An historic peace church in the heart of Elgin

All Things New…

at Highland Avenue Saturday Feb. 18 1:00 - 3:00 p.m.

Fox Valley Citizens for Peace and Justice PUBLIC MEETING

This special meeting will be an opportunity for area citizens to come together and continue discussion on how we can constructively and vigorously act in response to the election results of November 8th.

Based in Elgin, Kane County, Illinois, FVCP&J members strive to promote a culture of peace, a stronger democracy, and social and economic justice through education, dialog, and action

featuring Delores & the Pickin-Fretter

Highland Avenue Coffee House Feb. 18 at 7:30 p.m.

Join us on Saturday evening, Feb. 18 for folk music, light refreshments and friendly people.

Musicians Jenny Stover-Brown & Jeffrey Faus with Louise Brodie will present "Music from the human heart"

From Wichita, Kansas, the band classifies itself as "Folk / Rock / Alternative - Yep, with an accordion"

Others have described their music as "solid, heart-felt, genuine, and sweet-as-honey is Jenny's voice. Fun and enjoyable duo!"

Open to the community - donations are appreciated!

2nd Avenue Baptist Church choir at Highland Avenue last January

16th Annual Worship Exchange this Sunday

A wonderful time in joint worship was had by all last Sunday at Highland Avenue in the 16th annual worship exchange with Second Baptist Church.

Rev. Dr. Nathaniel Edmond of Second Baptist preached at Highland Avenue during the 9:30 a.m. worship service, Pastor Katie Shaw Thompson preached at Second Baptist,1280 Summit Street, at the 11:00 a.m. worship service, and the adult choirs from both churches combined to sing together again this year.

In times when forces in the world threaten to separate us along lines of difference, we only need come together in peace with other children of God to discover, enjoy, and build good relationships.

Greetings received from our Muslim neighbors

Honoring God through community

The Highland Avenue Church was honored to receive four thank-you notes from local Muslim neighbors last week in response to the banner outside our building that reads: "Honor God - say no to anti-Muslim bigotry." 

When the cards arrived, Pastor Katie and Administrative Assistant Barb mistook them from the envelopes to be Christmas cards. Thinking it odd that the church would receive cards, they were all the more moved as they opened them and realized what they were. 

"Dear Pastors and Parishioners, Thank you so very much for your banner," reads one card. "It means a lot to us and more so to our children who were born in this country and know only one home. It is so heartening to see a church in our hometown of Elgin to be so tolerant, loving, and inclusive. This is exactly what we need today. After all, we really are one big family." 

Church Board Chair Anna Speicher rose during the sharing of Joys and Concerns in Sunday worship to say how touched she was by these expressions of gratitude. "I want to say how amazing it is when you do a small thing," she shared. "I'm really so grateful for these people who took the time to tell us that it mattered. It's a reminder to me that these small opportunities that we have to say something, anything--to witness--don't go unnoticed. They're important. So, I want to try to do that more. I think we're all called to do that. Our banner is just a sign. It's not enough. We need to do more. But it's still important."  


The banner was hung on the building
in September and purchased from  




Our views on the current political climate in the wake of the presidential election

Highland Avenue Church letter of response

Recently a letter was approved by the church board and submitted to the editors of Elgin Courier News and the Daily Herald, expressing our response to the challenges and opportunities created by the presidential campaign and election. We invite members of the community to read the letter (click here) and to consider or share their own responses, especially regarding some of the ways that we can move forward constructively, together. 

Our Jr. High youth welcome you

Welcome to Highland Avenue!

On the last day of Sunday School this year, the Jr. High class talked about welcoming, then worked together to create this welcome video. Check it out!


Sunday worship service at 9:30 a.m.

Fellowship time at 10:30 a.m.

Sunday School classes meet after church for children, youth, and adults. Click here for more info.

Wednesday Morning Bible Study meets at 10 a.m. each week. We will study the scripture text that will be used for our worship service the following Sunday. Join us for a spirited, open discussion.