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2nd. Congregational/1s. Presbyterian Church Annual Cookie Walk

2nd. Congregational/1st. Presbyterian Church---318 N. Church St.----Rockford, IL 61101 (Downtown 1 block west of the Coronado)
Cookies, crafts, casseroles and fair trade gifts will all be available for you to celebrate your Christmas Season.

For more information call the church at 815-963-8431.

Annual Christmas Cantata at Court Street UMC

Court Street United Methodist Church 215 North Court Street Downtown Rockford
The beauty of the Christmas season will come to life Sunday, December 14th during Court Street United Methodist Church’s annual Christmas Cantata. A performance of John Rutter’s Magnificat will be performed. It will be held during the 10:00 a.m. worship service and is free to the public.

“It is one of the most beautiful pieces I have ever heard,” pointed out Julia Schade Armstrong, Music Director at Court Street.” We are extremely excited about performing this wonderful selection, and since this will be my final cantata here at the church, I couldn’t think of a better choice to finish with.”

The Chancel Choir of Court Street United Methodist Church, along with soloists, chamber orchestra, and organ will all contribute to the performance. A cantata is a choral composition that is based on a sacred text, often from Scripture readings appropriate to a specific church season, such as Christmas. The Christmas season has inspired many types of cantatas over the centuries.

The Christmas Cantata takes place in the main sanctuary of the church. All are welcome to attend and celebrate the Christmas season! Court Street United Methodist Church is located at 215 North Court Street in downtown Rockford (just one block north of West State Street, four blocks west of the river). Please call the church office at 962-6061 for more information.

Court Street UMC Holiday Bazaar and Brunch

Court Street United Methodist Church 215 N. Church Street Rockford, IL
Jump into the Christmas season Sunday, December 7th at Rockford’s Court Street United Methodist Church during their annual Holiday Brunch, Bakery, Bazaar and Evergreen Sale. The event promises to supply lots of holiday spirit while helping raise funds for the United Methodist Woman’s Mission Fund.

“This is a wonderful event we look forward to every year in December,” pointed out Lorelle Wandell, Church Co-Administrator.

“It’s a great fun way to get into the Christmas spirit while helping raise funds that support good works in our community.”

The Bakery, Bazaar and Evergreen Sale will take place in the church’s dining room on the lower level beginning at 9 a.m. Sunday, December 7th. The event will close at 10 a.m. for worship and then reopen as soon as services are finished. Brunch will be served after Sunday services from 11:15 a.m. to 1 p.m. Cost of the brunch is $6 for adults and $3 for children ages 4-10.

Everyone is welcome to attend!

Court Street United Methodist Church is located in downtown Rockford at 215 N. Church Street. For more information please call the church office at 815-962-6061 during business hours or log on to

Drive-Thru Nativity

Riverside Community Church 8616 N 2nd St. Machesney Park
Riverside Community Church (8616 N 2nd St. Machesney Park) will once again be presenting their Drive-thru Live Nativity on Sat., Dec. 13th and Sun., Dec. 14th from 5:30 - 9:00 featuring live animals and characters in 5 scenes depicting the true Christmas story.