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. We offer nursery care for children 0-3 during the entire service and a Children’s Church program for kids ages 4-9 during the second half of the service. Dress for our 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. Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, worship is taking place online via Zoom video conference until further notice. Please send email to firstname.lastname@example.org for instructions on how to join us.
These are very unique and unprecedented times in our city, country and world. These are times that call for extra precautions but also times that call for us to lean into our faith and to be the body of Christ with and for one another in very important ways. Our faith is a resource in times like these and I truly believe that God walks with us in times such as these. The Coronavirus (COVID-19) is being spread throughout Chicago so we need to take the important step to create 'social distancing' to slow down that spread and try to ensure that our health care system can take care of the individuals who will need it most. In light of that fact, we will NOT be having our regular Sunday worship services at our church building. However, the Church is not the building, but the people. So we will still be 'gathering' for worship at 11:00 am on Sunday but via Zoom video conference. We will also do this for weekly Bible Study. This may be a time for social distancing but it is also a time for spiritual connecting, a time when we need our church family more than ever. To participate simply email email@example.com to get the meeting link and password. It is free and easy to use. In addition to participating in worship on Sunday morning I am calling on you to help look out for and connect with our fellow church members. Please make an effort to check in and contact our fellow church members (I challenge you to connect with at least 5 a day via phone, text, FaceTime, email, or social media!) - I am thinking especially of those who are riding this out by themselves, those who have underlying health situations or are particularly at risk and need to be especially careful (e.g. those over 60), and those who now have two weeks where they not only need to be Mom or Dad or Grandma but also now must be a teacher for home schooling. This is how we will 'pass the peace' during these times - to check in on one another very regularly and offer our encouragement and connection. COVID-19 information and news from the Centers for Disease Control
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.
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.