We gather for worship Sundays at 10:15am in Waters Elementary School, located at 4540 N Campbell Ave, Chicago 60625. Our service takes place in the gym, on the east side of the building. The main entrance faces Campbell Ave.
Driving & Parking
The school’s parking lot usually has spots available until 5-10 minutes before the service. Google Maps/Waze will bring you directly to the lot if you use 4510 N Maplewood Ave. Once you park, you can walk around to the main entrance or look toward the north end of the lot for a sign pointing to double doors.
Free street parking is also available on all four sides of the school property (Wilson Ave, Campbell Ave, Maplewood Ave, and Sunnyside Ave).
L-ing &/or Walking
Waters is between the Brown Line Western and Rockwell stops. If you’re coming from the south or east, get off at Western, walk south on Western Ave, turn right on Wilson, then hang a left on Campbell. You’ll see the school playground on your right as well as the sidewalk that takes you straight to the main entrance.
If you’re coming from the north or west, get off at the Rockwell stop, walk south on Rockwell Ave, take a left on Wilson, then take your second right onto Campbell. Look for the sidewalk leading to the main entrance.
When You Arrive
Kids Age 5 or Younger?
Come straight to Kids’ Check-in. Our staff & volunteers will get you and your child/children registered and introduced to their nursery or preschool classroom. We’ll have a few questions for you (e.g., can your child participate in snacktime, any dietary restrictions, any special needs.) And we’ll answer any and all questions you have. You’re welcome to stay with your child as long as you’d like. When you’re ready to join the main service, we’ll walk you over there.
If you entered by the parking lot, follow signs to the gym, then head toward the greeter table. If you came in the main entrance, you’ll see the greeters before you know it. Grab a bulletin and have a seat anywhere you like, or feel free to introduce yourself to a greeter, one of the pastors or anyone around you.
Children in Kindergarten and above always start in the service with their parents. K - 3rd grade are dismissed every week for Children’s Worship. 4th grade and above are dismissed for Jr. and Sr. Youth Group on the 2nd and 4th Sundays of the month and stay in the service on the 1st, 3rd and 5th. You can also find this information in the bulletin when you arrive.
We worship from 10:15 - 11:30am every Sunday. Most attenders dress casually, and there is a time of coffee and bagels following the service.
Liturgy & Music
Our service follows a historical liturgy and has three parts: Gathering to Worship, Hearing God’s Word, and Responding to God. This general arc of worship has been used by churches for centuries and is being used today by churches around the world.
Our music is a mix of traditional hymns and newer compositions. We also sing through the Psalms, using the passages suggested by the Revised Common Lectionary. You can expect to hear guitars, banjos, fiddles, accordions and trombones.
Throughout our week, we are surrounded by a variety of voices, many of which leave us hungry and thirsty, longing for something that will truly satisfy. Jesus speaks of God’s Word as living water and the bread of life. So, we set aside time every Sunday (usually 25-30 minutes) to read God's Word and hear a sermon that walks through a specific passage. Over the course of the year we study different parts and genres of the Bible. Through the sermons, we hope to grow in our understanding of God, His Word, and the great love He has for us in Jesus.
We observe communion every Sunday, and our table is open to anyone from any denomination or background who believes in and is seeking to follow Jesus. To participate in communion, come forward when it’s time. You can choose from red wine or white grape juice as well as bread or a gluten-free cracker. Others are welcome to come forward to receive a blessing or stay seated.
The service is immediately followed by a time of fellowship in the hallway. You’ll find bagels, coffee, and lemonade as well as friendly conversation. Volunteers on our hospitality team will be wearing nametags if you have any questions, need more cream cheese, or are looking for someone to chat with. We hope you’ll join us.
Drop us a line, or feel free to call our office at (773) 677-7782.