Back to Church Sunday, part of a national movement of churches across America, will be held at Bethany Union Church, 1750 W. 103rd St., at its 10:30 a.m. worship service on Sunday, Sept. 17. Bethany Union is interdenominational. Everyone is welcome to attend.
Since it started as a call to action and invitation for the church in 2009, the National Back to Church Sunday movement continues to gain momentum. More than four million Christ followers have participated through 30,000 churches. It is a day focused on uniting the church to equip and empower members to be inviters. Eight out of ten people say they are open to visiting church if invited—they are just waiting for an invitation.
For Back to Church Sunday, Bethany Union Church is rolling out the red carpet so guests and visitors can catch a glimpse of the oldest, continual, community church in the state of Illinois. Founded just after the Civil War, Bethany Union worships as a community of faith, peace and hospitality.
According to the Rev Lawrence Cameron, pastor of Bethany Union Church, “We have One Worship—all ages and stages of faith included.”
Back to Church Sunday has a new theme this year, “A Place to Belong,” that is relevant to the felt need in today’s culture of people wanting to be a part of authentic community. The message is that peoples’ stories matter and they can find a place to fit in and make a difference right in their own local church.
Participating churches believe that there has never been a better time than now for people to come back and get plugged into a church that offers a place to belong, opportunities to serve the community, and the chance to grow spiritually through a journey of personal faith.
The Back to Church Sunday website, backtochurch.com, includes a roster of participating churches.
For more information, call the church office at (773) 779-0123 or visit the website at bethanyunion.com.