We’re glad you found us.

Lake Street Church is a place where you can pursue your own spiritual journey with encouragement and support. We think it’s this encouragement and support — in the midst of different individual beliefs — that makes us unique. We are a welcoming and affirming, diverse spiritual community that offers thought-provoking worship services, a broad range of quality music performances and many opportunities to work for social justice. Below are links to help you discover more about Lake Street Church.

Why People Embrace Lake Street Church

Worship and Music

Located at 607 Lake Street, Evanston, our service begins every Sunday at 10:30 a.m. Music is an integral part of our community, creating one of the strongest ties people feel to the church.

Children and Youth

We have excellent Child Care and Sunday School programs. Our service includes “A Moment with Children.”

easter service for children

Spritual Journey

Lake Street Church supports each person’s pursuit of their spiritual journey.

Social Justice

With a long history of leadership in peace, justice, and environmental issues, Lake Street Church is a Sanctuary Church, houses a homeless shelter and offers many opportunities to develop and support our world and community.

Top 10 Ways to Get to Know Us

1. Read our identity statement.

In 2006, the Lake Street Church congregation spent almost a year working together on an identity statement we call our Covenant. It says a lot about who we are as a spiritual community. The covenant appears on the inside back cover of our hymnals. We recite it together every time we welcome new members to our congregation.

2. Listen to a sermon.

Audio files of past sermons are available here. Videos of Sunday services held on Zoom during the Covid-19 pandemic are available here.

3. Attend a Sunday service.

Our regular service is every Sunday at 10:30 a.m. at 607 Lake Street in Evanston. Special services such as Living Buddha Living Christ and World Wide Community Sunday occur on specific Sundays throughout the year.

4. Be brave and come early.

… or log on early. The Religion and Darwinian Evolution video discussion class will be meeting online through July and August with talks by historian of science Frederick Gregory, Ph.D. The class meets Sundays at 9:20am via Zoom. Click here for a complete schedule and list of topics. Questions? Contact us.

5. Be brave and stay after.

After the service, everyone is invited to MacLeish Hall, the large hall adjacent to the church, for snacks and refreshments. Check out our calendar for a complete list of events at Lake Street Church.

6. Be in a choir.

The Lake Street Church Choir and Crystal Ringers Tone Chime Choir both welcome visitors to “check them out” during any rehearsal. Anyone interested in singing with the choir can make a short-term commitment of a few weeks to get to know us better. Choir rehearsal is on Wednesday evenings at 7 p.m. For more information, send us a message.

7. Help the homeless shelter in our basement.

For three decades, our building has housed Connections for the Homeless and Hilda’s Place, the only overnight shelter for the homeless on the North Shore. This effort started in 1984 when First Baptist Church of Evanston (now Lake Street Church) formed a coalition of clergy and concerned residents to lobby city government for permission to establish a shelter, offering the lower level of the church house as an overnight prayer circle for the homeless. Click here to learn how to contribute food or help prepare a meal.

8. Come to a Peace & Justice meeting.

This committee helps us move from contemplation to action. Committee members raise awareness of local, national and international issues, providing opportunities for individuals to act together to promote peace, further economic and social justice, practice earth stewardship and alleviate hunger and homelessness. Visitors welcome. Send us a message and we’ll let you know when and where the next meeting will take place.

9. Take a virtual history tour.

Lake Street Church was built in 1873 and is the oldest public building still in use in Evanston. To learn more about our rich past, check out the History & Building and Historical Overview pages on our website, view our Timeline to see a visual representation of our journey, or send us a message to request a copy of the book published in honor of our 150th anniversary, “The History of Lake Street Church of Evanston: Embracing the Future and the Richness of Our Past.”

10. Journey with us.

Lake Street Church is a very active church for its size. You can get to know us better just by browsing the list of current spiritual development opportunities. They are as diverse as the church itself. Visitors are welcome to attend all groups and programs. Please send us a message if you have any questions.