A Community of Caring
Common Hope This fall members of a team of First Congregational Church of Glen Ellyn members will be returning to Guatemala to work with Common Hope, a MN-based non-profit organization that has been providing education, health care, housing, and social work to impoverished families and children for over 25 years. Our church has sent over 10 teams to Guatemala since 2008 and helped many kids and families secure a better education and housing. Read More.
Intern Support Ministry Team The role of the Intern Relations Team is to develop relationships with both the seminary and summer intern programs. They meet with the interns throughout the year to help integrate them into the activities of the church and gain feedback on how to improve our programs and activities. Contact Bob Stout (815.439.5075).
Ministry of Meals The Ministry of Meals provide meals to church members during times of illness or crisis. In this ministry, shepherds coordinate and schedule meal delivery through many volunteer cooks. The present roster includes 77 cooks and 6 shepherds, but new people are always welcome. Contact Jenny Fischer (630.858.0518).
Stephen Ministry The Stephen Ministry is a well-regarded and long established program in which lay people are trained in the basics of pastoral care giving and commissioned to journey alongside those in the congregation who are going through a difficult transition. It might be the loss of a job, or a loved one. It might be the birth of a child, or a farewell to one’s children as they leave home for the first time. It could be a divorce, or even a marriage. Stephen Ministry is not therapy, nor is it a brand of professional counseling. Rather, it is faith-centered care giving, a pastoral relationship offered to those who may need more regular and ongoing care than our pastors can provide. If you think that you, or someone you love, might benefit from a relationship with a Stephen Minister—or if you are interested in being trained as a Stephen Minister please contact Rev. Kendra Joyner Miller.
Central DuPage Pastoral Counseling Center FCCGE is an affiliate church for the Central DuPage Pastoral Counseling Center, a non-profit organization that provides affordable, professional pastoral counseling services to the public in an ecumenical setting. If a church member is recommended to CDPCC by one of our staff or clergy, then that person is eligible for a sliding scale discount on services.
Precious Blood Ministry of Reconciliation Precious Blood Ministry of Reconciliation started in 2000 when a few friends – priests of the Missionaries of the Precious Blood together with sisters from various Precious Blood communities associated with the Precious Blood Leadership Conference– sat down and shared their stories of ministry, of the suffering they had witnessed and experienced, and of their work for reconciliation. They shared stories of many years of jail ministry, of community renewal, of inner city parish work, of retreat ministry for reconciliation. Out of those shared experiences was born the dream of the Ministry of Reconciliation – what would it look like to have a ministry whose purpose was to work for healing and reconciliation in the midst of the violence and alienation of our world?