Weekly Worship!

Weekly Worship!

Y'all we're weekly! We meet Sundays at 5 pm, for stories, music, food, Communion, community, and whatever else you show up with.

We usually gather in air conditioning and old school Rogers Park style at the Red Line Tap. (See below for August's schedule, though.) Newly christened the Buffalo Bar at Heartland Café, the pub is on the southbound, west side of the L tracks between Greenleaf and Lunt. Parking is ridiculously tight so allow time to find it, bike, or take the Red Line to Morse.

All ages are welcome, of course, and there will be an open tab for soft drinks. For beer, you’re on your own. We can also order from the Heartland menu before and after the service.

August 13th   Karaoke Church, Mary's Attic (5400 N Clark), 5 pm

August 20th  Cookout, details TBA but: Rogers Park lakefront, 5 pm

August 27th  Invisibilia's Lulu Miller at Gilead, Holy Covenant (925 Diversey), 5 pm

What to expect/know:  You're welcome to come as you are. Fresh from the beach, and still wearing your bathing suit? A-ok! Is your kid prone to fussy outbursts? Us, too! In junior high and more interested in folding origami (or whatever) during worship?  We've got a place for that!

Dress is casual (or whatever you're comfortable in). The welcome is wide and real. We sing songs with guitar, sometimes with keyboard, sometimes acapella.  We learn new songs, old hymns, chants, and rounds. Service usually an hour to an hour and fifteen minutes. If you want to know a bit more about what it feels like, here are some reports from people who aren't pastors here:

Ruth, 7th grader (Chicago).  "I am glad I went to a service that wasn’t boring. I would have had a much blander experience if I had gone to any other church. Gilead was unique and endearing and I am glad that I went. I would definitely consider returning."     Read Ruth's whole reflection here.  

Maria Vorhis, writer/performer, filmmaker, and teaching artist (Chicago). "I was not wondering about an escape route this time because I was listening. I was listening to my friend preach about creativity, how we are all created and therefore creative. How it is our job to live our most creative lives as a way of fulfilling our potential and serving others. After the service I met people. Lovely, inviting, kind people who were curious and smart and inclusive. I hugged some of them. I even held one of their babies. And when I left, I was confused because I had just been to church and I was not religious..."    Read the rest of Maria's piece here.



Lulu Miller at Gilead

Lulu Miller at Gilead

On Sunday, August 27th, at 5 pm, one of our storytellers will be Lulu Miller of the radio show/podcast Invisibilia. We'll be meeting at 925 W Diversey, at Holy Covenant United Methodist. Parking is tough but it couldn't be closer to the Brown Line. Also note: there is no AC. We'll have cold drinks and fans going but you should dress accordingly.

(Think of Gilead as your church home? Consider bringing a six-pack or a plate of homemade cookies to share. We'll have some too, of course.)

For those who aren't (yet!) fans, Invisibilia (Latin for invisible things) is about the invisible forces that control human behavior – ideas, beliefs, assumptions and emotions. Co-hosted by Lulu, Hanna Rosin, and Alix Spiegel, Invisibilia interweaves narrative storytelling with scientific research that aims to make you see your own life differently.

This past season, Lulu has been on sabbatical, writing a book about the line between taxonomy and madness, like you do. She's a HUGE believer in stories that make meaning and save lives — from a secular point of view. She's super excited to come do her thing at Gilead, and to experience what we're doing.

YOU are welcome, even if the only reason you'd set FOOT in a church service is to hear Lulu Miller. We are always church with all kinds of people — queer, straight, trans, non-binary, gender non-conforming, and cis folks — with all kinds of (dis)belief, baggage, questions, hopes... We always strive to be a place where people feel safe and welcome and if you can believe the reports, we often manage to do that. So, like we said: you're totally welcome to come. We hope you do.