Plan A Visit
5 things to know
We have four services in two locations: English-language services 9:00am and 11:00am in Evanston, and 10:00am in Chicago (The Neighborhood Campus), plus a Spanish-language service (La Viña at 11:00am in Evanston)
Our Evanston Campus is at 2495 Howard Street, Evanston, IL 60202. We’re a large building behind the Jewel at Howard & Kedzie. Our Neighborhood Campus meets at Budlong Elementary School, 2701 W. Foster Avenue, Chicago, IL 60625.
Our services last 90 minutes, including 40 minutes of contemporary worship (with traditional and gospel hymns mixed in), communion every week, and a 30-minute Biblical message. We always have time for prayer afterwards.
We have ASL services at the 9:00 service in Evanston.
Contact us and someone will be there to personally meet you and give you a tour when you come!
When & Where
9:00am and 11:00am
2495 Howard Street, Evanston, IL 60202
(Howard & Kedzie, behind the Jewel)
Our Neighborhood Campus meets at 10:00am at Budlong Elementary School in Chicago:
2701 W Foster Ave, Chicago, IL 60625
Nuestro campus de Evanston ofrece un servicio en español a las 11:00 a.m. en el Auditorio La Viña en 2495 Howard St, Evanston, Il 60202 Howard Street, Evanston, IL 60202.
On Sunday mornings, we offer kids programs for infants through eighth grade in Evanston, and infants through fifth grade at the Neighborhood.
High Schoolers meet in the afternoon, and are welcome to join us in the main services during the morning.
Both of our campuses have plenty of parking in lots right next to the church.
At Evanston, you are welcome to use the large parking lot “First-Time Guest” spots closest to the church.
Let us help you plan your visit
Many Christians today are struggling with how to think about love, sex, and marriage in the 21st century. There is a lot of confusion, conflict, and discomfort regarding how the church and how Christians are to handle these very important issues. How can we be Biblical followers of Jesus and yet continue to love the people around us? These are not simple issues. The questions go deep into our whole understanding of who God is and who we who believe are in God. This series will dig down into the foundational values that support a uniquely Biblical approach to these issues. It will make clear over twelve weeks why our church takes the compassionate but orthodox stand that it does.
What should I expect?
Our hope is simply that you’ll have a meaningful connection with God during your time with us.
We sing together as a way of expressing our thanks to God for God’s love and goodness in our lives. Singing is something we can do together as a way to express our worship, and throughout the Bible, one of the key ways that God’s people expressed their love and thanks was through music, singing and the arts. We’re singing directly to God as one church.
You are welcome to respond in any way that helps you feel comfortable — some people just sit back and watch during their first visit, and that’s great!
Taking communion is a tradition of followers of Jesus for thousands of years. It’s a re-creation of what’s become known in popular culture as “the last supper.” Jesus gave us bread and a cup as a symbol of His sacrifice to bring healing and salvation for the world. Anyone who is a follower of Jesus is invited to be a part of communion.
We are a church that believes in prayer and takes seriously that it can be effective. Prayer is woven through the fabric of our church — praying for each other, praying for people outside of our church, praying individually and as a whole church. If you have a specific need, we have a team of people who want to sit with you and pray together after the service.
We take a few minutes in the middle of the service to highlight some of the big things happening at the Evanston Vineyard.
All of the good things we’re able to do in the Vineyard and in the communities we serve are because of the generous gifts of people who attend our church. Beyond the needs of the church, we believe that giving helps us grow our faith, and is part of our worship to God. The Bible says that faithful giving will draw us closer to God, reminds us that everything belongs to God, and that it is the key to a full life. It also says faithful giving blesses us in return and that it makes us happy.
All of our beliefs and choices are rooted in the teachings of the Bible — in every area of life, not just our religion — so we devote time each week to teach from the Bible. Our goal is not just to learn, but to put these teachings into practice.
The most important thing
Often at the end of our service, our pastor will say “Go out into the world and be the church.” We believe that the church is what we are, not something we go to, and that every one of us is a part of being the church. A thousand people scattered across all of the communities that we live in and all the places where we work. And that God is at work in every one of those places through every person who is sitting here right now. God’s at work through us Monday through Saturday — and you get to be a part of that.