Berry Summer Book Club
Jun
14
to Sep 10

Berry Summer Book Club

Join one discussion or all four as we gather each month at the Book Cellar at 7pm for an hour to talk about the following books: 

June 4- Our Lives Matter: A Womanist Queer Theology by Pamela Lightsey 

July 9-   Bipolar Faith: A Black Journey with Depression and Faith by Monica Coleman

August 6-   Outside the Lines by Mehee Kim-Kort (this comes out July 1)

September 10- Seeking Refuge: On the Shores of the Global Refugee Crisis by Stephan Bauman, Matthew Soerens and Dr. Issam Smeir

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Global Citizenship
Jun
20
to Jul 25

Global Citizenship

Combining service, experiential learning, faith formation, and fun, this summer program will expand your family’s understanding of the environment, interfaith relationships, race, food accessibility, and serving our neighbors.

Dates: June 20, 27 and July 11, 18, 25

Times: 9 am - 4 pm  (Drop-off/Pick-up at your local participating church: Irving Park UMC, Elston Ave UMC, Eden UCC or Berry UMC)

Price: $10-15 per day depending on event (if you need financial help, just talk to your pastor!)

You are allowed to participate in one or ALL of the events, when registering just be sure to let us know which days you want to experience!

Want to Register or Volunteer? https://berryumc.org/registration-forms/

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Brunch Church
Jun
10
10:30 AM10:30

Brunch Church

At Brunch Church, worship takes place at tables around a delicious meal. Communion is made as we share food and ourselves by exploring scripture, singing, and praying together. There are meaningful ways for people of all ages to engage.

This is a unique opportunity to invite someone new, maybe even your neighbor, into a whole new church experience as we gather around the table for worship. All are welcome!

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Share Some Love and Clean House!
May
26
10:00 AM10:00

Share Some Love and Clean House!

To create a more hospitable space at Berry UMC for our African Community UMC neighbors, our building sharers, and our future building users- it's time to clean house! 

Our teams will be doing and we would love for you to join up to: polish the pews, clear out the worship storage, clean out the hot room, organize the Wesley Storage Space, and find awesome historical artifacts to keep! Lunch will be provided! 

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Brunch Church
May
13
10:30 AM10:30

Brunch Church

At Brunch Church, worship takes place at tables around a delicious meal. Communion is made as we share food and ourselves by exploring scripture, singing, and praying together. There are meaningful ways for people of all ages to engage. All are welcome!

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The Space Within
May
12
9:30 AM09:30

The Space Within

  • Holy Covenant United Methodist Church (map)
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This event is an opportunity for United Methodists to understand what is currently being discussed within our denomination about Sexual Orientation. Speakers will include the Rev. Meredith Hoxie Schol, PhD. presenting on United Methodist Polity as it relates to our global connection, and David Nuckols, a representative of the Commission on a Way Forward. The event is free.  Please register at Brown Paper Tickets.
See our Facebook page for more details.

Click here for more on the CTA Circuit Riders

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Game Night!
May
5
5:30 PM17:30

Game Night!

It's Game Night! Join in the fun by bringing a snack, a game or simply show up and enjoy. Last month we had pizza, brownies and game fun playing Goin' Fishin', Family Feud, Exploding Kittens, Sorry!, Rummy among other wonderful games. 

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CTA Circuit Riders Sermon Series
Apr
8
to May 20

CTA Circuit Riders Sermon Series

Starting April 8 worship service till Pentecost May 20 service, UCRP will have guest pastors from surrounding United Methodist Churches preaching on “What does it mean to be United Methodist?” Our schedule of preachers at Berry will come from United Church of Rogers Park, Irving Park UMC, Grace Church of Logan Square, Holy Covenant, Epworth UMC Elston Av and Berry UMC.

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Easter Egg Hunt
Apr
1
10:00 AM10:00

Easter Egg Hunt

Join us before Easter Sunday worship for an Egg Hunt! Each year we invite the children who participate in the hunt to decide where our special collection will go. This year we are considering Heifer International, Chappell Elementary Garden Project or The Free Little Pantry. Join us!

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Good Friday Service
Mar
30
7:00 PM19:00

Good Friday Service

The service will be centered around the stations of the cross. There will be opportunities to engage physically with the stations, to be in silent prayer,  and to be surrounded by contemplative music. Join together with other pilgrims as we end Holy Week with Jesus and each other.

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Glitter Ash Wednesday Service
Feb
14
7:00 PM19:00

Glitter Ash Wednesday Service

Ashes remind us of our mortality, pain, and need to turn to God. Glitter reminds us that there is always hope, and that all people our included in God's hope--particularly our LGBTQ+ friends and others excluded by religious structures. Join us for an Ash Wednesday service that is both ancient and new, as we begin the journey of Lent together. 

