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What to Expect

We warmly invite you to visit on a Sunday morning. We are a diverse congregation, composed of young families, university students, and local community members. There is ample street parking, complimentary coffee and tea, and generous seating. Please dress in what is comfortable for you and respectful of others. Prior to our worship service, we offer various education programs from infancy through adulthood. Our worship service is about 80 minutes and is outlined below.

Service Elements

Call to Worship

God calls us to worship Him. The Call to Worship is often words from the Bible that extend God’s invitation for all people to come before Him.

Congregational singing

Songs are our heartfelt expression before God. The lyrics we sing often consist of aspects of God’s character or work and allow us to convey our heartfelt gratitude or deep sorrows. We encourage one another through our collective voices affirming truths about God and our human experience.

congregational greeting

When we gather we want to be able to encourage and greet others. This time allows us to say hello to one another and introduce ourselves to unfamiliar faces

on Mission together

This element of our service highlights what we are doing as a congregation ranging from events, gatherings, opportunities, or at times is simply hearing how God is at work in one of our lives.

congregational prayer

Prayer is an expression of faith. During this time, a prayer is offered up by an individual or couple from the congregation on behalf of the congregation. Like prayers in the Bible, we praise God, thank Him for His fatherly care, and lift up the specific needs of our congregation, our city, and our world.

offertory

We regularly take an offering as an act of worship. The Bible instructs us to give generously and sacrificially, exemplified by how God gave us His Son. We believe giving from our personal resources is worship.

scripture reading

The Bible is the Word of God. When we hear it read, we hear God speaking to us. When the Bible is read, we stand, acknowledging that it is a divine Word. After the reading, the reader says, “This is the Word of the Lord.” The congregation in unison responds, “Thanks be to God.”

proclamation

The preaching of God’s Word is essential to our gathering. During this time, the Bible is taught, explained, and applied to the listener. We believe that when the Word of God is truly preached, the voice of God is truly heard

congregational response

After hearing God’s Word proclaimed, we seek to respond in song. The lyrics we sing aim to reflect the theme of the sermon allowing us to respond to what we have heard. On the first Sunday of each month, we have an additional opportunity to respond by celebrating communion. Also known as the Lord’s Table, communion is a banquet to which God invites his people to eat. It is commemorative of the death of Jesus and points ahead to a future day when we will banquet with Him. We eat in faith for the meal is a means of spiritual nourishment that strengthens one’s faith and commitment in following Jesus.

benediction and meditation

We conclude our service with words from the Bible that commission us to love and serve the world around us.

Additional Sunday Opportunities

In addition to our Sunday worship service, we provide additional formation opportunities for families and individuals. Committed to living under God from infancy to adulthood, we offer Sunday morning programs that are suited for each age group.

Our nursery workers and teachers are both trained and screened to ensure quality and safety. Preventative measures are taken to ensure the well-being of minors in our care. A check-in and check-out policy has been implemented as a safeguard for the young lives with which we have been entrusted. Additionally, we always have an onsite safety team which includes first responders and security.

Please see below for additional information.

Adults
University
Youth
Children
Adults

Adults

Adult Christian education is designed to strengthen and equip believers in ways that maximize their Christian usefulness in the world. Biblical instruction accompanied with discussion are mainstays to each gathering. Topics range from the biblical text, to contemporary culture, theological ethics to social responsibility. It’s intended to help the Christian think and apply Christian truths to their lives. Adult Education meets at 9:30 a.m. on Sunday mornings.

University

University

There is no official programming on Sundays for University Ministry. We encourage you to participate in the adult education hour.

On a monthly basis, we try to organize a post-service luncheon for university students. Details are announced beforehand. Its a great opportunity to meet other students and strengthen friendships.

Youth

Youth

DSGs (Discipleship Small Groups) are designed to further the understanding of the Bible and grow in deeper relationships with the youth at Christ Church Chicago. DSGs meet in small groups led by adult volunteers at 9:30 a.m. Sunday mornings.

Children

Children

Kid City is the children’s ministry of Christ Church Chicago. It is our heart’s desire to support parents/caregivers in the spiritual nurture of their children by teaching them about Jesus and his gospel. We do this by providing a safe, loving, and fun environment for kids to learn God’s Word and experience His love so that they might worship and serve Him. 

The safety of our children is essential. Our check-in policy ensures that pick up can only be completed by the same caretaker who checked in the child. There are always two or more volunteers in each classroom. Additionally, background checks have been performed on all adult volunteers. Our children are gifts to our congregation and they are treated as such.

As for Sunday programming, the children “board” a colored train designated for their age group to spend time singing songs, doing crafts, playing games, and learning from our trained leaders. All train lines meet at 9:30 a.m. and Green and Red Line trains meet again during the sermon.

  • Blue line train (0–3 years old)
  • Green line train (Preschool, ages 3–5)
  • Red line train (Kindergarten–2nd grade)
  • Orange line train (3rd–5th grade)