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|Friday, December 20||7 p.m.|
|(All-Spanish, in Lakeside Auditorium. English translation available.)|
|Saturday, December 21||4 p.m.|
|Sunday, December 22||9 a.m.|
|Monday, December 23||4 p.m.|
|Tuesday, December 24||12 p.m.|
(infant through age 5)
Promiseland, Willow’s ministry to children, provides a safe, loving environment and age-appropriate experience for infants through grade 1 during all Christmas services, including the all-Spanish service on December 20. Parents, you can check in your child(ren) upon arrival by heading to the Promiseland area, located on the floor beneath the Main Lobby. (From the lobby, take the stairs behind the water wall. Check-in is located at the bottom of these stairs.) No pre-registration needed.
Willow’s Christmas services are family-friendly and appropriate for children in grade 2 and older when accompanied by a parent or guardian. (Note: If choosing Reserved Seating rather than General Admission seating, be sure to reserve a seat for each child in your group.)
Students in grades 6–8 who normally attend Elevate during Willow Creek’s weekend services are encouraged to attend a Christmas service with their family. Elevate will not meet on December 21/22 or December 28/29, but will resume on January 4/5, 2014.
Students in grades 9–12 are encouraged to attend one of Willow Creek’s Christmas services with their family. Student Impact will not meet on December 22 or December 29, but will resume its 11:15 a.m. worship service and house groups on Sunday, January 5, 2014.
Willow Creek’s Special Friends ministry provides respite care during the 4 p.m. service on Saturday, December 21 for individuals (age 5 and older) with special needs or disabilities. The respite program includes telling the Christmas story from the Bible, singing Christmas carols, and engaging in fun Christmas activities.
To reserve space for your family member or loved one, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (224) 512-1233.
|4 p.m.||SEATING INFO|
Dr. B’s Café offers a full menu of coffee, tea, and specialty beverages in a relaxing 100-seat café, located in the Main Lobby near Entrance E. Dr. B’s is a great place to gather around the fireplace, visit with friends, or wait for services to begin. All coffee sold and served in Dr. B’s is locally roasted, organic, and Fair Trade Certified.
Note: If you have not finished drinking your Dr. B’s beverage by the time service begins, feel free to enjoy your drink in a Balcony-level seat of the Main Auditorium, where coffee is permitted. (Water only is permitted on the Main Floor and Mezzanine levels.)
|Friday, December 20||Closed|
|Saturday, December 21||2:30–9:30 p.m.|
|Sunday, December 22||7:30 a.m.–8 p.m.|
|Monday, December 23||2:30–9:30 p.m.|
|Tuesday, December 24||10:30 a.m.–6 p.m.|
During our Christmas services, specials for drinks at Dr. B’s are available through FourSquare for those who check in at Willow Creek Community Church. There is also a special just for those who haven’t been to our campus before, so be sure to tell your friends to check in when they arrive on campus.
Willow Creek offers language interpretation for its 2013 Christmas services in Korean, Mandarin Chinese, Spanish, and Sign Language Interpretation. If you desire language interpretation, please choose the Reserved Seating option for one of the Christmas services listed below and indicate your need for language interpretation when reserving your seat. For General Admission seating, simply attend the appropriate service date and time below.
When you arrive, please go to the Main Lobby and stop by the Language Interpretation booth, located near the east door of Guest Central (just outside the Main Auditorium doors). Here, you can pick up an interpretation headset.
If you require Sign Language Interpretation or an audio assistance headset, stop by one of our Info Booths, located near Entrances D and E, and a Guest Host will be able to assist you or guide you to your seat.
|Sunday, December 22||2:30 and 5 p.m.|
|Sunday, December 22||11:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m.|
|Friday, December 20||7 p.m. (Lakeside Auditorium)|
|Saturday, December 21||7 p.m. (Section 202, Mezzanine level)|
|Sunday, December 22||11:30 a.m. (Section 202, Mezzanine level)|
|Monday, December 23||4 p.m. (Section 202, Mezzanine level)|
Guests are free to park in any general parking spot in Willow Creek’s lots. Once parked, enter the building via Entrances B, C, D, E, or F and then make your way to the Main Lobby, between Entrances D and E. The Main Auditorium is located just off the Main Lobby.
The FastTrac lot is a convenient option for those wishing to avoid a lengthy walk in the parking lot and looking to beat the traffic upon exit. Simply follow the signs from the Barrington Road entrance, park in the designated Fast Trac lot, and then take a shuttle bus from the lot to the drop-off location (Entrance E, near Dr. B’s Cafe in the Main Lobby). Note: Shuttle buses are not wheelchair-accessible. See Handicap Parking, below.
Fast Trac shuttles run 2½ hours prior to the first service each day, and continue until one hour after the end of the last service:
|Friday, December 20||No shuttle service|
|Saturday, December 21||1:30–9:30 p.m.|
|Sunday, December 22||6:30 a.m.–8 p.m.|
|Monday, December 23||1:30 p.m.–9:30 p.m.|
|Tuesday, December 24||9:30 a.m.–8:30 p.m.|
Ample handicap spaces near Entrance D provide the shortest distance to the Main Auditorium. In addition, a drop-off loop near Entrance D allows drivers to drop off guests just outside the Main Lobby. This option works well for those wanting to avoid a long walk from the parking lot—including those with infants or small children.
Willow Creek Community Church
67 East Algonquin Road
South Barrington, IL 60010
Seeds Bookstore offers message CDs and DVDs, Bibles, small group studies, Christian fiction for children and adults, music by Christian artists, greeting cards, and other resources for purchase. The bookstore is located on the third floor above the Atrium, on the west side of the main building.
The Branch, an extension of Seeds Bookstore, is located in the Main Lobby and carries a smaller selection of resources, as well as message CDs and DVDs.
|Seeds Bookstore||The Branch|
|Friday, December 20||Closed||Closed|
|Saturday, December 21||3–7 p.m.||3–7 p.m.|
|Sunday, December 22||8:30 a.m.–5:30 p.m.||8:30 a.m.–5:30 p.m.|
|Monday, December 23||3–7 p.m.||3–7 p.m.|
|Tuesday, December 24||11 a.m.–6 p.m.||11 a.m.–6 p.m.|
|December 25–27||Closed (Building closed)||Closed (Building closed)|
Thank you for your interest in volunteering during Willow Creek’s Christmas services. Choose from the volunteer opportunities below for the Christmas service dates and times you wish to serve.
Reserve seats have been set aside at each service and are available on a first-come, first-served basis.
Plenty of seats have been set aside for General Admission seating throughout the Main Auditorium. No reservations needed—just show up!
Attend a Christmas service with your section community! Click here to reserve your seat.
Korean, Mandarin Chinese
2:30 and 5:30 p.m., Sunday, December 22
11:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m., Sunday, December 22
Prior to the service, pick up an interpretation headset at the interpretation booth, just outside Guest Central in the Main Lobby.
Casa de Luz offers an all-Spanish service at 7 p.m. on Friday, December 20. (Lakeside Auditorium)
Or stop by the Christmas Seating Solutions desk in the Main Lobby, before or after weekend services.
Note: The Seating Solutions desk will not be open on Wednesday evenings, however the kiosks in the lobby will be available for reserving seats and/or printing seating confirmations.
You may also call our Seating Solutions support line at (847) 765-7100, 9 a.m.–5 p.m., Monday through Friday, 6:30-9 p.m., Saturday, or 10:30 a.m.–3 p.m. Sunday.