Serve Near


Serve Near
Serve Near
Serve Near

Serve Near

God calls us to help our neighbor, and through our opportunities to Serve Near, we want to do just that. Many people in the surrounding communities, and even our own, desperately need the love of Christ. Serve with us in spreading the Gospel and necessary resources to the people in our own backyard.

Join us for one of our Serve Near opportunities below:

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    Pacific Garden Mission
    Saturday, March 24 | 9:00 - 11:00 am | Pacific Garden Mission

    Help the homeless find God's love, warmth, food and more at Pacific Garden Mission. Volunteers are needed to pray, talk, listen and encourage transient guests. Volunteers will work in pairs, women will speak with women, and men will volunteer on the men’s side. Pacific Garden is located at 1458 South Canal Street, Chicago.  

    Contact: Renee Richel | | 630.321.3921



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    Spring Clothing Drive | Christ Church East Parking Lot 
    April 22, 8:00 am–12:00 pm | April 28, 9:00 am–12:00 pm | April 29, 8:00 am–12:00 pm

    As you start your spring-cleaning, please consider packing up your gently used clothing and shoes, and donating them to our annual Spring Clothing Drive! When you donate to this great event, you are helping provide one of life’s most basic necessities to those who need it most. Clothing donations are for Christ Church mission partner, Repeat Boutique and the Salvation Army/Christ Church Food Pantry shoes will be donated to Soles for Kids. Please seperate your clothing and shoes. Volunteers will be available to help unload vehicles.

    Contact: Renee Richel | | 630.321.3921



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    Inner City Impact Summer Camp Serve Team 
    July 29 through August 4 | Michigan

    Inner City Impact Camp
    Domestic Outreach (DO) Team
    July 29  – August 4, 2018

    Team Leaders: Marian Nealon and Eva Tameling

    Dates of Trip: Sunday, July 29, 2018 to Saturday, August 4, 2018. You can come for all six nights or less than six nights.

    Location: Camp Friedenswald in Cassopolis, Michigan – 2 and ½ hour drive from Chicago, near the Indiana/Michigan state line (near Elkhart, Indiana). The camp has 365 of land, with many hiking trails, a spring-fed lake with pier, and two beaches for swimming. There are kayaks, canoes, and rowboats.  There are five sports fields for baseball, soccer, and other games, an archery area, and an arts and crafts building. 

    Cost: There is no cost for lodging or meals for adults who serve on the team.

    Travel Arrangements: Team members can drive individually or car pool at their own expense. Ample parking is available at the camp. Volunteers can also ride the ICI bus with the campers from either of ICI’s locations in Cicero or Logan Squar.

    Accommodations: Most adult volunteers stay in guest houses (average 5 people to a room, with bunk beds), separate from campers. All buildings are air conditioned. Volunteer camp counselors for 3rd to 5th graders stay with campers in cabins (about 8-10 kids per cabin.) 

    Meals:  Volunteers are provided with meals at no cost in the camp’s dining hall and/or lodge.

    Team Responsibilities:   Team members will choose or be assigned duties prior to departure.  Positions include:

    • Sports/Activity/and Games leaders and helpers- Assist counselors and ICI staff in making camp a great experience for the kids.
    • Camp counselors for the younger kids (3rd to 5th grade).  Need to be patient high energy person, who is physically capable of keeping up with every active kids. 
    • Food Service helpers in lodge – need 3 persons willing to do whatever is necessary in the lodge dining room
    • Arts and Crafts assistant

    Schedule/Activities: Sunday, 7/29  Arrive at Camp Friedenswald by 2:30 p.m. Get settled, have dinner and evening activity. Every other weekday except Thursday, campers go swimming, participate in organized sports and games, and have Bible study. These days also have a specially scheduled activity such as boating (canoes, kayaks and rowboats available), arts and crafts (including tie dying), archery, hiking, fishing, field trips (to nearby bowling, mini golf or arcade games), or free time (board games or cards).  Evening activities like drama or song fests are also scheduled. Thursday,8/2 - Camp carnival and Olympic game festival. Saturday-8/4 Depart after breakfast

    Process for Applying: Complete Christ Church’s DO Team application, Christ Church volunteer application and background check. Team member interviewed by team leader(s). Team member notified of acceptance to team.

