The Moody Church Online
With the local stay-at-home-order, we’ve adapted by moving all of our services and gatherings online. We know that this can be a confusing time for many, so below you’ll find the latest information on how our church is continuing forward on mission to serve our congregation and our city with the gospel of Jesus Christ.
Although we can’t be together physically, we can still worship the Lord together remotely.
- Live Q&A following the morning service is available at 11:30am on our Live Stream page and on Facebook Live. These sessions are archived in a Facebook playlist for playback.
Wednesday Prayer Meeting (6PM) is held virtually. To participate, connect using a method below:
- Zoom Meeting: visit our Prayer Meeting webpage to pre-register for the access link.
- Audio only: Dial 312.626.6799 at 6pm; use webinar ID #978-8309-4684
- Audio & video: go to our YouTube channel at 6pm to find the live video
- Email prayer requests to firstname.lastname@example.org
Note: for those without internet/computer access, we offer a dial-in audio option during our Sunday morning service. To connect, dial 312.626.6799 and use webinar ID #911-3878-2223.
Many of our Ministries, Communities (adult Sunday Schools), and Youth Groups have transitioned to an online environment throughout the week.
Need guidance? Our church pastors are available by appointment for online and dial-in counseling sessions throughout the week. You can schedule a session by calling the church office or by emailing the pastor directly. We have also set aside an hour each day when no appointment is needed (Monday at 4pm, Tuesday – Friday at 2pm).
To speak to the Pastor of the Day during that hour, please call the church office at 312-327-8600.
If you’d prefer to contact us by email, please fill out the Connect Card by clicking here.
As we move our worship services and ministries to an online environment, many have asked how they can continue to give during this time. There are a few options:
- Give Online: Go to our Giving page to give a one-time gift or set up a recurring gift.
- Text-to-Give: text MOODY $XXX (desired amount) to 73256 and then follow the instructions.
- Mail: send your offering by mail to 1635 N LaSalle Blvd, Chicago IL, 60614.
Thank you in advance for your generosity! It’s because of your giving that we’re able to serve our congregation and our city during this time.
This fund assists our church family with emergency housing, food, clothing, and medical needs. Give to the fund on Communion Sundays and/or designate “fellowship fund” on your offering. Help-worthy situations may be brought to the Fellowship Committee via Pastor Larry McCarthy. Please call the church office at 312-327-8600 or fill out the Connect Card by clicking here.
At this time, the Elders believe the appropriate response of our church is to continue to abide by the governing authorities’ directives regarding not meeting together physically in our church building. However, we will continue to monitor these and all revised directives in the future and respond to them as we believe is biblically appropriate.
- Sundays: the church is closed to the general congregation except for essential staff required to produce the worship services.
- Weekdays: the church office is open 8:30am to 5pm, but all ministry programming is held online and not in the building. A small staff is onsite to maintain operations. A pastor is onsite each day to handle counseling; all other pastors are available electronically. Non-essential staff are working remotely.
- Saturdays: the church is closed.
Dear Moody Church Family:
We miss you! We pray that you are doing well during this difficult time and that you are experiencing the goodness and grace of our Heavenly Father perhaps as never before. What an encouragement to know that He is in control and that He will never leave us nor forsake us.
We want to give you an update on how we are thinking and praying about our re-opening plans, and to invite you to join us in prayer. There are so many factors to consider in this process—even beyond the spiritual, health, and legal ones—so we covet your prayers.
As of this writing, we do not plan to reopen the church for worship services for the immediate future—in reality, we recognize it will be some time before we are able to resume meeting normally, without social distancing and other precautionary measures. This saddens us deeply, but we believe it is the right decision for many reasons, including the recommended best practice guidelines from the city and state. Our next steps are finding ways to facilitate fellowship, discipleship, and worship, either in homes or, when possible, in small groups at the church. Over the next few weeks, we will be working to develop a detailed four-phase reopening plan. Phase 1 will outline our plan for small group studies and in-home worship gatherings; Phase 2 will provide details about how our Communities can meet safely at the church throughout the week; Phase 3 will describe our plan for opening our worship services in line with capacity limits; and Phase 4 will be a complete reopening and return to normalcy.
We will take each step prayerfully, wisely, and collaboratively as we seek to discern the Lord’s leading. While we greatly value gathering together physically, it is important that we do all we can to safeguard our church family’s health and safety. We also want to honor those the Lord has put in charge of our city and state, and to maintain a good reputation among our neighbors for the sake of our gospel witness.
