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 21, 2017. 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. 

Registration and Fees

Embrace is open to all mothers in the greater Crystal Lake area. Our total annual dues are $80  
(a $40 registration fee plus one additional payment of program dues throughout the year). 

  • $40 due on registration
  • $40 due on September 21, 2017

The $40 registration fee holds your spot in Embrace, and will provide you with a number of excellent publications throughout the year.  The program dues cover the cost of speakers, childcare, craft materials, and hospitality needs. The total annual amount of $80 may be paid all at once or broken down using the payment schedule above. 

Please note: Awana Cubbies fees are not included in this payment schedule.

Let us know if payment is ever a concern. Scholarships and other arrangements are available.

Contact Us

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

Bre Koll
Embrace Coordinator

Erika Klingenmaier
Embrace Coordinator