We are located at 1133 Pfingsten Road. It is on the corner of Pfingsten and Cherry Roads in Northbrook, IL. See our map for directions. Once you get here, you’ll find plenty of parking in either of our two lots, including handicapped spaces beside the church. The building is fully wheelchair-accessible. There is a drop off area in front of the church.
Inside the doors is our gathering area and adjacent to it are two coat rooms. If you are early, enjoy a cup of coffee if you’d like and grab a seat on a couch nearby. Restrooms are straight ahead on the left of the main hallway. Our worship area is to the left from the gathering area and ushers will give you a bulletin, answer any questions, and help if you need assistance. Choose any seat that is comfortable to you and/or your family. Take a moment to please turn off your cell phone if it is with you.
What should I wear?
God accepts us as we are and so do the people at Gloria Dei. Worshipers here wear anything from jeans and tee shirts, to slacks and golf shirts, to suits and ties. Please wear whatever you feel is most comfortable for you in this setting.
We will not make you stand up or embarrass you!
We are glad that you are here and will greet you with smiles and handshakes, while respecting that your relationship with the Lord is a personal matter. You are encouraged to write your name in the Red Friendship book located at the end of each pew or you may fill out a visitor card/envelope available in the pew rack.
What about the kids?
Children are very welcome at Gloria Dei and are encouraged to participate in our worship service and Sunday School. There are bins with activities and coloring pages located outside the worship area on the left and our Nursery is located in the hallway behind the east coat rack area. A special sermon called Jesus’ Kids invites them to come forward and learn about the lesson at their level of understanding. For our younger worshippers, our staffed Nursery is available for infants and toddlers up to 5 years old between the hours of 8:15 and 11:30 AM (Summer 9:15-10:45 AM). Pagers are available for parents in the event their child may need assistance. Speakers allow parents who choose to stay with their children a chance to listen to the worship service.
What about the offering?
At some point after the sermon, offering plates will be passed around. This is an opportunity for our regular members to actively respond to the generosity God has given them by giving to support his church through the ministries at Gloria Dei. We certainly do not expect or require visitors to put anything in the offering plate, though you are welcome to if you like. Visitor envelopes are located in the pew rack as well as Prayer Request cards should you wish to offer up a request for healing and support. These cards may be placed in the offering plate as well.
Will I be able to follow along with the service?
Basically, everything you need in order to follow the service is in the bulletin. There’s no need to juggle multiple books and papers – even the hymns are included! Responses are printed in bold and you are invited to stand for all sections marked with an * (asterisk). LARGE-PRINT versions of the bulletin are available from the ushers. The pastor or worship assistants will give directions for any special presentations or responsive reading. You can drop-off your copy of the bulletin in our recycling basket located by the door on your way out.
Can I take Communion, and how does it work?
In Holy Communion we celebrate the presence of our Risen Lord. All are invited to come and receive the good gifts of God’s Grace. The ushers will invite you to come forward to the altar down the center isle. Those wishing to receive Communion are offered bread and the Pastor or Communion Assistant will say “The body of Christ, given for you.” You may answer “Amen”. Next you are offered red wine or white grape juice served in individual cups on a tray. The Communion assistant will say “The blood of Christ, shed for you.” You may answer “Amen” again. Place the used cup in the basket, and return to your seat via the side isle. Children are encouraged to come forward to receive a blessing. Often they are asked to put out their hand and the sign of the cross is made in it. If you wish to take communion but are unable to walk to the front of the church, just notify the usher, and the Pastor will bring the bread and wine to you at your chair.