For First Timers and Visitors

Worship gatherings: Sundays at 10:15am.

5105 N. Arlington Heights Rd., 

Long Grove, IL 60047


We're a friendly community and we're glad you want to visit! Our hope is whether you stay for just one Sunday or continue to attend, you'll encounter Jesus today within our doors.


It's difficult to remain invisible in a small church community like ours.  Know that somebody will welcome you and introduce themselves and probably give you a small handout that describes the order of our Sunday worship.  Grab a cup of coffee or tea!  And keep reading below for more details about what you can expect on a Sunday morning...

What to Expect

Visiting a church for the first time can be a daunting experience! Here are some things that will hopefully help you feel comfortably prepared.


What Should I Wear? 

Feel free to dress in whatever way is comfortable for you.  We dress casually. Jeans and a t-shirt are normal. 

What Else Should I Expect?

  • An eclectic style: Our liturgy and our music are crafted using resources from throughout church history: some ancient hymns and prayers, and other more recently written songs and prayers composed just this week for our specific church community.
  • Facing the center: We sit "in the round" with a large table in the center of the room from which we serve communion each week. There isn't a stage or platform - and this is intentional! We've found that when we worship facing one another around the Communion table, we aren't being formed into passive spectators watching a show. Instead, we are formed into a community with Christ at our center.
  • Art and symbol: God redeems our imaginations as we learn how to live as new creation. You'll notice art on the walls and objects on our worship table that all point us to who God is and what we believe He's up to in this world.

Read more about our worship liturgy.


Communion
We observe communion every Sunday.  


You'll be invited to come up and receive the bread and the juice from a server. We take the bread and the juice "by intinction" - which is a fancy way of saying that as you are offered the bread and cup by the Eucharist server, you can tear a piece of bread off the common loaf, then dip it into the juice and eat it together. When the server offers you the bread and juice, they will say, “The body of Christ broken for you, and the new life in Christ’s blood.”  We also have gluten-free wafers available at each station.
 
Communion is open to all who have been baptized at any age. Those awaiting baptism are still encouraged to come forward to the table and receive a blessing. Cross your arms over your chest (an ancient expression that communicates you would like to be prayed for) and a prayer blessing will be offered for you.

What about kids?

We love being an intergenerational family at Life on the Vine!


If your kids choose to stay with you throughout the service, know that we believe children are fellow worshippers with us, and we embrace all that children bring: their wonder and curiosity, as well as their distractedness, noise, and chaos! Jesus says that anyone who receives a little one in his name, receives him. We also have activity bags with legos and small whiteboards to help keep little hands busy as the kids listen along and participate.


If your children would prefer to join one of the children's classes, children over the age of 4 join us for the first part of our worship service before they continue together in another room. Children under the age of 4 are dropped off in their classes before the worship service begins. 


To learn more about our Children's Ministry classes, go here.

Current Covid safety protocols

Updated April 26, 2022


From the start of the pandemic in March of 2020, our goal as a community has been to love our neighbors well and to honor the medically vulnerable among us by practicing effective safety protocols. At this stage of the pandemic, these are our community protocols which we ask you to honor when you visit:


SANITIZE HANDS BEFORE RECEIVING COMMUNION

Hand sanitizer is available, though you are welcome to bring your own. Please use the hand sanitizer provided for you when coming up to receive the Communion bread and juice.


MASKS

Because we still have a large number of children in our congregation who are unable to receive a vaccine and some members who are at higher medical risk of developing serious illness, we do ask for everyone over the age of 2 - both vaccinated and unvaccinated - to wear a mask while inside our building. 


We have restarted making coffee and tea available before and during the service. Feel free to unmask to enjoy your beverages, then put your mask back on.


For those in need of more caution, one section of our sanctuary has also been designated as a "masks only" zone, which means no beverages or snacks are permitted so that masking can be maintained at all times.


SOCIAL DISTANCING

Additionally, we have provided signs that may be placed on chairs next to you in order to indicate you would prefer for those seats to remain empty for additional social distancing.


Outdoors, masks and social distancing are optional. Please be considerate and check with others before shaking hands or extending hugs.