We do understand that some of you will be concerned that we are opening too quickly, while others will feel we are moving too slowly. Regardless of where you fall on that continuum, we ask you to please pray diligently—for us, for our church—and to stay united. Eventually we will reopen, by God’s grace, and when we do it will be a time of thanksgiving.
This is a unique time in our lives and in our church. In our desire to get back together again, we do not want to miss opportunities that the Lord may be giving us—for example, inviting others to join you in your home for our Sunday morning worship service. As the mayor’s guidelines allow and you feel comfortable, please do so.
We are so thankful for all the hard work that staff, ministry leaders, and volunteers are putting in to make sure that our worship services, Wednesday prayer meeting, and Communities can meet online. We are grateful for the ways our church family is caring for one another during this time.
We want to close with a word of thanks to you, our church family. Your faithfulness and support have brought us no small amount of joy. We see Jesus in you and are so encouraged. What a blessing to be part of a church where our Savior is truly loved and honored. Thank you so much.
For God’s glory,
The Elder Council
Dear Moody Church Family,
No circumstance is too difficult for our God to handle. We worship a God who can turn the worst of circumstances around for His glory. We know it’s easy to become discouraged at times like this, but be assured—God is doing a mighty work even now! In that spirit, we wanted to share with you several encouraging testimonies of how God has been faithful to The Moody Church family and is using our congregation to share the love of Jesus in these unusual times.
The Provision of a New Senior Pastor
On March 29, our church family overwhelmingly voted for the appointment of Pastor Philip Miller as our next Senior Pastor. We even made history by holding this historic vote via Zoom—something no large church (or indeed, as far as we know, any church) had done before! While the final stages of this process looked different than we could possibly have anticipated, God so clearly led and provided in ways we could never have imagined. He faithfully answered our constant prayers over the past four years. We look forward to the Miller family’s arrival this summer, and to the next chapter of The Moody Church’s ministry in Chicago. Please join us in thanking the Lord for His blessings! For more information about Pastor Philip and his family, visit www.moodychurch.org/new-pastor.
Missionaries on the Field
Although a few of our missionaries have been called home by their agencies, all of our missionaries are continuing their gospel work and serving their communities sacrificially. Many of our missionaries, like Art and Vicki Reyes in Los Cabos, Mexico, are adapting their ministries to the new realities of the pandemic. In an area hit hard by the collapse of tourism, Art and Vicki are organizing their local church plants to distribute food, fuel, medicine, and clothing. Our Global Outreach Committee is working alongside our missionaries to identify these kinds of needs and to provide help in whatever way we can. With our continued commitment to financially support all our missionaries through this time, would you come alongside our brothers and sisters in prayer, encouragement, and resources as God lays that burden on your heart?
This year, our annual outreach project seeks to reflect Christ’s love in our own community by supporting frontline workers and those most impacted by this crisis. Your giving has provided hundreds of care packages to staff at Northwestern and Swedish Covenant Hospitals, thousands of protective masks to the Chicago Police Department, and hundreds of meals to Lawndale Christian Health Center workers. Hundreds of phone calls are being made to those most vulnerable in our community and church family, and we’re just getting started!
Of course, our desire to serve others does not overshadow our responsibility for caring for our own. If you are in need, we are here for you—whether it’s a spiritual issue or an emergency medical or financial need. We urge you to reach out to the church so that we can support you.
Online Worship Services
Every week, the gospel continues to go forth through our Sunday services and our Wednesday Prayer Meeting. By God’s grace, our global reach continues and is reaching more lives today than ever before! Thousands more are joining us online for worship every week than we could fit in our Sanctuary on a normal Sunday. We are harnessing new technology to keep our congregation connected and to welcome new visitors. Most of our Communities have moved to an online format, and are continuing to meet for prayer, Bible study, and fellowship. Throughout each week, all ages in our church are connecting and being taught, prayed for, and supported. Even in the midst of a pandemic, we are a place where anyone can connect with God and others.
Finally, we want to thank you for your faithful and sacrificial giving that allows us as a church to do what the Lord has called us to. Because of you, we’ve been able to bless others, to proclaim the gospel, and to impact the world for Christ—all despite the current economic uncertainty. Thank you!
Throughout history the Lord has brought glory to His name during difficult times by enabling His people to rise above their personal fears and to bless their neighbors in tangible ways. During this pandemic, we have a unique opportunity to shine the light of Christ into homes and hearts that would not usually be open.
In these days where we have learned how quickly the things of Earth can pass away, will we cling more tightly to them, or will we trust that if we seek first the Kingdom of God, all these things will be added unto us? Thank you for being salt and light, and for obeying the Lord’s call to use our time, talents, and treasure for eternal purposes. To God be the glory, great things He has done!
The Elder Council
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