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adult ministries

The desire to know God and grow in relationship with him is innate and lifelong. Whether you grew up in a house of worship, or have never stepped foot in one, you are welcome to join any of our adult faith formation opportunities at any time. Grace offers several distinct Sunday school classes for adults as well as midweek on- and off-site small groups, all-church studies, and spiritual retreats. Newcomers are always welcome!

Sunday groups

We have several faith formation opportunities for adults on Sunday mornings and throughout the week. Take a one stop shop and sign up for all the faith formation groups by clicking here.

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  • New Connections (Room 227)a casual gathering for coffee and conversation for 30-40-somethings. The group occasionally dives into deeper study. 

  • The Forum Class (Room 232): 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 via email 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 via email 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 Betty Long via email or Joan Bratton via email for more information. 

weekday groups

Mondays, Wednesdays, & Fridays

Temple Builders meets on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays at 9:00AM in the Activity Center for exercise and strength training. Contact Keia Carter via email for information and availability. 

Mondays & Wednesdays

Bible Year Challenge Groups meet on Mondays at 6:00PM and Wednesdays at 10:00AM in Room 231. Contact Pastor Eric Blachford via email for information. 

Mondays

Sisters Study meets on Mondays at 1:00PM in Room 254. Every six to eight weeks a new book or topic is discussed. Contact the church office for more information.

Tuesdays

Parenting with Grace Mom’s Faith Formation Group meets on Tuesdays at 7:00PM to 8:15PM in Room 231. If you have questions, please contact Stephanie Abderhalden at stefanieabderhalden@gmail.com
Our Summer Study meets now through August 6. This small group is for moms of all ages and stages to come together, share experiences, and grow in faith. Join us for a light devotional study based on Disney. Our Fall Study begins September 17, and we will study the book Women in the Bible by Marina Hofman PhD. We will discover how women in the Bible respond to challenges, take bold actions to bring about justice, and triumph through adversity. Wei will explore leadership, character, perseverance, and the role of women in God's plan of salvation. Each chapter presents a fresh perspective and addresses faithfulness, redemption, and friendship. The accompanying study guide to each women's story provides insights and key questions to encourage thoughtful reflection and lively conversation. 

Thursdays

Thursday Morning Bible Study meets at 9:30AM to 10:30AM in Room 254 and on Zoom beginning September 12. We invite you to join us in these two studies:


Thursdays, September 12 to December 5 at 9:30AM to 11:00AM - “The OId Testament”
Thursdays, January 9, 2025 to March 27, 2025 at 9:30AM to 11:00AM - “The Prophets”


The first sessions will cover the Theological Themes. “Creation, Sin, Covenant, Deliverance, Order, Atonement, Leadership, Security, Warning, Consequences, Wisdom and Hope.” (12 weeks) The second sessions, will cover The Prophets Themes. “Return, Near, Hunger, Obey, Divine Purpose, New Covenant, Doom, Promise, Redeemer, Vision, Courage and Witness.”  (12 weeks).


Come join us on Thursday mornings. Our Disciple Study is a welcoming, warm fellowship. In 2023-2024, we covered “Jesus in the Gospels” and had 15 members. Best of all, we welcomed five new members to the study. We sincerely hope you will join us for this Old Testament Study. A warm welcome awaits you.


Please let us know if you will join by no later than August 19, so that we can order the Study Manuals from Cokesbury and have them here by the end of August. Two manuals are required. Each is $9.98. CLICK HERE to register, sign up at the Welcome Desk, or please contact either Sandy Bray via email or 630-853-8347, or Pastor Doug Bowden via email or 815-990-0187. 

fellowship groups

Racial Justice Group

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Brown Faces, White Spaces: Confronting Systemic Racism to Bring Healing and Restoration by Latasha Morrison
The newly formed Racial Justice Group of Grace (Becoming Beloved Community) invites the People of Grace to join in a summer read for a book study that will begin in September. We encourage you to visit semicolon.com or use this link to read a description and purchase your copy from this black woman-owned small business. (Semicolon Books is based in Chicago and is committed to nurturing the connection between literature, art, and the pursuit of knowledge, while also using the power of words to better the community.) Get the book! Get reading! Watch for more information about the upcoming Book Study Discussion Group. Let us know you’re in or ask questions by contacting Lynn Leitzen at lynn.leitzen@peopleofgrace.org.

Over 50 Fellowship

Over 50 Fellowship group meets every other month for lunch with a speaker and discussion. We meet in Fellowship Hall at 12:00PM and have a catered lunch. Bring $15.00 to pay for lunch. Everyone over 50 is welcome to join us! CLICK HERE to register. 

Upcoming Meetings:​​

  • Thursday, September 19 at 12:00PM - Travelogue

  • Thursday, December 5 at 12:00PM - Christmas Program

Guys Gathering Together

Guys Gathering Together is a group for men who share common interests. Get out, eat, have fun, and have enjoyable conversations about various topics in a casual setting that impact each of us in today's world. The goal is to build relationships with other men around common values of integrity and honesty, while learning with and from each other. The cost is $15 per guy and includes a catered meal. If the cost is prohibitive, please contact Bob Pacanowski via email. CLICK HERE to register

Upcoming Meetings:

  • Friday, October 11 at 6:00PM to 8:30PM

Grace Community Builders

Grace Community Builders help build a stronger sense of community within our church. This powerful idea is based on getting to know other members of our church better and to have an enjoyable time while doing it. Each (GCB) Group is comprised of six people. Each Community Builder will spend approximately one hour a week with a different participant in his/her group over a period of five weeks. The meetings are set up by each participant and can be at the church gathering space, at a restaurant, coffee shop, or wherever you choose. Soon after the five weeks, we will have a potluck at the church for participants and their spouse, significant other, or a friend. To join a group or for more information, contact Bill Fronk via email at 913-961-2903. 

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DivorceCare is a safe place where caring people come alongside you as you find healing from the pain of separation or divorce. At this 13-week, video-based support program, you will find helpful counsel to manage the emotional turmoil and practical tools for decision making. You will meet others who understand how you are feeling and the struggles you are dealing with. You will find that you are not alone and there is hope. Through the videos and small group discussion time, you will hear from others who have thought there is nothing to look forward to who are now beginning to smile again and find that there is something to look forward to.

 

The next 13-week program meets on Wednesdays at 6:30PM to 8:30PM, beginning on October 9, 2024 and continues through December 18, 2024. We will have a pause for Thanksgiving, Christmas, and the New Year holidays. Meetings will resume on January 8, 2025. There will be a $10.00 fee which will cover the cost of the books and will be collected at the first meeting.  
We will have a special Surviving The Holidays group on November 20, 2024. Please CLICK HERE to register and access helpful videos and other information.

If you have questions and for more information, please contact Richard Newell at richard.newell@peopleofgrace.org or 630-947-9311. 

support groups

DivorceCare Support Program

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digital faith formation resources

Amplify Media is a service that Grace subscribes to so that every member can have access to resources that encourage deeper discipleship and equip them to pursue their faith formation journey with greater impact. 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.

Who: Amplify has resources for all ages (adults, children, and youth) that can used for your own individual faith journey or as part of a small group. The  resources are from publishers like Cokesbury and include popular authors such as Adam Hamilton and N.T. Wright.

Where: You can access all of these videos anytime and almost any devices.

How: To access our Amplify account, click here and enter our Access Code: BTSNPM

Why: To engage more deeply in your faith and to builder deeper community with Christ and others in a new way.

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