Are visitors welcome?

Yes!  Visitors are not only welcome, but we expect to see visitors at every service.  You are welcome anytime and there will be no pressure to attend more than you want to attend.

Where are you located?

We’re located in Lake Forest, IL.  Our address is 1380 N. Waukegan Road.  We are located on the West side of Waukegan Road about a mile south of Route 176.

When are worship services?

During the school year our regular Sunday services are at 8:30am and 10:45am.  During the summer we only have one Sunday service at 9:30am.  During Lent and Holy Week and other times of the year we hold additional worship services during the week.  Check the calendar on the Events page to see what the worship schedule is in any particular week.

What can I expect?

We offer both a traditional service with traditional music and a blended service, which features our contemporary band, Damascus Road.  Both services follow the liturgy from the Lutheran Book of Worship.   Most services feature traditional music.  The contemporary band is featured at services at 10:45am on the first Sunday of every month and at 8:30am on the second Sunday of every month.

What should I wear?

You may wear anything you want!  We see folks at every service in casual, business casual and dressy attire.  God wants you in His house; he doesn’t care how you come dressed.

Can I participate in The Lord’s Supper (Eucharist)?

We trust that Jesus Christ is truly present in the meal of Holy Communion. All baptized Christians who share that trust, whether or not they are members of this congregation, are welcome to Christ’s meal.

St. James is a member of the ELCA, which is partnered with several other denominations in a relationship called Full Communion. One of the characteristics of Full Communion is mutual recognition of Baptisms and sharing of The Lord’s Supper.

Do you offer Sunday School for children?

Yes. Sunday School is held every Sunday at St. James at 9:40am., September through May,  for children age three through eighth grade. The program year is divided into two semesters.

Is child care available?

Yes, we provide child care in our nursery at every service for those parents that wish to use it.  For your child’s safety, adult child care providers have undergone a background check.

How can I get involved?

You are welcome to get as involved as you wish.  If you are musical you can join the choir or the contemporary band, or the Bell Choir or the Brass Ensemble.  There are multiple volunteer roles available at worship every week, from greeter, to usher, to acolyte, to lector, to communion assistant or assisting minister.  Leadership roles are available on each of our committees.  Ministry volunteers are always needed in our work with the C.O.O.L. Food Pantry, A.J. Katzenmaier School, PADS Shelter, Habitat For Humanity and others.

How can I become a member?

Individuals and families interested in membership should go through a short series of new member classes.  These informative classes provide the background necessary to transfer membership from another church or to initiate your first church membership.  New member classes are held every quarter.  Please contact Pastor Richard Holmer (rholmer@stjameslutheran.org) if you are interested in becoming a member of St. James.

Can I get married at St. James if I’m not a member?

No.  However the pastor is eager to speak with you about becoming a member and then marrying you.

Why is “AA Meeting” on the event calendar every week?

Every Friday and Saturday evening we provide free meeting space to local Alcoholics Anonymous groups so that they can hold their meetings.