During the 5 weeks of Lent adults gather on Wednesday evenings to share a simple meal and have a discussion on particular themes suitable for Lenten study. A full calendar of our Lent activities for 2021, including Holy Week will be available early next year.
Sunday Adult Forum
Between Sunday services from September through May, at 9am, adults gather for conversation and learning. We are on temporary hold due to Covid 19 concerns. We will resume as soon as we can in a safe manner.
Rector's Study Group
The Wednesday morning (10am) Rector's Study Group meets weekly during the program year to discuss a book related to the Christian faith. We are currently studying the Book of Esther via Zoom. Weekly Login information may be found on the home page link for weekly worship.
Habitat for Humanity
Adults and High School youth are invited to take part in our workdays at Habitat for Humanity. In past years we have worked with Appalachia Service Projects, but in 2019 we worked with Habitat for Humanity locally. Due to COVID 19 concerns, our work in 2020 has been postponed.
The Men's Group at Annunciation meets once a month on the second Saturday at 9 am at the church. At these meetings we study and discuss the weeks scriptural readings over breakfast, as well as plan the group's outreach ministries and social events. Our current Outreach activity is support of the Midwest Veterans Closet. This facility supports needy veterans and their families with donations of clothing, food, and other essentials. Once a year we also provide funding to pay for the Illinois Food Bank truck's monthly dropoff at the facility.
Education / Formation
for Children & Youth
Children’s Chapel is for children 11 and under. On most Sundays from September to May, we offer our children a developmentally appropriate alternative to the sermon. This takes place during the time allotted for the sermon, prayers of the people and confession portions of the 10:00 am service. This takes them out of the church where they can move around a bit, sing, dance and hear the Word in a child-friendly way. Hopefully this helps them to focus better when we celebrate the Eucharist together. The children will process out of church after the Gospel, following the 2nd crucifer, and return during the exchange of the Peace. Parents are welcome to accompany their children to CC at any time.
Children’s Chapel is a loosely structured mirror of what is occurring in the Nave for the adults. Children help set a worship table and have an opening prayer. Following a song they hear a very brief summary of the Gospel and then respond to the Gospel through a game, worksheet, discussion, etc. This is followed by a creed, prayers, confession and dismissal. Because CC serves a wide age range, everything is presented in easy-to-understand language and all are encouraged to participate at whatever level they are able.
Children's Chapel Schedule for Feb through May 2020
Feb 9, 23
March 1, 8, 22, 29
April 5, 26
Sunday Night Live!
Instead of Sunday morning classes, Sunday school for children and youth takes place one Sunday evening each month during the school year (see schedule below). Each monthly session runs from 5-7pm, with the following schedule:
5 - 6 pm Christian Education
6 - 6:30 pm Shared meal
6:30 - 7pm Eucharist
Children and youth are divided into age-level groups, and lessons focus on biblical stories and themes, as well as connecting biblical themes to everyday life challenges. The evening Eucharist is child-focused, informal, and participative, and parents are welcome to join in during classroom time, the meal, and/or the Eucharist.
We call this new way of teaching about God and God's work in the world, "Sunday Night Live!" If you have questions, please contact Maggie Attiyeh (firstname.lastname@example.org or 847-989-3522).
2019-2020 Sunday Night Live (SNL!) Dates
September 15 January 19
October 20 February 16
November 17 March 15
(no SNL in December, April 19
due to pageant) May 3 (Youth Sunday)
Annunciation's Youth Group, for youth in grades 5 thru 12, meets once a month for service projects, social time, and spiritual growth and exploration. Past activities include making prayer beads and walking a labyrinth; cooking meals or desserts for PADS guests; outings to JumpAmerica and Brunswick bowl; packing care packages for active-duty military personnel; participation in diocesan youth events, such as MIQRA (reading the whole bible in one weekend). Our time together often includes a simple shared meal, as well, allowing time for kids to check in and share concerns and accomplishments.
High school youth are also invited to take part in Annunciation's work days at Habitat for Humanity.