what to expect?

21266365150_90e8a5dced_zSt. Simon’s extends a loving welcome to you. We are so glad that you are exploring our website, and we invite you to experience our community of faith.   Most of us have had the experience of going to a new church, so we understand it can be an uncomfortable time. We hope the information on our website will provide help in your process.  However, if you have questions or would like to meet someone prior to coming on Sunday, please email Pastor Elizabeth.

We’d like to meet you and help you find ways to both serve and be served among us. Come and join us for worship next Sunday! If you’d like to know more, please fill out our Visitor Form to help us start making connections and getting to know you. You can sign up for our weekly emails containing news and reflections here.

Frequently Asked Questions

Parking
From the West Parking Lot you can enter either through the North side and proceed directly into the Sanctuary or you can enter through the West Entrance which will lead you to the Nursery and/or Church School classrooms.

In our East Parking Lot we have spaces for those with limited mobility and you can enter through the East Entrance which is wheelchair accessible. The Sanctuary is on the main level, but for those participating in treats and formation in the Parish Hall (which is on the lower level) there is an elevator on the West side of the building as well.

What will I experience?
Our primary worship is on Sunday mornings.  For more detailed information see our Sunday morning schedule. If the Episcopal liturgy is new to you, we invite you to simply enjoy it, without worrying about whether you understand everything. There isn’t a wrong way to worship! During the service worshippers participate in prayers, responses and with singing, as guided by our worship booklet, at times standing, kneeling or sitting. In addition to worship, we have an opportunity for hospitality and very often some learning session.

Following each service, we invite you to join us for coffee, treats and conversation. We gather in the entry after the 8am and on the lower level, in the parish hall, after the 10am service.

Often we have a learning opportunity for adults from 9:00 – 9:45am. For more information on what is happening this Sunday, please review our Sunday morning schedule.

If you come for a visit and want to know more, we hope you’ll stick around a bit so we can get to know you. Greeters are available to help you find the bathroom or a child’s class or answer any question you may have.

What is available for children?
21992334000_5ce0b60445_zWe have a vibrant children and youth community and are blessed by their presence.  You will find soft space at the front of the worship space which allows children to play with quiet toys and still be able to see the action of our worship service. During the 9:00am adult formation time there is an offering for children called Worship Center with Bible stories and responses.  From September to June, church school for ages 3 to 18 starts at 10:00am and continues until they join their families at the peace for communion, Please see our Sunday morning schedule for additional details. If you have children and wish to know more before coming, please contact Sara Lewandowski, who heads our church school. She is eager to welcome you and your children to our Parish. On Sunday morning greeters are available to point out where your children’s peers are (as well as bathrooms, changing tables, etc) or, if you prefer, they may stay with you. Our professionally staffed nursery offers separate areas to keep creepers and crawlers out of the way of trompers and stompers.

What to wear
Come as you are. In our services you will see everything from sneakers and shorts (weather permitting) to jackets and ties. The important thing is to join us in worship however you are comfortable.

What if I have more questions?
If you are interested in speaking with the rector (the head priest and pastor), Pastor Elizabeth, please send her an email to set up an appointment.  She can also be found at her coffeehouse office hours, Tuesday mornings at Starbucks from 7:30-9am in Arlington Heights.

If you need counseling or would like information on baptism, marriage, or confirmation in the church, please call our office for more information.

More about the Episcopal Church
If you are new to the Episcopal Church, click here for information. As part of the larger Anglican Communion, we hold worship to be at the center of all things.  We value shared reflection on our experiences, drawing upon tradition, reason, and scripture, in our decision-making and in discerning where the Spirit is calling us to an ongoing conversion of life.

How do I join?
Please let us know you’d like to join by complete our online New Member Form. You may also email us or call.  Please let us know how we can best support you. We’re so excited to welcome you into worship, fellowship and service with us.