We will start holding the 8:30 am Sunday service and the 12:30 & 4:30 Vespers services, all in the Great Hall of the Lodge, live and in person. All gatherings at The Center follow CDC and Illinois state safety guidelines. Many other meetings, classes, and programs remain canceled at The Center. We realize that the situation is still in flux. 

We will, therefore, continuously monitor and evaluate the situation over the coming days and provide updates on our website, phone lines, and via social media. Presently, there have been no reported cases of the COVID-19 virus at The Center. Please check online and by telephone for updates about the resumption of programs, meetings, and other services at The Center.

The Wayside Chapel stands on the highest point of The Center’s grounds. It is the underlying base of all The Center’s programs.

Here is a page of meditations by Rev. Chris Hopkins.


We are an interfaith organization, and we recognize the importance of God in all that we do.


Religious programming centers around Sunday afternoon Vespers each week. Vespers are held at 12:30 and 4:30. In addition there are religious celebrations for baptisms, memorial services, and hundreds of weddings.


We lead many special services associated with the Christian holidays. The Easter Sunrise Service, the Pilgrimage to the Manger (held at our farm), Christmas Eve by candlelight, and Advent Services are some that have a consistent following of people who look forward to the spiritual enrichment they draw from these special occasions.

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The whole atmosphere at the Wayside Chapel is that of peace and worship. It is open for worship services, meditation and prayer, and to those who come in an hour of need seeking an answer to their questions.

For any questions about Vespers, The Wayside Chapel and related matters please email Reverend Christine Hopkins.

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