Caring Ministries seeks to address everyday needs and to help people work through the hurts and pains of life. Our purpose is to provide biblically-based approaches that allow you to more fully experience the love, power, and healing of God in your lives and relationships.

We offer lay counseling - through our Encourager Counseling program, recovery groups, and more.

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Encourager Counselors

If you're in a season of life where you need some encouragement or someone to talk to, EFCCL has trained "Encouragers" who would love to meet with you to hear your story and concerns over a period of three sessions.  These lay counselors will listen, point to hope and offer appropriate next steps.  We offer this lay counseling at no charge.   Click here to learn more

Celebrate Recovery 

Celebrate Recovery is a twelve-step, Christ-centered (Christian) recovery program that meets weekly here at our church in Crystal Lake, Illinois on Friday evenings. Stop by for a visit (the large group meeting starts at 7:00 pm) or view the full schedule and more information about Celebrate Recovery.

Benevolent (Financial) Assistance

Everyone encounters financial problems from time to time and for various reasons. We seek to address those needs in a redemptive, personal, effective, and efficient way that honors God. Our goal as we evaluate incoming requests is to remain good stewards of His monies. 

All persons seeking help must complete an application for each request and then meet with one of our teams. To apply, visit the church office between Tuesday and Friday, 9:30 am to 4 pm. *Assistance is available to McHenry County Residents only.

 We strongly recommend that interested parties call (815-459-1095) before visiting to confirm that we still have appointments available.

Freedom Prayer Warriors

Our Freedom Prayer Warriors meet monthly for a time of education about and prayer against human trafficking. Join us the third Sunday of the month from 1:30 to 3:00 pm at the home of Maryanne Shanholtz.


Hope Visitation

Hope Visitation is a volunteer-based ministry, reaching out to the those in our church who are particularly lonely and in need of our encouragement and hope. We see an opportunity to express the love and hope that is in Jesus Christ through the following areas:

  • Home visitation
  • Nursing home visitation
  • Hospital visitation

If you know of someone who might benefit from this ministry, please contact Mary Handal.