The worship of God is the deepest activity of the human spirit.  In worship, we hear and reflect upon the biblical story; the grace, mercy and the love of God shown to us in Jesus Christ.  We respond with adoration, praise and song.  We confess our woundedness and deep need for God.  In Prayer, we lift our joys, concerns and hopes for the world.  Ultimately, we trust that God will meet us here, in this time and space, to shape, nurture and transform our lives.  Services are open to everyone and you are invited to attend regularly.

Music Ministries



Adult Hand Bell Choir

Deb Bachert, Director

Chancel Choir & Praise Team

Brenda Kenyon, Director of Music

Worship Services are scheduled to resume on August 16th

New Worship Service Times are

Sunday at 10:00 a.m.

Wednesdays at 7:00 p.m.

In-person worship services will be closed until further notice. You can find our Sunday worship on this website and on our Facebook page.


I’m both excited and nervous and maybe you feel the same way. Worship will be different but it will be worship and worshipful. The Re-Turn Leadership Team and your pastor have worked diligently to provide new protocols following CDC guidelines in order to keep one another as safe and healthy as possible. I dearly want you to feel prepared, confident and safe when you come to worship. I imagine you have questions. So, below is my attempt at providing some answers:


To protect yourself and others, please do not attend church services if you have a fever or other symptoms.

You will park in the Exchange Street parking lot and enter those doors. No other doors will be accessible. All other areas of the church will be closed.  
Please arrive no earlier than 15 minutes prior to service. The new service format will be approximately 30 minutes in length.
Greeters will meet you prior to entering the doors to greet you warmly.  

          *  A Greeter will record your attendance prior to entering the church. This will also serve for contact tracing, if necessary.

         *  Wearing a mask is required. Greeters will provide a mask for you if you do not have one.  Please make sure your mouth and nose stay covered. (A huge word of thanks to Kathleen Pidrak for providing handmade, washable and reusable masks for your convenience.)


6 Foot social distancing is required.  The narthex floor will be marked in order for you (and your party) to maintain the appropriate distance while waiting to be seated by an usher. Please stand on the mark.

Please use the hand sanitizer provided, prior to entering the sanctuary.

A person will be available to take your joys or concerns in the narthex PRIOR to service. You may also email or call Pastor Kristen before the service to have your joys/concerns shared and offered in prayer during worship.   

If you wish, bring your own Bible. The pews will not have hymnals, Bibles, pencils, or paper available.  The worship service is paperless (bring your own paper and pencil if desired).

Screens are located at the front of the sanctuary with words for the service.

The ushers will seat you to ensure social distancing requirements. To maintain appropriate distancing, you will not be able to sit in your normal spot (I’m sorry!) Families will sit together. Please comply with the ushers’ direction.

Restrooms will be single occupancy only (except for parents with small children).

No church school or nursery care will be provided.


Please wait to leave your pew until you are directed to do so. Social Distancing must continue to be  observed.

There will be a designated basket/plate to receive an offering on your exit from sanctuary.

There will be no Coffee Fellowship after services.


The church will be cleaned and sanitized after each service.

If you are diagnosed as positive for Covid-19, please notify the church ASAP.

Our worship services will be videotaped and available on our church website and Facebook page for those who will not be attending.

Our first priority remains keeping one another safe. We care deeply for you, and remain committed to doing all we can for each other’s safety and health. To that end, I’m offering a word of caution, that the August 16th date should be treated as preliminary. We continue to assess the situation as the time approaches and will inform you immediately should any changes be made to this schedule.

Yours in the journey,

Pastor Kristen



Church Office: Currently and until further notice, the church office is closed. If you need building access, please call the church office @ (708) 672-8353.

Want to meet with Pastor Kristen? Please give her a call @ (224) 628-9128 to set up an appointment. She would be happy to meet with you.


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Our first priority remains keeping one another safe. We care deeply for you, and remain committed to doing all we can for each other’s safety and health.

Those who have been fully vaccinated can choose whether or not to wear a mask in worship.

Worship Services:

Sunday at 10:00 a.m.


Wednesday nights at 7:00 p.m.

There will be no Wednesday evening worship service during the summer.

On Sunday, June 27th, the next phase to loosen safety precautions will be in place.

Summer Worship hours will be one Worhip Service on Sunday mornings, beginning at 10 a.m. The length of the service will extend to 45 minutes (rather than 30).


Phone: 708-672-8353


Quick Links

Phone: 708-672-8353


Diane McGarel, Admin Asst.

Office Hours

are Monday thru Friday from 8-1p. 

Church In-Person Office Hours have been extended to:

Tuesdays, 8-1p

Fridays 8-12p

Your call is very important to us so if the line is busy please leave a message as Diane, the Office Admin Assistant will return your call as soon as possible. Calls received during non in-person office hours are forwarded and  answered remotely.

If you wish to speak to Pastor Kristen, you can reach her directly @ (224) 628-9128



Located at 1321 Main Street, Crete, IL 60417

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