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  412 North Church Street · Rockford, Illinois 61103 | (815) 964-5514       
​Welcome to Emmanuel Episcopal Church

​Welcome to Emmanuel Episcopal Church

Welcome to Emmanuel Episcopal Church, an inclusive, caring Christian community, dedicated to learning and worship in the Episcopal tradition. We are happy you are here!

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Children and Youth

Children and Youth

At Emmanuel, our children and youth are included, important and celebrated. Learn about our Children at Heart service, our Sunday School program and our Youth Group.

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Urban / Social Outreach

Urban / Social Outreach

Emmanuel Episcopal Church's commitment to outreach in downtown Rockford extends back 30 years to the purchase of the Franklin School property next door, where the first soup kitchens were held that winter.

Get involved and help make a difference in our ever-changing urban community!

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Music / Liturgy

Music / Liturgy

Emmanuel has a vibrant musical tradition that includes our choir, organists and other musicians. Join us at 10:30AM to experience our sung Eucharist and worship through song.

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Latest Sermon

Do Not Be Afraid: Easter Sunday

Apr 16, 2017

By: The Reverend Andria Skornik

When Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went to the tomb that first Easter, they went looking for the resurrection Jesus had promised. The first words they heard from the angel at the tomb were "Do not be afraid." Jesus said these same words to them when they met Him on the way to the disciples, "Do not be afraid." These were the words they would need to remember as they faced the time to come when Jesus would no longer be with them on earth, as they faced the disbelief of others, as they went out to spread His Word. The Risen Christ comes to show us the freedom of resurrection life; freedom from death, from sin, from all the things that keep us from living abundantly, that we can release our fears and attend to the life God wants for us here and now.

The Scripture references are Jeremiah 31:1-6 and Acts 10:34-43. The Gospel reference is Matthew 28:1-10.

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