Connect with like-minded individuals at Messiah and enjoy  time together at any of these Life Groups.

You will find your people and your place here.
Looking for Birth-12th Grade Ministries, please visit their individual pages

If you have a gift for music through singing or using instruments, then we'd love to have you share that gift. If you're a self-proclaimed "geek" and love technology, worship ministry is also the place for you.

Contact Lloyd Evans at for more info.


Quilters – Our quilters meet the third Tuesday of each month at 9:00 a.m. They make and tie quilts to be sent to the poorest of the poor around the world. They would be glad to teach you the skills needed to make these much needed quilts. Come make new friends too!

Contact Pat Boe  or 815-436-7363

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Memory Bears – Join our Memory Bear Group on the fourth Tuesday of each month at 9 AM! We sew 24-inch stuffed teddy bears out of clothing from one who has passed away to comfort those who are grieving. We also make bears to order as well as new bears we offer for sale on the 1st Sunday in May, called “Bear Sunday”. ALL proceeds are donated to children in need, such as those in the local hospice program, in our own congregation, the local homeless shelter, an orphanage and a children’s hospital. Whether or not you can sew, we need you! For more information, contact the Church for more info @ 815-741-4488.


OWLS: Our Older Wiser Loving Seniors gather the second Tuesday of each month at 12:00 Noon. We enjoy a variety of activities such as speakers, crafts, fellowship, and more.  Meet new people, make new friends, learn something new, try new recipes, visit with old friends, learn about other cultures, make a craft, get gardening tips, swap books, and any other endless things we haven’t thought of yet. Schedule of activities coming soon. Contact Nancy


Men's Ministries:

Want to connect with other Christian men, share your skills and hobbies, want to be the Dad in Sunday School; do men activities such as hiking, biking, or learn to be a better dad or  husband then contact Pastor Hoover 

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Stay-n-Play Parents and caregivers, bring your kids under 5 for 2 hours of playing in our Family Life Center. Enjoy a cup of coffee on us and meet new people. Every Tuesday during the school year from 9:30 - 11:30 starting January 7. For more information contact Lynda 

Girl on a Tricycle

The Prayer Shawl Ministry is a group of men and women who crochet and knit small blankets and shawls that are available for our members to bring to a loved one in need as a tangible symbol of our congregations love and prayers. This Ministry is a special way to reach out with love and care to others who are hurting, to comfort those in need of healing, to console those who are grieving, to bring hope to those in despair or in transition, or to provide for someone in need. As the garment is created, the recipient is known only to God as the crafter works and prays.

Join Our Secret Pals: Having a secret pal can be a very rewarding experiences you can have at Messiah. Participating in the Secret Pals program takes commitment, loyalty and a desire to have lots of fun. It is also a wonderful way to make new friends!!! Look for sign up information in the fall or contact Maureen Williams or 815-531-7250

Walking In Faith

A weekly walking group for women and men. We start with a short devotional and continue talking as we walk at our own pace at Inwood Park. Contact Sherri

Walk-In-Faith will Resume Fall 2021

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All New Fall 2021

Coming Back Soon

If you have a gift for singing and want to be a part of a talented Choir then this group is for you. 

Contact Herb Alexander at the church for more info.

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Volunteer Opportunities:

We are always looking for people to help at our Give Away Day Events as well as helping find ways to donate. Contact Christine Murray @ for

more information.

BIBLE STUDY March 2021

Check out the promo video for this 6-week session. In-person or on Zoom. Tuesdays 6:30



Insight is various Bible Studies that meet on Sunday morning during the 9:30 am Service. If you are interested in joining us at the church, contact the church office at 815-741-4488.



Landscape Club

Meet Jim and other green thumbs at church to help with landscaping, gardening, planting and beautifying the church grounds. Fridays from 9-11

Contact Jim at 815-782-5295

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Study Group

Check Back for Fall 2021 Small Groups

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