Youth & Young Adult Ministries
Adventist Youth Society (AYS)
AYS engages young people in a variety of spiritually-enriching experiences designed to lead young people into a saving relationship with Jesus Christ and help them embrace His call to discipleship. Join us every 3rd Saturday afternoon for time spent in prayer, worship, service, and creative activities.
The Beverly Hills Adventurer Club is designed to strengthen parent-child relationships for kids ages 4–9 by providing specialized and developmentally-engaging activities ranging from games and outdoor activities to nature exploration and family camping, field trips and community service projects. A five level age-specific curriculum is used along with approximately 80 specialized award areas of crafts, nature, recreation, spiritual development and home arts.
Enlarge your window on the world and build a relationship with God as a member of the Beverly Hills’s Pathfinder Club, designed for children ages 10–15. Pathfinders engage in activities that include community/civic service projects as well as those with a global impact, using their God-given talents to make a difference along the way. Pathfindering is built on an age-specific curriculum of six levels along with approximately 350 specialized skill development topics covering arts and crafts, aquatics, nature, household arts, recreation, spiritual development, health, and vocational training.
On a rotating basis, deacons, appointed by the Head Deacon, assist in maintaining the smooth operation of church services and meetings, including offering collection, security, set-up and tear-down for fellowship and other functions, assisting with Baptism and Communion Services. If you have the gift of helps or service, you are needed! Members are appointed.
The Usher Ministry volunteers serve by greeting members and guests and escorting them to their seats; distributing materials related to the worship service/meeting such as bulletins, handouts, etc.; maintaining alertness for any emergency that may arise, relieving the need or contacting the person(s) needed to provide the proper assistance; directing individuals out of the service/ meeting in an orderly fashion; and assisting with getting the sanctuary ready for the next service or meeting.
Sabbath School is “the primary religious education program of the Church” (Church Manual, p. 97). Each Sabbath, the lesson of the week is explored, analyzed and better understood through active discussion. Sabbath School also emphasizes and share the world mission by reviewing a new mission story each week. Our Sabbath School program commences every Sabbath at 10 AM for Adults, Children, Youth & New Believers.
The Health Ministry contributes to the improvement of the physical, mental, social, spiritual health and well-being of Goshen members and community members through innovative health promotion, prevention and educational activities that are tailored to the needs and priorities of Beverly Hills and community members. Programs include fitness classes, seminars, health fairs, screenings, etc.
Our Medical Team is staffed with nurses and physicians who serve onsite.
The Praise Team’s role is to engage the hearts and minds of the congregation in exalting and honoring God with the fruit of their [the congregation’s] lips, and they provide support for congregational singing for our 11:15am worship services and other services as assigned. Members are appointed for placement.
As followers of Jesus Christ, we have been called to serve in our community. It is through the blessings we have received that we are to be a blessing to those in need of a touch from God. Wherever we go in Chicago to pack and serve food, distribute clothes or visit the shut-in, we are taking the gospel of Jesus Christ with us and these simple kindnesses still proclaim Jesus Christ lives through us.
Nurture & Discipling Ministries
Adult Bible Studies
If you desire to give Bible studies on a one-on-one basis to people who desire to know more about the Seventh-day Adventist Church, gain a deeper understanding of the scripture, or prepare for baptism, or if you desire to have Bible studies, we are here for you.
Family influences every part of our lives and the life of the church. Our Family Ministry’s goal is to prioritize and strengthen relationships within families, recognizing that families come in various forms. The team also seeks to encourage stronger marriage relationships according to Biblical principles. Using Christian materials and tools, offered through regular meetings, seminars, workshops, retreats and other social activities, Family Ministry desires to support and promote other married couples to make Jesus the center of their marriages.
We pray together, but we also understand that we need to play together in order to build strong relationships. Volunteers are needed to help plan and execute socials, game nights, Super Bowl party, annual Fall picnic, holiday events, just to name a few, of the activities.
Women yearn for friends who will walk with them through life’s joys and sorrows, for building bonds of friendship and addressing subjects that are specifically or primarily related to women. We not only minister to the needs of women; we minister to females of all ages. All are welcome to assist with brainstorming, developing strategies, networking, and assisting in planning and implementing programs and activities relevant to women’s specific and varied needs, including serving as speakers or facilitators for activities. Activities include: yearly Women’s Ministry worship service, Girls Night In, Women’s Retreat, and Sip & Paint Nights.
This ministry helps maintain official copies of minutes and reports, facilitates correspondence between individuals seeking transfers and the churches with which the transfer is being made, completes certificates for baptisms and professions of faith, maintains church officer, committee, and member rosters.
Facilities & Ground Ministry
Our facilities and grounds team overseas all activities associated with the operation, maintenance, cleanliness, comfortability, and safety of the buildings, grounds, furnishings and equipment of the church.