Women’s Ministry
Empowering and Supporting Sisters in Christ
Women’s Ministry
Empowering and Supporting Sisters in Christ
Women’s Ministry
Empowering and Supporting Sisters in Christ

Women’s Ministry

Grow in your faith and walk alongside sisters in Christ as part of our Women’s Ministry. Through groups and studies, our Women’s mission is to cultivate an environment where women can be equipped, inspired, and empowered to be a witness of the Living Water at work within them and live out their identity as daughters of the Most High.

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    IF:Gathering 2019
    March 8-9 | Oak Brook

    IF:Western Suburbs 2019
    Friday March 8 | 5:30 - 9:00 pm
    Saturday March 9 | 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
    Christ Church Oak Brook | Fellowship Halls

    Cost: $35 | *Student Rate: $25
    Includes Dinner Friday, Breakfast Saturday
    Registration Closes: March 3. Space is limited!

    *Great for older or mature high school students. Email Suanne Camfield for a special student code!

    This winter, thousands of women will gather across the world in churches and on living room floors for the 2019 IF:Gathering. After an amazing prayerful, worship-filled event last year, Christ Church is excited to serve as a host site once again!

    Our 2019 theme is Wisdom, based on Proverbs 3: 5-6: "Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight."

    We are a generation that is not just hungry for big faith, but for a big faith that is lived out in the things we do and the decisions that we make in the practical, mundane everyday of our lives. What does it look like to follow God and live out this faith in our relationships, at our jobs, in conflict, in suffering, with money? Faith can move mountains, but it can also change our everyday circumstances.

    We are going to look at God’s Word to do that in one of the most practical, yet misunderstood, books of the Bible—Proverbs. This book doesn’t show us a set of rules, but a different way to live that is so attractive and so fragrant it flows through our lives, actions, relationships, and work, drawing people to Christ. Together, we are going to discover what it looks like to do these things—not perfectly, but in good faith, trying our best to obey God and His way of living.

    What is IF again? IF is a national, nonprofit organization that exists to equip women with gospel-centered resources, events, and community so they may learn more about who God is and disciple other women right where they are.

    What will we do at IF:Western Suburbs?
    Women from around the Western Suburbs will gather for worship, be encouraged and challenged by some of today's most most dynamic and diverse female speakers (selected from the live IF:Gathering and streamed via video), enjoy rich conversation, a marketplace supporting under-resourced women, giveways and more! It is a wonderful way to grow in your faith and connect with friends new and old. Registration includes dinner Friday night, breakfast Saturday morning, snacks and a welcome bag. 

    To get the most out of this experience, we strongly encourage you to commit to attending both days. However, we know life is busy! If your schedule permits you to attend only one of the sessions, we'd still love for you to join us. However, we are not able to offer a discount for one-day attendees.

    If you'd like to serve as a volunteer for this year's event, please indicate so on your registration page and our team will be in touch. If you are part of another church and would like more information, please contact Suanne Camfield, Women's Ministry Director.

    We are looking forward to seeing you!

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    The Well
    A Community Bible Study for Women

    September 18 - April 30 | Fellowship Hall
    Mornings 9:15 - 11:15 a.m. | Evenings 7:00 - 9:00 p.m.

    Winter Session: January 15 - February 19 | Soul Keeping Video Series
    Spring Session: February 26 - April 30 | 2 Peter and Jude
    *No meetings November 20, March 26 or April 16.

    The Well is a weekly integerational Bible study for women of all ages, stages and backgrounds. We set aside time each week to worship together, encourage one another and dig into God's word through live teaching and small group discussion. 

    We also partner with our early childhood ministry to provide Little Buckets, a wonderful place where your children or grandchldren (birth-kindergarten) will be nurtured in their faith as they explore the Bible right alongside mom or grandma. The children experience God's love as they are cared for and enjoy time singing, snacking, playing and learning God's word together.

    There is no cost for The Well, but you will need to purchase a study guide. Study guides are available at the Christ Church bookstore and The Well for $10. A portion of each book sale will go directly back into the ministry.

    Whether you are new to your faith journey or have been studying the Bible for years, this is the place for you! Grab a friend, a hot cup of coffee (or tea) and join us!

    Questions? Contact Suanne Camfield.


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    Mothers of Preschoolers

    2nd and 4th Wednesdays | Oak Brook | Fellowship Hall
    September 12, 2018 - May 8, 2019 | 9:15 - 11:15 a.m.

