Mixed Community Groups

For All Ages and Interests

But if we walk in the light, as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, His Son, purifies us from all sin.

John 1:7

Want to make Cross your church home?

If you are looking to deepen your commitment to Cross and become a Disciple or transfer your membership to Cross, your next step would be to check out the Living n Active group.

This is a great way to find out the details of what makes Cross tick and what our mission is all about and at the same time getting connected with other like – minded folks. So where do you go from here?

Please reach out to Bill Ziech, the Director of Discipleship, at bziech@hiscross.org or office call his office phone at 630-385-8112.

Skinner Community Group

This mixed group of older adults is vibrant, caring and thrives to go deeper in God’s word. Over the years, this group has remained on the cutting edge of diving deep into relevant topics, participating in church wide studies and studying God’s word. They also reach out and welcome all.

When: Tuesday evenings
Where: 1992 Weston Ave. in Yorkville
Leader: Patrick Skinner

Kids Hope USA Mentors

One simple thing will make a tremendous difference in the life of an at-risk child—one-on-one, positive attention from a responsible, caring adult. Cross Lutheran Church has partnered with Kids Hope USA to provide adult mentors to the children from Bristol Grade School. Through this church-school partnership, we will help bring hope to kids who need a little extra attention in order to succeed.

Kids Hope USA mentors spend just one hour per week, reading, talking, playing, and listening to a child at school. By helping the child feel loved and valued, mentors help that child to learn, grow, and succeed. Would you consider being a mentor for a child in our community? The commitment is one hour a week, during the school day. Your time can change a life – and that’s no small change.

Leader: Matthew Conrad

Life Advocacy Team & Bible Study

The purpose of the Life Team is to come alongside the church leadership and assist in the task of bringing life issues before the congregation, providing education and resources for the development of Christ-like views of life issues, and to be a source of awareness when it comes to community and congregational needs in the life area.

The Life Advocacy Team at Cross seeks to fulfill this purpose by walking with Jesus and those in need, even into the difficult situations in life. We choose to grow in our faith by sharing in His Word and prayer, and loving our neighbors as ourselves. By recognizing how Jesus has also developed us often through our struggles, in turn, we too can help meet the needs of those struggling with life issues—be it within our group, among our congregation, or in the surrounding community.

Some areas of our outreach include supporting the Aurora Pregnancy Information Center (PIC) with several diaper collection and baby bottle spare change collections, sponsoring a workshop series on creation, developing “God’s Garden for the Little Ones” memorial site at Cross for families who have experienced miscarriage, abortion, still birth or new born death. If any of these areas are on your heart too, please feel free to contact us to learn more.

When: Sundays at 10:30 am
Where: Church Parlor
Leader: Laura Laesch

Marriage Mentoring Ministry

Marriage Mentors are healthy couples who want to help other couples who are hurting or in need. For couples interested in offering healing solutions to couples in need using a method that is Biblical, loving and effective, contact Ed and Janet Kutay at 630-553-4556.

The role of a mentor couple: To mediate first, teach second. Mentees love it because it is focused specifically on their life issues and they enjoy the feeling of accomplishment when solving their own issues. Mentors love it because it is a very structured, yet an easy process to follow and they don’t feel pressured to “fix” couples.

What Marriage Mentoring is: It is a hands-on method of mediation and negotiation, empowering couples to solve their own issues. D.A.R.E. is unique in that it is designed to be effective for premarital couples, couples wanting to enrich their marriage, and couples in crisis.

What it is NOT: D.A.R.E. Marriage Mentoring is not another teaching curriculum. It is not a replacement for clinical or pastoral counseling.

When: Varies
Where: Varies
Leader: Ed and Janet Kutay

Caring Hands Community Group

When: Wednesday Evening
Where: Caring Hands Thrift Shop
Leader: Kathy Braden

Dubert/Scheibe Community Group

For more information, contact the church office and ask for Bill Ziech.

When: Thursday at 6:30 pm
Where: North
Leader: Vivian Scheibe

Kendall County Jail / Prison Ministry

For more information, contact the church office and ask for Bill Ziech.

Leader: Frank Norton

Lutheran Early Response Team (LERT)

Where: Church
Leader: Dale Penn

Steve and Margaret Riehle-Moeller Community Group

When: Wednesdays from 6:30-8:00 pm
Where: Church
Leader: Steve Riehle-Moeller

Ottosen Community Group

This study is designed to help gain important insights for joining Jesus on His mission and turn those insights into self-identified, simple actions in our everyday lives. Joining Jesus on His mission will take us on a journey of insight and discovery for joining Him in the places we already live, work and go to school.

Why insights and actions? The goal is to gain both insight and experience in joining Jesus on His mission during this church-wide emphasis. This is not so much a tool for Bible study as it is a tool for Bible-doing. The curriculum gives participants the key “a-ha!” experiences they need to go from mission-study to mission-living.

When: Every other Sunday from 6:30-8:30 pm
Where: Yorkville
Leader: Nancy Ottosen

Promiseland Volunteers (K-4th Grade)

Promiseland volunteers are the individuals committed to bringing the Word of God alive on Sunday mornings for kindergartners through fourth graders. Our volunteers have many different spiritual gifts. We have small group leaders, technology specialists, drama characters who bring the Bible alive, and worship leaders who pump up the room and get kids excited about worshiping God.

There are also individuals who work behind the scenes building our sets, putting activities together, being a team leader and setting up, and also administrative/secretarial work like collecting and entering attendance. Our team is never filled; we always have room for others who feel the Holy Spirit tugging them in our direction. Whether you’re in high school, have school age children yourself, or are an empty nester – there is a place for you on our team.

When: Sunday mornings
Where: Church
Leader: Kayla Olson

Promiseland Volunteers (Preschool)

Promiseland Preschool Volunteers are the individuals committed to bringing the Word of God alive on Sunday mornings for preschoolers. Our volunteers have many different spiritual gifts. We have small group leaders and worship leaders who interact with the children, develop relationships with them, and get them excited about God and His Word.

We have a team leader who sets up the morning and assists the small group leaders as needed. There are even individuals who work behind the scenes to put our games and activities together, our music and worship time together, and enter and keep track of our attendance. Our team is never big enough! We’d love for you to come and observe on a Sunday morning and consider joining our team!

When: Sunday mornings
Where: Church
Leader: Kayla Olson

Stephen Ministry

Gain skills to be able to walk along someone through a difficult time in their life. Our weekend program includes listening, boundary, confidentiality and other skills to use in life and to serve in any ministry. Continue training to serve as a commissioned Stephen Minister – commitment of serving for 2 years.

Where: Varies
Leader: Bonnie Krantz

Welcome to God’s Family

Welcome to God’s Family. This is the first step towards baptism at Cross. During this one-time small group meeting, we explore the blessings of baptism, talk about what baptism is, how it is done, and why we baptize babies. We also explain how confirmation relates to baptism and the role that parents and sponsors play in the baptism of a child.

Older child or adult baptism are discussed when either situation present themselves. Each family that attends gets informational material and a gift from Cross that is handmade by some of our church disciples. When interest is shown, we take a tour of the chapel and nursery if the families are interested and unfamiliar with the building. If you are interested in attending the one-time family class, please contact the church office at (630) 553-7335.

When:Sunday mornings
Where: Church
Leader: Roxane Griesmann

Worship for Seniors Helpers

This team is dedicated to gathering people together (three times per year) who are unable to attend weekly worship on a regular basis.

Where: Varies
Leader: Mary Pat Bretthauer