Small Groups & Bible Study Opportunities

Small Groups and Bible Study Opportunities are offered by St. John’s members to develop interaction among congregants, assist members in growing their faith and provide services to the community.

(UPDATED: 09/29/2022)

GARDEN ANGELS: If you enjoy gardening, please consider joining our working group. We meet April through October here at St. John’s with trowels in hand and gardening on our minds! There are several gardens we care for as we visit: the Church main entrance and driveway area, Door A, 47th and Brainard Ave., school main entrance, and the Courtyard. If you are interested, please email Lucy Christoffer.

GRIEFSHARE GROUP: Marnie Smith will facilitate a “Griefshare” support group at St. John’s  beginning Tues. Oct.4th from 1:00-2:30PM in the Heritage Room. All people are welcome, not just members of St. John’s. Griefshare is for people who are grieving the death of a family member or friend. It has been a great blessing to many, as the environment is a warm and loving one, with no pressure to share. Participants find they are not alone and that there are others who understand what they are going through. We call this “your journey from mourning to joy”. More information can be found on the Griefshare Website  and you may email Marnie Smith for questions about this group.

LANGE GOLF GROUP: Each summer St. John’s plays golf on Saturday mornings at Flagg Creek Golf Course in Countryside. We play each week from May to Sept. Sign up to play one week or several weeks during the summer. Any golfer (male or female, young and young-at-heart) can schedule themselves into the group for any tee time if there are spots available for that week.  Please email Rick Lange or call 708-710-9829 for details on how to sign up.

LWML — Lutheran Women’s Missionary League: Since 1942, the Lutheran Women’s Missionary League  (an official auxiliary of The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod), has focused on affirming each woman’s relationship with Christ, encouraging and equipping women to live out their Christian lives in active mission ministries and to support global missions. Our St. John’s Lutheran Church group meets on most 4th Tuesdays of the month at 7:00PM, in the Heritage Room. All women, high school age and older, are very welcome to attend our meetings and become active members of this wonderful organization. If interested, please contact Pam Christensen for more information or drop in to one of our meetings.

MOMS’ BIBLE STUDY: The Mom’s Bible Study group will begin again on Sept. 9th at 6:30 p.m.  We are currently studying a Bible study book called God Loves Moms.  We will meet on select Fridays at Westchester Bible Church in the basement room. Please email Rebecca Hemminger if interested  or to find out our next meeting. We look forward to fellowship, studying the Bible and sharing our faith together as a group of Christian mothers!

NANCY and GARY’S GROUP: We will be starting our group up again on on October 6th. We will be following along with the NID and the topic is “In Christ and Into His World: A Study of Colossians”. We meet Thursdays at 7:00 pm.  We are hoping that most people will attend in-person, but we will try and make Zoom available. If you are interested in joining, please email Gary Mayor.

PECE/SCHILTZ GROUP: Our group meets on Mondays at 7pm on Zoom. We are using the CHOSEN Season 1 Interactive Bible Study. We also try to meet in person for a social event once a month. Please email Rebecca Schiltz or email Katie Pece for more information.

SHINNEMAN GROUP: The Shinneman group is meeting on Sundays, at 6 p.m. All are welcome to join us! Our current study subject is the Old Testament. Please email Dana and Dalyne Shinneman or call 630.230.0688 for more information.

TUESDAY MORNING WOMEN’S SMALL GROUP: This women’s Small Group is meeting in the Heritage Room every Tuesday morning from 8:45 to 10:00 AM. We are using a study of Shannon Bream’s book, Mothers and Daughters of the Bible Speak. The book is set up to allow joining in at any time. If interested, please join us on Tuesday morning or email Mari Smith.

WEDNESDAY MORNING GROUP: Come be a part of Pr. Weidler’s Bible Study of St. Paul’s Epistle to the Christians in Colossae. The study will be in the Heritage Room at 9:00 am on Wednesdays beginning October 19 and is scheduled to conclude December 14. Come discover why the messages of Scripture are truly timeless, as applicable in 2022 as they were in 62 A.D. A sign-up is on the Connection Center desk or use this link: Wednesday Morning Bible Study.

WYKERT GROUP: We meet on Mondays from 6:45pm-8:00pm beginning again on September 12. This group will be ongoing. We will continue studying the book, The American Covenant.  If you are interested or have questions, Please email Tom Wykert.


St. John’s is looking for additional topics, additional meeting times, and additional leaders for our small group ministry. If you have an idea for a Small Group, or want to offer to lead a group, please email the Church Office. There are church resources for topics available.