nursery, lead children, visit the elderly, help in the kitchen, or start a small group, we have a place for you! Contact us with your interests, and we'll be in touch with you soon.
For nearly 60 years, Open Heart (formerly South Maple United Methodist Church) has impacted thousands of members in the Rapid City community and beyond. Whether it be serving meals at the Cornerstone Rescue Mission, to clothing people through our free clothing store, to working on international mission projects through the United Methodist Committee on Relief, to teaching youth to grow in their faith through our after-school program, Open Heart is here to serve as Christ calls us to serve--with non-judgment and open-hearted compassion.
Baptisms & Professions of Faith Since July 2017
While United Methodists traditionally practice infant baptism as a means to usher in God's love and grace, we baptize any person who has not previously been baptized, and who wants to dedicate his/her life to sharing the love of Jesus.
Years Serving South rapid City & Beyond
Founded in 1959 as South Maple Methodist Church, the church has stood as a community pillar in South Rapid City, serving our neighbors locally through missions, and providing support and resources for disasters that affect communities throughout the United States and abroad.
Local children & Families Impacted per year
Through iniatives like our Tuesday Afterschool Program for middle school youth, Waffle Church, Clothe-a-Kid and, our Christmas Miracle Offering and other community projects, Open Heart impacted over 100 families in 2018 by showing Jesus' love through food, mentoring, charitable giving, and spiritual support.
Little Free Pantry
Our Little Free Pantry--installed on our church lawn in April 2018, is a source of non-perishable food items and other necessities for those in need. You can take what you need or leave donations in the box! You may also drop off donations in our church office Monday through Thursdays from 8:30am-12:00pm. Items needed especially in the summer are non-perishable food items that do well in the heat, sunscreen, toiletries, and even bottles of water!
From joining or starting a small group study, to volunteering for our youth programs, to serving waffles at Waffle Church, to singing or reading to the elderly, there are many ways you can get involved, build relationships, form community, and love like Jesus!
Sign Up For a Program
If you're interested in learning more about our small group studies and other growth opportunities, sign up to subscribe to our newsletter here.
Want to volunteer to work with our children or youth? Do you love working in the kitchen? Learn more about ministry and volunteer opportunities here.
Make a Donation
Your donation, regardless the size, helps our operational expenses and outreach efforts. All donations are tax deductible.
Open Heart UMC
202 East Indiana Street
Rapid City, SD 57701
Contact Us & Prayer Requests
Contact us with prayer requests, to learn more about our ministries, or to talk with the pastor.