Adult Ministries at Messiah

We encourage everyone to share their spiritual gifts by becoming actively involved in Messiah's ministries.  For more information about any of these groups, contact the Church Office at info@messiah-wauconda.org, or (847) 526-7161.


  • bible studies & Adult Learning

    • Saturday Morning Bible Study with Pastor Chuck meets every Saturday at 8:30 am in Van Buskirk.
    • Lifelong Learning adult Bible studies are offered several times a year on 11:00 Sunday mornings.  Check back for more info!  
    • Christian Basics is a 6 week course offered twice a year for those wishing to baptize a child or be baptized themselves, prepare for Holy Communion or Confirmation as an adult, become a member of Messiah, or learn more about the faith we share.
    • Deborah Circle is a women's Bible study & fellowship that meets on the 3rd Wednesday of the month at 9:30 am in the Luther Center.
    • Serendipity Bible Study meets the 2nd & 4th Wednesdays of the month at 9:00 am in the Luther Center.
    • Men's Group meets Wednesday nights at
    • Single Women in Ministry (SWIM) is fellowship & Bible study for single women and meets twice a month around town.
    • Soul to Soul Spiritual Group meets Thursdays at 7:00 pm in the Spirituality Center.
  • Caring ministries

    • 12 Step Support Groups - Messiah provides meeting space for several A.A. / Al-Anon groups throughout the week.  
    • Care Network / Wauconda Care Center - Messiah leads worship services at the Wauconda Care Center & Good Shepherd Hospital once a month.
    • Meal Ministry - Prepares & delivers meals to families in times of special need.
    • Prayer Ministry - Meets most Thursdays at 11:00 am in the Luther Center to pray for the needs of our congregation.  If you have a prayer request, please call the church office.
    • Quilt & Prayer Shawl Ministry - Quilters meet once a month (and sometimes more!) to make quilts for Lutheran World Relief.  Knitted or crocheted Prayer Shawls are made while petitioning and praying to God, and given to those going through an illness or difficult time.
    • Stephen Ministry - Stephen Ministers are laypeople trained to provide confidential one-on-one care to people experiencing a difficult time in life, such as grief, divorce, job loss, chronic or terminal illness, relocation, or separation due to military deployment.
  • outreach, Service & Justice Ministries

    • Community Meals - Messiah hosts free community meals once a month, open to everyone.  Click here for the current schedule, in English and in Spanish
    • Good Samaritan coordinates a variety of projects throughout the year to help people in need, both locally and internationally.
    • Joyful Outreach (JOM) participates in and supports events & activities at Messiah and in the community that fulfill our Christian message.
    • PADS (Providing Advocacy, Dignity & Shelter) - Messiah hosts & supports Lake County homeless men on Saturday nights from October - April.
    • Service & Mission provides mission trip and inter-generational service opportunities throughout the year.
    • Social Justice serves our community through social justice initiatives.
    • Summer Lunch Program provides meals for children and their caregivers 5 days a week in the summertime at Cook Park, when they cannot rely on meals at school.
  • parish life ministries

    • Circle of Friends Book Club meets twice a month on Friday mornings in the homes of book club members.
    • Christian Meditation - meets Mondays at 1:45 pm in the Spirituality Center.
    • Hatha Yoga - meets Tuesdays at 9:15 am in the Luther Center.
    • Hospitality Ministry - coordinates Sunday morning refreshments, church luncheons, and other special events.
    • Tai Chi - meets Mondays at 1:00 pm in the Spirituality Center.


  • ...and everything else

    • Outdoor Beautification Team keeps our outdoor landscaping looking lovely!
    • Property, Building & Construction Team helps with small repairs & projects around the church.
    • Worship Assistants - we always need greeters, scripture readers, ushers, acolytes, and other worship assistants!