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Worship At Ellis Avenue Church

At Ellis Avenue Church we recognize that worship is our primary corporate activity and therefore creating a meaningful, life-giving service remains the main focus of our congregation. We work hard at creating a warm and supportive worshiping environment and a worship service that reflects our very diverse congregation. As strong followers of the principle of the Priesthood of All Believers we also pride ourselves in providing ample opportunities for lay participation and involvement. Visitors are always welcome. Worship at Ellis Avenue Church begins at 11:00 A.M. (Central Standard Time).  There are two ways you can participate: You may join us for in-person worship at our building at 5001 S. Ellis Ave. in the Hyde Park/Kenwood neighborhood. A second way you may participate in our weekly worship is via Zoom.  Our Zoom worship services during the pandemic were widely embraced and it was particularly meaningful to connect with members of our church community that no longer reside in the Chicagoland area.  Therefore, we are committed to continuing to share our worship on Zoom for all who prefer to gather in this way.  To participate via Zoom simply email ellisavenuechurch@gmail.com to request the meeting link and password.  It is free and easy to use.     Dress for our in-person worship typically ranges from casual to business casual.  We encourage people to ‘come as they are’. We celebrate the Lord’s Supper on the first Sunday of every month.

Ellis Avenue Church COVID-19 Response

While this pandemic is most certainly not over yet, we are very encouraged by the declining case numbers in Illinois and we celebrate the opportunity to return to in-person worship in our church building. We are holding 'hybrid' worship services each Sunday, starting at 11:00 am Central Standard Time. There are two ways you can participate: If you wish, you may join us for in-person worship at our building at 5001 S. Ellis Ave. in the Hyde Park/Kenwood neighborhood. We do encourage participants to wear masks and we are spreading out the chairs and increasing ventilation in the sanctuary to encourage a safe environment for all. A second way you may participate in our weekly worship is via Zoom.  Our Zoom worship services during the pandemic were widely embraced and it was particularly meaningful to connect with members of our church community that no longer reside in the Chicagoland area.  Therefore, we are committed to continuing to share our worship on Zoom for all who prefer to gather in this way.  To participate via Zoom simply email ellisavenuechurch@gmail.com to request the meeting link and password.  It is free and easy to use. COVID-19 information and news from the Centers for Disease Control

Neighborhood Ministries

STRIVE Tutoring Program Housed in the church building itself, STRIVE has been providing afterschool tutoring and summer day camp services for children grades k-12 for over 20 years.  If you would like more information or would like to volunteer please call the STRIVE program at 773.268.4910 or visit their website. Hyde Park Kenwood Interfaith Council Ellis is an active member of the Hyde Park Kenwood Interfaith Council (HPKIFC), the oldest such council in the United States (organized in 1911).   HPKIFC sponsors inter-religious dialogues, meetings on community issues and provides critical social services to the neighborhood.  The social services include the Hyde Park Kenwood Food Pantry (of which Ellis was the original hosting congregation) and the Hyde Park Kenwood Soup Kitchen (located just blocks from the church). SOUL – Southsiders Organizing for Unity and Liberation Ellis has had long-running participation in the church-based community organizing group Southsiders Organizing for Unity and Liberation (SOUL).  SOUL – composed of 19 member churches and organizations – works on issues of equity and jusitice for the residents of the south side of the city.  SOUL has historically worked on major social issues including education funding reform, green job creation, and transportation upgrades for the south side.

Hate Has No Home Here Distribution Site

We are a distribution site for Hate Has No Home Here posters! If you would like a poster to display at your home, business, or local organization, please contact the church office via email or text at (773)209-9883 to schedule a time for pick-up! The Hate Has No Home Here Project "promotes just and inclusive communities by encouraging neighbors to declare their homes, schools, businesses, and places of worship to be safe places where everyone is welcome and valued." You can learn more about the project at their website.

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