Welcome to St. Columba Episcopal (Anglican) Church
In 1959, a group of Episcopalians living in Streamwood, Illinois, petitioned the Bishop, the Rt. Rev. G.P. Burrill, for the establishment of a Mission. The Rev. John F. Plummer began conducting services on September 13, 1959. As he wrote in his book
“Looking Forward”: “The first service was held in the office of the construction company. We
had no altar, and adjusted ourselves to the cramped quarters. The children adopted an office room while the Holy Eucharist
was celebrated using the counter for an altar. My pulpit was a revolving seat, which had the habit of revolving at the
wrong time, a new type of church architecture. We managed for a few Sundays and finally moved to a vacant house nearby.
Here there were more rooms. The living room was the central part of worship with a small table used for an altar.
The Elgin Redeemer Church’s Men’s Club helped us get prayer books. We
had no hymnals or organ. But the services were hearty. The people in the back rows of seats would rise to let
others enter by the front door. The kitchen was used for the overflow, mostly for standing room. As was my custom,
I began calling on church people and found children to be baptized. On October 18, 1959, before
the Holy Eucharist was celebrated, I baptized four children. The place was so crowded (74) that I had difficulty in
not stepping on children sitting on the floor and witnessing for the Baptism, with adults crowding the room.” As time
went on, however, other duties demanded Fr. Plummer’s attention, and Fr. Hawkins and Fr. Boushard supplied in his stead.
Many of the early services were held in homes, as was usual in the early church, recalled early Christians, and sometimes
in construction offices. Eventually, the congregation rented a model home on Sunday mornings, and services were held
in the living room, with church school classes meeting in the bedrooms. One of the first social events was a parish potluck
supper, marking the first of the annual parish meetings. Next came a progressive dinner, and other such events followed,
bringing the parish together as a family.
The following year, the Rev. Don Shaw took over
supply duties, and services were held in the Woodland Heights
School. As many other churches were then organizing and using the school, quarters were cramped
and scheduling conflicts arose until the church progressed to having its own classroom. In 1962, the Rev. Stuart Frane became
the first resident Priest, and the rectory in Streamwood was purchased. In 1963, Bishop Montgomery blessed the land on
Irving Park Road, in Hanover
Park, which had been purchased by the Diocese for
locating the permanent church building. The following March, the Rev. John R.K. Stieper became Vicar, and funds were
raised to build a church on the land. Construction began in July, and the dedication was held for the newly completed
church, on Thanksgiving, 1964. The church land was later annexed into the Village of Hanover Park, and over the years the congregation continued to grow in size, so much so that, in 1968,
a school building with six classrooms was added to the church building. Over the years the congregation added stained glass
windows, redecorated the interior of the church and community areas, and improved the grounds to provide a pleasant place
to gather and worship God. By 1985, the congregation had grown in size, stability and economic well being, that it was granted
Stieper retired as Rector in early 2000. Since that time the church has been served by supply Priests and Interim
Rectors: Fr. Michael Rasicci, Fr. Richard Lundberg, Fr. Ted E. Durst, and Mother Deborah Seles. Our current priest Rev.
Dr. Mathew P. Idicula was appointed as vicar in April, 2007.
is within, and part of, the Episcopal Diocese of Chicago. We are located in Hanover Park,
about 30 miles from Lake Michigan and Chicago’s downtown area. The surrounding communities include Bartlett, Elgin,
Hoffman Estates, Roselle, Schaumburg, and Streamwood. This entire area is a mix of older, established communities, burgeoning
with new developments. We
are home to a small but diverse group of people from the communities listed above. Our church family welcomes all people
to our warm, lovely church, and strive to integrate all visitors into our parish family. At St. Columba’s, we celebrate
all the important occasions of our lives including baptisms, confirmations, marriages, and funerals. Worship is the central
activity of the church and an active outreach and social life have strengthened the bonds of the parish family. We work
together to maintain the church building as well as the grounds outside.
Multiple flea markets are held
throughout the year with each drawing hundreds of people from all situations in life and many of the nearby community areas.
The flea markets are both a fundraiser and means of outreach for our church, introducing ourselves to the community at large
and aiding the economically disadvantaged. Additionally, our parishioners contribute to a local food pantry and a women’s
crisis center. Parishioners donate flowers for the church in remembrance of special occasions, and have planted trees on our
vast park-like grounds, as memorials to loved ones.
Our expansive grounds and beautiful exterior of our church
are inviting to all. The interior offers a traditional worship setting, with stained glass windows throughout the sanctuary
and community rooms, including the office, library and Sunday school classrooms. Our beautiful church seats approximately
100 people. We strive for and welcome growth, as we seek to draw from our surrounding communities to help all people
grow in faith and love.
Our mission is to provide
a strong foundation from which the members of the parish can continue to grow in Christ's ministry, through worship, teaching,
healing, and service to our area communities, in the spirit of our Lord Jesus Christ.