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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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Walk through Holy Week

Walk through Holy Week

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Celebrate Easter!

Celebrate Easter!

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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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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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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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Latest Sermon

Good News, Bad News: Short Sermon, but Homework! Palm Sunday

Apr 14, 2019

By: The Reverend Bill Nesbit

We have heard the Passion hundreds of times; so many times, in fact, that often we stop listening. And we shouldn't! Here are a number of things to ponder as we enter the darkness of Holy Week, and remember two things. God does some of his best work in the dark, and the light will come!


The Scripture references are Isaiah 50:4-9a, Psalm 118:19-26, and Philippians 2:5-11. The Gospel references are Luke 19:28-40 and the Passion of Our Lord Jesus Christ according to Luke.

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Recent News

Please join us for our Annual Spring Luncheon and Market Place May 9, 2019 Prairie Street Brewhouse 200 Prairie Street, Rockford, IL Market Place opens at 11:00 AM Lunch served 12:00...
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Easter Vigil Saturday, April 20 Holy Eucharist at 6:30 p.m. Easter Sunday, April 21 Holy Eucharist at 8 a.m. and 10:30 a.m.
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This weeks "Just Thinkin'" - https://mailchi.mp/5355388d6753/this-weeks-just-thinkin Notre Dame may never be the same. Will we?
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Palm Sunday's sermon from Father Bill Nesbit gives us a fresh view of the Passion story!
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Our Godly Play room students were busy with Mr. Matt as they incorporated other lesson elements in today’s Faces of Easter lesson. They were so proud of what they had remembered and...
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Think you know exactly what Jesus meant? Don't be so sure...
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From time to time, it's good to look at something of which we're sure from another direction!
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We get so confortable with the stories of the heroes of the Bible, we sometimes forget to listen for that still voice in our own ear...
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Just Thinkin' April 10 - https://mailchi.mp/5958c2467068/just-thinkin-april-10 One morsel from the feast that is Luke's Passion narrative.
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Thank you to our Emmanuel families for putting together the Easter baskets for Shelter Care families and to our parish for bringing the basket goodies!
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