As we navigate these unprecedented times, Christ UMC has made and will continue to make plans for alternate ways to be the church. Our goal is social distance without spiritual distance. On this page you will find the latest information to connect with your church family. If you need further information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
You are invited to have a candle handy as you prepare to worship.
There will be an opportunity to light candles together at the beginning of the service.
Join us for video worship each Sunday. Click here to see the latest videos. Every Sunday you may download a new worship video, using our website or the church’s Facebook page. You may watch it anytime on Sunday and beyond OR you may choose to watch it at 9:30 in a virtual Watch Party. Pastor Dee will be hosting the party online and receiving your joys and concerns during that time. Click here for Facebook page.
To see the latest document on guidelines for re-opening,
from our Christ UMC Re-Opening Task Force, click here.
Children's and Family Ministries Information
Contact Joy Hayag at email@example.com for more information. Click on the link below for the latest information about activities and worship for children and families.
How to reach our office
Although the church office is physically closed, our hearts are open. Feel free to contact staff directly, or leave a message on the church phone (815-399-5910) or at firstname.lastname@example.org. For pastoral emergencies, call 815-310-5802.
Watch your email
for special Christ UMC eblasts, enews and prayer lists
Special updates will be sent out to you as
needed. The weekly enews will usually be sent out on Thursdays. A prayer list will be sent out on Wednesdays, so that we can continue to hold one another in prayer. Note:
Please check your spam folders if you don’t see these in your inbox. Our
email platform, Mailchimp, will sometimes be recognized as spam, depending on
your computer’s security setting. If you
don’t get the eblasts, please notify us at email@example.com.
Our monthly newsletter, The Flame, will continue to be
produced and sent out on our regular schedule. If you signed up to receive The
Flame by email, it will continue to be delivered that way. Otherwise, you can watch your home mailbox
for your paper copies. The next issue
for August will go out the week after July 23.
Opportunity to Help Fund Online Services
We hope that you have enjoyed our online worship services. The Endowment Committee invites you to join them in an opportunity to fund this important ministry. Creating the online services has incurred some additional costs in equipment and staffing. We need about $8,000 to cover these costs. If you’d like to give to these services, you may give through this website, Tithe.ly app, or by sending a check made to Christ UMC and mark “online services” in the memo line. Click here for the Give page on this website.
Pictures for “What You Been Up To” for Online Church Services
We are continuing with our “What You Been Up To” section of our online church services. Please feel free to email pictures with a small caption of what's going on in the picture to our summer intern at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Annual School Supply Drive
The Outreach Committee invites you to help supply students in the Rockford area with the tools they need to succeed at school. The Covid-19 virus has forced us to make some adjustments in order to make it safe for all.
We are asking for monetary donations this year. The money will be used to mail order bulk supplies and backpacks. After the backpacks are prepared and blessed we will arrange for parents to make a contactless, drive by, pick up at Centennial UMC.
The supplies will go to participants of the Saturday Kids Clubs at Centennial UMC and the Transitional Department at Rockford School District 205.
We decided not to cancel this fundraiser because of the economy. The need is too great.
You may send your contribution to Christ United Methodist Church anytime throughout July. Please note on your payment "Backpacks" or "School Supplies," or give through Tithe.ly.
Welcome Our New Associate Pastor, Rev. Taekhwan Lee
Due to the COVID pandemic, we aren’t able to hold a welcome event for Rev. Taekhwan Lee (Pastor TK) and his family, wife Grace and son Life (9 years old). Instead, we invite you to send him welcome cards, with a specific focus—what do you want TK to know about the Rockford area? Help him fall in love with Rockford!
Send him a card introducing yourself and include:
¨ Directions to your favorite Rockford Park District parks (or)
¨ A gift card to (one of the following)
*your favorite local restaurant—Beef-a-Roo? Lino’s? Lucha Cantina? Shogun?
*the best pizza place
*the best ice cream place
*stores and coffee places—Mary’s Market? Meg’s? Rockford Art Deli?
*area attractions—Discovery Center Museum, Midway Village Museum
Let’s welcome Pastor TK and his family to the area—and support our local businesses at the same time! Please send cards to Rev.TK Lee, Christ UMC, 4509 Highcrest Rd., Rockford, IL 61107.
CUMC Depression Support Group
Next meeting via Zoom: Sunday, July 12, 2:00 p.m.
CUMC's depression support group, Bridge To Hope, is meeting again, via Zoom. We meet the 2nd and 4th Sunday of each month at 2:00 pm.Next meeting dates are: July 12, July 26. If you or your significant other feel down, hopeless, lonely, overwhelmed, join us. We are a confidential, non-judgmental forum to talk. Contact Deb Whinnery at email@example.com. She will need your name, phone number, and email and help you get connected on Zoom.
Summer Small-Group Study
We encourage you to join a small group this summer to study scripture and themes from the book We Make the Road by Walking, by Brian D. McLaren (Jericho Books, 2014). This summer we will focus on Part IV: “Alive in the Spirit.” You will be studying the scriptures that provide the focus for the following Sunday’s sermon. Each chapter is short (4-5 pages), with study questions provided.
People can feel free to come and go throughout the summer; it’s not a requirement that you attend every week. You’re welcome to join anytime.
Meets on Mondays, 6:00 p.m. via Zoom: led by the week’s preacher. This is similar in format to the Sermon Shapers group we had awhile ago. If you were part of that group, you might be interested in this study.
Registration required. Books are available at a discount through the church office. Call 815/399-5910 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Linda Kuntz will take your reservation and make sure a copy of the book is delivered to you.
Do you need help with errands?
If anyone needs help with errands, please contact the church office, at 815/399-5910 or email@example.com, and our staff can connect you to persons who can help.