St Thomas' Church is the greater Morris IL community's home of the Episcopal Church. We gather regularly to listen to the word of God, to celebrate the sacrement of Holy Communion, and seek ways to serve our Lord Jesus Christ in our homes and communities.
Many of us live in Morris, and others live as far north as Yorkville, IL, south as far as Dwight, east in Joliet, and west in Seneca.
All people who seek to know God, to worship Him and to serve Him are welcome and invited to join us!
7:45 a.m. - Morning Prayer
8:00 a.m. - Holy Eucharist Rite II
10:00 a.m. - Holy Eucharist Rite II (with organ and hymns)
Coffee hour follows 10:00 a.m. service
8:30 a.m. - Morning Prayer
8:45 a.m. - Holy Eucharist
10:00 a.m. - Holy Eucharist
8:45 a.m. - Morning Prayer
9:00 a.m. - Holy Eucharist
Note: Rite I replaces Rite II services during Advent & Lent
8:40 a.m. - Morning Prayer
9:00am - Holy Eucharist ( Rite II with organ and hymns)
Coffee hour follows the 9:00 am service.
Note: During the weeks of Lent and Easter, there will be daily services available. Holy days will be announced .
317 Goold Park Drive
Morris, IL 60450
Mission: By word and sacrament we seek to be sustained in our daily lives in order to minister to our parish and community in the spirit of Jesus Christ.
St. Thomas’ Church in Morris, IL, is part of the Diocese of Chicago and the worldwide Anglican Communion. We are seeking a full-time rector to lead our small Anglo-Catholic parish as we glorify God through worship, fellowship, and service. The Eucharist on High Holy Days includes the use of incense. Our traditional liturgical and musical worship services are offered in a picturesque, historical, converted, carriage house that many of us view as our home away from home where everyone feels valued and comfortable.
Here we seek to be healed and filled while being part of things greater than ourselves, participating in ECW projects benefiting new mothers within the community, UTO, delivering Mobile Meals, contributing to We Care, PADS, Habitat for Humanity, the county’s free medical clinic, Nashotah House, and ERD. Nearly all of us are retired from full-time work. We enjoy study groups, Biblical and literary. We seek opportunities to break bread together.
We seek a pastor who will help us spread the gospel, by first modeling a prayerful life of discipleship.
We pray our next rector will embrace and commit to the church family and our rural, small-town community organizations, and will guide and work with us, showing flexibility, meeting us where we are.
We pray also our next rector is organized, effective in succinct communication, written and oral; is compassionate, and uses humor effectively in sermons based on the lectionary with modern applications to which we can relate.
Morris which has a population of 15,000, is the seat of Grundy County, and located at the crossroads of Illinois Rt.47 and Interstate Route 80 bordering the Illinois River that is a favorite of boating enthusiasts. It is home to the Grundy County Corn Festival held the end of September and the Three French Hens craft shows. A community theater group produces several quality shows each year. Two area golf courses, health clubs, and a year-round recreation center offer a variety of opportunities to sport enthusiasts. Boutiques, antique shops, and restaurants populate the town’s business district. Its community hospital houses a level two trauma center and owns numerous healthcare centers in neighboring communities. Morris is 55 miles southwest of Chicago, and 30 minutes from Joliet Junior College, Lewis University, and the University of St. Francis.
Our Diocese: The Episcopal Diocese of Chicago is led by Bishop Jeffrey Lee and has 123 member congregations, spreading from Lake Michigan on the east, to the Wisconsin border on the north and the Iowa border on the west. The Diocese is known for its leadership initiatives designed to support congregational vitality. To this end, the Diocese focuses its energies on four key programs: The College for Congregational Development, Fierce Conversations, Project Resource, and Living Compass. The Nicholas Center, located on the fifth floor of the Diocesan office building in downtown Chicago, provides classroom space and accommodations for these programs as well as other leadership events.<
To apply for this position, please complete the Clergy Information Form for Transitions found on the diocesan website:https://episcopalchicago.wufoo.com/forms/m1poxgz40cwsj2w/ For more information about this position, please contact Andrea Mysen, Director of Ministries, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 312-751-4203.