Minnesota Prairie Roots

Writing and photography by Audrey Kletscher Helbling

Part III from Pleasant Grove: Saddle up for church February 3, 2017



PUT ON YOUR TEN GALLON HAT, pull on your cowboy boots, and sattle (sic) up your horse or just come as you are in your horseless carriage.

That’s the invitation extended on the Pleasant Grove Church of Christ website for Cowboy Church. Cowboy Church? What exactly is that?




I wondered the same when I happened upon a banner outside the church in the unincorporated village of Pleasant Grove, yet another interesting place discovered on an autumn day trip to southeastern Minnesota. Pleasant Grove. What a lovely sounding name.




But back to that sign. Cowboy Church, according to the website, is a casual bluegrass worship service held at 6 p.m. on the fourth Sunday of the month. It apparently features cowboy musicians and western music, which seems logical given the name. And a meditation.

Past events at Cowboy Church have included an ice cream social; serving of a cowboy’s favorite dessert, pie; and a beef stew supper. Sounds like a good time to me.

TELL ME: Have you ever heard of, or attended, Cowboy Church? Or share a unique church experience outside traditional worship.

This concludes my three-part series from Pleasant Grove, located east of Stewartville or southeast of Rochester. Click here to read Part I and click here to read Part II.

© Copyright 2016 Audrey Kletscher Helbling


14 Responses to “Part III from Pleasant Grove: Saddle up for church”

  1. Sounds like a really good way to get people together on a Sunday evening to me! Yee Haw!

  2. Janelle Parry Says:

    I am so happy you found that church to post! I always wondered too when I saw a sign on one of our just get lost and drive around days. There was one a bit of a ways from our house. It was in Zepherhills,FL. If you google Freedom Ranch there is a lot of information there on what all their services are like. So refreshing. Unfortunately I worked Sundays and was not able to go but always wanted to do so. This one held a service every week. They are not really advertised but the signs all similar. I am going to check for a local when up here by Lake Elmo.

    Just love your blogs, curiosity of life and sense of what is America and community.

    Have a great weekend!

  3. Beth Ann Says:

    Cowboy church sounds wonderful. I have never heard of that either but think it would be a lot of fun. In lots of the southern states they have Church on the Beach or Drive In Church where you worship in your cars. 🙂

  4. I have heard of Cowboy Poetry, but not Cowboy Church. I would enjoy the music right up there with the food if I attended 🙂 This would be something I would check out. Happy Weekend – Enjoy!

  5. It sounds like fun. Nothing like keeping it interesting for the kiddos too.

  6. Jackie Says:

    Pleasant Grove Church of Christ is one of our sister churches. Rick has many relatives buried in it’s cemetery, including his Great Grandpa & Grandma McAlister. We are seriously considering this to be the cemetery we will be buried in. We both grew up south of Rochester only about 20 minutes from Pleasant Grove. We have the strong family connection there, we love that it’s in the country, so well kept, small and peaceful.

  7. Littlesundog Says:

    There are cowboy churches all over Oklahoma, and they’ve become quite popular. Dress code is casual… and you see a lot of western wear. And at least the few that are around here, are located along the highway, or just off the beaten path.

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