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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    The Well
    A Community Bible Study for Women

    The Summer Well
    Gideon by Priscilla Shirer
    *Tuesdays June 11 - July 30
    7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. | Oak Brook | Fellowship Hall
    Register Below (scroll to bottom) | *No Meeting July 2

    Join us for our summer study! You do not have to be part of the fall or spring Well to join this study. All are welcome!

    The Summer Well is a weekly intergenerational Bible study for women of all ages, stages, and backgrounds who want to connect with one another while studying God's word. 

    About the Study
    When we hear the name Gideon, most of us think about his 300 soldiers or a fleece spread beneath the evening sky. But Gideon's story is so much bigger than that. This is a story about God and His people—His love for them, as well as His strength operating in spite of, even through, their weakness.

    This 7-session study will encourage you to recognize your weakness as the key that the Lord gives you to unlock the full experience of His strength in your life. Instead of ignoring, neglecting, or trying to escape your weaknesses, learn to see them as the gifts given specifically and strategically by God. If you've ever felt insufficient, ill-equipped, incompetent, or outnumbered, this study is for you.

    Format & Study Guides
    During the summer, we invite you to take advantage of our "open seating" which means you can sit with friends new and old! We will begin the evening with a large-group format (teaching via video) and then break into discussion groups to process what we are learning. Our open seating policy gives all attendees the opportunity to mix, mingle and feel welomed as we journey throughout the summer. 

    Study guides are available at the Christ Church Bookstore for $15. While books will be available for sale at the Well (cash or check), we highly encourage you to pick up your copy in advance if possible. 

    Discussion Facilitators
    Interested in facilitating a discussion group or have other questions? Contact our Director of Women's Ministry, Suanne Camfield.

    Hope to see you this summer!



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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

    We Are Wonderfully Made
    Thursday, July 10, 17, & 24 | 7:00 p.m. | Christ Church - Oak Brook | Mosaic Room
    Heather Franklin | hfranklin@christchurch.us

    Join this fun, 3-week, hands on are workshop facilitated by art therapist, Angie Runyan M.A., to deepen your appreciation of how you were "fearfully and wonderfully made." Specifically designed with women in mind, this workshop will provide a welcoming and emotionally safe environment for each to reflect on the ongoing and ever changing components of identity as it relates to body image, self-awareness and creativity.

    Registration coming soon! 

    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
    September 18, 2019 - December 18, 2019
    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. 


    Fanning the Flame
    1st and 3rd Wednesdays | 9:15 - 11:15 a.m. |
    Christ Church - Oak Brook | Room 163
    Summer Schedule: June 5 & 19*, July 3 & 17,  August 7 & 21

    *June 19 meeting will be held at Panera Bread, 22nd & Wolf Rd, Westchester
    Childcare Available
    Choonie Cladek

    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.


    Professional Women's Small Group 1
    Thursdays | 6:00 - 7:15 a.m. |
    Christ Church - Oak Brook | Mosaic Room
    May 16 - July 25 *no meeting July 4*
    Larisa Calvanese

    Join us this summer as we study together The Armor of God by Priscilla Shirer. All day, every day, an invisible war rages around you. A devoted, devilish enemy seeks to wreak havoc on everything that matters to you; your heart, your mind, your marriage, your children, your resilience, your dreams, your destiny. But his battle depends on catching you unaware and unarmed. The enemy always fails miserably when he meets a woman dressed for the occasion. This 7-week study will help you develop an action plan for putting on the armor of God to secure victory! 

    Books are available in the bookstore or amazon. 

    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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    June 15 | Clarendon Hills

    Saturday, June 15 | 4:30 - 7:00 p.m. | Prospect Park | Clarendon Hills
    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.

    Come for a casual gathering to connect with other families of young children at the Prospect Park Pavilion. We will be enjoying the festivities of Daisy Days. Bring your own munchies and a blanket. 

    Contact: Christina Nicholaus | cnicholaus@christchurch.us

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