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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

The Best Bad News: The Seventeenth Sunday after Pentecost

Sep 16, 2018

By: The Very Reverend Andria Skornik

Jesus' rebuke of Peter in Mark's Gospel is jarring. He sounds angry with Peter's naming Him as the Messiah, but He is actually concerned that Peter and the Disciples must fully understand that He is not the warrior Messiah but rather one of non-violence and love. He must be betrayed and sacrificed, must die and rise again. Peter and the Disciples must be the ones to carry on Jesus' message and healing, and they must have been very afraid that they were not up to the task without Jesus with them. This is where we at Emmanuel find ourselves today, as Mother Andria announces her move home to Portland. We love her and Jordan and Coby so much, and have all shared so much and seen our church family grow so, that we may be afraid that we cannot do it without her here with us. But as she tells us, we are going to be okay. The things that make us Emmanuel are not going away, and God has done so much for us and through us. He is not yet done with us, and He is certainly not done with the Very Reverend Andria Skornik. Our relationship is not ending, only changing, and we will all be greater for the time we have spent together.

The Scripture references are Isaiah 50:4-9a, Psalm 116:1-4, and James 3:1-12. The Gospel reference is Mark 8:27-38.

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We honored the Skorniks at our Children at Heart service today with a blessing that Mathew Oakes wrote: God who makes friends family, thank you for the Skornik Family, for Andria,...
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All Saints Day Remembrances: Remember your loved one at our All Saints Sunday celebration (Nov 4) by filling out the cards located in the pews and put them in the offering plate. Names...
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Congratulations to Don Andre who composed and directed our first jazz mass at Emmanuel today. Ron Kroeger(sax), Lisa Weckerly (flute), Jim McDowell (string bass), and Trish...
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Harvest Fest succeeds again in 2018. Lots to enjoy and prizes to take home. Pictured are the Soggy Undercrust, Own Carter selecting a winners' gift bag and Kathy Torrence with a...
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Wednesday, October 10: SPECIAL HARVEST LABYRINTH WALK, 5-6:00pm. We can smell the colors changing! At a time of seasonal transitioning, we contemplate the mystery of the unknown for...
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Saturday, October 14th: Parent’s Night Out is back for the school year! Come drop your child(ren) off at the church nursery with a packed dinner at 4:30 to play and eat with their...
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The 2nd Annual Harvest Fest event on October 11: Please mark your calendars and sign up for a fabulous chili supper (vegan option available) and hot dogs at the Jubilee Center...
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The Emmanuel Choir Jazz Mass: They will be premiering Don Andre’s “Jazz Mass” on Sunday, October 14th at the 10:30 service. Don wrote the mass at Andria’s suggestion with the...
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Sunday Coffee/Fellowship Hour/Hospitality: hosts the Coffee Hour every Sunday throughout the year. Hosts make coffee, serve light food, and clean up. If you are interested in hosting,...
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Thank you to the Emmanuel Guild for purchasing such wonderful bibles for our kids! If your child was not able to make it to church this morning, not to worry, Ms. Courtney has a bible...
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