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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

We Can Trust This: Easter Day

Apr 1, 2018

By: The Reverend Andria Skornik

How can we know we can trust the empty tomb, the resurrection, even God? It is so hard for us to trust at all, faced as we are with all the disappointments and tensions of daily life. We have an example of how to trust in the person of Jesus, who had to trust God the most. Through it all, His life and Passion, he never stopped trusting; even His last words were "into Your hands I commit my spirit." Faith allows us to trust in the things we cannot know; it allows us to experience joy when it seems fear and suspicion will win the day. Jesus trusted God in His life and with His life. Mary trusted God and stayed by the tomb, and her faith made her the first to see the risen Christ. Let us trust God like they did, and our trust will not be in vain.

The Scripture references are Isaiah 25:6-9, Psalm 118:14-24, and Acts 10:34-43. The Gospel reference is John 20:1-18.

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