“To make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world.” Matthew 28: 19-20a spells out the task of this mission. We seek to fulfill that mission by becoming an ‘inviting, welcoming, nurturing, and serving community of Christ.’ We invite you to join us in that endeavor. We eagerly want to be in ministry with you, sharing the Good News of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world.



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  • Melikin Puppets to Perform at Court Street!

    Saturday, December 2, 2017 11:00 AM

    The Melikin Puppets of Bolingbrook, Illinois, present 'The Shoemaker and the Elves' and 'The Night before Christmas' as seen by the family dog. Mel, LaVerne and sons Neal and Jeff Biske, known as the Melikins, live just outside Chicago in Bolingbrook, Illinois. They have toured the country from coast to coast and border to border. Mel has been "puppeting" since his Cub Scout days. The interest grew into a profession when in 1967, Mel and LaVerne formed the Melikin Puppet Theatre. Our own Prayin’ and Praisin’ Puppet Project will be performing 'The First Christmas.' Tickets are $5 per person; Children under 5 are free. They will also be giving a performance at 2:00 p.m. that same Saturday. Get in the Christmas spirit by seeing these delightful presentations.

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  • Our 36th Annual Thanksgiving Dinner

    Thursday, November 23, 2017 11:00 AM

    Court Street UMC has been serving dinner to the Rockford community since 1984, serving over 1,200 people each year who otherwise probably would not have a traditional Thanksgiving meal. Meal includes turkey, mashed potatoes, rolls, cranberry sauce, pie, and more. Free to all who come, first come, first serve basis.

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  • You can contribute to the 2017 CROP Walk

    Sunday, October 15, 2017 1:00 PM

    One fourth of funds raised from the 2017 CROP Walk will be divided among the ten pantries of the Greater Rockford Pantry Coalition. The rest will be used by Church World Service as it seeks to transform communities around the globe. (See its website at You may walk in person or in spirit with thousands of others around America by contributing to our CROP Hunger Walkers: Dorothy Powell, Joan Tunnell, Barb Ferry, Norma Lee Kerns Barnhart, Tim Gorman, Verlette Gorman, Curly Thompson, Ryanne Ludington, or the youth. You may also donate online at and choose Court Street UMC as the team to which you are donating.

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  • 'A Charlie Brown Christmas' to be Presented

    'A Charlie Brown Christmas' to be Presented

    (Rockford, IL) A CHARLIE BROWN CHRISTMAS will be staged by Court Street’s FINE ARTS SATURDAY TROUPE (FAST). This 45 minute presentation is a musical version of the highly rated annual TV special which was first broadcast on December 9, 1965. In the production Charlie Brown is feeling depressed because of the commercialism of Christmas. Through directing the Christmas pageant and with the help of Linus, Charlie Brown discovers the true meaning of Christmas.

    The production is being staged by James L. Crow with musical direction by Jack Armstrong, and features a cast of 15 middle and elementary school age performers. Performances are Friday, December 8, at 7:00 pm, Saturday, December 9, at 2:00 pm and 7:00 pm, and Sunday, December 10, at 10 am and 2:00 pm.

    All performances will be in the seasonally decorated sanctuary of Court Street United Methodist Church at 215 North Court Street. Admission for each performance is $5.00 per person. Children under 5 are free. For further information call 815-962-6061.
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  • Plan Now to Study with Us During Advent

    Plan Now to Study with Us During Advent

    (Rockford, IL) Because of Bethlehem You Have a Savior in Heaven. You are invited to a 4-session, video-based study by Max Lucado. Meeting each Sunday, from Nov. 26th through Dec. 17, choose between 11:30 a.m. in the Church Parlor or 3:30 p.m. at 5772 Pepper Dr. We encourage everyone to join a group to study together as we always learn a new insight from someone else. But, if you find you're unable to attend either time, you can still read the book on your own - there are study questions you can do in the back of the book to help increase your understanding! Sign up sheets for the sessions/book are in the Church Narthex or you may call the Church Office. You may purchase a book for $11 from the Church Office.
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  • Volunteer to Help with Trunk or Treat!

    Volunteer to Help with Trunk or Treat!

    The Family Christian Education Ministry Team, Jeremiah Development and the Coronado Haskell Neighborhood Association will be partnering for this year’s Trunk or Treating event on Sunday, October 29th. We will be adding some fun activities to this year’s event – including Court Street’s Prayin’ & Praisin’ Puppets and an Interactive “Thriller” Dance. Join us for the fun! We need volunteers for: Food, Trunks for Trunk or Treating, and General Helpers. The actual Trunk or Treating will be from 4:00 – 6:00 PM. Those decorating trunks should arrive at 3:00. Please call Debbie in the SecondFirst Church Office to volunteer, 815-963-8431.
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