Women’s Ministry
Empowering and Encouraging Women in Christ
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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    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 16 - April 28
    Mornings 9:15 - 11:15 a.m. | Evenings 7:00 - 9:00 pm
    Oak Brook | Fellowship Hall
    Cost: $20 (includes study guide)

    Scroll to register, including for our NEW Tuesday evening community at Downers Grove! Please note the schedule is slightly different from Oak Brook.

    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. This fall, we will study Seamless: Understanding the Bible as One Complete Story. Whether 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!

    About the Study
    Seamless covers the people, places, and promises of the Bible, tying them together into the greater story of Scripture using key information, maps, word studies, and more. Participants will gain an overarching understanding of the fundamental layout and meaning of God’s Word. 

    Registration Fee & Study Guide
    Your $20 registration fee includes your study guide ($13.99) as well as a small fee (less than $1/week) to help cover the cost of our ongoing weekly ministry including: weekly coffee service, technical support, childcare, guest worship leaders and/or outside speakers as well as hospitality for two wonderful brunches during the year! Study guides will be available for pick up beginning August 19. Please see your confirmation email for details.

    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 the hours of 8:00 to 4:00 Monday through Friday or email Linda Caron at lcaron@christchurch.us with a time and number for a convenient call back.

     

     

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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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    Women's Small Groups

    Fresh Start – Single Again Women’s Group
    Thursdays | 7:15 p.m. | Christ Church - Oak Brook | Room 261
    Leader:
    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. 
    This group will not be meeting the month of July and August.


    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
    Leader: 
    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
    Leader: 
    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.

       


    Young Women's Fellowship (20s + 30s)
    Mondays | 7:00 p.m. | Hinsdale
    Leader: 
    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.
    This group will not be meeting the months of July and August.


    Ladies Bible Study (60+)
    Wednesdays | 9:30 a.m. |
    Christ Church - Oak Brook | Room 264
    Leader:
    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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    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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    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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    HomeFront
    September 14 | Oak Brook

    Saturday, September 14 | 3:30 - 7:00 p.m. | 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.

    On September 14th, we will join Family Celebration Night. Come and enjoy a fun evening of face painting, family worship, delicious food, inflatables and fellowship!  Hope to see your family there.

    Contact: Christina Nicholaus | cnicholaus@christchurch.us

Check out our upcoming events below!