A Welcoming Introduction

Welcome! We are a “19th Century Church, with a 21st Century Message”

Pastor Kris welcomes you

On behalf of the members of Ivanhoe Congregational Church, it is my privilege to welcome you to this website and thank you for inquiring about “Who We Are.”

We are part of the United Church of Christ and you can read more about “What We Believe” if you follow this link:http://www.ucc.org/about-us/what-is-the-united-church-of.html

We are the oldest organized church in Lake County, Illinois. We have believed in serving the broader community from our earliest days, when we were a stop on the Underground Railroad. We reach out in love to all God’s children, and welcome all to worship God and serve God’s people.

Ivanhoe Congregational Church was founded on February 20, 1838 by 16 people meeting in the log cabin home of Alfred Payne. The church building was placed on the Illinois Register of Historic Places in 1973. The sanctuary, done in authentic New England style by settlers from the eastern U.S., was built in 1856. When the educational addition was built in 1957, workers discovered many hand-hewn timbers used in the original construction. The present sanctuary, expertly remodeled in 2001, is highlighted by its generously framed focal point – a beautiful stained glass window centered over the altar.

Over the years the Church congregation has changed from a rural to a suburban membership. The membership is quite diversified drawing from a rather large geographic area and representing a broad spectrum of talents, education, vocations and age groups.

What I believe is important about our brand and style of church is that we focus on living our faith, following the example of Christ. It is my prayer that when you worship with us, you will experience a warm and friendly welcome and you will receive the good news message of God’s grace in a way that is relevant for your life.

May God bless your faith journey,
Pastor Kris

Recent Posts

Mundelein LUNCH Program Underway

Ivanhoe Church is participating along with six other local churches in the Mundelein LUNCH (Local United Network to Combat Hunger) Program at both Hanrahan Park and Gordon Ray Park in Mundelein.   We will be serving lunches from Monday, June 5, through Friday, August 11, between 12 noon and 1 pm.

We still need volunteers for the program. Volunteers are asked to help load the coolers at New Hope Church, located at 1401 S. Lake Street in Mundelein at 11:30 and then should head to the parks. This is an extremely rewarding experience and you will immediately see the joy on the children’s faces as they enjoy the lunches furnished by the Northern Illinois Food Bank.

To volunteer go to Mundeleinlunch.org and follow the prompts. You can work one day or many, depending upon your schedule. Please contact the church office with any questions.

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