Our desire in Women's Ministries is to create an environment where you can grow in your relationship with God and other women.

Women's Bible Studies

Throughout the year, we offer mid-week Bible studies for women from every age and stage of life. Our studies range in difficulty and outside time commitment. Meeting regularly for teaching, accountability, and friendship builds our personal commitment to follow Jesus passionately, connects us in mutual community, and makes us into committed disciples.

Typical sessions run from September to December, January to April, with a shorter study in the summer.

Embrace | Embracing The Journey of Motherhood

Embrace provides moms at all stages with kids of all ages with opportunities for friendship, mutual support, and spiritual growth during the wonderful and stretching journey of motherhood.

We meet every Thursday  (9:00-11:00 a.m.) from September through April. Our mornings include a light breakfast, time to share and form relationships with other moms, teaching from a biblical perspective, occasional crafts and games, and childcare. We also plan play dates and moms-night-out events throughout the year.

Women's Monthly Book Club


Women's book club meets once a month from September to May (every third Tuesday), to discuss and explore Christian fiction/non-fiction books. We meet in someones home from 7:00 - 9:00 pm.

SEPTEMBER’S BOOK: How Should We Then Live?: The Rise and Decline of Western Thought and Culture, by Francis Schaeffer

*To be added to the email list for questions, future meetings and book selection, please contact Trista Johnson at tristaj2@gmail.com or 608-642-1093

Engage Groups

Throughout the year, we organize a number of friendship groups, designed to bring together women of similar interests and to be a front porch of sorts of Women's Ministries. Bring a friend and come hang out
at our monthly knitting group (Common Threads), or monthly hiking group (Hiker Chicks).

Common Threads: This monthly knitting and crocheting group meets September - June on the second Friday of each month from 9:30 to 11:30 am in the South Lobby (by the Canopy Entrance). All skill levels are welcome, so bring a project to work on and a friend or two! 

Contact Natalie Weber with any questions: 815-245-7796 or natalieweber@gmail.com

Hiker Chicks: Hiker Chicks hold regular monthly hikes on the last Sunday of each month (weather permitting). For these hikes the group meets in the front parking lot of the church at 12:30 pm to carpool to lunch (pack your own or stop with the group at Subway) and a two-hour hike at a local park, forest preserve, or other area trail. Additional hikes may be scheduled at other dates and times. If you'd like to receive email notifications about upcoming hikes or have questions, please contact Martha Schuelke

Discipleship Groups
(or One-To-One Discipling)

Varying days and times

Do you have a desire to grow in your knowledge of God, the Bible, or the Christian life? Would you like for this growth to occur in the context of a relationship with an older/more mature woman (see below - Disciple-making Opportunity) and in a way that meets you right where you are? Previously known as “one-to-one mentoring,” these relationships can be customized to the needs and schedules of the women involved.

Disciple-making Opportunity

Varying days and times

Have you prayerfully considered Christ’s command to make disciples? As Mark Dever defines it in his little book, Discipling, this is simply “helping another person follow Jesus.” No matter where you are on your Christian walk, there is always a woman behind you on that journey who can benefit from your wisdom and experience--even if you don’t think so!

Questions about
Women’s Ministry?

Joan Wagner
Director of Ministry to Women
815-459-1095 x 323
email Joan