First Visit FAQS


Where are you located?

The church is at 1235 Wilmette Avenue in Wilmette. We are at the corner of Wilmette Ave and Park Ave directly across from the Wilmette Public Library. You can find a helpful map at the bottom of the Contact Us page. 

What should I wear?

Wear what you’re comfortable wearing. We gather as God’s loved people; some casual, others more dressed up. It’s your call. After all, we’re thrilled that you’re joining us  

Will I fit in?

Whether you’re old or young, coming with friends or family, on your own, like more traditional forms of worship or prefer something more modern - or even if you’re totally unfamiliar with a Lutheran church – you’ll find a home here with people who have a lot in common with you. 

How will I know what to do?

Inside the entrance, you’ll meet greeters who’ll give you a friendly welcome and a leaflet explaining what will happen during the service. Just sit wherever you want. There are no reserved seats. There are times during the service when people stand or sit. The leaders of the service will guide you. If you have difficulty standing or are minding a baby or toddler, feel free to sit throughout the entire service. Many people do.

Do I have to put money in the collection plate?

We do take a collection during the service. Like every other house of worship, we have to pay the bills, but making a financial contribution during the service is totally voluntary. If you don’t want to put anything in the plate the day you visit us, just hand the plate along to your neighbor. Many regular members donate by pre-authorized payment or write a monthly check, so you won’t be the only one passing. 

Can I take Communion? What do I do?

All are welcome to gather at the table. When it comes time for communion, people walk up row by row to the front of the church.

The pastor will place a communion wafer in your open palm and say “the body of Christ given for you”. You don’t need to say anything, but a lot of us reply with a quiet, heartfelt, “Amen” or “Thanks be to God”. You dip the wafer into the chalice of wine or grape juice. The person assisting with communion may say “the blood of Christ shed for you”. You may say amen or remain silent.

It’s also okay to receive only the wafer. If you'd rather not consume the wine or grape juice, you can pause at the cup to hear the words of communion, or you can just walk past the chalice bearers and return to your seat.


If you prefer not to take communion but would like a blessing, go up to the front with everyone else and just cross your arms over your chest. You’re also perfectly welcome to remain in your seat during this part of the service. If you have mobility concerns and would like communion brought to you, just signal an usher and they’ll make it happen for you.


Can I bring my bike?

Yes! You can lock your bike against our fence in the parking lot adjacent to the church. 

Where do I park?

There are two parking lots. One lot is immediately east of the church building and accessible from Wilmette Ave. The other lot is accessible from Park Ave.  There’s also street parking.  

Is St. John's a kid-friendly church?

We welcome families, and if yours includes children or grandchildren, we want them to feel at home with us, too. Our belief is this: children and youth are not future members of the church; they are present with us now, and their interests and their contributions are important to us. We also believe you and your family should choose to take part in our services and programs in a way that best supports your needs