New Here?

New Here?

Welcome to the WHY Church! We are a community of Christ-followers on mission to seek Jesus, connect together, and share His love. Whether you have been following Jesus for years, or you feel new or unsure about your faith, the WHY Church is a place for you. Our home is the Elk River YMCA where we enjoy being a church in the Y. No need for a Y membership – the WHY Church is a Bible-based, mission-minded, life-giving church for the whole community. Stop by on a Sunday morning, connect with one of our WHY Groups during the week, or let us know how you’d like to get involved and serve. We look forward to seeing you soon!

What To Expect

What are the Sunday morning worship services like?

Worship is at 9:30 AM every Sunday morning at the Elk River YMCA in the gym. Our worship service and Kids’ Ministry time last about 60-70 minutes. Other things you’ll experience are music and singing led by our worship team, a Bible reading, a message connecting the Bible passage to our everyday life, prayer, and sometimes Communion or baptism.

What do people wear to the worship services?

Come as you are. An advantage to a worship service at the Y is that you can connect it to a workout, fitness class, or dip in the pool. Feel free to wear your workout gear, dress down, dress up, or anywhere in between!

What is there for kids?

Kids from infants to college students are important to us! Every Sunday morning we offer childcare in the Kids Stuff space at the Y for ages birth-5. During the school year, kids in grades K-5 are dismissed during the worship service for WHY Kids (Sunday school) in age-specific classrooms. Our childcare and WHY Kids volunteers ensure the safety of every child, provide all kinds of fun activities, and teach engaging lessons from the Bible using our Gospel Project curriculum. Kids always start Sunday mornings in the worship service where we share a learning time up front and a kids’ blessing over our children. We believe that the family is the primary place of faith formation and desire for families to be in worship together. The WHY Church is excited to support and equip you in the awesome responsibility of spiritual parenting!



Do I need to be a YMCA member to come to the WHY Church?

No – the WHY Church is open to the whole community. That said, many people at the WHY Church are also actively engaged in the life of the Y. You can inquire at the Front Desk if you are interested in a Y membership.

What is the connection between the WHY Church and the Y?

The WHY Church and the Y are distinct entities, but we have a special place in our hearts for the Y. We love to support their mission “to put Christian principles into practice through programs that build a healthy spirit, mind, and body for all.” The YMCA is our home and we don’t have any plans to move or build. We count it a joy to be an official Roundtable YPartner – look for our banner in the hallway! And we put that partnership into motion by serving in tangible ways at the Y throughout the year. But we are also a church for the whole Elk River area. Our community has a special place in our heart too! So whether you’re a Y member or not, the Y is a hub of life in our community where we are blessed to love and serve others in Jesus’ name.

What can I do to get connected and meet others?

We recommend three key ways to get involved and grow at the WHY Church: worship, WHY Groups, and serving. Join us for Sunday morning worship, get connected to one of our small groups, and start serving in the ways that God has wired you to serve. We would love to help you take next steps in your faith and in getting to know others at the WHY Church. Email to find out more.

When We Meet

We gather together on
Sunday mornings at 9:30 AM
for worship, prayer, Scripture, and a sermon
that connects the Bible with our everyday life.

The WHY Church
13337 Business Center Drive NW
Elk River, MN 55330


Sunday Morning Worship


9:00 &10:30 AM