An historic peace church in the heart of Elgin

All Things New…

Come color with us!

Join us for
Intergenerational Worship
this Sunday at Highland Avenue
as we reflect on how to 
love--and color with-- 
enemies and neighbors. 


Worship begins at 9:30am. 






Hear from someone who has been there

Renowned peace activist to speak at Highland Avenue

Come and hear peace activist, pacifist, writer, and speaker Kathy Kelly speak at Highland Avenue on “confronting government violence.” Kelly has been a member of peace teams in Gaza, Afghanistan, and Iraq, remaining in combat zones during the early days of both US-led Iraq wars. She has been arrested in the course of her peace work over sixty times, at home and abroad. In 2005, Kelly, a Chicago resident, co-founded Voices for Creative Nonviolence, a campaign to end US military and economic warfare. Learn the reality of war's impact on people in far-away countries around the globe from Kathy Kelly, who has seen it first-hand; A free event; all are welcome.

Date: Sunday, September 18

Time:  2:00 p.m.

Place:  Fellowship Hall, Highland Avenue Church of the Brethren

Sponsored by Highland Avenue’s Outreach and Witness Ministry Group; Fox Valley Citizens for Peace and Justice; Elgin’s First Congregational Church; and the Unitarian Universalist Society of Geneva.

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!

Relief mission veterans recall their experiences

Meet Highland Avenue's Seagoing Cowboys

Meet Merle Brown and Matt Meyers, Highland Avenue's own seagoing cowboys, in video interviews by Pastor Katie Shaw Thompson.

The seagoing cowboys were men and boys who volunteered after World War II to tend livestock shipped by the United Nations Relief and Rehabilitation Administration and the Heifer Project to war-devastated countries overseas.

To find out more about these amazing missions, read Peggy Reiff Miller’s new book published by Brethren Press, The Seagoing Cowboy, or click here to visit a website the author has created to tell their story.

For a look back in time and to learn more about this chapter in history, visit Heifer International's website which includes historic photographs, videos, and biographies.


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 Wednesday. We will study the scripture text that will be used for our worship service the following Sunday. Join us for a spirited, open discussion.