Emmanuel is blessed by our location, right at the corner of State and University, next to West Side Park, in the middle of Champaign's vibrant downtown. The Episcopal tradition emphasizes the idea of the "Geographical Parish": that God calls us to love and care for everyone in our neighborhood, regardless of religious affiliation, culture, or economic status. We "seek the welfare of the city where God has called us," just as God directed the Hebrew exiles through the prophet Jeremiah, and we are a proud member of the Champaign Center Partnership. The combination of our location and our vocation gives us many opportunities to promote the flourishing of our area in collaboration with our neighbors. Check out a few samples of ministry initiatives below.
Blessing of Pets
Partnering with Vet On Wheels, we offered a public blessing of pets next to West Side Park with free treats and customized prayer and advice for each animal.
Partnering with the Christie Clinic Illinois Marathon, we staffed a treat station across the park from the church building, to encourage runners with jelly beans and cheers.
Partnering with the Land Connection, we helped sponsor the Downtown Champaign Farmers Market, providing double SNAP benefits and a chance to purchase fresh produce and meat in a community setting.