Don't believe in God? Given up on church? Just curious? Alpha gives everyone the opportunity to ask the tough questions about life and God, in a safe setting. Alpha has ten sessions that freely explore the basics of the Christian faith. Each week is centered around dinner, a short talk, and a discussion at the end where you can share your thoughts and ask questions. No question is too basic or too big. Try ALPHA without committing to the course by signing up for the next Launch Party, if it looks interesting to you, keep coming.
Throughout life we all face challenging circumstances such as financial burdens, physical ailments, emotional/mental struggles, and relational strife. How we respond during these times is important to God. If you are struggling, the Care Ministry at Park has people you can turn to during your time of need:
Deacons provide confidential prayer, compassionate care, and resourceful connection for the emotional, spiritual, and financial needs of those at Park. No need is too small or too big. Email email@example.com or call 312-361-0533 anytime. You can also meet with a deacon after one of Park’s gatherings.
+ Care Shepherds
Care Shepherds offer one-on-one support for those who are going through difficult times. Deacons can help connect you to a Care Shepherd. Care Groups, workshops, and seminars can also address your needs and help you move forward.
+ Short-term Counseling & Referrals
Do you feel the need to seek counseling for an issue you are dealing with? We are here to help you. Park has two people on Staff who you can see for short-term counseling. You can email Heather Goodall, Care Ministries Director.
+ Ongoing Care Groups
Near North offers several ongoing care groups, including Celebrate Recovery, Financial Peace University, GriefShare, Men’s Accountability Group, Pure Hearts, Hannah’s Hope, Redeemed, Restoration, and Survivors of Sexual Assault. For more information, click here.
Care Ministries Director
Care Ministry Assistant
Welcome to Loop Kids, Park’s ministry to children from birth through 5th grade. At Loop Kids, we have one mission: to see every child come to know God and make Him known.
Is this your first time visiting? Check out our FAQ:
When your child comes to Loop Kids, it is our hope that they have fun, are engaged with age-appropriate and Christ-centered curriculum and worship, and leave feeling known and loved. And as a parent, you can rest easy knowing that your child is safe because we take safety seriously at Loop Kids. Every volunteer that interacts with your child has been interviewed and screened, including personal reference checks, a criminal background check and safety training. We are excited to serve your family and hope that you will join us at our Saturday or Sunday morning services. Visit our website for information about our ministry.
+ Child Dedication
Parenthood is a unique calling from God, and parents have more influence over a child’s spiritual development than anyone else. We believe that your commitment to helping your child follow Jesus is something to celebrate and announce to your church family.
Our mission is to know God and make Him known, and we believe that life is a gift that comes from the awesome God we serve. Child dedication is about you as a parent knowing God and making Him know to your children. It is also an opportunity for our church family to declare our partnership with you and support for your family in your journey to raise a child who loves and follows Jesus one day.
Find answers to FAQs about child dedication at Park.
+ Volunteer with Loop Kids
We are always looking for awesome people to add to our volunteer teams! Click here to learn more.
+ Join a Moms Group
Interested in joining a moms group? Email firstname.lastname@example.org for more details.
Children’s Ministries Director
Preschool Children's Coordinator
Children's Ministry Assistant
At Park, we are committed to impacting the World through the transforming power of the Gospel. Park offers several ways to be involved cross-culturally including helping refugees locally, building friendships with international students, going on Cross-Cultural Ministry Trips, taking the Perspectives class, regularly praying for unreached people groups and the nations, supporting Global Partners, and more.
Do you have a heart for the Nations? Do you want to be part of making the Gospel known throughout the world? Do you desire to see the Global church grow? We want to be a part of your journey toward taking the next step in being global-minded followers of Jesus.
Click the button below to email Dave for more information on how to be involved globally.
Marriage Ministry at Park focuses on three things:
• Helping couples who are seriously dating and considering engagement.
• Helping couples who are engaged and preparing for marriage.
• Helping couples who are married to be strengthened in their relationships.
+ Should We Tie the Knot?
Should We Tie the Knot? is our one-day pre-engagement seminar for seriously dating couples considering marriage. It is offered three times a year, typically in the fall, winter, and spring. You will learn biblical principles that you can apply to serious Christian dating and address critical questions that couples must work through before deciding to get engaged. This seminar includes discussion time with your significant other and gender-specific Q&A sessions to help you discern the answer to the question “Is this the one?”
+ Marriage Prep
Wedding ceremonies are wonderful celebrations and it is important to plan for them. But it is far more important to prepare for a lifetime of marriage. The seven-week Marriage Prep course is designed to help couples get off to a great start in marriage with a Christ-centered foundation.
The course meets Sunday afternoons from 3-4:30 PM
at Park Near North Room 205/206.
Cost is $90.
+ Fall Marriage Conference
The Fall Marriage Conference is held each year for married, engaged, and seriously dating couples. It typically falls in late September/early October each year. We invite an outside speaker and host the event here at our Near North location. The conference is open to the general public. It is a two-day (Friday night, Saturday morning) event, and childcare is provided in hopes that many couples have the option to attend.
+ Winter Marriage Retreat
The Winter Marriage Retreat, held in March at an off-site resort in Lake Geneva, is for married couples in the Park community. It is a great time of focused marriage enrichment away from distraction and serves as a time for couples to connect with other couples in our community.
Marriage & Family Ministry Pastor
Marriage Ministry Assistant
Men need a clear vision of manhood to live with purpose. Yet the majority of men are drifting through life. Being part of this group changes that. Get connected with a group of men to walk with you along the journey. You'll learn the definition of manhood and discover your passion and purpose. You'll put a plan into action and become the man you were designed to be. You won't be the same. Meets on Wednesday at 6:30 a.m. beginning on February 6th, 2019. $40 covers workbook, coffee, and breakfast for 7 weeks.
Marriage & Family Ministry Pastor
Park Student Ministry exists to help students develop an authentic relationship with Jesus and pursue the mission for which they were created. We meet weekly and throughout the year host retreats, local and international mission trips, and fun events, including lock-ins, movie nights, and more.
Student Ministries Director
Women@Park exists to equip women to pursue God and to grow in their faith in Jesus. We gather to build relationships and gracefully live in authentic community with one another. We are committed to creating a safe place to learn and grow. To bravely share our stories and share in each other’s struggles, hopes, desires, disappointments, failures, and victories. Together, we encourage one another to become more like Christ, draw our strength and identity from Him, and share the love of Jesus in all of our areas of influence.
Women's Ministry Director