I attend Northwoods and I have now for about 4 years. While our church is very large, we have met a lot of people that have made it feel very small. While it is impossible to know everyone, it is very easy to get involved with a small group and grow from there. We are very involved, and I think that helps to get to know people. It would be very easy to slip in and out of the back door and not talk to anyone. We actually did that for a few months.
Our services usually have around 4-500 people. Our worship is very exciting but not so loud that it will bother most people.
Pastor Cal is an amazing man. He gets very excited and tends to jump around the stage a lot. (which I like)
Northwoods is not for everyone and we don't pretend that it is. However, please give it a shot and form your own opinion. There are a lot of great churches around the Peoria area. Riverside is one of them. John King is a great man and wonderful pastor. Richwoods and St Paul also have some awesome stuff going on.
Don't sell yourself short. Check out a few churches and then determine which one is speaking to you the most.
Unfortunately, I did not. My plan was to go to church on Saturday, but Saturday church is so out of my routine that I forgot. I just went to my old church on Sunday. Sometimes old habits are hard to break.