Christian Formation

"Christian Formation" is a churchy term for something which is also known as Sunday School -- except it's not just for children! We believe that we all have room to grow in our faith. Here's what Emmanuel currently has planned...

Children through 5th Grade

Our new venture is called "Children's Church" and will be held on the first Sunday of the month during the 10am service. After the opening hymn, the children will be excused to go to the classroom with their teachers to do a project related to the Bible readings of the day. This is usually something arts-and-craftsy. The kids will come back in time to join their families for Communion. For those worshiping online, there is a Zoom link available for Children's Church.

Confirmation Class

We began a Confirmation Class for 7th and 8th graders just before the COVID-19 pandemic stopped us in our tracks. Stay tuned for further details on how and when we will be picking that back up. The current course should be completed by Christmas 2022.

First Communion

While we do not require children to attend a First Communion class in order to receive the bread and wine, we offer this class periodically in order to help them understand what happens during the service. It is designed for children around 1st Grade. We expect the next class to be in the Fall of 2022, but please let us know if you're interested!

Adult Formation

No prior knowledge is assumed for any of our discussion topics. It is held after the 10am service on Sunday morning (so approximately 11:15am). Please contact us for a Zoom link if you are unable to attend in-person. 

Formation discussions will resume in the Fall 2022

In the meantime....

Opportunity to Participant in the Ministry of Hospitality and Welcome a Refugee Family – Donations Due 6/25

Emmanuel hosted a representative from Exodus World Service, a Christian nonprofit that works to mobilize church communities to support our newest and most vulnerable neighbors, in formation on 5/22, when we learned about the amazing opportunity to welcome a refugee family to Chicago (please let Rev. Kate or Rev. Dave know if you’d like to see the recording of this presentation, it is available on our Zoom account). We will be working with Exodus World Service to collect a "Welcome to America Pack" for a family of refugees arriving in Chicago this summer. It’s similar to the “BEDS, Bath and Beyond” packages we were so successful with last year, and will help a new refugee family settle into their home after years of wandering. There are two ways to help out: To see the list of needed items and sign up for what you'd like to donate, go to to fill out a simple form (or, if you prefer not to use a computer, please call or speak to Rev. Kate). Please note: some items need to be purchased AFTER we are matched with an arriving family! We are hoping to have all items spoken for or donated by Rev. Dave’s installation date (6/25), so we have even more to celebrate! We are ALSO looking for a few volunteers who would be available to meet with our assigned family later in the summer – you will transport the Welcome to America! Pack to their new apartment, unpack it, and greet the family as they arrive in Chicago for the first time. Please speak to Rev. Kate if you are interested in being a part of this amazing and heartwarming mission.