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.


Top 10 reasons to check out the UCC

If you would like someone to contact you with more information about Ivanhoe, the UCC, or faith matters, please feel free to contact us at or call us at 847-566-5204.