Visitor information

Visiting Grace.

Worship services

Worship begins at 8:30 and 11am on Sundays. Evening services during Advent, Lent and Holy Week begin at 7pm.

The 8:30am Sunday service is live-streamed on YouTube.

 

Live-stream worship

Directions and parking

Grace Church is located on the southwest corner of Division Street and Bonnie Brae, one block west of Harlem Avenue, in River Forest, Illinois.

Street parking is available along Division and Bonnie Brae. Read signs carefully — there are some restrictions depending on the day of the week.

Evening and weekend parking is available in Concordia University’s parking garage, just south of Grace, and in the spaces marked “Concordia” in the park district lot on the north side of Division Street.

Handicapped parking is available on Sunday mornings along the west side of Bonnie Brae and on the south side of Division.

Map and directions

Accessibility

Handicapped parking is available on Sunday mornings along the west side of Bonnie Brae and on the south side of Division.

The sanctuary and Fellowship Hall, site of meetings, meals and receptions, are accessible through the main building entrance on Bonnie Brae. The sanctuary and Fellowship Hall are also accessible from the door on Division Street near the alley. This door is open on Sundays for public worship and Cantata Vespers. Please use the Bonnie Brae entrance on weekdays and Saturdays.

There is an elevator for access to lower-level meeting rooms and offices and second- and third-floor school classrooms. If you are not certain how to avoid stairs as you move through the building, please ask for directions at the reception desk.

Children in worship

Children of all ages are welcome at our worship services. We understand that small children need to wiggle and whisper and that happy babies sometimes make happy sounds. If you need to leave the service with a restless child, you’ll find comfortable places to sit and room for toddlers to roam in the church atrium, where adults can still hear the service over the sound system. Activity bags with books, crayons, and coloring sheets for children are available in the back of church.

Most Sundays, midway through the service, children are invited to listen to a special message from the pastor intended just for them.

Nursery

Child care is available in the church nursery for children age 4 and under. As we return to in-person worship during the summer of 2021, the nursery is available only during the 8:30am service on Sunday mornings. During the school year, child care is available during both the 8:30 and the 11am worship services and during the 9:45am education hour.

Ask an usher or the building host at the reception desk for directions to the nursery.

COVID-19 precautions

We are currently gathering for in-person services of Holy Communion on Sundays at 8:30 and 11am. We are once again singing hymns and liturgy together, but we continue to wear masks during worship, recognizing that not everyone is vaccinated, particularly children under 12.

Please continue to observe appropriate COVID precautions. Do not come to worship if you are sick or have been exposed to COVID-19. If you are in an at-risk group, please remember that staying home may be the best way to care for yourself and others.