In the event you've at all times wished to ring the bell of the oldest church in South Elgin, you may get your probability on the 125th anniversary celebration Sunday.
The congregation of South Elgin Community United Methodist Church, 400 W. Spring St., is "going all out" for the open home from to four p.m., Pastor Jan Comerford stated.
There might be free ice cream and excursions of the church showcasing its fellowship corridor, full-sized gymnasium and a number of small assembly rooms. Individuals will see one of many unique pews donated in 1892 by the Elgin State Hospital -- now the Elgin Psychological Well being Middle -- which was redecorating on the time.
Village President Steve Ward, Kane County Board member Mike Kenyon and Elgin Township Supervisor Franklin Ramirez will give remarks. Individuals will embody Boy Scouts and Woman Scouts, Dragon Kido Martial Arts and Jazzercise South Elgin, all of whom use the church's gymnasium for his or her actions, Comerford stated.
And sure, anybody who needs to ring the bell will get to achieve this, she stated.
The church was established in 1892, though a hearth burned to the bottom its unique constructing two blocks away in 1949. The congregation rebuilt the church inside two years.
Elgin resident Rob Bueche, 87, was baptized on the church and has attended providers there all his life.
"It looks as if there's issues happening on a regular basis," he stated. "We have had actual good pastors and it is simple to discover us. I believe it is a good mixture."
Sunday providers these days are attended by 50 to 60 individuals "with extra white heads than another head colours," Comerford stated. It isn't straightforward to entice youthful households -- for whom Sunday mornings usually are the one time to calm down -- with out a huge, fashionable constructing, and drums and guitars throughout providers, Comerford stated.
The congregation is dedicated to serving to worthy causes, she stated. The church has given 1000's of to purchase books and balls for college applications, and ship youngsters to church camp, and runs a meals pantry twice a month, she stated.
"It is likely one of the most welcoming and most loving congregations I've ever served," Comerford stated.