The congregation of South Shore Trinity Lutheran church, organized on December 3, 1943, with twelve communicants and seventeen souls, initially worshiped in the Birchwood Village Hall. Upon acquiring the property on the corner of Bellaire Avenue and South Shore Blvd., construction began on a new place of worship. On July 8, 1945, worship began taking place in the basement-only facilities on the new property. After that, a worship space was built on top of the basement church and on April 27, 1952 that new above-ground worship space began being used. That was, until April 3, of 1960, when the present house of worship began to be used, which was a new structure built next to the original church.
South Shore Trinity Lutheran Church saw major growth of membership during the 1950-60s, the same time period when there was significant residential growth in White Bear Lake. On the heels of this growth in 1975, South Shore Trinity released 147 souls to plant a church called “Shepherd of the Fields Lutheran Church” in Hugo, Minnesota, which now goes by the name “New Life Church - Lutheran.”
Through the years, the congregation has been dedicated to Christian education and the spiritual formation of disciples of Jesus. And on Oct 18, 1992, an 18,000 square foot addition was completed to enhance ministry, adding office, education, music, fellowship, and preschool facilities. The Preschool (http://www.sstlutheranpreschool.com), which had it’s beginnings in 1948, continues to thrive, as well as Vacation Bible School, which got its start in 1947.
In 2018, South Shore Trinity celebrated their 75th anniversary of being part of the White Bear Lake community. The theme verse for that year was Psalm 100:5 “For the Lord is good; his steadfast love endures forever, and his faithfulness to all generations.” To learn more about our history, and the 75th Anniversary Celebration, click here!
South Shore Trinity, located across the street from Bellaire Beach on the south side of the lake, is a church that loves sharing the saving message of Jesus’ love for all people. And you are invited to come learn what it means to be sharing, caring, growing in Christ, as we look forward to our 76th year and beyond.