What Do You Love About Your Church?

A forum to share with our Patch community how your church fills your needs

is about to open its doors to the preschool through 12th grade students who attend its Families of Faith Christian Academy school. They got temporary occupancy from the village board, which hopes the church will finish the parking lot and drive soon. They have 90 days to do so.

I thought the church would have been completed by now, but I understand how much labor and materials would be necessary to construct such a large worship center, gymnasium, and school. Have you seen the building? Many of you probably have as you drive your kids to ball games at their fields. It is huge and beautiful.

I can’t imagine the volunteer hours that went into it. Which brings me to my point. This church must have a truly faithful band of members. They have all worked so hard and have stuck with it throughout. I’m sure most did not join specifically because of the new building, but were members when the congregation and children were crowded in the old building in Channahon proper.

They must really love their church, their minister, the programs, and their fellow worshippers.

So, what is it about your church that you love? I would like to hear from our Patch readers about how their churches meet their spiritual needs. Or social or physical needs or the needs of their family members.

Tell us the name of your church, if you choose, and use this opportunity to share with the rest of us the reasons why you look forward to Sunday mornings or Saturday mass. Or perhaps you can use this forum to tell us what you want in a church. Maybe you have not yet found a good match and are looking for that. I bet someone in our Patch readership can give you someplace to check out.

Here is what I love about my church. It is the First Christian Church in Morris, and number one with me is our minister, Chuck Richardson. The man always seems to tell me exactly what God has been trying to get through to me. I am sure God uses him in this way.

I also love its youth programs, in which my son has been involved since he was a baby. And I can’t say enough about the wonderful, loving people who worship there. I have made so many friends and have been helped when I was down. I hope I have been able to do the same.

I love having weekly communition, as well. A wonderful time of reflection and remembrance.

Thank you in advance for sharing. I can’t wait to see your responses.

