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 and the third 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. 

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. 

Opening the Prayer Book – Series continues until November 13th after the 10am service

There’s more to worship than Sunday morning! The 1979 Book of Common Prayer is a treasure trove of resources for personal and community prayer. Join us as we explore the prayer book from a user’s perspective. Bring your questions and opinions as we explore the book by sections and mine its potential for everyday faith and prayer – and bring your BCP! Don’t have a prayer book? No problem! We’ve got copies to give out and annotate. Topics still to come: Nov 6th - Hatch, Match & Dispatch, Nov 13 – What Bishops Do

St. Leonard's Ministries visits Emmanuel - Hear More about their Extraordinary Ministry on 11/20

Since 1954, Saint Leonard’s Ministries ( has provided holistic reentry services to men and women exiting Illinois jails and prisons. With access to safe housing, life skills training, behavioral and physical health care, and workforce development training, Saint Leonard's residents are empowered to lead whole and productive lives. Saint Leonard's recidivism rates average 23% for men and 9% for women, compared to the state averages of 45% and 36%, respectively. Saint Leonard's holistic services work!

Founded by Episcopal priest Father James Jones, Chaplain at what is now Chicago's Cook County Jail, Saint Leonard's Ministries recognizes that individuals returning to our community following incarceration face challenges that impede their paths towards stable, productive lives.

Join us on Sunday, 11/20, when we will welcome the Rev. Wes Smedley, Mission & Strategic Advancement Manager and Chaplain to St. Leonard's, who will preach at the 10am service. After the 10am service, clients and alumni of the program will visit and speak with us to provide a first-person account of this life-changing ministry. Join us for coffee hour and a special discussion, in person and on Zoom, from 11:15am -12pm.