Our Parish Life Together
We are a parish family who worship in one of downtown Rockford's legacy churches -- and we are excited by its current renaissance.
Our parish family includes members who grew up at Emmanuel, young families, young professionals, and single people of all ages! We are gay, straight, single, married.
We laugh together at our many many social functions, attend our weddings, and say goodbye together at the funerals of our members. We are members of guilds and groups and some of us sing in the choir.
We are joined by our belief that Christ calls us to be present in the world and act through our faith. We volunteer for and financially support a variety of organizations dedicated to serving those in need.
We love to get together at Emmanuel and do so regularly! Our gatherings may take place during coffee hour, after major feast services, or to mark special occasions such as fundraisers or seasonal parties. There is always good food, often music, and FUN!
Aspire facilitates arts & spirituality outreach at Emmanuel. Through musical events, art shows, lectures and presentations on the humanities, we celebrate the many gifts of our church and the greater Rockford community.
The stained glass windows at Emmanuel feature scriptures and saints. They were created by Conrad Schmitt Studios of Milwaukee.
"Church windows are used for beauty in a church, but primarily are to be an inspiration for meditation and prayer. Philosophers tell us that the Absolute, the ultimate Truth, that lies behind the show of things, can be apprehended or expressed only through…Read More »