All Are Welcome
At St. Edward and Christ all are welcome: seekers, doubters, life-long Christians, and those who got fed up with the church and left it, but now have a sense that something is missing in their lives.
Here you will find an inclusive, inviting, and child-friendly community. Questions and inquiry are encouraged. The current members are politically liberal and conservative, young and retired, life-long Episcopalians and raised in other traditions. Here you will find adults who are married and partnered, divorced and single, remarried and widowed. All are welcome at the Lord’s Table to receive Holy Communion.
Whether you visit us on the web, attend worship, or join the church, you bless us with your interest, your prayers, and your presence.
St. Edward and Christ is a Two Campus Parish
St. Edward Campus (SEC) located in central Joliet at 206 N. Midland Avenue was built in 1953. SEC seats 120 people in a traditional church setting. Liturgies offered tend to be traditional with a wide variety of music styles from organ accompanied traditional hymns, renewal music, and selections with guitar accompaniment.
Children are invited to worship with their parents as members of the worshiping community. Communal worship is the primary means through which children are formed in the Christian faith. They learn from observing the religious practices, prayers, and attitudes of those who walk before them on their journey of faith.
Children receive Holy Communion at the request of their parents. Many toddlers receive their first communion when they are old enough to reach out their hand. Jesus said, “let the little children come to me.”
Christ Campus, (CC) located on the western border of Joliet at 2800 Grove Rd., was purchased in 2008 to extend the Episcopal tradition into Kendall county. A former farm site, CC offers open spaces, a barn, pond, and houses where the people of God gather to worship and play. Liturgies offered tend to be informal and conversational. Conversations about the issues raised during liturgy continue in the family atmosphere over a cup of coffee. Weather permitting, worship services are offered in the barn. When the weather turns cold, worship moves into the heated chapel.
The Christmas Eve service is a live nativity with a donkey, sheep, goats, chicken and geese, shepherd and the Holy Family. All babies and toddlers are invited to take a place in or around the manger.
At St. Edward Campus: 206 N. Midland Ave., Joliet
7:30 a.m. said Service: breakfast gathering at local restaurant follows
9:15 a.m. Choir Eucharist: family style with friendly coffee time following
At Christ Campus: 2800 Grove Rd., Joliet (near Caton Farm and Grove Rd.)
11:15 a.m. Eucharist in Great Barn (weather permitting) or in chapel followed by coffee and conversation
At St. Edward Campus
9:30 a.m. Eucharist with Anointing and Prayers for Healing
Locations and Contact Information
Pastor Richard J. Lundgren at RLundgren@secec.net