South Barrington Updates

While we can't gather in person, we are here to help.

We know the impact of COVID-19 will have ripple effects in our lives—emotionally, spiritually, physically, mentally, and financially. We want to help you in each area by providing ways for you to connect with God and others (digitally), then offering ways to meet needs and help you serve others. Check out the listing below to see what services, classes, and groups are being offered online—and discover ways you can bet help or get involved.

 

ONLINE CHURCH SERVICES

Weekend services will be streamed on YouTube and WillowCreek.TV, where you can live chat and submit prayer requests so we can engage in community while watching service!

Midweek services will pause until we can gather in person again. We invite you to watch past Midweek archives here.

Watch Church Online

 

 

DIGITAL CONTENT AND CONNECTION

All of our classes and ministries will not meet in person, but we have encouraged staff to continue pastoring and cultivating community. Ministry leaders will communicate updates using email and social media. Here are some ways you can connect and grow through new digital content created by our ministries:

The Well (Young Adults): Streaming services on Instagram Live/TV at 7 p.m. on Thursdays @WillowCreekYA

Promiseland (infant–Grade 5):

Weekend and weekly content posted on WillowCreek.TV.

Get updates on our Parent Facebook Group

  Subscribe to the parent email here

  Daily posts on Instagram for kids and parents @promiselandwccc

Elevate (grades 6–8)

Connect with Elevate Virtual Small Groups: Fill out the Parent/Guardian Permission here, then contact your small group leader or email [email protected] to get started.

Watch Daily & Weekend Elevate Content: YouTube @WillowStudents, Monday–Saturday at 4:30 p.m.

Follow daily Instagram posts @ElevateWC

Parents: Subscribe to the Elevate e-news here and get updates on our Parent Facebook page (@ElevateParentsWCC)

Student Impact (grades 9–12)

Services streams on YouTube @WillowStudents at 11:15 a.m. on Sundays

Wednesday night Bible study on Google hang at 7 p.m.

  Daily posts on Instagram @StudentImpact

Special Friends Kids, Teens, and Adults

  Kids' Virtual Church Service on Facebook

  Teens' and Adults' Virtual Church Service on Facebook

  Follow Special Friends on Facebook for additional content

  We also offer Zoom hangouts. Click here to learn more.

Recover: Facebook live on the Willow Recover's Facebook page on Wednesdays at 7 p.m.

The Practice

  Virtual Sunday Gatherings

  Daily Office prayer (morning, midday, evening)

 

CARE & ASSISTANCE

The closings of schools, workplaces, and organizations has drastic implications for many. If you, or someone you know is in need of assistance, we are here to help.

Food Assistance
We invite you to drive up to our Care Center and receive an emergency relief grocery bag. The Care Center is open for drive-ups from 10 a.m.–12 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays,  6:30–7:30 p.m. on Wednesdays, and 8–10 a.m. on Saturdays.

Emotional Support
We have pastors on call 9 a.m.–5 p.m., Monday–Friday, who are ready to listen and pray with you. Simply call 847-765-5000 and ask to speak with a response pastor.

Prayer Support
Do you want someone to partner with you in prayer? Fill out our prayer request form, and our prayer team will lift up your request.

Home Deliveries
Are you in need of food but unable to leave your home? Fill out this form and set up an emergency food pack delivery.

Employment Counseling
If you’re looking for a job, a volunteer employment counselor can meet with you through a phone or video call to help direct you to employers that are hiring. Fill out this form to inquire! 

Care Center Services Request
If you are looking for resources and referrals, a member of our Care Team can connect with you by email or phone call. Fill out this form to inquire! 

 

WAYS TO HELP

The coming weeks will present us with new opportunities to bring the hope and compassion of Christ to our neighbors. Here are some ways you can help! 

Give Online

Our Care Center and ministries are able to support our church and community through your tithes and offerings. While it may be tempting to hold tight during times of uncertainty, we ask that you remain faithful in giving. If you give in-person, you can mail a check (67 E Algonquin Road, South Barrington) or begin giving online—it's safe and simple. Your generosity allows us to continue serving others. Thank you!

Give Online

Check on Your Neighbors
We are learning that serving and loving your neighbor during a pandemic often looks like staying inside and helping everyone by not spreading the virus. If you are looking for ways to serve your neighbors, this form could help you do that. Simply print it out, fill it in, and put it by their door. 

If you learn your neighbor has a need for food, please point them to the Care Center emergency food delivery service form here.

Donate Items
We have received a lot of donations, and our partnership with Greater Chicago Food Depository remains strong. So we don’t need individual donations right now, but stay tuned. If you have access to large scale donations or corporate donations, please get in touch with us at [email protected].

Give Blood
It is estimated that 80% of blood drives have been canceled over the next four weeks, and hospitals are struggling to meet needs for blood donations. The blood drives at Willow will maintain safe social distancing practices, and you can give blood by appointment only. The next blood drive is May 31, 9 a.m.–3 p.m. Regier here.

If you can’t give blood at Willow, consider donating blood through the Red Cross or Versiti.

Stay Home
One of the only ways we can flatten the curve of COVID-19 infections is by limiting our contact with others. Please stay home to protect both yourself and those in our community who are at a higher risk. 

Check In
The mental and emotional strains of social distancing can be difficult to bear. We encourage you to find time every day to call a family member, friend, or neighbor to check in and connect.  

Pray
Prayer is a powerful tool that God has given us to fight fear and confusion. He has given us a spirit of power, peace, wisdom, and courage. We ask that you pray for the following:
- Pray against fear (Romans 15:13)
- Pray for the sick and vulnerable (Jeremiah 17:14)
- Pray for those searching for answers or seeking God (2 Corinthians 4:6)
- Pray for public health officials, governments, and healthcare workers (1 Timothy 2:1–2)