VISITOR INFORMATION




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You are warmly invited to join our Calvary Family for worship, prayer, fellowship, study and service. Sometimes the smallest step in the right direction, ends up being the biggest step of your life. You can join both our online community and our parish family in Batavia, IL.

 

We greet you on behalf of the entire Calvary Episcopal Church parish, a group of folks who have responded to God’s call to follow his Son, Jesus Christ, as Episcopal Christians. Calvary is a joy-filled parish in the heart of Batavia, IL. We are a welcoming and friendly church with a traditional worship style.

Here at Calvary you will find people of all ages and backgrounds hailing from throughout the Fox River Valley. Some of us are “cradle” Episcopalians, members of the church since birth. Some are new residents who wish to continue their lifelong churchgoing experience. Some grew up in a church tradition, stopped attending for one reason or another, and are now seeking to reestablish that relationship. Some come with children, wishing to make church a part of their lives. Some are in the midst of challenging pain and questions, and are seeking support and answers. Some have no prior church experience, and come wondering what all the fuss is about. The rich diversity at Calvary very much mirrors the church-at-large, and like that body, we welcome all.


 Service Time

Services

Sundays 8:00 a.m. & 10:15 a.m.
Tuesdays 7:00 a.m.
Wednesdays 9:30 a.m.
Thursdays: 5:45 p.m.

Sunday School for children and youth

Sundays 10:00 a.m.

Nursery  Care

Sundays 10:00 a.m.

Where We Meet

Calvary Episcopal Church

222 South Batavia Avenue
Batavia, IL 60510-2564
(630) 879-3378
calvaryepiscopal@sbcglobal.net

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Who is our Rector?

The Reverend Michael D. Rasicci, “Father Mike”, has been our Rector since 2002. He is passionate about preaching, liturgy, prayer, adult Christian Formation, reaching out to the surrounding community to serve others in Jesus’ Name, and supporting the missionary efforts of the larger Church. He speaks fluent Spanish, and also dabbles in Latin, German and Italian.  Click Here to get to know a bit about him!


First Visit Plan

We’re so glad you’ve decided to visit us! You’ll find a list of commonly asked questions below. Please don’t hesitate to send us a message or give us a call at (630) 879-3378 about any question you may have.

 What should I wear?

Our church has a “come as you are” atmosphere. You will see some dressed up; some dressed casual.

Who may worship in an Episcopal Church?

All are welcome. And all baptized Christians, of any age or denomination, are welcome at the Lord’s table to receive Holy Communion.

What if I have not been baptized?

You are still more than welcome to participate in worship. At the time of Communion you may come forward to cross your arms over your chest to receive a blessing. If you would like to be baptized, please speak to our priest.

How can I participate?

All of Calvary’s worship, education, outreach and fellowship activities are open to all. To stay up-to-date regarding these activities, be sure to give the parish office your email address. We will add you to our mailing list right away. Also, be sure to regularly check out the Activities Bulletin Board outside of the kitchen, and the video monitors throughout our facility.

Starting Point


The Calvary Family is pleased to WELCOME you to our Journey through the Season of Pentecost. During this period between Easter and Advent, Christians strive to develop their living relationship with the risen Christ.

 

At Calvary, we believe that each member of our congregation should have an opportunity to celebrate the Holy Eucharist (Communion). We pray that your worship experiences here will be a wonderful way to connect to our parishioners through a community of faith, hope and compassion at a church that welcomes all of God’s children.

On Sundays, we normally have two distinct liturgies (services). Both include the Holy Eucharist. During Pentecost, both Sunday services follow the more contemporary language of our Rite II Liturgy. Additionally, the 8:00 a.m. liturgy is usually celebrated without music, while our 10:15 a.m. service is a sung Eucharist. Please join us for coffee and fellowship following either Sunday Service in the south end of the Education Wing.

During the season of Lent, our 8:00 a.m. Sunday service celebrates the Eucharist with words of our traditional Rite I liturgy. The 10:15 a.m. service will follow the contemporary Rite II liturgy. We encourage you to try each of our services and see which one fits you best.

Nursery care is available during the 10:15 a.m. service as well as Sunday School for children and youth. Adults and children of all ages are welcome to all of the services at Calvary.

Upon your visit to Calvary, please complete a visitor’s card found in the pew rack and place it in the collection plate, this will give us the opportunity to properly acknowledge and welcome your visit.

How do I join Calvary?

1) Participate: Calvary is primarily a community of faithful that gathers for worship, ministry and fellowship. Your presence and participation are the most important elements in affiliating with this congregation. Pleas call the parish office to ensure that you are on our mailing list.

2) Convert: If you have never been baptized as a Christian, or have been active in another denomination and wish to formally join the Episcopal Church, you may seek Baptism or Confirmation. Participation in class instruction is expected. you will then be baptized and/or receive the laying-on-of-hands in confirmation by an Episcopal bishop.

3) Transfer: If you are already a confirmed Episcopalian, previously active in another parish, you may call the office and request your membership be transferred to Calvay.

4) Call: If you are interested in being a part of Calvary in any way, please call for an appointment with the Rector, so that he may help you discover the opportunities or activities that will be most helpful to you.

5) Obligations: The Episcopal church has no specific obligations associated with its membership, but commends holy habits of “tithing, daily personal pray, daily study, Sabbath time, and weekly corporate worship.” The parish does, of course, depend upon financial contributions for the maintenance of our ministries, Please call the church office if you would like to receive a pledge card and/or offering envelopes.

What if i do not wish to formally join the Episcopal Church?

You may still participate in ALL of Calvary’s activities if you do not with to formally join the Episcopal Church at this time. All or our worship, education, outreach and fellowship activities are open to all. Only our most specific, elected offices of church leadership are restricted, by church law, to confirmed Episcopalians.