At Calvary, our learning and worship focus on connecting our faith with our weekday lives, the world beyond our walls. Our work and witness and prayer as Christians takes place at work and in the grocery store, at school and at play, at home with family and friends, and out and about on vacation or in our community.
Ashes to go:
On Ash Wednesday, we help our Lombard neighbors practice their faith in daily life when we offer Ashes to Go, meeting commuters at the Metra station with ashes and prayer to mark the beginning of Lent. Visit the AshestoGo website to learn more.
Pet Memorial and Blessing:
Each fall, we partner with the Lombard Veterinary Hospital to reach out to people who are grieving the loss of a pet, or celebrating the gifts pets bring to our lives. Lombard Vet hosts this service and celebration, and we invite leaders and members of neighboring churches to make our Pet Memorial and Blessing a true community celebration.
Indoor Winter Farmers’ Market:
Starting in 2014, we have been hosting a Winter Farmers' Market each year with Faith in Place and the Prairie Food Co-op, expanding our Sunday morning table fellowship to include a joyful abundance of local fresh foods, and welcoming the whole community to shop.
Annual Lenten Project
Every year in Lent, Calvary raises funds for a significant project to make an impact in the lives of folks around the world or close to home. Each year in Lent we raise money for a special outreach ministry. We have raised funds for the Diocese of Renk in South Sudan, for ChildServ in DuPage County, and for Magdalen House in Chicago. In 2017, we raised a total of $7,100 for several outreach ministries, all of which use volunteers and funds from Calvary: PADS, Prayer Blankets, Tot Town, Helping Hands, and the Calvary Vegetable Garden/Food Pantry/Food Bank. In addition, we will be raised funds for Connecting with Love, a ministry to children in Guinea, West Africa, which was founded by Mother Mo and has several Calvarians on its board. All Calvary’s ministries, including Connecting with Love, have demonstrated ways that Calvary has “Shared Our Treasure: Jesus” with those in our neighborhood and those across the world.
Calvary runs an annual Backpack and School Supply drive to benefit children at nearby Madison School in Lombard. Many Lombard families struggle to provide needed supplies, and Calvarians have stepped up to provide backpacks, pens, notebooks, crayons, glue and more to help ensure that our neighborhood’s children are equipped for learning at the beginning of the school year.
Calvarians love to eat, and we love to feed others!
We regularly gather groups to volunteer at theNorthern Illinois Food Bank. Our Youth lead our annual participation in the Crop Walk each fall, raising funds and awareness for the challenge of ending hunger.
A group of Calvarians volunteers once a month to prepare dinner, breakfast, and overnight hosting for the DuPagePADS (Public Action to Deliver Shelter) site at our neighboring UCC church.
In 2016, we started a garden to help feed our hungry neighbors. The youth started and grew seeds that turned into 81 pounds of food being donated to the Lombard/Villa Park Food Pantry. We will be adding a second raised bed in 2017.
Other Calvarians have an ongoing ministry welcoming and supporting refugee families re-located to the Lombard area, including preparing apartments for new arrivals and helping families orient to life in the United States.
From November through March we opened our doors on Thursday mornings for families to come and play. We received many positive comments from parents about having a place for active play during the cold months.