God’s Hands Thrift Store is closed and is not accepting donations. In the fall of 2021, we pray and listen to God as a church for what is the future of this ministry. If it does reopen with fresh passion and a new plan, it will be spring quarter of 2022 at the earliest, thank you.
The store opened in January, 2005. To this day, nearly every item at God’s Hands Thrift Store is just a quarter apiece. All proceeds go toward outreach and missional partnerships such as those focused on ending hunger and poverty. A majority of God’s Hands Thrift Store stock was recently given away for free in the fall of 2021, first to the public, and then also to the thrift store at Park Avenue UMC and DAV-MN Disabled American Veterans of Minnesota.
The original idea to open a thrift store stems from a need to “put faith into action,” a key part of being a United Methodist. To show love and care to all through our faith, we enact the teachings of Jesus as described in his story in Matthew 25:31-46 to feed the hungry and thirsty, welcome the stranger, and clothing the naked. God’s Hands Thrift Store became a way for the community could shop for a nominal fee (25 cents) per item, with a sense of dignity as opposed to a “hand out.” The store was also a means to help people recycle or reuse quality items from their homes to help them avoid the land fill.