Laurie Pfeifer August 06, 2011 at 12:07 AM
I've been attending First Christian Church in Morris for almost 20 years! I STILL remember the first time I ever walked into the building.....goosebumps....I felt such love there! And to this day I feel it! I have grown spiritually, as has my spouse and my children, who are now raising their children in Christian homes. The whole worship experience...from worship in song, to communion, to the sermon, to the Sunday School classes...to serving - enlightens and encourages me. I have met soul-sisters there and made lifelong friendships there. I am guided and influenced and held accountable there. Very soon we will retire our pastor of 40 years, Chuck and Janice Richardson. They will be missed more than we can imagine...but I know that a church is NOT it's pastor...but the WHOLE experience! My church and it's congregation are on my mind and/or my calendar every day...in one way or another. And I wouldn't change a thing!!! So I hope God doesn't! I thank my God for leading me there and using me there!
Clara Scaman August 06, 2011 at 12:37 PM
There is so much that I could write about why I love my church, beginning with the warm welcome at the door and the smiling faces of the ladies at the Welcome Center. We love our wonderful lead minister, Chuck Richardson, and his ministerial staff from whom we can be sure we will hear an inspiring message that is true to the Holy Bible. Our church has so many talented musicians and vocalists who bring so much to the church service and special programs. I feel so blessed that I found this church and that my husband, daughter and grandchildren join with me there every Sunday.
Stephanie Breen-Friel August 06, 2011 at 12:37 PM
I LOVE my church Channahon United Methodist, and have been attending since I was born 33 year ago, but my family has been going there for even longer. My dad does the coffee and donuts after church and has been doing that for as long as I can remember, It is a great time to socialize and just relax after a long week. They have many many family and childrens activitys and Pastor Ann is a wonderful lady who truly cares about each member. I LOVE my Pastor and my church family and look forward to the fun activitys they do all the time...
Vanessa Holloway August 06, 2011 at 12:41 PM
I was raised Catholic but when I married my husband I did not want to attend Pre-Cana classes. My husband wasn't Catholic. His family attended the United Church of Christ in Summit. We were married there and both of our girls were baptized there. It was a small congregation, but a great church family. Pastor Betsy's sermons tied in Bible passages/stories with current events. And she was good to relate the stories to the children during kids time. Unfortunately when we moved, it was too far to travel, however we still occasionally went to service or functions because my in-laws still were regulars. We were always welcomed back. After living in Channahon for a a couple years, we tried the Lutheran Church. My husband and I agreed it was a mix of both religions we grew up in. I became involved. Wrote their newsletter, helped with kids projects etc. But after awhile we did not have that warm welcoming feeling like the first day we entered the church. If you missed one week, you were given the evil eye by congregation members. Miss two or three weeks, it was like God struck you down. There were some serious issues taking place there and eventually the Pastor left. I understand the church has a new pastor and has completely changed. I'm glad for those church members. We finally came upon the Plainfield Congregation United Church of Christ and eventually became members. From the first day we walked in, we were welcome; Just as there motto states: :All are welcome here.
Vanessa Holloway August 06, 2011 at 12:52 PM
continued.. Pastor Nancy and the church family are always smiling and happy to see you when you come, whether it be every Sunday or when you get there. No one looks at you as a sinner for not coming to church. I like Pastor Nancy because her preaching skills are similar to our former Rev. Betsy. Everyone is helpful, kind and caring at the church. If you need something; small or big, they are there to assist. The church's kid's program is very good. From Sunday school, pageants, VBS, youth group and confirmation, there is something for kids of all ages. While all churches seek donations, I feel that Plainfield Congregational accepts what you are able to give. They are not pushing to get a certain percentage from you, etc. I'm happy for that because sometimes I can't give a lot other times I can. That is one of my biggest pet peeves about churches when they nag for money. This church doesn't. The church assists every year at DayBreak every year. It's a sight to see those unfortunate light up when we come bearing gifts and food for them. I also enjoy the music selections for service. Janet Jones is awesome as music minister. The mix between traditional and contemporary music is great from the choirs and band. We have some talented musicians and singers. If anyone is seeking a church, perhaps they can check out Plainfield Congregational where everyone is welcome.
Debi Wright August 07, 2011 at 12:21 AM
Debi Wright I love my church, First Christian Church of Morris, for many reasons. The biggest reason is the our 12 year old son can't wait until Sunday comes. We are so blessed that he has such a passion about his church at this age. When we leave Nick always says, "I love that church!" What more could Mom and Dad want to hear!
Jeanne Millsap August 07, 2011 at 09:37 PM
Laurie, I liked that you said you thank God for using you there. We get an awful lot from our churches. God gives us that. And eventually, he uses us to help his kingdom. I feel so blessed that he finds ways to use me.
Jeanne Millsap August 07, 2011 at 09:38 PM
Clara, doesn't it feel like a warm blanket to be welcomed at the door with the smiling faces of a church family? I'm so glad you have 3 generations of your family who worship with you, too. What a blessing.
Jeanne Millsap August 07, 2011 at 09:41 PM
Stephanie, I have visited your church 3 times and have found your members to be so friendly. I love Pastor Ann, too, and feel she has such a good way about her and a good sermon. And you can't say too much about good fellowship in a church. That's one of the things I really look forward to on a Sunday morning.
Jeanne Millsap August 07, 2011 at 09:44 PM
Vanessa, I am so glad you and your family found a church that was such a good fit for you. I personally know people who weren't happy with one thing or another at their church, left, then never went to another church. It can be difficult finding a new church, but it's so worth it to find a loving church family that accepts you where you are. I'd like to visit your church someday.
Jeanne Millsap August 07, 2011 at 09:47 PM
Boy, Debi, that is saying a lot when your child can't wait to go to church! A good children's program is priceless. And with those good memories as a foundation, you can bet he will be raising his own family in a church when he is grown.
Nicole August 08, 2011 at 03:47 AM
We are so blessed to attend Minooka Bible Church for the past few years. The messages are relevant and interesting, the childrens programs are amazing, and there are many opportunities to connect and serve the church, community, and world thru volunteering and missions.
Michelle Liberty August 08, 2011 at 04:08 AM
I belong to The Village Christian Church in Minooka. I was baptized catholic, married in a catholic church, my children are baptized catholic as well. I just never got anything from the catholic religion. From the first time I walked through the doors of the Jr. High, which already was a strange scenario for me (we don't have a permanent facility yet) I felt warmth, and energy of people that were there because they wanted to be, not because they had too, the Parents and children. We have an amazing kid village so you don't have to bring your kids into worship. My kids are 4 & 7 years old, and love to come to worship with me! Our Lead Pastor is Nate Ferguson. He is an amazing speaker with messages from the scripture that often make us laugh. You come as you are, no judgements, just welcoming smiles. I always leave church wanting to be a better Christian/Person. I feel fulfilled, and always looking forward to what is in store for next Sunday! I love The VCC, and you would too! If you are looking for a new "Christian Home" please come and check us out on Sundays at 9:00 & 10:30 @Minooka Jr. High. Most people that visit, always return. Hope to see you soon!


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