We are a new church in Evergreen Park, Illinois.
We are seeking to be learners and followers of Jesus Christ.

Our services are informal and participative.
You are welcome to ask questions and make comments …
not simply sit back and be preached at.
You can be yourself, wear what you want,
and bring your doubts as well as your faith.

We are a community of neighbors and friends …
not just a church that holds services.
We’d love to meet you!

Sunday Morning Overview

Sunday morning at JWCC

Here are the basics you need to know about Sunday mornings at Jacob’s Well:

Service Time: 10:00am

Service Length: 70 to 90 minutes

Church Location: click here for location info

Children’s Programs: We have infant and toddler care, as well as a children’s education program that goes on during the second half of the worship experience. Continue Reading →

Gift Circles at Jacob’s Well

Sharing is better!

Sharing is better!

To encourage our community, and to help us live more happy lives, we will offer gift circles — groups where we share specific needs, and also ways we can offer practical help.

A few weeks ago, I taught a message about being a community that gives and receives, and talked about the idea of gift circles as a way of experiencing more community, and less consumerism. (Click here to listen to or download that message. The discussion about gift circles comes in later third of the message.)

This coming Sunday – May 25 - we will have a “brunch service,” and we will experience gift circles in that gathering. We hope you can come and experience this. Our goal is to try several experiences of gift circles over the next few months when we have brunch Sundays (the last Sunday of each month).

Note: There will be no pressure to participate in the gift circles if you’d rather take a pass. That being said, we are excited to try this way of supporting each other.

Want to learn more about what Gift Circles Are?

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Current Message Series

Changing the World — without wrecking your life

How can we can change the world? And how can we do this and still maintain our own sanity?

Messages already given — links to the recording:

Upcoming Messages:

  • I want to serve, but I struggle with so much anxiety about this work
  • I feel so alone! — Overcoming Leadership Isolation
  • I want to make a difference, but my life isn’t as “together” as it should be
  • I am getting discouraged … it’s not going like I hoped it would
  • I want to help others, but I’m afraid of getting sucked in by other people’s problems

* Note: although the Scripture passage is not listed here in the titles, each message is based on the teaching of a passage in the Bible.

*Note that there will be some sermons during the Spring that are not part of this current message series. You can find these at our sermon page here.

Renting our facility

The Jacob’s Well campus is open to the neighborhood and public for use…

…conferences
…family gatherings
…showers
…art showings
…birthday parties
…etc.

We have a variety of rooms, and can accommodate groups ranging from five or ten to 300. If you’d like to learn more about using our facility, please contact our Social Events coordinator directly: (Diane  708-650-0393).

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Internal Thoughts

Did Jesus Really Just Command Us To Be Perfect?

We all know that in Matthew 5:43 Jesus commands us to love our enemies. This is a favorite passage of many of us in Christendom, especially those of us who tend to focus on issues of social justice, pacifism, and anti-war rhetoric. However, very rarely do you hear a rousing sermon on Matthew 5:48, where Jesus says “Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect (NIV).” With good reason. This passage is very hard to understand because the command that is being conveyed seems so, well, graceless. Jesus is aware, maybe more than anyone ever, that humans are, from the start, imperfect and God alone is perfect. So why would he command such an unattainable command?

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Donate

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Would you like to support the work of Jacob’s Well Church? You can make donations online, using our secure online form. It’s simple, fast, and will make an incredible difference in the lives of people in our community. Thanks!

The Bridge Recovery Community

Our new Recovery Ministry is called “The Bridge Recovery Community.” It meets on Wednesday nights, starting at 7:00pm. The Bridge is for people who struggle with addiction in its various forms, as well as friends and family of addicts, and people struggling to overcome past hurts. It features teaching about addiction, 12 Step recovery, the spiritual questions and challenges of recovery, codependence, and more.

We start the night with a large group meeting at 7:00pm, and then break into smaller groups for discussion. We are done by 8:30pm. Email us at jwccoffice@gmail.com for more information.

Our nursery

We’ve recently completed the renovation of one of the rooms in our church building, and have opened it up as our new nursery! Thanks to the volunteers who helped create this space. We hope that Jacob’s Well can be a place where children – as well as adults – can experience God’s love.