Cheryl Moss, a Mundelein local, first joined Long Grove Community Church in the year of 2002 when she was driving by and decided to try it out. It was at this church that she realized just how welcoming the people in the community are, and she kept coming back.
“We’d been to other churches, and it was just a different feeling, a very welcome community feeling,” said Moss, who fifteen years later is now the Office Manager at the church.
This Evangelical church dates back to 1846, when the first services were held. But in the 1900’s, the church branched off from their Evangelical heritage; membership began to waver, and eventually the church became so small that it almost closed down in the 1950’s. But they created a Sunday School to keep the church going, and increased their reach in the community.
Since then, the church has recovered and gone back to its roots and values.
“It’s amazing how it’s just continued through the years,” Moss said. “It takes a community effort.”
The church’s mission is to “impact our world by making disciples through Loving God, Living the Word and Serving People.” They go about achieving this mission statement by helping those both in and outside of the community through special events held by the church.
Locally, one of their major events is Vacation Bible School, where over 100 kids participate. It’s a week long event, and kids have the opportunity to play games, eat snacks, and learn more about their religion.
Tony West, the Associate Pastor, said that his favorite events through the church are the ones that go international. Every other year they go on a mission trip to Guatemala. Last year they built stoves for residents, and spoke at different schools.
The church also hosts an annual dinner that raises money for a girls orphanage and school in India called Home of Love. Some children in the church are even pen pals with the girls at the orphanage.
While it is a small church, it has a major effect on the community, and is dedicated to serving those in need.
“We’re called a little church with big heart,” West said. “We tend to be very caring and open.”
Long Grove Community Church is located at 1110 Robert Parker Coffin Road in Long Grove. For more information, call the church office at 847.634.3635 or visit them online at longgrovecommunitychurch.org.