We are in this together

We invite you into groups where hope and transformation are at the heart of our gatherings.

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    Powerful Tools for Caregivers Workshop
    Wednesdays | April 27–June 1 | 10:00–11:30 a.m.
    Oak Brook


    Wednesdays | April 27–June 1
    10:00–11:30 a.m. | Oak Brook

    Registration required | $40 material fee

    Caring for a family member or friend with a chronic condition can be physically, emotionally, and financially draining. This self-care educational program for family caregivers builds the skills caregivers need to take better care of themselves as they provide care for others.

    Caregivers will develop a wealth of self-care tools to reduce personal stress, change negative self-talk, communicate their needs to family and healthcare or service providers, communicate effectively in challenging situations, recognize the messages in their emotions, deal with difficult feelings, and make tough caregiving decisions. Class participants also receive a copy of The Caregiver Helpbook

    Caregivers who can benefit from the 6-week class series: 

    • Spouse or partner of an adult with a chronic condition 
    • Adult children of aging parents 
    • Parent of children with special health and behavioral needs 
    • Grandparent raising grandchildren with special needs 
    • Long-distance caregiver


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    Family Mental Health Support Group

    Family Mental Health Support Group
    Second and Fourth Mondays | 7:00–8:30 p.m. | Zoom

    The Family Mental Health Support group is for family members, friends, and support persons of anyone 18 and older who are living with a mental health condition or suspected mental health condition. Your loved one does not need to have a diagnosis to attend. 

    Join Zoom meeting:  https://christchurch.zoom.us/j/83484532594

    Questions, please contact Jean Blidy | jblidy@ChristChurch.us | 630.321.3936

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    GriefShare Support Groups

    Tuesdays | May 3–July 26 | 7:00–8:30 p.m. | Oak Room | Oak Brook
    Wednesdays | May 4–July 27 | 1:00–2:30 p.m. | Room 262 | Oak Brook

    GriefShare support groups offer help and encouragement after the death of a spouse, child, family member, or friend. This includes a special weekly seminar designed to help you rebuild your life after losing a loved one. Our group is led by caring people who have experienced grief and want to help you through the difficult days ahead.

    Weekly sessions include a video seminar and group discussions. GriefShare workbooks are helpful for note-taking, journaling, and study. They are available for $20.00 and may be purchased at class.


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    Stephen Ministry

    We know that life comes with hardship and struggle and our trained Stephen Ministers are available to help. If you’re experiencing stress, anxiety, discouragement, or loneliness we offer one-to-one confidential Christian care and support during this challenging season.

    To learn more about how we can help contact Jean Blidy at jblidy@ChristChurch.us or 630.321.3936


    Every other Saturday beginning September 10 | 8:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m. | Oak Brook

    Stephen Ministers are congregation members with a heart and passion to come alongside those in our community in a difficult and challenging season. They bring care and the love of Christ to those experiencing grief, loneliness, divorce, job loss, chronic or terminal illness, and relocation.

    There are two steps to becoming a Stephen Minister. First, those who are interested are invited to a conversation with Rev. Dave Bianchin and Jean Blidy to discuss their faith journey, spiritual gifts, sense of call and availability to serve our congregation. The second step of the process is a 40-hour training program to be completed over the course of several months.

    If you are interested in beginning this process contact Jean Blidy at jblidy@ChristChurch.us or 630.321.3936.


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    Prayer Shawl Ministry

    First Wednesday | 11:00 a.m. | The Commons | Oak Brook

    We want people to know that they are seen in their season of struggle and hardship. Prayer shawls and blankets are a tangible expression of the love of God and His people. Our hope is that as people wrap themselves in this gift they will be reminded of His tenderness and care during the highs and lows of life.

    Our group gathers monthly to pray while knitting or crocheting prayer shawls, as well as sewing prayer blankets. We enjoy community, praying together and using our creative gifts to serve the people of Christ Church. If you’re interested in joining us or starting a group at another time contact Jean Blidy at jblidy@ChristChurch.us or 630.321.3936.


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    The Upper Room

    First and Third Tuesdays | 7:00–8:00 p.m. | Oak Brook 

    If you feel God calling you into a deeper and intentional prayer experience we invite you to join us as we seek God’s presence through worship and prayer in the hope of being transformed and to invite Him to move in our community and world. For more information contact Jean Blidy at jblidy@ChristChurch.us or 630.321.3936.

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    Alcohol-Related Support Groups

    Alcohol Anonymous (A.A.) and Al-Anon groups meet each week to offer support for those impacted by alcohol abuse. 

    A.A. New Hope Support Group
    Tuesdays | 7:30–8:30 p.m. | Student Center, Rooms 158B, 164-165 | Oak Brook 

    Alcoholics Anonymous is an international fellowship of men and women who have had a drinking problem. It is nonprofessional, self-supporting, multiracial, apolitical, and available almost everywhere. There are no age or education requirements. Membership is open to anyone who wants to do something about his or her drinking problem.  For more information visit: alcoholicsanonymous.com

    Al-Anon Circle of Serenity Support Group
    Tuesdays at 7:15–8:30 p.m. | Room 264 | Oak Brook 

    Al-Anon members are people, just like you, who are worried about someone with a drinking problem. For more information visit: al-anon.org

    Questions? Contact Jean Blidy | Care Ministry Coordinator |  jblidy@christchurch.us