Welcome to Christ Episcopal Church.  We have a rich history as a parish, but even more importantly, a vision for our future.  We are there for each other in times of joy and in times of sorrow.  We respect and revel in the fact that we are all different members of the body of Christ, with various skills, strengths and talents.  And we love to laugh.  

We are currently searching for a new rector to join our ministry.  We have great faith our ministry will thrive, because we are more than a small midwestern church: we are a family.


Due to COVID-19, all worship, meetings, events and studies have been suspended by the office of the Bishop until further notice. 

The Lenten Study, Saturday and Sunday services are canceled.


This is a large but necessary step - please share this information with everyone especially those who may not have email or internet access.  

As we go forward Fr. Mike Dwyer would like you to know that he would be glad to meet with any of you individually.  He will also be at St. Thomas Church in Morris on Saturdays and Sundays.  The Bishop is looking into streaming Sunday service online. The Mission of St. Clare has daily readings, prayers and hymns online: https://www.missionstclare.com/english/

Please remember that even though we need to be separated for awhile we are still a community and we will continue to pray and take care of one another.  We will update you when we know more. Let us continue our prayers for each other during this time. 

Thank you.

The Vestry

Services and Events


Saturday 5 p.m. evening service

Temporarily Canceled during the pandemic:  Weekly Saturday mass is casual and intimate, usually with no music. Our regular celebrant for Saturday evenings is Fr. Mike Dwyer, the rector from Morris' St. Thomas Church.  (Note: there are no Saturday services on April 4 and April 11.)

Sunday morning, 9:30 a.m.

Temporarily canceled due to the pandemic:  Traditional service, usually Rite II, with organ music.  Join us at either weekly service (or both!)

Lenten Learning Series

Temporarily canceled due to the pandemic:  Weekly on Saturdays at 4 p.m., February 29 through March 28.  Come join Fr. Mike for one or all these sessions. Come learn about our faith, bring a question or just enjoy a laugh. Sip something good, nosh on a light snack and revel in warm company. Lenten service to follow at 5 pm for those who wish to stay.

Palm Sunday

Service canceled due to the pandemic:  April 5, 9:30 a.m.  Bishop Jeff Lee will celebrate Palm Sunday with us! Please come celebrate Eucharist, congratulate Bishop Lee on his upcoming retirement, and join us afterwards for refreshments & conversation.

Easter Sunday

Service canceled due to pandemic:  April 12, 9:30 a.m.  Fr. Bill McLemore, our cartooning artist, will bring on our Easter joy!  

About Us


Our historic wind organ: music every Sunday!


Our undercroft is the site of vestry meetings, but more frequently used for coffee hours and parties. (We like parties.)

Contact Us

Contact us

Christ Church Ottawa

113 E W Lafayette St, Ottawa, IL 61350 US

(815) 434-0627

Services 5p.m. Saturdays and 9:30 a.m. Sundays

Open today

05:00 pm – 06:00 pm