The Lutheran Church - Missouri Synod
Welcome to Cross Evangelical Lutheran Church and School
Yorkville Preshool
Home Cross| Cross Get Involved lutheran preschool| lutheran preschool Forms Lutheran| Lutheran Online Giving Christian| Christian Calendar Jesus| Jesus Newsletter Yorkville| Yorkville Map

Yorkville Preshool
Weather/Closings
The Lutheran Church - Missouri Synod
Worship Times
Rev Gauss Blog
What We Believe
Sermon Series
School
Meet the Staff
Counseling
Marriage Mentoring
Ministries
Children Ministry
Youth Ministry
Small Groups
Support Groups
Stephen Ministry
Journey of Hope - Cancer Care Ministry
Missions
Cross Documents
Thrift Shop Hours
Special Events
Contact Us
Loving Arms
Prayer Requests

Yorkville Preshool

Welcome to CROSS COMMUNITY GROUPS!

What is a CROSS COMMUNITY GROUP...

... a place to believe,
... a place to belong,
... and a place to grow!

What does the Bible say about Community?

Many people tend to think Genesis 2:18 only applies in the context of marriage when it says, "It is not good for the man to be alone." At the core, this is about connecting people well with others. If one back tracks to Genesis 1:26 when it says, "Let us make man in our image", think about the impact of those seven words. Think of the deep and meaningful relationship between the Father, Son and Spirit. And in verse 27 it says, "So God created man in His own image." So here we have a God that wants us to have a deep and meaningful relationship with Him, but with others as well. God created us to be relational, yet according to the Gallup poll, Americans are among the loneliest people in the world. Did you know our quality of life improves when we are in meaningful relationships?

  • People who don't have a meaningful relationship tend to fear intimacy more.
  • Researchers have found that most isolated people have a shorter life expectancy than those with strong relationship connections.
  • Disconnected people tend to be more selfish; Isolation breeds selfishness.
  • We can lose sight that our struggle is not against flesh and blood. Sheep are never attacked in herds, but only when they become isolated from the rest of the flock and their Shepherd. We are like sheep when we isolate ourselves.

God has dreams for us. (Jer. 29:11) He dreams things that will bring fulfillment to our lives. Could it be that one of His biggest dreams outside of our salvation is for us to have authentic relationships? Community Groups could be a way to achieve this dream.

Cross Lutheran Small Groups
Members, Leaders, Coaches:

"And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another | and all the more as you see the Day approaching." Hebrews 10:24-25


How Missional is Your Group Assessment

Group Leader Resources

Cross Leadership Booklet Cover
Cross Leadership Booklet

What do we believe are the essentials in Community Groups?

Think Life Change; Participants experience authentic community and spiritual growth in a safe place for people of all backgrounds to get connected to the community of believers at Cross and to grow in faith together.

  • Cultivate Relationships
  • Provide Care for one another
  • Serve together
  • Dig into God|s word together

Are all CROSS COMMUNITY GROUPS the same?

Cross Lutheran Church Small Groups

No, there are many different types of CROSS COMMUNITY GROUPS. Some groups are made up of only women or only men. There are groups made up of only couples or only singles, and still other groups that are made up of mixed adults, couples and singles, men and women. There are groups for young mothers, families with children, empty-nesters, senior citizens and more. Some groups provide child care, others do not.

The make-up of groups can be different, and so can the main focus. Some groups focus more on Bible study and others more on fellowship. There are groups that meet for the main purpose of serving together here at the church or out in the community. There are also support groups for people experiencing grief over the loss of a loved one, overcoming addiction, or maintaining physical fitness and a healthy lifestyle.


When and where do Community Groups meet?

List of Cross Community Groups >>

We have several types of Community Groups that meet throughout the week at various times. We have groups for people are various stages of life. Click the list link above to see what type, time and place works best for you.

Some provide childcare, others don|t. For details of when groups meet, who the leaders are and the specifics, use the link above to learn more about the groups we offer. Don|t see what you are looking for? Contact Bill Ziech, Director of Discipleship.



If you would like more information contact:
Bill Ziech
Director of Discipleship

Phone: 630-553-7335 ext. 112
Email: BZiech@hiscross.org


Missouri Synod LCMS

Cross Evangelical Lutheran Church and School
8609 Route 47 • Yorkville, IL 60560 • (630) 553-7335 (Church) • (630) 553-7861 (School)