    Christ Church MOPS believes in the simple but revolutionary idea that remarkable things happen when moms come together. We rally women to help them become more brave, kind and honest by providing a safe and loving community to jourrney through motherhood. We know that mothering can be challenging at times, and so MOPS is here to create space where moms can be themselves.

    Our speciality is serving moms of children ages birth through kindergarten. Whether you are a soon-to-be mom, first-time mom or seventh-time mom, you are welcome here. Whether you are an adoptive mom, young mom, seasoned mom, foster mom, stepmom or any other type of mom, you are welcome here. 
    ​Connect with Christ Church MOPS on Facebook!

    Contact: Heather Franklin | hfranklin@christchurch.us or Suanne Camfield | scamfield@christchurch.us


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    A Community for Mothers of School-Aged Children

    2nd and 4th Wednesdays | Oak Brook | Fellowship Halls
    September 12, 2018 - May 8, 2019 | 9:15 - 11:15 a.m.

    Christ Church MOMSnext serves mothers of school-age kids, providing a safe and accepting community that helps you learn and grow as you journey through motherhood. During our time together, you will have a chance to socialize with other school-age moms, enjoy great conversation, listen to relevant speakers and participate in creative activities.

    To help cover program costs, there is a $70/year meeting fee that can be paid in full or by semester. Because MOMSnext partners with our MOPS (Mothers of Preschool) ministry, you also have the option of joining MOPS International for an additional $31.95/year which includes a membership kit full of fun gifts, weekly videos, text message pep talks and some other fun surprises. Either way, please don't let registration fees keep you from joining us. Scholarships are available!

    Contact: Heather Franklin | hfranklin@christchurch.us


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    Women's Small Groups

    Young Adult Women's Small Group
    Thursdays | 6:00 p.m. | Westmont
    January 24 - March 7
    Sam Jones

    Come join this group of young women seeking to Explore God by meeting for fellowship and discussion on some of the most popular questions people have about God, faith, religion and the Bible.

    Fresh Start – Single Again Women’s Group
    Thursdays | 7:15 p.m. | Christ Church - Oak Brook | Room 261
    Colleen Tyler

    Women who are divorced or are young widows are invited to join in lively discussion on various topics where faith meets life. Come walk with us in Christian fellowship and engaging study. 

    Naomi’s Circle – A Life Group for Widows (50+)
    Fridays Bi-Weekly | 1:00 p.m. | Christ Church - Oak Brook | Room 261
    Leader: Anita Dykema and Arye Dethmers

    This is a group for women who have experienced the loss of a spouse. Meet with this loving, supportive group for friendship and fellowship to explore and discuss Christian topics.

    Moms Bible Study | Childcare Available!
    1st and 3rd Wednesdays | 9:15 - 11:15 a.m. |
    Christ Church - Oak Brook | Room 262
    January 16 - May 1
    Sarah Pederson

    Moms Bible Study is open to any mother with young children who wants to go deeper in their faith and in community with one another. We pick a study or faith-based book to guide our time as well as enjoy social outings outside of our every-other-week meetings. Childcare is available for children birth through kindergarten. Together we will be reading and discussing "Everybody Always" by Bob Goff starting January 16.


    Fanning the Flame
    1st and 3rd Wednesdays | 9:15 - 11:15 a.m. |
    Christ Church - Oak Brook | Room 163
    September 5, 2018 - May 15, 2019
    Choonie Cladek

    Fanning the Flame is a gathering for women of all ages who are eager to engage their transformational journey. Space is created for us to be guided by the Spirit, work through the Gospels and Oswald Chambers daily devotional, My Utmost for His Highest. We enjoy deep conversations, teaching, scripture, prayer, worship and devotional readings. Childcare is provided by registering below.


    Professional Women's Small Group 1
    Thursdays | 6:00 - 7:15 a.m. |
    Christ Church - Oak Brook | Mosaic Room
    January 7 - March 10
    Larisa Calvanese

    Working women of any occupation and life stage are invited to join this study called “Decisions” by Don Baker. Participate in meaningful discussion on the intersection between life and faith, and how your work matters to God. 

    Young Women's Fellowship (20s + 30s)
    Mondays | 7:00 p.m. | Hinsdale
    Trish Calandra-Davis

    Come join this group of young women seeking to root themselves more deeply in Christ by meeting for fellowship and discussion on various biblical studies.

    Ladies Bible Study (60+)
    Wednesdays | 9:30 a.m. |
    Christ Church - Oak Brook | Room 264
    Arlene Dovichi

    Join this small group of women in various stages of life who find joy in studying the bible in comunity. Enjoy fellowship beginning at 9:30 a.m. and bible study time at 10:00 a.m.

