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: 07/03/2022)

DRESS A GIRL AROUND THE WORLD: Like to sew? Come to the summer service project for Dress a Girl Around the World. Thursday afternoons from 1 – 4 we will meet in the basement lunchroom. If you are interested, please call or text Liz Willig for more information at 708 533-5912.

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.

LANGE GOLF GROUP: St. John’s has again secured a 7:36am Saturday morning tee time at Flagg Creek Golf Course in Countryside. We will be playing each week from May 7th to Sept. 3rd. 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. Four spots are available each week. First come, first served; if the tee time is already full, the golfer needs to select a future date.  Please email Rick Lange or call 708-710-9829 for details on how to sign up.

LWML — Lutheran Women’s Missionary League: This organization has been an active part of the Lutheran Church for the past 80 years.  Local church groups meet on a regular basis; local conventions are held annually; and national conventions are held every 2 years.  Our St. John’s Lutheran Church group meets on the 4th Tuesday of the month, in the Heritage Room. We encourage each other to grow in faith and us our time and resources to spread the word of God’s salvation in local areas and also all around the world.  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: Rebecca Hemminger and Katie Maxwell are currently leading a Bible study for moms. We meet on occasional Friday evenings at Westchester Bible Church 6:30pm-8pm. We started a new study called God Loves Moms. 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: The Mayor’s Small Group meets Thursdays at 7:00 pm.  Two options are available:  In person at 5136 Central Ave. Western Springs OR via Zoom.  Link will be emailed weekly.  Our group is finishing the study from LHM “Out of Nothing, The World, Creation and Faith” and then we will be taking a break for a few weeks. If you are interested in joining, please email Gary Mayor.

PECE/SCHILTZ GROUP: While we are taking a break for the summer, we meet on Monday evenings from 7-8 PM via Zoom. We currently have 9 participants and we do not have a limit. 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!  Please email Dana and Dalyne Shinneman or call 630.230.0688 for more information.

SMITH/GRIEFSHARE GROUP: Marnie Smith will facilitate a Griefshare group on Tuesdays from 1:00 PM to 2:30 PM starting again in September, 2022. GriefShare is a friendly, caring group of people who will walk alongside you through one of life’s most difficult experiences. You don’t have to go through the grieving process alone. More information can be found on the Griefshare Website  and you may Please email Marnie Smith for questions about this group.

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 currently have six members and no size limit. We started our current bible study, Friendship, on April 19th. If interested, please join us on Tuesday morning or email Mari Smith.

WYKERT GROUP: We meet on Mondays from 6:15pm-7:30pm. This group will be ongoing. There is no limitation to group size. Currently we are studying the book: The American Covenant.  If you are interested or have questions, Please email Tom WykertWe are taking the summer off and will begin meeting again later in August.


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.