Who we are

Jesus accepts all at His table; so do we.

IMG_0650Wherever you are on your faith journey, you are welcome at St. Benedict. May you feel the presence of the Holy Spirit in this place. We are a diverse and engaged faith community that welcomes all kinds of people and families.

We are a community of faith dedicated to:

WORSHIPPING in the Episcopal tradition: sharing communion every Sunday and following a traditional, but simple and vibrant, form of liturgy;

WELCOMING people hospitably and celebrating our diversity;

GROWING in faith through Christian education and service and by honoring the ministries of all people in their daily lives.

We were named after St. Benedict of Nursia who wrote a “rule of life” for monks and nuns that placed hospitality, community, and prayer at the center of a holy life. We seek to practice those same values in this place.

Sunday morning worship is at 9am and attracts 60-90 people each week: men, women, children, older, younger, well-dressed, casually-dressed, gay, heterosexual, Black, White, Filipino, South Asian, Nigerian, Hispanic, British, differently abled, divorced, single, married, faithful, doubting, Democrats, Republicans, Independents, Cubs fans, Sox fans — from Bolingbrook, Plainfield, Naperville, Woodridge, Romeoville, Downers Grove, Glen Ellyn, and the Joliet area. St. Benedict lists itself on GayChurch.org as a church that welcomes and affirms GLBT individuals and their families.

St. Benedict is a part of The Episcopal Church and the worldwide Anglican Communion. The Episcopal tradition values the beauty of traditional liturgy or worship. The celebration of communion is at the center of our worship service every Sunday. We believe communion, (the Eucharist) is a meal where Christ offers us his presence and his love. All who seek to know Christ are welcome to receive the bread and wine. We follow the Anglican practice of the “middle way” or via media, believing that truth isn’t usually found at the extremes, but somewhere in the middle. This has led us to be a community of acceptance and inclusiveness in the midst of our diversity.

We are smaller than many churches in our community. However, our small size is also our strength: we value friendships; we celebrate each other’s individuality; we look to each other as ministers — not just to our priest. We believe, as our bishop Jeff Lee teaches, that BAPTISM = MINISTRY. We are all called to serve God’s world.

You are welcome to contact us if you have any questions. Whatever you bring — questions, hurt, doubt, joy — you are welcome here.


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