Adult Faith Formation

Grace Church offers several opportunities for you to meet God and grow in your faith beyond the scope of the worship hour. You are welcome at any number of Sunday and weekday groups! 

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We now have access to Amplify! Amplify has videos that can be used in your small groups, Bible studies and, of course, in your own personal faith journey. You can access all of these videos anytime and on almost any device. To access your Amplify account, click here and enter our Access Code: BTSNPM

Sunday Groups -- Newcomers are always welcome!

9:15 a.m.

  • All-Church Faith Formation (Fellowship Hall): on the first Sunday, every other month, all visitors and members of Grace UMC are invited to come together in Fellowship Hall for a presentation and conversation on a wide array of relevant topics. 
  • Coming Home (Room 226): a seasonal group meeting during the summer and over the holidays designed for college students and young adults. Our casual conversations are geared toward growing in fellowship and engaging with the intersection of life and faith. Contact Brentley Loufek ( for more information. 
  • The Forum Class (Fireside Room): a faithful and welcoming group that enjoys a spirited study of the scriptures as well as presentations from guest speakers, often incorporating discussion and thought-provoking audio/visual material. Contact Sandy Bray ( or 630-853-8347) for more information. 
  • Hearts on Fire (Room 250): gathers each Sunday morning with a welcoming atmosphere to share in fun but challenging and meaningful discussions around faith and discipleship. Contact Bob Pacanowski ( for more information. 
  • Portico Collective (Room 231): a welcoming “come as you are” group for all-ages, Portico is a safe place to wrestle with your doubts and questions. We meet on Sundays for a book discussion. Contact Traci Weilemann, ( for more information. 
  • Questors (Room 254): welcomes all adults to participate in presentations/discussions on a variety of topics: contemporary living issues, religious history, Biblical studies, etc. Class offers mission and fellowship opportunities. Contact Bobbi Khant (bhkhant@scot-wintech.comor Bob Allison ( for more information. 

Weekday Groups 


  • Temple Builders at 9:00 a.m. (Activity Center) three times per week on Monday/Wednesday/Friday for exercise and strength training. Contact Pam Carius at 630-251-7004  or for information and availability. 


  • Progressive Christianity at 7-8 p.m. (Room 254 and on Zoom) on the 2nd and 4th Mondays of the month. Open discussion of various non-traditional theological ideas. Contact Becky Lindsay ( for more information.


  • Caring Connections at 1-2 p.m. (Gathering Space) on the first and third Tuesdays of every week. Volunteers in this new ministry meet to write cards, notes, make phone calls, and reach out to those in need of a little extra care and connection to our Grace family. Donations toward postage are appreciated here. Contact Missy Hoekstra-Hecht at or 630-355-1748, ext. 3223, to volunteer or for further information. 


  • Portico Collective at 5-6 p.m. (Room 231). All-ages, drop-in discussion group led by Chris Weilemann. A great place to wrestle with your doubts and questions. Contact Traci Weilemann ( for more information. 


  • Thursday Morning Bible Study at 9:30 -10:30 a.m., (Room 254 and on Zoom). Contact Pastor Doug Bowden ( for more information.
  • Thursday Evening Bible Study at 7-8 p.m., on Zoom. Contact Sandy Bray ( for more information.

Grace Community Builders
Grace Community Builders (GCB) consists of several groups of six people who meet one-on-one once per week with each person in the group at a location of their choice. At the end of five weeks, group members and their spouses or significant others enjoy a potluck dinner together. The next set of groups begins the week of June 12, 2022. Contact Bill Fronk at 913-961-2903 for further information or to join a group.