Glitter Ashes on the Go will be distributed at the Western Brown Line at 8am and noon. 

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Brunch Church: Mardi Gras Edition
Feb
11
10:30 AM10:30

Brunch Church: Mardi Gras Edition

  • 4754 N. Leavitt St, Chicago, IL 60625 (map)
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Join us for a special Brunch Church--Mardi Gras style! There will be plenty of pancakes, jelly filled doughnuts, sausages, and other treats as come together in celebration before the start of the Lent season. 

At Brunch Church, worship takes place at tables around a delicious meal. Communion is made as we share food and ourselves by exploring scripture, singing, and praying together. There are meaningful ways for people of all ages to engage. All are welcome!

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Jan
15
12:00 PM12:00

MLK Day Faith in Action Assembly & Governor's Candidate Form.

Join us as we join congregations across Chicago-land for Community Renewal Society's  annual Martin Luther King Day Faith in Action Assembly & Governor's Candidates Forum. There will be activities for kids (toddlers and up) to engage in social justice focused games and songs. Registration begins at 8 am, and event starts at 8:30

Our own Pastor April will be speaking at the event!

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Brunch Church
Jan
14
10:30 AM10:30

Brunch Church

At Brunch Church, worship takes place at tables around a delicious meal. Communion is made as we share food and ourselves by exploring scripture, singing, and praying together. There is room for all at the table!

 

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Las Posadas
Dec
16
7:30 PM19:30

Las Posadas

Join us as we recant the journey of Mary and Joseph seeking shelter. We will start at the church (4754 N Leavitt St.) at 7:30 pm and end at the home of Pastor April. There will be a pinata, good food, and other fun treats! 

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Vigil to End Gun Violence
Dec
14
6:00 PM18:00

Vigil to End Gun Violence

Join us as we join hundreds of nationwide vigils to remember victims of gun violence in Chicago and across our nation on the 5th anniversary of Sandy Hook mass shooting. Our own Pastor April will be speaking at this event at Giddings Plaza. #endgunviolence 

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Volunteering at Greater Chicago Food Depository
Sep
23
1:00 PM13:00

Volunteering at Greater Chicago Food Depository

Berry Church is sending up to 20 volunteers for an afternoon project at the Chicago Food Depository, located at 4100 W. Ann Lurie Place, Chicago. Volunteers should plan to carpool from Berry, leaving at 12pm.

Please contact Judy Alspach at judy4917@gmail.com or 773-541-1281 no later than Monday, September 18, if you are planning to join us. You must also register online with the Depository before volunteering: https://volunteers.chicagosfoodbank.org/index.php?section=indGpRegistrations&action=profile_conditional&fwID=12677

What we will be doing:

The Greater Chicago Food Depository regularly needs volunteers to help with repacking donated food and other products. The repack session is a great introduction to the Greater Chicago Food Depository, the work we do here, and the need that we see in Cook County. A lot of the food we receive at our warehouse comes in bulk quantities and volunteers are scheduled to help us break it down into more manageable sizes. In a repack session you might be sorting produce, looking over a shipment of bread, or repacking bulk dry goods (cereal, pasta, rice) into smaller quantities. Together, we can properly and efficiently distribute quality food to participating food pantries, soup kitchens and shelters in Cook County.

Volunteer Services can be reached for questions at volunteerservices@gcfd.org or  773-247-3663.

Additional info:

Volunteers must be able to stand for up to 90 minutes while doing some light lifting and bending. Some seated positions are available depending on project.  Lockers with locks are available on site, but please note that we are a tobacco-free and weapons-free campus.

Punctuality: Plan on arriving at least ten minutes before the start of the session, so we can begin punctually.  Once production is underway in the warehouse, we are not able to add late comers to the projects.

Dress Code: Long pants, covered shoulders, and enclosed shoes are required to work in the warehouse.

Jewelry: Some projects will require all jewelry to be removed. No visible facial piercing jewelry, other than in the ears, is allowed.

Minimum age: Volunteers must be 14 years old.  Volunteers 14 or 15 years old must be accompanied by an adult over the age of 18.

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Vacation Bible School
Aug
28
to Aug 30

Vacation Bible School

Registration has begun!  Fill out the registration form below for each child and submit by August 13th.

WHEN: August 28th, 29th & 30th
6 pm - 8:30 pm

Save the dates for this year's Vacation Bible School!  We will be going on awesome adventures alongside Bible heroes and discover the qualities that make us truly heroic in God. VBS Hero Central uses epic music, spectacular science, crafty crafts, heroic recreation, and fantastic Bible stories to help kids discover their strength in God!   VBS is open to kids ages 5-12.  Contact Jessie Cummins with questions about the program. 

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