Women’s Ministry
Empowering and Encouraging Women in Christ
Women’s Ministry
Empowering and Encouraging Women in Christ

Women’s Ministry

We believe in the power of women to uniquely influence their workplaces, homes, neighborhoods and beyond. We believe in the power of women to influence the church. We believe in YOU. 

Christ Church Women's Ministry helps create space for God to move in your life. Whether through groups, studies or large events, our Women’s mission is to cultivate an environment where women are equipped, inspired and empowered to know and experience the power of God, having the courage to BE who God has called them to be and to DO what He's called them to do. 

No matter your season, circumstance or where you find yourself on your faith journey, we have a place for you to connect, grow and belong.

Join the Christ Church Women's Ministry on Facebook!

 

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    Women's Christmas Celebration
    December 10 | 6:30 p.m. | Oak Brook

    Women's Christmas Celebration
    Tuesday, December 10 | 6:30 p.m. | Oak Brook | Auditorium
    Doors Open at 6:15 p.m. | Cost: $20
    Registration Deadline | Sunday, December 8


    The Women's Christmas Celebration (formerly known as the Advent Tea) is a wonderful opportunity to ring in the beauty of Christmas while connecting with other women. This reimagined event includes an evening of delicious food (appetizers and desserts), festive music, an art experience, rich conversation and a unique Christmas message. Be sure to invite your friends!

    Schedule of Events:
    6:15 p.m. | Doors Open
    6:30 p.m. | Conversation Hour (includes heavy hors d'oeuvres, art experience and a special performance by the Hinsdale Chamber Choir)
    7:30 p.m. | Music & Entertainment, featuring the Downers Grove worship team and a creative monologue by Rachel Pokay
    8:30 p.m. | Coffee, Tea & Dessert

    Please enter through Door #17 (entrance closest to York Rd. & our Fellowship Halls).

    You can help make the evening even more special by volunteering to serve as an Event Host or volunteering for our event committee. To learn more, email Suanne Camfield, Women's Ministry Director. 

    If you need assistance with registration or would like to register by phone, please contact our registration desk at 630.321.6752 ext. 293 between 8:00 a.m - 4:00 p.m., Monday through Thursday or email Linda Caron at lcaron@ChristChurch.us with a time and number for a convenient call back.

     

     
     
     
     

     

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    The Well
    A Community Bible Study for Women

    The Well: A Community Bible Study for Women
    Fall Session | September 17 - December 3
    Winter/Spring Session | January 14 - April 28
    Mornings 9:15 - 11:15 a.m. | Evenings 7:00 - 9:00 pm
    Oak Brook | Fellowship Hall


    NEW!
    Christ Church Downers Grove (located near Butterfield Rd. & I355) will be hosting their own Evening Well! For more information, including meeting dates and to register, visit their website. 

    The Well is a weekly intergenerational 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. In January we will study Who is this Man?, a 5-week video series on the life of Jesus by John Ortberg, followed by an in-depth study of Ezra and Nehemiah to finish our springWhether you are new to your faith journey or have been studying the Bible for years, the Well is a wonderful community in which to learn, grow and connect with other women in meaningful ways! Study guides will be available in the Christ Church Bookstore.

    Discussion Groups
    Our morning discussion groups have a two-year life cycle. This gives our community a great opportunity to journey deeper with a smaller group of women for a season while also having the opportunity to meet new friends over the long haul. Our evening discussion groups tend to stay together for a longer period of time.

    Little Buckets
    We partner with our early childhood ministry to provide Little Buckets, a wonderful place where 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. Morning session only.

    Grab a friend, a cup of coffee (or tea) and join us!

    Questions regarding the ministry, including inquires about financial scholarships, contact Suanne Camfield.

    If you need assistance with registration or would like to register by phone, please contact our registration desk at 630.321.6752 x293 between 8:00 a.m - 4:00 p.m Monday through Thursday or email Linda Caron at lcaron@christchurch.us with a time and number for a convenient call back.

