Church FAQ

Loving God and People Well
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Why the name ‘Waterfront’ Community Church?
Some find the name unusual, since we are not close to any large bodies of water in Schaumburg. However, we decided on the name “Waterfront” for two  reasons. First, we all felt a strong connection with water, how it feels to go down to the lake on a Saturday morning and dip our toes in the water, how the weight of the world is lifted off of our shoulders in those moments. We think that’s what it’s like being close to God, and we wanted to represent that in our church name.

The second reason is that Jesus seemed to have an affinity for the water as well. Much of Jesus’ early preaching ministry was held on the shores of the Sea of Galilee. In fact, it was on the waterfront of Galilee that Jesus fed the 5000. That’s what we want Waterfront Community Church to be about. A place where we not only meet the spiritual hunger of the community, but we want to help meet the physical and practical needs of the greater Chicago areas and world as well.

How long has this church been in the area?
Waterfront has been the dream of our Servant of Pastoral Care and lead church planter, Jim Semradek, since the early 1990s. Consequently, in one sense, our hearts have been in Schaumburg for almost 15 years. The people of Waterfront Community Church began gathering and talking about this mission in the early months of 2008, and we officially opened our doors to the public on October 19, 2008.

When are the services?
We meet Sunday morning at 9am. Find directions here.

What kind of church is Waterfront?
Waterfront is a non-denominational congregation. The best way to describe us is simply by our mission: to love God and love people well – and we try to let that mission guide the choices we make as a community.

What is your style of worship service?
The best way to describe Waterfront’s worship style is that we want to elevate God through music, teaching, and media the best that we can, in the way that communicates best with our people. Most weeks, you will find a worship band leading us in a variety of songs including praise and worship music and occasionally a more popular song that you might hear on the radio when it properly serves the message for that weekend.

Is there a children’s program on Sunday mornings?
We have an excellent children’s ministry at Waterfront that begins at approximately 9:20 am. When you first come to Waterfront, all adults and kids meet together in the auditorium to worship together for the first 15-20 minutes of service. We think it’s important that kids and parents have a chance to participate in worship as a family. After that time, parents will have an opportunity to check their children in with our children’s ministry leaders. They will give you a badge corresponding to your child and help you answer whatever questions you may have to ensure that your child is safe. When the adults return to the auditorium to continue with worship and the message, your children will be receiving a similar, Bible-based lesson.

What if my children need me while I’m in the service?
When you check your child in with our children’s ministry leaders, you will receive a numbered clip-on badge that is the same number as a badge we’ll clip on your child’s shirt. If your child needs you during a service, that badge number will flash on a screen at the front of the auditorium during the service letting you know that you are needed in the children’s area. We’ll make sure you receive all needed information, and we’ll be happy to answer any questions when you get here.

What should I wear?
Believe it or not it’s one of the most asked questions. You might be wondering if we wear suits, jeans, khakis or capris. The answer is yes. First and foremost, come as you are. Just in case you’re wondering how most people will be dressed, it’s pretty broad. Some will wear khakis and a polo or button up shirt, but others will wear shorts and t-shirts. The same goes for the ladies. . . skirts, pants, dresses, shorts.  The most important thing is that we look forward to seeing you, not what you’re wearing.

What if I still have questions?
If you still have questions, you can email us a questions at, or you can use the form in the contact page to send us a question directly from this site.

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