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    A Space for Women to Gather and Connect

    Monthly | Offsite | Locations Vary
    Fall 2018 - Spring 2019

    Looking to connect with other women in a casual, but meaningful way? Grab a few friends and start an IF:Table!

    IF:Table is about creating space for purposeful conversation with a small group of women. Simply gather 4-6 women around your table, provide some treats and facilitate a conversation using questions emailed to you directly from IF:Gathering. You can sign up at IF:Gathering.com by providing your email (under Events). 

    While you don't have to register through our church, we would like to know if you are starting a group or meeting as one! Please contact our women's director, Suanne Camfield, with your group details or for further questions. 


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    SASSY Book Club

    A Mid-Sized Community for Moms with Older Kids

    1st and 3rd Wednesdays | Oak Brook | Mosaic Room
    September 19, 2018 - May 1, 2019 | 9:30 - 11:15 a.m.

    Sassy is a casual gathering of moms of middle school aged kids through college and beyond who come together twice a month to read and discuss Christian books and videos. We gather with a warm cup of coffee to chat about characters from our stories and studies that we can’t forget, moments that made us cry, wisdom gleaned and how the lessons learned relate to our own journey through motherhood. During our time together, you will have time to socialize, make new friends, enjoy conversation and attend events outside of our regular meeting to further strengthen our sisterhood.

    There is no cost to Sassy (except for the books we choose to read), but we do ask that you register so we can easily keep track of who is in our community. 

    We are currently watching and discussing the Wising Up Wherever Life Happens video series by Beth Moore. In February, we will begin The Best Yes: Making Wise Decisions in the Midst of Endless Demands by Lysa Terkeurst.

    We look forward to journeying with you!

    Questions? Contact Suanne Camfield, Director of Women's Ministry


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    Circle of Faith Book Club
    A Monthly Book Club for Working Women

    September 19 - May 15
    Monthly | 3rd Wednesdays | 7:30pm

    Circle of Faith is a monthly book club for working women of all ages and stages. We read an eclectic mix of books that foster rich discussion no matter where we find ourselves on our faith, life or work journey. Monthly picks are determined by the group. All are welcome!

    For more details contact: Suanne Camfield 

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    Strength Training for Women

    Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays | 9:30 - 10:15 a.m. | Oak Brook | Student Center
    Need some help to get into shape? Come for a time of strengthening "your weak arms and knees and legs." It's a Biblical thing to do [Hebrews 12:12]. Taught by Connie Livingston, the class meets three days a week at our Oak Brook location. Walk in fee $6.

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    Prayer Shawl Ministry

    Prayer Shawl Ministry
    First Wednesday of the Month | 11:00 a.m. | Oak Brook | The Commons

    Are you interested in knitting or crocheting a prayer shawl or sewing a prayer blanket to be given to someone experiencing a special joy or a difficult challenge in life? Join our Circle of Prayer and Creativity as we gather together to pray for those in our lives and encourage one another in our creative interests.

    What is a Prayer Shawl?
    The prayer shawls/prayer blankets are given as a visual and tangible expression and reminder of the love of God and the love of his people. Those who received the prayer shawls are invited to wrap themselves in God's love during times of prayer and Bible reading, during times of joy and celebration, and during times of pain and discernment when perhaps they are even unable to pray themselves. As you knit, crochet, or sew a prayer shawl you are encouraged to pray for all who are facing difficulties and specifically for the person (known or unknown) who will receive your prayer shawl.

    If you are interested in starting a Prayer Shawl group at another time, we would love to help!

    Contact: Jean Blidy | jblidy@christchurch.us | 630.321.3936

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    March 9 | Oak Brook

    Saturday, March 9 | 4:30 - 7:00 p.m. | Student Center | Oak Brook
    Join our community of parents with young children (infant through fifth grade)! We gather on the second Saturday of each month for interactive teaching, engaging conversations, encouragement in faith formation and fun family meals.

    Join us for our March gathering when Eric Haskins, our Spiritual Formation pastor will lead us in a lenten experience. As young parents, creating space to hear from God is hard to come by! This will be a created space for you to enjoy and receive from God. We will then enjoy a family dinner together with our children. Worship programming for children from 4:30-6:00 p.m. and family meal from 6:00-7:00 p.m.

    Save the date for our next gathering on April 13.

    Contact: Kathy Woods | kwoods@ChristChurch.us | 630.321.6782

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