    The Well Calendar & Covenant
    Listen to Audio Messages 


    To receive weekly Well updates via text, text “WELL” to 630.206.3597.
     

     

     

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    MOPS
    Mothers of Preschoolers

    2nd and 4th Wednesdays | Oak Brook | Fellowship Hall
    September 11, 2019 - May 13, 2020 | 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. 

    To help cover program costs, there is a $70/year meeting fee that can be paid in full or by semester. The MOPS International fee is an additional $31.95/year. Your MOPS membership includes the benefits of a To the Full Welcome Kit, access to the MOPS Member Site, Tuesday Texts, a series of parenting videos and some other fun surprises. Either way, please don't let registration fees keep you from joining us. Scholarships are available!
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    ​Connect with Christ Church MOPS on Facebook!

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

      



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    MOMSnext
    A Community for Mothers of School-Aged Children

    2nd and 4th Wednesdays | Oak Brook | Fellowship Halls
    September 11, 2019 - May 13, 2020 | 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. The MOPS International fee is an additional $31.95/year. Your MOPS membership includes the benefits of a To the Full Welcome Kit, access to the MOPS Member Site, Tuesday Texts, a series of parenting videos 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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    Holy Yoga

    Holy Yoga
    Mondays | 9:15 - 10:15 a.m. | Room 160*
    Fall Session 1: September 16 - October 28 (no class October 14)
    Fall Session 2: November 4 - December 9 (no class November 25)

    Cost: $50 for a 5-week pass or $12 for drop-in class

    Holy Yoga is the intentional practice of connecting our entire being, body, mind and spirit with God: the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. It is experiential worship created to deepen people’s connection to Christ. Our sole purpose is to facilitate a Christ-honoring experience that offers an opportunity to authentically connect to God through His Word, worship and wellness. 

    We practice with our minds set on whatever is true, noble, right, pure, lovely, admirable, excellent or praiseworthy (Phil 4:8), not with our minds emptied. We meditate on the wisdom of God’s Word (Psalm 119:9-16, 26-27), not on man’s wisdom. We seek the transcendence and glory of God, not our own.

    What should I wear and bring to class?
    Participants should wear comfortable clothes (layer up) and bring their own exercise mat.  We will have a few extra mats on site should you forget yours!

    Who will be leading the class?
    Certified Holy Yoga Instructors, Kimberly Leigh and Michelle Cutinelli, will be co-leading the fall series of Holy Yoga.  They are honored to lead, and excited to share how God uses the practice of integrating breath, motion and prayer to help us all grow deeper in our relationship with Christ while at the same time nurturing the vessel he's blessed us with.  

    When should I arrive? 
    Class will BEGIN at 9:15.  Please arrive 10-15 minutes ahead of start time to ensure proper registration and to begin to settle your mind and be present for a fruitful class.  

    *Where do I go when I arrive?
    Please enter Christ Church from the Southeast side of building (nearest York Rd.) off of the main parking lot (Door #17). Room 160 is in the Lower Level, 3rd grade Sunday School Room.

    How do I sign up?
    Register below to save your spot. Sign-in and additional waiver will be available upon arrival as well.

    For more information, contact Suanne Camfield at scamfield@ChristChurch.us.
    Class size is limited to the first 20 participants. 24-hour notice preferred for drop-in participants. Child care is not available at this time

     
     
     

     

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    Women's Small Groups

    Fresh Start – Single Again Women’s Group
    Weekly | Thursdays | 7:15 p.m. | Christ Church - Oak Brook | Room 261
    Leaders: Julia Hennein & Jane Erickson | Contact: Heather Franklin | HFranklin@ChristChurch.us
    Women who are divorced or are young widows are invited to join in lively discussion on various topics where faith meets life. This fall we will be studying Discerning the Voice of God by Priscilla Shirer. Books can be purchased from LifeWay.com for $15. This group will begin meeting on September 19.


