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Sep 8 2019 - 10:30am - 11:30am
Oct 12 2019 - 9:00am - 3:00pm
Oct 20 2019 - 10:15am - 12:00pm
Oct 20 2019 - 10:30am - 11:30am
Nov 23 2019 - 9:00am - 11:00am

Social Ministry Fair and Fall Fest

Sunday, October 20, 2019 - 10:15am - 12:00pm

Good Shepherd partners with many organizations through donations and volunteer hours. On Sunday, October 20, you will have the opportunity to meet representatives from many of these organizations. Come and find out more about the work they do and how your generous dollars and hours are put to use. On hand will be Housing Forward, Kidz Express, Opportunity Knocks, Seven Generations Ahead, United Power for Action and Justice, Persist, Beyond Hunger, and more!

Children are invited to participate in our Service Scavenger Hunt as they check in with the organizations to find out more about their work. This will be followed by fall games and pumpkin painting. And, of course there will be yummy snacks on hand as well! Join us!

Fall Fest and Social Ministry Fair

Sunday, October 20, 2019 - 10:30am - 11:30am

Our Sunday School hour on October 20 will be a Fall Fest, beginning with a Service Scavenger Hunt (learning more about the social ministry organizations that our congregation supports), then on to fall-themed carnival games and pumpkin painting. Add in some apple cider, popcorn and other goodies and you have yourself one great event! Hope to see you at 10:30am on October 20 in the First Baptist gym!

Bible Overview Classes

Sunday, September 8, 2019 - 10:30am - 11:30am

Help your young reader become familiar with the greatest book that was ever written - the Bible. Pastor Kathy will be leading a class for students who are entering 3rd grade and up. Parents assist their child in finding passages as we move from the Old Testament to the New Testament. 

These classes will take place over two consecutive Sunday School class periods: September 8 and 15.

On September 15, new bibles are presented to 3 year olds, 3rd graders and 7th graders. 

Enneagram Workshop

Saturday, October 12, 2019 - 9:00am - 3:00pm

Explore your spiritual path through the Enneagram.
The Enneagram is an intriguing personality system that combines both psychology and spirituality in the search for increased self-awareness and self-acceptance. An Ennegram Workshop will be held on Saturday, October 12 from 9:00am-3:00pm. It will be facilitated by Marci Madary, an affliate with the Francisan Sisters of Perpetual Adoration and holds a Doctor of Ministry degree in Spirituality.

Workshop cost is $30, which includes lunch. For more info and registration, click here.

Date Change for Feed My Starving Children

Saturday, November 23, 2019 - 9:00am - 11:00am

Please note that the date and location of our Feed My Starving Children volunteer day has changed! We will now be serving at the Libertyville location on Saturday, November 23 from 9:00am until 11:00am.

Children 5 and over are welcome to participate in this fast-paced, fun-filled activity that makes a direct impact on hungry people all over the world. 

If you would like to carpool, we will meet at Good Shepherd (Randolph St) at 8:00am and return by noon.

To register, please access this link and sign yourself up. Questions can be directed to Deaconess Debbie at or 708-848-4741.

Living Our Baptism

This year our Sunday School lessons will help us live into the promises parents and congregation make when a child is baptized. Each month we will explore a different promise through bible stories and special activities. Parents will begin the year by renewing their baptismal promises and will receive the book, "Living the Promises of Baptism: 101 Ideas for Parents." A monthly communication from Deaconess Debbie will help make connections between that month's topic and ideas from the book that can be used at home. Join us on September 15 for the kick-off of this special year-long focus on Living Our Baptism!

Faith Formation on Sunday mornings

SUNDAY SCHOOL is for children ages 2 through 6th grade. Ages 2 through 4th grade begin in the Chapel at 10:30am with music and then break into age group classes for rotations that go along with the Bible story of the week. 5th and 6th graders meet in a 3rd floor classroom and use the Connect curriculum from Sparkhouse.

MIDDLE SCHOOLERS (7th/8th grade) meet on Sunday mornings as part of the Confirmation program.

TEENS meet on Sundays at 10:30 for our Youth Connections class and for special events as announced.

1. Sunday Morning Bible Study meets in the Parlor at 10:30am for readings, on-the-spot research, stimulating discussion and good fellowship. No previous Bible-study background required. No homework! Read more »

Splash! Faith Formation from birth to age 3

This ministry is aimed at our youngest members, and helps to keep the congregational promise to support the baptized and their families in their spiritual journey. We do this by helping parents in their role of bringing up children of God.

Materials are sent out on a regular basis, with ideas for faith-filled play, worship, and more. For more information, or to sign your family for Splash mailings, contact Deaconess Debbie at



Good Shepherd PrayGround

Good Shepherd values our children! When we return to our renovated space, we will once again have a Prayground space front and center.

What's a "Prayground"? It's a dedicated space in our church where little ones (suggested for ages 5 and under) can play, color and explore. It's a space where they can see and hear the pastor and worship leaders clearly. And it's a place where the congregation can celebrate the joy that your child--wiggles, noises and all--brings to our congregation!

In the meantime, look for activity bags for children as well as a staffed nursery during our worship service at the First Baptist temporary location.


Register for Sunday School!

If you haven't already, please complete a registration form for Sunday School. Find an online registration form here or pick up a paper copy next time you are at church.

* Please note the change in start time! For this program year, we will be worshiping at 9:00am. Sunday School will begin at 10:30am in the Chapel. Please contact Deaconess Debbie if you have any questions.

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