We want to help you feel more comfortable when you visit us. So, here are some questions you are possibly asking…
What can I expect at a WCC service?
You’ll find music, scripture, a children’s message, a sermon – all focused on worshiping God and learning more about God’s word in a beautiful and inviting sanctuary. You’ll find a warm and welcoming group of people who will make you feel at home. You’ll find a place where children and young adults all have their own programs designed to teach Christ’s word and to reinforce connections to God.
Sunday service starts at 10:00 (summertime at 9 am on the lawn). Most services last an hour to an hour and fifteen minutes. Once a month, usually the first Sunday of the month, we hold communion near the end of our service. You do not have to be a member of the church to be invited to have communion. In fact, we welcome all who wish to join us.
What is a Congregational Church?
Congregational churches are Protestant Christian churches which are run independently by the congregation – a true “people’s church.” They trace their lineage to some of the oldest churches in America, those founded in the 1630’s in the Massachusetts Bay Colony. Historically, they have been involved in many important social reform movements, including Abolition and Women’s Suffrage. Many continue to support progressive reform today. While WCC has strong ties with the Presbyterian and United Church of Christ denominations, we are not affiliated with any particular denomination.
What is special about Winnetka Congregational Church?
Being the oldest church in Winnetka, WCC has a long and rich history of hands-on service to the community and a reputation for starting new things. From starting the first library and the community house to helping found several non-profits like Family Promise Chicago North Shore or Interfaith House, we are always looking for practical, meaningful ways we can serve our neighbor.
WCC also donates 10% of the church’s revenues to area social service agencies. The particular agencies are selected by church members on the Mission Giving committee, just one of the committees that are part of the independent guidance of church affairs.
WCC is open to all who wish to rejoice in the word of God and Jesus Christ. The church’s motto, “A House of Worship for All People,” is engraved on the façade and is reflected in the open atmosphere of services and church activities.
What do I need to do to “try out” WCC?
Attend a service or two and, if it feels right, let yourself be drawn into the community. Send your children to church school so they too can experience WCC. Introduce yourself to one of the pastors and tell them about your reaction to our church. They can answer any questions you have.
Do I have to be a member to attend services regularly?
We encourage those who attend frequently to become members and to become actively involved in church activities beyond worship services.
I want my children to learn about God’s word. What programs do you have for children and young adults?
We have many wonderful children’s programs, including church school and youth groups. You can learn more about our children’s programs here.
As an adult, I want to learn more about my faith. What programming do you offer?
Nearly every Sunday of the school year, we have Adult Enrichment at 9:00 before church. Pastors, lay members, and outside guest speakers lead these sessions. Often, we have weeknight sessions, films, and other events of special interest to adults, and Thursday morning book discussion groups.
Adults also may participate in an annual Mission Trip to Guatemala, other outreach activities, Spiritual Life Groups, and more.
What is the role of music in the services?
Music is a very important part of a WCC service. Our music director and choir leader are among the best in the area. Our new organ plays a prominent role in our services, as do the adult and children’s choirs. If you like singing, we’d love for you to join us.
What opportunities are there for me to become an active, engaged member?
There are many ways to become involved:
You can participate in the lay leadership of the church by becoming a member of one of the committees: Worship, Education, Mission Giving, Mission Doing, Buildings and Grounds, etc.
You can be a church school teacher
There are lots of special activities sponsored by the church
Our spring rummage sale raises money for local charities and always welcomes volunteers.
The Woman’s Society and Men’s Groups offer regular opportunities for fellowship as well as community service
If you like to sing, please consider joining the choir.
Where can I get more information?
This web site can answer many questions, but if you have more or need some clarification please call the church office at 847-441-3400
How do I get to WCC?
Where should I park? There is limited parking in the church parking lot off Prospect Ave. There are several disabled parking spaces there. On-street parking is available on the north side of Pine Street between Spruce and Lincoln, and on the west side of Prospect or on Lincoln Street.
Is WCC wheelchair accessible?
What should I wear to services?
Many dress up and many dress comfortably.