Stone Creek Church  2502 S Race St  Urbana IL 61801 217-344-5455 http://www.stonecreekwired.com/

Stone Creek Church is a large and diverse multi-campus church that serves the Champaign-Urbana and neighboring communities.  The main campus is located in Urbana, with over 1,000 members attending on a weekly basis. In 2015, the church expanded its impact by establishing two additional campuses - Midtown (located near the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign campus) and Rantoul.

Stone Creek offers church services in English on Sunday mornings at 9:00am, 10:30am, and 12:00pm. The 10:30am service in English is also broadcasted online and can be watched live by following the link on the church's website. The church provides nursery and children's church at the same times as the Sunday morning services (9:00am, 10:30am, and 12:00pm).

Stone Creek also offers church services in French on Saturday evenings at 6:00pm and in Spanish on Sunday mornings at 12:00pm. There is also a ministry especially for middle and high school students that meets on Wednesdays at 6:30pm.

Stone Creek Church's mission and purpose statement : Stone Creek Church exists to help people find and follow Jesus Christ.

Stone Creek Church's Core Values:

  • diversity. In being missional, we desire a church that is multicultural, multi-ethnic and multi-generational. 
  • missions, both locally and globally. Our strategy is to give of our resources and to send people out. 
  • growth. We show this through by establishing a culture of discipleship and relationships. 
  • relevant and practical Bible teaching. The Bible is our source for faith, rule and conduct and still applies to our lives today. 
  • financial integrity and generosity. God entrusts resources to us for the purpose of reinvesting them in our community. 
  • volunteerism and leadership. We are committed to developing each one’s gifting and abilities. 
  • worship and prayer. We are committed to establishing God’s Presence as he guides, directs, and empowers us.

Stone Creek Church desires that through these clearly defined core values and statements, God will enable them as a local church to see the believers commit to the following shared goals. Each one would…

  • Protect the unity of our church family.
  • Share in the responsibilities of our church family.
  • Serve in the ministries of our church family.
  • Support the testimony of our church family.1

History

1966 John Eldrod starts the church (Grace Assembly of God). He meets with 2 or 3 couples and 8 college students at the Moose Lodge and then at the Burnham House in Champaign. In November, Dick Foth becomes the pastor.

1967 – The church continues to meet at the U of I YMCA.  In July they break ground at the current site on Race Street as a Home Missions Project of the IL District Assemblies of God. In November they hold the first service in the original sanctuary with 36 in attendance. The name is changed to Urbana Assembly of God.

1970 – By April the church is autonomous: fully self-supporting, self-propagating, and self-governing.

1972 – The present auditorium is completed in December.

1975 – The gym and the lower level are added to the building.

1978 – Jim Hall becomes the pastor of Urbana Assembly.

1984 – The church becomes a district-supervised church with IL District Leadership as its governing body.

1988 – Gary Grogan becomes the Pastor on April 10th. Average attendance: 50 people. 

1991 – The church helps to launch Crossroads Campus Church on the U of I campus.

1995 – The church becomes autonomous with fully functioning elders and deacons.

1996There are special renewal services in the summer with hundreds making fresh commitments to faith and many having special encounters with the Holy Spirit. Over 100 are baptized in water at the end of the summer!

2000 The church continues to expand with renovations made to the lobby and auditorium and Phase 1 is completed the following spring. Average attendance: 670 people.

2004 – The Phase 2 Café Project is completed in August and is used for youth/Sunday services.

2005 – Discovering Life Together is launched as a method of discipleship and membership. In one year alone 118 commit themselves to membership!

2006 “Making Room for More” bond program kicks off.

2007 – Urbana Assembly becomes Stone Creek Church on September 9th, expanding to 4 services and conducting the 40 Days of Purpose Spiritual Growth Campaign.  They have their largest cell group attendance, connecting 800 people in small groups.  Several missions teams travel locally and abroad, with 200+ receiving a mission’s experience. The Food Pantry ministry begins as a means of reaching the community.  Average annual attendance:  1279 people.

2008 Stone Creek Church serves 400–2000 people per month through the Food Pantry.  In recognition of the Grogans’ 20th anniversary as Lead Pastors, there is a celebration with previous pastors and former attenders, recognizing 40 years of ministry as a church.  There are 1774 people in attendance during Easter Week.

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For a list of volunteer opportunities and contacts please visit: http://www.stonecreekwired.com/opportunities/volunteer/

For information about support groups please visit: http://www.stonecreekwired.com/resources/support-groups/

For information about the Food Pantry please visit: http://www.stonecreekwired.com/resources/food-pantry/

1. http://www.stonecreekwired.com/who-we-are/our-values/

2. http://www.stonecreekwired.com/who-we-are/idiscover/