    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 | Contact: Heather Franklin | HFranklin@ChristChurch.us
    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.
    Fall Schedule – September 13 & 27 | October 11 & 25 | November 8 & 22 | December 6 & 20


    Moms Bible Study
    1st & 3rd Wednesdays | 9:15 - 11:15 a.m. | Christ Church-Oak Brook | Room 262
    September 18, 2019 - May 6, 2020
    Childcare Available (birth - kindergarten) | Must Register Below

    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. 

    This fall, we will study Miracles of Jesus: A Study of What Jesus Makes Possible. Featuring Bible teachers from the IF:Gathering, this study will spend time exploring all four gospels and discovering the ways Jesus healed, provided, calmed, and resurrected. This study is about believing in the power of God who can accomplish anything. There's nothing too big and there's nothing too small for us to bring to him.

    Click here to purchase your study guide (not available anywhere else).

    We hope you can join us!

        



    Fanning the Flame
    1st & 3rd Wednesdays | 9:15 - 11:15 a.m. | Christ Church-Oak Book | Room 163

    Fanning the Flame is a gathering for women of all ages who are eager to move forward in their transformational journey. Space is created for us to be guided by the Spirit, engage the Gospels and discuss 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.

    For more information, contact Suanne Camfield.

       


    Ladies Bible Study (60+)
    Wednesdays | 9:30 a.m. |
    Christ Church - Oak Brook | Room 264
    Leader: Arlene Dovich | Contact: Suanne Camfield | SCamfield@ChristChurch.us
    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.


    Professional Women’s Small Group
    Thursdays | 6:00 - 7:15 a.m. | Christ Church – Oak Brook | Room 261
    Leader: Larisa Calvanese | Contact: Heather Franklin | HFranklin@ChristChurch.us
    Join us this fall as we study the Psalms and explore how the the deep feelings written in the Psalms can help us express a range of emotions in our prayer life. We meet weekly over hot coffee for prayer, discussion, encouragement, support and laughter. Books can be purchased in the Church bookstore. This group will begin meeting September 19.
    The book Psalms by LifeChage can be purchased in the bookstore. 


    Young Adult Women Small Group (30s)
    Wednesdays | 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. | Oak Brook and surrounding areas
    Leader: Helen Fylstra | Contact: Heather Franklin | HFranklin@ChristChurch.us
    Join this group of young adult women as they study the book of Ephesians starting in September. The group rotates meetings between a few group members homes. 
     

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    IF:Table
    A Space for Women to Gather and Connect

    Monthly | Offsite | Locations Vary

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

    September 18, 2019 - June 17, 2020
    Monthly | 3rd Wednesdays | 7:30pm
    Off-Site

    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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    IF:Gathering 2020
    March 6-7 | Oak Brook

    IF:Western Suburbs 2020
    Friday March 6 | 5:30 - 9:00 pm*
    Saturday March 7 | 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.*
    Christ Church Oak Brook | Auditorium
    Cost : $40*

    *Times and cost are based on last year's event and are only approximate at this time.

    We are excited to begin planning our third annual IF:Gathering! This page will be updated as we have more details about our 2020 Gathering. For now, mark your calendar and be sure to check back for more information!

    Registration will open in January 2020.
     

    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, 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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    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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    Family Nights | Oak Brook
      Parents birth - 5th grade: 2nd Saturdays of the month
    Parents 6th-12th grade: 4th Wednesdays of the month

    Family Nights in October!

    Parents of Birth - 5th Grade | 2nd Saturdays of the month

    October 12 | 5:00–6:30 p.m. | Oak Brook

    On second Saturdays, Childcare is available for birth - 3 years old. Children ages 4 to 11 go to KidZone for worship in the Discovery Center.

    Parents of 6th - 12th Grade | 4th Wednesdays of the month

    October 23 | 6:30–8:30 p.m. | Oak Brook

    On fourth Wednesdays, Childcare is available for birth - 4 years old. Middle school children meet for COW group programming from 7:00 - 8:30 p.m.

    Contact: Christina Nicholaus | cnicholaus@christchurch.us

    or Natalie Hayslip | nhayslip@christchurch.us

Check out our upcoming events below!