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Outdoor Ministry

Upcoming Events

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Click here to register!

Families & Congregants Welcome!

Caravan from IPBC immediately after the Council Meeting or join us at the Arboretum at 2pm.

We plan to leave the park by 5pm.

What to Bring:

Water Bottle, Walking Shoes,

Layers of Comfortable Clothing, Sunscreen, Hat

Intimidated by the Outdoors? This event is for you! We are committed to providing a fun and meaningful experience for all abilities. The park has many ADA-accessible exhibits and the OM Coordinator is happy to talk about further accommodations.

Pets are not allowed in the park; certified service animals only.

For more information about the park:

Fall Color Festival Exhibits

Accessibility Needs                Visiting with Children


Amber Naylor, OM Coordinator,

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Our outdoor ministry committee meets monthly to plan summer camp and other outings. Whether it’s kayaking on the Chicago River, birdwatching in Jackson Park, or meditating in a forest preserve, we aim to host creation encounters that are meaningful, accessible and renewing for our congregants.

We recognize that, as God’s creatures, we have been placed into a wide and glorious world in which we can find inspiration for our work, spiritual and emotional restoration, and a renewed sense of connection with all of God’s creation. Further, we seek to hear anew the challenge of Genesis 1 to understand dominion as stewardship and so to engage in ministries of creation care.


Do you love spending time in nature? Have a suggestion for an outdoor ministry event? Want to get involved with our committee? Let us know here!



Stay tuned for details on upcoming events!

Past events include:

  • Kayaking the Chicago River at Ping Tom Park

  • Birding in Jackson Park

  • Scavenger Hunt at Japanese Garden

On Feb 3, 2018, the Family Council approved a resolution on recommendation of the property and finance committee to approve the sale of the Camp Grow property to the Green Lake Conservancy. Read the full text of this resolution here. 

Questions about the sale of Camp Grow? Click here.
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