Whoever you are, and wherever you find yourself on the journey of faith, you are welcome as you are at St. Chrysostom's, to hear the call of God in your life and to receive the blessings of God freely given.

Aiming for Renewal

This fall of 2016 at St. Chrys please be invited to a season of renewal: spiritual renewal, congregational renewal, architectural renewal, urban renewal. The completion of the new, limestone steps and installation of the new, 30-ton chiller for our air-conditioning system are tangible signs that a crucial piece of this renewal is underway. The work of our capital campaign consultants to help our congregation articulate who we are, who our neighbors are, and what God is calling us to do is another crucial piece of tangible renewal.

While our physical plant and vision are experiencing renewal, I want to invite you to experience your own personal renewal this fall. Meaningful opportunities abound, and I hope you will find your way to the ones that fill you up to the brim and overflowing:

First-Sunday-of-the-Month Dinners; a new, monthly healing service; helping out our new, refugee neighbors; Sunday adult forums on everything from “Episcopal Church 101” to mysticism to Christian responses to race and racism; post-church tours of our 5,000 pound carillon bells, columbarium, and other hidden gems of our buildings; Sunday School for children, lock-ins for older kids, Confirmation classes; a women’s guided retreat, “Toast to Fall”, and community partnerships; blessing of the animals; the Harvest Festival on October 15-16, weekday Bible studies; interfaith partnerships; the list goes on. To sign up for any of these just reach out to the church office at

The goal of renewal finds its Biblical and theological roots in the Israelites’ journey from slavery to freedom, from exile to a homeland, from death on a cross to newness of life. Our ecological systems, our bodies, our neighborhoods, our churches, our cities—we all need renewal, refreshment, sustenance for the journey. At the core of the Gospel is a promise that I have experienced over and over again to be true: that whoever you are and wherever you find yourself, God can and does and will give you this newness, this refreshment, this sustenance. I am the bread of life,” Jesus says, “I am living water”.

For all of us, myself included, our work in the coming weeks is to ask, seek, and knock for this gift of newness; to put ourselves with people and in situations where God’s renewing power flows in abundance into us and though us into others; and when we encounter opportunities for renewal, not to hold back in fear or recoil in pride but to “take and eat, take and drink”. Rooted in God’s renewing power, we become an engine of newness for the city and the world.

On Sunday, September 11, come for a special kickoff celebration including the commissioning of the Rev. Heidi Haverkamp, the blessing of the school year (kids bring your backpacks!), prayers for our country, Beaver’s Donut Truck all morning, a bouncy castle—all the elements to kick off a season of renewal.

Rector, St. Chrysostom's Episcopal Church 

Who We Are

Together we proclaim God’s love through Jesus Christ. Our mission is to create strong disciples who are energized by our excellence in worship, education, music, fellowship and service. Since 1893 we have been firmly anchored in the Anglican tradition, with liturgy and formation as our primary focus.

But while our core identity remains constant, we believe the best way to remain vibrant and growing is to stay in tune and in touch with our parishioners, neighbors and the city of Chicago. To that end, we embrace newcomers and the gifts and insights they can share to keep us vital and ever relevant.

Building Christian Community:
Intentional, Relational, Meaningful

The numbers in our life during 2015 tell an important story: 19 volunteer Parish Choir members; 2 weekly Bible studies; 25 baptisms; 12 weddings; 9 Girls Choir members; 24Confirmation students; 20 Youth Group Members; 217 pledging people/families; 361winter coats handed out to those in need; 698 care packages delivered to homeless people on Lower Wacker Drive; 1,233 healthy meals cooked for Neighbors in Need guests;100 people at the first-ever “Caroling with the Carillon” event; 155 students in the Day School; 8 members of St. Chrys’ first-ever Flower Guild; 1000 worshippers over theChristmas holiday; 30 new pledging members; 2 St. Chrys members actively discerning a call to ordained ministry in The Episcopal Church.

Other remarkable signs of genuine Christian community abound: the start of a HospitalityCommittee; the start of a Spiritual Growth Committee; the start of a Justice in the City group; dynamic EN-VISION ST. CHRYS sessions; buildings that are clean and that work; a huge group of new volunteers for the Neighbors in Need monthly dinner;a strong and passionate slate of Vestry nominees; a robust and wise search committee for the Senior Associate Rector position; church committees across the board working to make the church healthy and vibrant; the start of Sunday evening parish dinners on the first Sunday of each month; a renewed planned giving/legacy/endowment society called the Good Shepherd Society; weekly carillon concerts from our own beautiful bell-tower; enriching Sunday adult forum offerings; free valet parking for hospitality’s sake.

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Our Saint

If you have wondered about the beehive motif present throughout the church and parish, it originates in the attributes of our namesake, John Chrysostom, Archbishop of Constantinople and 4th century theologian famed for his extraordinary preaching. In fact, St. Chrysostom was such a gifted speaker that he was called “honey-tongued.”  In this tradition the Prayer of St. Chrysostom inspires us:

Almighty God, who hast given us grace at this time with one accord to make our common supplication unto thee, and hast promised through thy well-beloved Son that when two or three are gathered together in his Name thou wilt be in the midst of them: Fulfill now, O Lord, the desires and petitions of thy servants as may be best for us; granting us in this world knowledge of thy truth, and in the world to come life everlasting. Amen.