And walk in the way of love, just as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us as a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.
— Ephesians 5:2

Who We Are

Formerly associated with MOPS International, our group for moms of young children meets at The Evangelical Free Church of Crystal Lake on Thursday mornings from 9-11 am.  We encourage moms to embrace the journey of motherhood through a program designed to fulfill a woman’s need for friendship, creativity, and spiritual growth. Our format includes food, friendship, small group discussions, creative activities, and teaching from a biblical perspective on topics relating to womanhood, marriage, parenting, and family relationships. We encourage you to join one of the Bible studies offered on alternating weeks.  The studies will be announced at the first few Embrace meetings.  We also schedule mom outings and play groups throughout the year.

The Embrace and Awana children's programs offer quality childcare with a spiritual emphasis through stories, games, and songs.

Our Routine

We meet on every other Thursday morning from 9 - 11 am, beginning September 20, 2018. We encourage you to join one of the Bible studies offered on alternating weeks.

Moms meet in the Lighthouse Café (upper level); children in our Embracelets, Puggles, and Cool School program meet in Paradise Island (lower level); and children in Awana Cubbies meet in the Activity Center (lower level).

Childcare Programs

Children under two years old (by September 1) will take part in our Embracelets childcare.

Children who are two years old (by September 1) will participate in our Puggles program.

Awana Cubbies
Preschool children (ages 3-5 by September 1) who are potty-trained will participate in our Awana Cubbies program. Additional Awana fees and dues are required.

Cool School
Children between the ages of 5 and 8 years old (by September 1) have the option of participating in our Cool School program. 


Contact Us

Joan Wagner
Director of Women's Ministries
815-459-1095 x323
email Joan

Alana Carrera
Embrace Coordinator
email Alana

Erika Klingenmaier
Embrace Coordinator
email Erika