Our families represent the amazing diversity of both Chicago and The Moody Church. They come from varied ethnicities, different economic and educational backgrounds, and unique family and faith histories. Our programs are open to everyone, including single parents, blended families, grandparent assisted families, and those who don’t worship regularly at the church. All are welcome! We are a very rich social and spiritual environment in which families from all over Chicagoland grow in faith and practice together.
The primary focus of Family Ministries is to help parents both understand and fulfill their biblical duties to spiritually lead and nurture their children as gifts from God. (Psalm 127:3; Deuteronomy 6:5 – 9; Ephesians 6:1, 4) While our Youth and Children’s programs provide a great deal of fun and spiritual training, we believe that moms and dads are most critical in the faith development of their children. Working collaboratively with parents, the staff and leadership of the Family Ministries, Youth and Children’s areas seek to nurture and encourage the entire family. And, our doors are always open to kids and teens and their moms and dads regarding any concern or question.
Communities for Family and Marriage: Adult Sunday School
Connecting with other believers nurtures our spiritual growth. Our family and marriage Communities (adult Sunday schools) offer ways, both large and small, throughout the year to get connected at The Moody Church. Classes are listed below by group composition. Explore one that’s right for you!
Deeper Walk Marriage Conference: Saturday November 2
What separates happy marriages from miserable ones? Surprisingly, it’s not healthy communication. It’s not conflict resolution skills. It’s actually the size of the marriage’s joy gap: the length of time between moments of shared joy. Healthy marriages regularly produce joy, and joy keeps the marriage healthy. But this kind of happiness and health in marriage isn’t just for the lucky few who stumble upon it. It turns out that certain relational skills boost your happiness.
Anchored in the latest brain science and purposing to honor marriage by equipping couples with the 4 Habits of Joy-Filled Marriages, this event gives you insights, exercises, and a plan for keeping your joy gap as small as possible.
Registration: $69/couple using discount code MCMEMBER.
Parenting Classes and Counseling
If you are interested in domestic infant adoption or international adoption and live in the Chicagoland area, this is a great starting point and resource as you begin to research more about if adoption is right for your family. Contact Roxana Thisse at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Many homeschool families who attend The Moody Church participate in collaborative educational programs on Fridays and meet on Sundays for fellowship in the afternoons. Watch the bulletin for dates and times.
Mondays from September to May | Second floor
The Moody Church hosts this independent group of Christian homeschool parents using a tutor-enhanced program to discover the order and beauty of God’s creation. The program combines classical learning (grammar, dialectic, and rhetoric) and a biblical world view.
Further information on the Classical Conversations program can be found at their website www.classicalconversations.com or contact the local coordinator, Nancy Hall, at email@example.com
Wednesdays beginning September 18, 6:45–8:00pm in Room 307
These courses, facilitated by Pastor Bob Gunter and his wife Linda, rely on biblical principles, use current Christian parenting resources, and include robust class discussions covering parenting challenges at all ages and stages. The parenting classes typically run concurrent with the AWANA and Youth class schedules.
We’re circling back to one of our most requested book series, Shepherding a Child’s Heart by Ted Tripp, but with an additional focus on the differences in raising girls and boys. While we learn godly means of discipline and discipleship, we’ll also explore what difference gender makes in how we parent boys and girls well.
Next session: Sundays beginning September 8, 3:15-4:45pm in Room 307
This nine-week course is typically offered two times per year in February and September. The class is required for those seeking to be married at The Moody Church, but is open to any couple desiring to start their marriage on a solid, biblical basis. It features PREPARE/Enrich testing and practical biblical teaching by mature pastoral and lay couples. The course fee of $80 per couple is for the workbooks and in-class materials.
The PREPARE/Enrich testing costs $35 and is paid separately to the testing service by each couple. Contact Lori Imhof at 312.327.8600 x1008 for details.