Thinking of joining the church?

Joining a church can be both an exhilarating and daunting decision, and there are many factors in a person’s choice to join a church community. In our wider Lake County community, there are many fine churches, many doing God’s work in this world in unique ways. If you’ve visited with us, we hope you came away refreshed by our sharing God’s welcome and that you discovered something of what makes Ivanhoe unique.

Two key elements may be of most interest to you. First is the community that comprises our Ivanhoe Congregational Church membership. Second is this church’s role in the world at large.

Ivanhoe is welcoming and affirming body. We follow a informally traditional liturgy that introduces new Christian music with familiar hymns. We offer Christ’s communion to all believers, and we welcome all on their journey with Him. We engage in mission work through local community food pantry, PADS shelters, and mission trips to communities in need. We encourage you to learn more of these engagements with the world through exploration of this site and particularly, to read Pastor Kris’s message.

Ivanhoe is a member of a denomination called the United Church of Christ. We are members of Christ’s body that perform mission work in the world through direct engagement, and in tandem with other denominations, particularly the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), with whom we share international mission work.

If you would like to know more, the church office would welcome your email, and there are UCC materials that describe what we corporately believe. And, below you may find a brochure designed for those who have an interest in joining, that outlines the denomination in which Ivanhoe Congregational Church participates. It describes our mission works here and abroad, and our views on how Christ calls us all to be ministers in contemporary social matters.

You are welcome to journey with us.


If you would like someone to contact you with more information about Ivanhoe, the UCC, or faith matters, please feel free to submit the form below.

[contact-form to=’’ subject=’Enquiry about joining Ivanhoe Church’][contact-field label=’Name’ type=’name’ required=’1’/][contact-field label=’Email’ type=’email’ required=’1’/][contact-field label=’Phone number (if you would like us to call)’ type=’text’/][contact-field label=’Comment’ type=’textarea’ required=’1’/][/contact-form]

Recent Posts

Adult Education Study Groups – 500th Anniversary of the Reformation

Ivanhoe Church is celebrating the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation by holding a four-session, small-group study. By lifting up some of the Reformation’s central claims, this study celebrates the United Church of Christ’s Reformation heritage.

Matt Fitzgerald, a Chicago-area UCC pastor, notes in the foreword to our Study Guide that, “[This study] celebrates the United Church of Christ’s Reformation heritage by lifting up some of the Reformation’s central claims. There is beauty here. And, ugliness too. Inasmuch as ideas can thrill, these ideas are thrilling. Brace yourself!

We will discuss topics such as: Guess What? You’re a Priest; Which Do You Prefer, an Angry God or a Cheap Gospel?; Total Depravity; Luther’s Sins—and Ours; and, The Protestant Principle.

Study and discussion sessions:
Tuesdays @ 12:30 p.m., Oct 3, 10, 17, 24.  led by Pastor Kris Hewitt
Thursdays @ 6 p.m. = Oct 5, 12, 19, 26 lead Pastor Kris Hewitt
Sunday @ 9 a.m. = Oct 8, 15, 22, 29 led by Rev. Phil Ferguson

  1. Craft Fair October 29 & November 5 Comments Off on Craft Fair October 29 & November 5
  2. PADS (Providing Advocacy, Dignity & Shelter) Comments Off on PADS (Providing Advocacy, Dignity & Shelter)
  3. Pet Blessing Outdoor Service was September 3rd Comments Off on Pet Blessing Outdoor Service was September 3rd
  4. Wellness Ministry – Hospice+Palliative Care on 10/23 Comments Off on Wellness Ministry – Hospice+Palliative Care on 10/23