Summer at Elgin Covenant Church

Vacation Bible School July 7-11

We are blessed to have Child Evangelism Fellowship joining us for our sixth year in a row in our Backyard Club Vacation Bible School. It will be held from 10-11:30 AM at the home of Pastor Jonathan and Amy Wilson, 17 North Commonwealth, in Elgin. You may show up, or you may call ahead and let us know you are coming, (224) 276-1889. Adults are invited to stay and fellowship together. Come any day or every day, we look forward to seeing you. You may be confident that your hosts and every teacher and coach for the children are fully vetted for with background checks either through Child Evangelism Fellowship (CEF) or through our church.

The CEF team will be working with primary-grade children through sixth grade (completed). We also invite pre-reading pre-schoolers as well, who work with Sue Gould, a certified teacher in early childhood education.

Summer Events

Psalm 121 states that God neither slumbers nor sleeps. We are praying for and looking forward to God’s movement in our church and community with a fresh outpouring of the Spirit, even over the summer months. As with many churches many of our programs do go on hiatus for the summer months. It is a practical matter as people take vacations and travel. Our adult Sunday School (9:15) is on break, and our choir’s last Sunday is June 1.

But God does not take a vacation. Every Sunday at 10:30 we expect to encounter God in new and meaningful ways in our worship and preaching. We also keep our schedule of communion every first Sunday of the month. We remain focused on ministry to children and families, if in different ways.

Over the summer children are given activity sheets during the service, and most Sundays will still feature a brief “Kids for Christ” message. Nursery care is provided throughout the summer. Children’s Church will resume in September. July 7-11, pre-readers and primary-grade kids are invited to Vacation Bible School.

We are also taking advantage of the summer slow-down in programs to renovate our restrooms. As you can see while our ministries take a different form over the summer, we are not “dormant,” and our God is neither slumbering nor sleeping.

Summer 2013 at Elgin Covenant Church

The summer of 2013 is filling up with exciting events for the whole family. Whether just visiting or looking for a place to plug in your heart’s connection to Christ, you are welcome to be part of us this summer.

Worship: 10:30 AM Sunday
We would love to see you worship with us each Sunday at 10:30. Communion is offered the first Sunday of each month. The praise team Redeemed is part of worship usually the second and fourth Sundays of the month including the summer. The nursery is supervised and there are children’s activity/coloring bulletins available for pre-readers and kids through age 10. Each Sunday also features a time for the children up through sixth grade to sit forward and receive a special message. Children’s Church will begin again in September.

Vacation Bible School

This will meet July 8th through 12th, 10-11:30 AM, at the home of Pastor Jonathan and Amy Wilson and family. Pre-readers through fourth grade are encouraged to attend. Parents are welcome to stay and fellowship or observe. The curriculum is brought by Child Evangelism Fellowship (CEF) and taught by two teen-aged coaches with CEF. This is our fourth year running the CEF Vacation Bible School Back-yard Club and we are excited to bring it again. Please come to 17 North Commonwealth in Elgin. To register call the church at 847-888-2302 or the Wilsons at 847-468-1799, however no advance RSVP or reservation is necessary.

The CEF VBS experience will then be celebrated at our church at 1565 Larkin Avenue with a special ice-cream social, Friday evening at 7 PM. Kids will present some of what they learned and receive tokens of our appreciation for participating. On Sunday July 14th there will be an emphasis during the children’s message.

Bible Study

At both the Sunday School for adults at 9:15 AM and the Wednesday Midweek starting at 7 PM the Bible Study “The Ten Markers of a Healthy Missional Church” is being presented. Each week is devoted to one marker. The material on Wednesday evening covers the same as the Sunday School for those who cannot come at 9:15. We also have a separate opportunity for women to join together in prayer and Bible study each Tuesday at 1:30 PM, weather permitting. (Please note: if a Tuesday is extraordinarily hot the meeting might be cancelled because of the risks involved in getting to the church.) All of these groups are open to your immediate participation in any week.

Special Sundays

June 23rd, Pastor Greg Johnson, associate pastor for youth and families, will preach.

June 30th, Gospel music will be featured with special guests Velma Sept and the Larkins Family Singers. Pastor Jonathan Wilson preaching.

July 7th, Pastor Henoch Fuentes, our pastor of outreach and missionary with Outreach Christian Fellowship, will preach.

July 14th, VBS recap. Pastor Jonathan preaching.

July 21st, Special Guest Dr. Phil Wood, Director of Wayside Elgin, will preach.

July 28th, Dr. Daryl Rahfeldt, chairman of Elgin Covenant, will preach.

August 4th, we seek to have as many as possible join us at Covenant Harbor Bible Camp in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin, for worship. Details available on this site (stay tuned) or at covenantharbor.org. Dr. Daryl Rahfeldt will also lead worship at Elgin Covenant for those unable to make the trip.

August 25th, Picnic Sunday. Pastor Greg preaching, followed by food and games. Stay tuned.