    Team Requirements: Team members attend team meeting(s). Date and time will be determined once the team has been finalized.

    Contact: Renee Richel | | 630.321.3921



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    Team World Vision
    Chicago Marathon: October 7, 2018

    This unique ministry challenges people, mostly whom are completely new to running, to take on the Chicago Marathon for one of the world’s greatest needs: lack of clean water. Over 25,000 people have said "YES" to running with Team World Vision (TWV) and have experienced life transformation in ways they couldn’t have imagined, while also changing the lives of thousands of children in Africa. TWV has a base training program that will take you from the couch to the finish line of your first marathon. Step, or run, through fear and see what God has in store for you on the other side! 

    Informational Meeting: Thursday, April 5 | 6:30 p.m. | Oak Brook
    Contact: Missy Eck | | 913.558.0233


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    Food Pantry Event | Second Saturday of Every Month
    Wednesday | 5:45 - 6:45pm | Elmhurst
    Friday | 3:00 - 5:00pm | Oak Brook Terrace 
    Saturday | 8 am to 12pm | Oak Brook Terrace 

    Please consider volunteering at the Salvation Army with the Christ Church food pantry team on any or all of the following pantry set up and distribution days.

    Please join us the second Saturday of every month at 1 S. 415 Summit Ave in Oak Brook Terrace from 8 - 12pm. We will distribute food to guests, help carry groceries out to cars and  help clean up. 

    If you are not available on Saturday you can meet us the night before and help set up from 3-5 PM at the Salvation Army Oak Brook Terrace.  

    On the Wednesday before, we meet at Life Storage located at 953 S. State 83 (frontage road on the east) in Elmhurst from 5:45 to 6:45 to load donations into our truck. 

    Register now and you will be contacted by a Food Pantry team leader to answer any questions you have about the time and date(s) that you are available. 

    Contact: Renee Richel | | 630.321.3921



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    InterVarsity Christian Fellowship
    Sunday April 15 | 5:00 - 9:45 pm | Teach-In

    This domestic mission partner, Intervarsity Christian Fellowship, is seeking serve team members to assist the InterVarsity staff with setting up rooms, serving students dinner, engaging in intercessory prayer and cleaning up after student leader Teach-Ins.  The event location has recently been changed to  the Salvation Army Temple Corps. located at 1 N. Ogden Ave., Chicago. Volunteer for one or both dates.  Both the volunteer application and background check must be completed and approved prior to this serve opportunity.   

    Contact: Renee Richel | | 630.321.3921

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    Roosevelt Road Initiative Serve Opportunity:
    Childcare Needed for PTA Meetings from March 14 - May 9, 2018

    Assistance with childcare is needed at each York and Stevenson PTA meeting on Wednesday nights throughout the school year to allow parents to play a more active role in their child's education. Help our neighbors by serving at one or more PTA meetings.

    • March 14 | 6:00 pm | Stevenson School
    • April 11 | 4:30 pm | York Center School
    • May 9 | 6:00 pm | Stevenson School

    Those who wish to serve must complete our volunteer application process before serving.


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    Roosevelt Road Initiative: Kids Hope 
    Mentor Local Students

    Kids Hope is a strong nationwide organization dedicated to helping children. Christ Church members Ellen Jurkonis and Ruth Vanderlaan are looking forward to leading a group of volunteers into the important roles of mentoring elementary aged school students or being a prayer partner to a mentor. Additional volunteers are needed for mentoring and being a prayer partner to a mentor.  Mentors will meet weekly at either York Center School or Stevenson School. Prayer partners will not meet with students weekly but will provide important spiritual support for their mentor. Both schools are in District 45 and are located near Westmore/Meyers Road and Roosevelt Road.  

    Contact: Renee Richel | | 630.321.3921




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    Roosevelt Road Initiative: York Community Resource Center
    Mentor Local Students

    York Community Resource Center (YCRC) restores hope and provides opportunities for children, youth, and families to reach their fullest potential. Through after school programs, tutoring, and parent groups, YCRC works in Villa Park and Lombard to advance the academic skills of youth and increase opportunities for all.

    Serve your community and make a lasting impact at YCRC by becoming a tutor or a classroom aide. Join the arts and recreation team or assist with special events and field trips. Find joy by sharing your time, talents and energy. After registering, a representative from York Community Resource Center will contact you to further explore your desire to serve.