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St. Charles Episcopal Church
994 North Fifth Avenue
St. Charles, IL 60174
Sunday Service Times: 8:30 AM, 10:45 AM
Religious Education: 9:45 AM
Who we are
Hello and Welcome!
The Reverend Stacy Walker accepted the call to serve as the Rector of St. Charles in January of 2017. She brings to our parish a strong commitment to Christian Education and Spiritual Formation through preaching, teaching, and acts of service. Rev. Stacy was ordained a priest in 2006 and has served as the rector of two parishes in Michigan and Illinois, as well as the assistant rector of a historically African-American Episcopal church in Chicago. She has also served on the board of directors of an Episcopal-Lutheran campus ministry, a local humane society, and the alumni steering committee of the Seminary of the Southwest in Austin, Texas. Rev. Stacy is passionate about leading our church to live our faith actively in the world beyond Sunday. She is an advocate in the church and in the wider world for gender equity, racial reconciliation, interfaith friendship and partnerships, and is a faithful LGBTQ ally. She has twice served as a delegate from the office of the Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church to the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women in New York.
Rev. Stacy resides with her family in St. Charles. They enjoy running and cycling along the Fox River, reading comic books, making music together, gardening, and hanging out with their pets. They also eat breakfast and dinner together just about every day of the week.
Rev. Stacy is available for conversation wherever you may find yourself in relation to God and the spiritual life. Please call her or send her an email for an appointment.
Events and News
Our weekly and monthly updates
Read The Pulse - our weekly email update - to find out what's happening this week.
Listen to the most recent sermons by Reverend Stacy Walker.
Want to see the readings for the upcoming weeks? Please visit The Revised Common Lectionary Page.
Server Schedule 2020 Annual Meeting Booklet Light the Way Campaign
Here is the monthly server schedule. The latest updates:
We are now using SignUpGenius for acolyte sign ups!
Acolytes can sign up here
Altar Bread Recipe
Here is our current altar bread recipe.
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The people who make this place work
We are blessed with dedicated staff and volunteers.
We are lead by our clergy, staff, and lay vestry (or parish council). Learn more about who, what, and where we are.
Steve Lowe, Deacon
“A deacon is an ordained leader in the Church, serving as a prophetic, insistent voice that calls the attention of the Church to the needs of the world.”
Since his ordination as a vocational deacon, Steve has focused on outreach ministry, serving ‘the least of the least” in the Fox Valley area. He was ordained in February 2005 after completing the Diocese of Chicago 3-year Deacon’s School formation program. The motivating drive for his ministry is: to answer God’s call to do his part in the world. This also includes helping others find and participate in ministry to the homeless which revolve around Hesed House (Aurora), Lazarus House (St Charles) and the Trinity Soup Kitchen (Aurora).
Steve has served as a deacon at St Mark’s, Geneva since his ordination. After prayer and discernment, Steve has answered the call to serve at St Charles Episcopal Church.
Steve and his family came to Geneva in 1992 after retiring from the United States Army to take a position in Information Technology at Aurora University. Upon his retirement from AU in 2013, Steve has keep himself busy by working as an Usher for the Kane County Cougars, serving as an Election Judge and playing the game of bridge. He and Lela will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary this July. They have two grown sons who have blessed them with four grandchildren.
Kim Cole, Parish Administrator
Kim joined the SCEC staff in September of 2019. She has 30 + years in Office Management, and felt a calling to work at our church. She is a resident of Elburn, but travels to Michigan or Colorado to see her adult children whenever possible. She has one child in high school still living at home. Together they share their love for dogs and horses. When Kim is not working at SCEC, she is also a preschool teacher for her home church in LaFox.
Mark Downey, Director of Music
Mark joined the staff at SCEC in January 2015. He brings many years of experience as a choral director, voice teacher, and organist. Among his many marks of distinction are advanced music degrees from the Royal School of Music, Croyden, England, and Roosevelt University, Chicago. He is also an active member of Musica Ecclesia, an inter-disciplinary program in Florence, Italy, and has conducted the Northwestern Chorus Master Classes with the Chorus of America. In addition, he often adjudicates vocal competitions at various levels.
Keeping the wheels turning isn't usually glamorous, but the administrative tasks keep us in touch with what it takes to maintain our community, and often provides unexpected bonuses in friendship and a sense of accomplishment. The staff is responsible for many of the administration chores. The vestry takes the responsibility for matters dealing with St. Charles' property, finances, and policies not specifically designated to others. Each vestry member is also assigned as liaison to a specific ministry. Our vestry is lead by Kristin Madden, Warden and Mike Ditch, Junior Warden.
Kristin Madden, Senior Warden
I found SCEC in February 2015 after a brief period of choosing the gym over church on Sunday mornings. I was drawn in because of the music/choir and the fact that I knew a few parishioners from my professional life as a Project Manager/Project Architect a local architecture firm. I genuinely felt at home after being here for only for a brief time. I could feel the Holy Spirit at work in this church, and the enthusiasm for each other and the community at large. The following year, I was formally received into the Episcopal Church.
My hobbies include walking, reading, performing in community theater musicals in DeKalb, and volunteering at Starfish Animal Rescue.
The national and international communion of churches
St. Charles Episcopal Church is part of the Diocese of Chicago, the Episcopal Church of the USA, and the international Anglican Communion. The Anglican Communion has more than 80 million members in more than 160 countries. The Episcopal church is part of the Anglican Communion, and is comprised of 109 dioceses in 16 nations.
For more information, please visit the Episcopal Diocese of Chicago's website.
We are listed as an Affirming Church on gaychurch.org.