An historic peace church in the heart of Elgin

Sunday Morning

Worship services are held at 783 West Highland Avenue, Elgin (at the corner of Highland and Larkin) at 9:30 a.m. Sunday mornings.

Highland Avenue Church of the Brethren quick map

Visitors are welcome at Highland Avenue Church of the Brethren! Please introduce yourself to our greeters before church or during announcement time at the beginning of worship. If you have joys or concerns, you’re welcome to raise them during sharing time, just before the pastoral prayer.


The Brethren are known for a rich singing tradition. Our Adult Choir meets every Thursday evening at 7 p.m. for rehearsal during the months of September through May. All are welcome to join. Our Children's Choir rehearses after Sunday school. Please contact the church office for the rehearsal schedule.

Special Assistance

If you need a large-print hymnal, hearing assistance or other help, simply ask a greeter, an usher or any other church member. An elevator is available in the southwest corner of the building (to your left as you enter the Fellowship Hall from the parking lot). A handicapped-accessible restroom is located on the main (sanctuary) level.


Youth serve in worship leadership as scripture readers, worship leaders, drama performers, choir members, greeters, and ushers. Each year on Youth Sunday, senior high youth prepare and lead an entire worship service. Junior high youth also plan and lead one worship service per year.


Children are a big part of our worship community. They serve as acolytes, bringing the light of Christ into the sanctuary. The children's choir enriches our worship. During worship each Sunday, children gather on the steps of the chancel for the Children’s Story. Midway through worship, at a time indicated in the bulletin, kindergartners through third–graders may leave for Children’s Church if they wish.


Infant care in the Nursery is available on the main level for infants up to 2 years old. The Toddler Room, for children ages 2–5, is on the lower level. Let an usher or greeter know if you have an infant or toddler requiring care, and they will direct you to the right place!