J.K. asks from Waukee, IA on May 23, 2008
Looking for a Church - Round Lake, IL
I have not been part of a church since I was a young child. Now that I have my own family, I want to find a church in my area so my children can develop a relationship with God. My problem...I don't know where to start. I was baptized Lutheran and my husband (also has not been part of a church since a young child) was baptized in a Baptist church. I'm open to all suggestions: specific denominations or nondenomitional. I'm in the Round Lake Beach area.
N.A. answers from Chicago on May 24, 2008
Hey J.- it looks as though you've received several good suggestions, but I'd like to add one more: Village Church of Gurnee. It's across from the Jewel on Hunt Club, just south of Grand- next to the Health Club. We settled there about 13 years ago after checking out several churches, and it's really home to us now. It has wonderful kids' programs both hours (they meet at 9:00 and 10;30- you choose the one that works for your schedule.) We go to the earlier service, and then we also go to an Adult Sunday School class- it's really interesting discussion and Bible Study. If you want to come and check it out, I'd be happy to meet you there and show you where the kids' rooms are and stuff. My name is N., and my phone # is ###-###-####. God bless you wherever you choose to attend- There is very litte you can do for your kids that is more valuable than getting them grounded in the truth that God is truly loving, and worthy of our trust, worship and obedience. Blessings- N.
R.C. answers from Chicago on May 24, 2008
The Chapel is a non-denominational multi-site church whose Grayslake location is on Rte 60 just west of Fairfield Road. in meeting people where they are in their journey. It has a very relaxed and casual atmosphere, no need to dress up unless you like to. The worship is contemporary. It has an amazing childrens and junior high program that runs the same time as adult services. Your kids will love it! The services are Saturday at 6pm, Sunday at 9 and 11am. If you decide to visit, go up to the Welcome Center and let them know that it's your first time visiting, they will help you out.
T.B. answers from Chicago on May 26, 2008
I'm not sure how far you are from some of the locations but please go to Harvest Bible Website and see if you are close to any! I was in the same place a few years ago and kind of raised Catholic-I did first communion-I found Harvest to be sooo welcoming and easy to plug in with people even on the first day if you decide! They have children's ministries for ALL ages and you can also bring them into the service with you! I could go on forever about all I have received from this church along with my family but you really need to see for yourself.
D.E. answers from Chicago on May 24, 2008
Check out the Chapel www.chapel.org
They have a few campuses, a great children's program and "modern" service style, if you like that.
M.J. answers from Chicago on May 27, 2008
I highly recommend Willow Creek Community Church in Barrington. They have ministries for children from infants all the way up to high school. Services are at 530 on Saturday nights (and they have a cafeteria so you can grab dinner there if you like) and then service on Sunday morning at 900 and 1115. I strongly recommend it. My entire family has been going for years. It's not just for adults but kids too. Willow Creek is a non-denominational church. And in addition to the weekly services, they have something called small groups that you can join if you like - no pressure. And also offer different classes on everything from marriage counseling to budgeting your finances. Most people that teach these classes are experts in these fields and donate their time to the church. If you'd like to talk about this church in further detail, please do not hesitate to contact me.
A.N. answers from Chicago on May 25, 2008
We just moved from out of state. We also were church hunting & just went to the yellow pages to see what our options were. If you like the Lutheran church - try one close to your house. I'd recommend going 2-3 times before making any decisions. We went to 4 churches before finding one that "felt right to us". We have 3 kids so sunday school was important - but we also wanted to get something out of the message.... We finally found one we love (and so do the kids!). They have Sat night & 2 Sun services so we have lots of options which make it easy to get there. Just get out there & start trying them out. You have to find one that both you & your hubby like though or it might be a struggle to get him there every week.... As long as you're going somewhere - it's better than nowhere!!! I wish you were close to Lake Zurich - we'd invite you to join us at Harvest! We LOVE it there. Good Luck
R.L. answers from Chicago on May 24, 2008
Hi J.. I am also Lutheran and living in the Round Lake Beach area. I occasionally go to Shepherd of the Lakes in Grayslake. I have really liked it all the times I have been there. Check out their website: http://www.shepherdofthelakes.org/
N.B. answers from Chicago on May 24, 2008
I too call The Chapel in Grayslake my home church. My children really enjoy church, and I like that I don't feel like I'm forcing them to go, unlike how I grew up. I totally understand how you feel about wanting your kids to know God. I can't believe how much my children learn, my 18 month old's favorite song is one that she learned from church, and I know that even she at such a young age is learning so much. My hubby and I have too learned so much, the teachings are always pertinent to our everyday lives. May God Bless you in your search, and I will pray that you find the right place for you family. Let me know if you have any questions, I'd be happy to chat!