Youth and Family Mission
With doors open for young people, Immanuel continues a tradition of deep connection with the surrounding community. We engage our neighbors and help those in need around us. Our youth and family ministries empower young people be responsible for both themselves and for their families, schools, and neighborhoods,
Ministries-Youth and Family-Immanuel Together Programs
The Immanuel Together Program or “Playgroup” has been a part of the Immanuel community for 35 years. The mission of this ministry is to reach out to young children and their families in the Immanuel Community.
The playgroup is broken up into 3 terms, a Winter Term that runs from the beginning of January until Holy Week, a Spring Term that runs from after Easter until Mid-June and a Fall Term that runs from the beginning of September until right before Christmas.
The Playgroup for babies, toddlers, and their parents or caregivers, meets at 10:15am on Mondays and Wednesdays in the church gym on the second floor.
The Playgroup for children 16 months to 2+ years, and their parents or caregivers, meets at 10am on Tuesdays and Thursdays in the church gym on the second floor.
The Playgroup for children ages 2.5 and older, and their parents or caregivers, meets at 9:30am on Tuesdays and Thursdays in the church basement.
A small suggested donation is asked of the families that helps pay for honorariums to the playgroup leaders and helpers, as well as pay for supplies. Scholarships are always available.
Some recent words on the Playgroup from regular attendees:
“Being a mother who brought her own children to this group many moons ago; I so appreciate being a great-aunt to bring my great nephew. He lights up the minute he sees the church and realizes he will play with the children. It is such an enriching time, and we are so grateful to have this safe place and group to learn songs and socialize with other people and kids.”
“Ms. Michelle is a gem. Edgewater has its own Mister Rogers and she’s simply a treasure. My little girl has grown leaps and bounds with the positive and social atmosphere that is created in Playgroup. Wouldn’t know what we would be doing without this outlet.”
“We began coming to the playgroup in December after families at Senn Park suggested it. I feel that Michelle and her Playgroup are a real blessing to our family and our community. Our son looks forward to his times at the group and excitedly puts his coat and shoes on willingly beforehand (a true miracle). We are thankful for the social and physical exercise he enjoys in the group.”
For more information on how you can get involved, call 773-743-1820
Ministries- Youth and Family-Edgewater Tutoring and Compass
Each Monday, Edgewater Tutoring meets from 6:30-8:00pm. This is a safe learning environment for Edgewater students to get individual help from Immanuel members and church neighbors. Additionally, Edgewater tutoring employs Loyola University work study students and appreciates the dedication of volunteer tutors from Lutheran Campus Ministry at Northwestern University. Tutors and students are paired one-to-one. The tutors work with the students academically and establish mentoring relationships with them.
Compass Tutoring meets every Tuesday night from 6:00pm to 8:00pm.
Students enjoy a meal that is generously provided by Immanuel members. Following the meal, students are tutored by Loyola students. During the early spring we take time to work with the students to apply for summer jobs.
For more information on either Compass or Edgewater Tutoring, or to apply for a space in either program, contact Edie Lange at: 773-732-7553
Confirmation at Immanuel is a 2-year program for 7th and 8th Graders from Ebenezer, Unity, and Immanuel Lutheran Churches. The program is taught by the Pastors from each congregation. The students are combined in a single class, alternating between one year of learning about the Bible, and a year focused on Lutheran Theology. Throughout each year, confirmands participate special projects, leading a shared Ascension Day service including all three congregations, various Metro-Chicago Synod youth activities, and attend a retreat at Lutherdale Bible Camp in Elkhorn, Wisconsin. Youth in Confirmation are also encouraged to fully participate in a shared youth group that meets bi-monthly throughout the year, including a service trip each summer and, once every three years, attending the ELCA National Youth Gathering.
For more information, contact Pastor Monte Johnson or Pastor Emily Heitzman at 773-743-1820.
Public Transportation: We are conveniently located about two blocks from the #22 Clark bus and a ten-minute walk from the Thorndale red line station.
Parking: On Sundays, parking is available at Senn High School (5900 N Glenwood Ave) half a block south of the church. An accessible drop-off location is located directly in front of the church entrance on Elmdale Ave.