frequently asked questions

Some very useful information - all in one place

  • I'm looking for a new church-why should I choose Hope?

    It's a fair question. You might choose Hope EPC if you're looking for:

    • a comforting place to worship God
    • scripture based message
    • an inclusive cross-generational, family-focused congregation
    • genuine people who care about each other and are happy to see you
    • traditional worship style
    • a mix of contemporary Christian songs and traditional hymns
    • handicapped accessibility including hearing aid loop
  • What kind of kid's programs do you have?

    We would love to teach your kids about Jesus at Hope.  

    Because we're not a mega church, we don't have classrooms full of kids, so our focus is going to be on teaching your kids about Christ - not wrangling all the rest.

    Also, it's great having the kids with us during the first half of the service to enjoy the Worship songs. For infants and toddlers, you can choose to keep them with you or give yourself a break at any time and drop them off in the nursery where we have supervised learning activities and play time.

  • Do I need to get all dressed up?

    Our worship services are somewhat relaxed and informal. Some folks dress up (suits and dresses) and some folks dress more casually. If it's clean and presentable and doesn't distract from worship, it's probably okay. 

    It's said, God is scarcely impressed by such things. "People look at the outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart" (1 Sam. 16:7).

  • Am I going to get lost in the crowd?

    Probably not. We're not a mega-church. Were not even an especially large church so you're not going to be overwhelmed in the parking lot or the sanctuary. We are small enough that you can get to know most of us but big enough that it will probably take a little bit of time. So stick around after the service because there's coffee, lemonade, and treats (usually homemade) and you can make a couple new friends each week.

  • Will I be asked to give money?

    When you visit us, you are our guests and we don't expect you to give money. Our worship service does include a time when we pass an "offering plate" and worshipers can freely give gifts, tithes, and offerings.

    Why do we do that?

    There are many verses throughout the Bible that focus on providing tithes and offerings to the Lord. This is a response by Christians who are blessed by God's grace and choose to respond in kindness and giving. People who have made us their church home make the decision to give as an integral part of their faith.

  • Am I going to have trouble parking?

    We have a nice, spacious parking lot with plenty of room and ample handicapped parking. We have a plowing service to keep ahead of the snow in the winter. You shouldn't have any problems.

  • What's worship like at Hope EPC?

    We offer a traditional worship experience in a warm and inviting church home. 

    • Praising God in Word and Song  
    • Dedicated Prayer Time
    • Readings from the Word of God
    • Musical inspiration from our Hope Choir
    • Traditional Hymns and Praise Music
    • Dynamic Bible-based Sermons

    We celebrate Communion on the first Sunday of each month. 

  • What's the congregation like?

    Our congregation is mostly married folks but singles will feel at home here too. We have folks of all ages but the largest percentage are over 40. Don't let that put you off, the kids think it's great - kind of like having extra Grandmas and Grandpas around. We're a very welcoming and friendly group.

  • Can someone pray for me?

    If you need to submit a prayer request either:

    • Call the church office and leave a recorded prayer request. (847) 543-1659
    • Fill out and submit your “Prayer Request” (located in the friendship pads in each row) when you attend the Sunday service. 
    • Submit an online prayer request.