The Christmas Spirit in Action

At Christmastime, it’s not difficult to find folks who are “up to something good” around here. Meet some volunteers who believe the holiday season is an especially important time for us to serve one another.

Country Church/City Church

Organized religion played a major role in the settling of Illinois and continues to influence the culture of our region. We highlight places of worship, one in the country and one in the city.

John Heyl Vincent: Founder of the Chautauqua Movement

Once the pastor of Rockford’s Court Street Methodist Church and a close friend of Robert Tinker, Vincent spurred the creation of summer schools, correspondence courses and university extension programs, not to mention “Book of the Month” clubs.

City Church/Country Church

Organized religion plays a major role in our region. Explore these unique places of worship.