Join us for Vacation Bible School: August 2nd-August 4th
If your kids or grandkids like Wild Kratts©--they are going to LOVE this VBS! We're so excited to host Vacation Bible School this year, with a theme that ALL kids will love: VBS Safari: Loving God's Creations. We'll explore biblical animal and nature stories, how each creature that God created serves a purpose, and how we can be heros that take care of God's earth. And we'll even have some super cool LIVE animals for the kids see! Thursday, August 2nd- through Saturday August 4th. Dinner is at 5:00pm ( we ask for a $5 donation for dinner, but it is not required for your child to eat). Lessons, fun and singing go from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. If you would like to volunteer, contact our children's coordinator, Shelby Loffelmacher at email@example.com
Click here to pre- register your child online:
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.
Summer Chaos is a Tuesday night ministry outreach for youth in grades 5th-9th from June 26th- August 21st. We meet from 5:00pm to 7:00pm. We call it chaos--because it is, well-- chaos! Each Tuesday we'll share in a light meal, outings and activities, and end the evening in worship. We'll laugh together, share our ups and downs, make new friends, grow in our faith, watch movies, play crazy games, worship and have a BLAST!! Summer Chaos will kick off with a "lock in" (sleep over) in the church on June 26th. Permission slips and final schedules will be available at the door on June 26th. Learn more by visiting our Facebook event page.
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 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 other community projects, Open Heart impacted over 100 families in 2017 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.
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.
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.