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In-person Worship

Where is worship?

We gather for 10:30 a.m. worship in the First Church sanctuary during the fall, winter and spring, and in air-conditioned Tittle Chapel during the summer. The 10:30 a.m. service is also livestreamed.

From early June through Labor Day weekend, an outdoor Worship in the Park service is offered at 9:00 a.m. in Lunt Park, on the corner of Church Street and Sheridan Road.  Worshippers are encouraged to bring chairs or a blanket to sit on.


What are the current safety protocols in the church building?

As of March 2022, masks are encouraged but no longer required in the church building with two exceptions:

  • Worship leaders are asked to continue masking.
  • All indoor Children’s Ministry events involving children under five still require masks; because these young children are ineligible for Covid-19 vaccination, Sunday school, Children’s Chapel, and similar indoor gatherings still require masks for all ages.

We continue to encourage social distancing in the sanctuary; it is a very large space with plenty of room to spread out on the main floor and in the balcony.

We take the health and safety of all persons very seriously and will continue to monitor updates from the CDC, State of Illinois Public Health Department, and City of Evanston.

Are children welcome in worship? Is the service family friendly?

We love having children in worship, along with their sounds and wiggles! You are welcome to keep your children with you in the sanctuary, or to sign them in to the nursery or to Children’s Chapel (ages 3-3rd grade) or Connect456 (grades 4-6).

Many families enjoy our outdoor Worship in the Park service during the summer which has a casual fee and includes children’s programming in another part of the park.

Is there coffee?

Yes!  Immediately following worship we have an informal fellowship time in Great Hall or (in the warmer months) on the Hinman Ave. lawn, with coffee, a cold drink, and snacks provided by volunteers.

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Worshipping with Children

The sounds of infants and children in worship are the sounds of a vibrant and growing church!

Each Sunday during the school year kids can find crayons and an activity page at each of the sanctuary entrances, and during our Time with Young Disciples, they are invited to the chancel steps for a brief, interactive message about the gospel text. After that parents may walk their kids to children’s programs or return to the pews to worship together. Our nursery is open all morning.

Our children also help lead worship. Children as young as 1st grade participate in our Children’s Choir, and as kids grow older, they can serve as acolytes, communion servers, scripture readers, and crossbearers.

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