Youth Education

Church of Our Saviour has a tradition of deep commitment to the spiritual formation of its children and youth.


Youth Education

Church of Our Saviour has a tradition of deep commitment to the spiritual formation of its children and youth.

Nursery (infants and toddlers)

Nursery care is available for the 9:00 a.m. and the 10:45 a.m. Sunday morning worship services, and at other events/services on an as needed basis.

Atrium (ages 3- 12)

Our Sunday morning Christian formation is rooted in Sophia Cavalletti’s Catechesis of the Good Shepherd curriculum; a way of approaching children’s religious formation which allows them to interact deeply with the Bible and the liturgy, utilizing the educational principles of Maria Montessori.  Our children explore these things in “atria” (rooms), especially prepared for them based on their respective ages. The materials in the atria have been made by members of our congregation to be used in presentations for the children and then by the children in a hands-on, meditative way.

The Catechesis of the Good Shepherd’s USA website asks us to think of our children’s spiritual life in this way…

“If an adult hears a beautiful…Bible passage, the adult might read it slowly…think deeply about the words…speak to God in a thankful prayer.  A little child…needs another way.  In an atrium the child can ponder a biblical passage or [a moment] in the liturgy by taking the material for that text and working with it – placing wood figures of sheep in a sheepfold…setting apostles around a Last Supper table, or preparing a small altar…Older children may also copy parables from the Bible, place prayers in order from the rite of baptism, or label a long time line showing the history of the kingdom of God.”

Catechesis of the Good Shepherd is a rich and varied spiritual programming for our younger children.  The individual atria are facilitated by our talented catechists, a number of whom have dozens of years of experience, not only as catechists, but as catechesis trainers at the national level.  We are truly blessed to have this quality of spiritual formation for our young children.

Jr./Sr. High (ages 13-18)

As our youth move on to Junior High and High School, their Sunday programming has a greater focus on the exploration and expression of the individual’s developing faith.  

Our junior high Sunday classes use the Rite 13 Curriculum, an approach to spiritual exploration specifically geared to youth of that age.  The junior high youth have a long-standing relationship with Heifer International, and raise money every year for that organization.  They also enjoy monthly Youth Group gatherings, which are primarily social in nature, as well as the occasional “lock-in” and participation in Diocese-wide events with other youth of their age.

Church of Our Saviour’s High School youth meet weekly on Sunday mornings, as well as Tuesday evenings. Sunday discussions are often grounded in the study of a text.  Recent examples include C.S. Lewis’ The Screwtape Letters, and The Great Divorce, as well as Madeleine L'Engles's Wrinkle in Time along with accompanying spiritual and biblical resources and conversation about the issues explored.

The high school youth group has a long-standing commitment to service, having taken service trips to Appalachia or the Gulf Coast every summer for the past quarter of a century.  This service trip is a hybrid – combining days spent doing home repair and nights spent doing retreat activities.  Every spring, the members and friends of Church of our Saviour look forward to the “ASP [A Service Project] Dinner”, the high school youth’s fundraiser for the summer trip, and an opportunity for the entire congregation to hear stories of the past summer’s trip, enjoy a beautiful meal and live music, and participate in live and silent auctions which help to raise funds for the upcoming trip. The senior high youth also participate in Diocese-wide events with other youth of their age, and the national “EYE” (Episcopal Youth Event) which occurs bi-annually as part of the Episcopal Church’s National Convention.


Adult Education

Adult Education

Sunday Morning Adult Forum

Every Sunday between the 9:00 and 10:45 a.m. services, adults gather in the Parish Hall at 10:10 a.m. for varied discussions and presentations by speakers from within the congregation as well as guest speakers active in various ministries and social causes in Chicago and beyond.

Red Door Dinners

The Red Door Dinners are small groups of 8-10 parishioners who gather once a month for pot-luck dinners at each other’s homes.  We enjoy getting to know each other and building a closer community one dinner group at a time during each program year - November to June.  Each person (or couple) takes a turn hosting a meal. The dates for these gatherings are determined by each group.  Whether you're new to Church of Our Saviour or a long-standing member, one of the best ways to get to know others is through our Red Door Dinner Program.  Please contact the office for details on how to get involved.

COS Connect Groups

The vision for COS Connect groups is to provide the means for real Christian community to develop.  A COS Connect group is a place to learn and grow from reading and sharing Scripture or books from the Christian tradition and grow closer to Christ through prayer.  It is a powerful way to have a deeper spiritual connection with fellow parishioners.  We welcome newcomers to our COS Connect Small Group Program.  One of God’s wishes for us is to live in community where we can come together to learn, love and support one another – and have fun!  Please contact Nancy Paradiso at 773-750-3490 to learn more about the program.

Education for Ministry (EfM)

EfM is a comprehensive and experiential course of study that addresses the foundation and message of our faith.  EfM meets weekly on Tuesday eveningsfrom 7:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., from September to May each year.  The focus of the program, a cycle which takes four years to complete, is on life as ministry and in understanding that ministry.  The first year's readings focus on the Old Testament, the second year's readings on the New Testament, the third year's readings on Church history, and the fourth year's readings on theology.  But the discussion is shared across the years and always involves time for a theological reflection on a particular issue or passage of scripture brought forward by one of the members of the group.  Please contact the office for more information.

Book Club

Each month we explore Christianity and the world around us through varied and interesting literature on wide-ranging topics.  We meet at 7:00 p.m. on the second Tuesday of each month, directly after the Healing Eucharist.  Best of all, reading the entire book is not a prerequisite to participate!  Please contact the office for more information.

Men's Breakfast

The men of Church of Our Saviour gather on the last Saturday of each month at 8:00 a.m. for coffee, breakfast, and to enjoy each other’s company.  The group meets at The Bourgeois Pig, a quarter block east of Fullerton and Halsted, on the north side of Fullerton.  Please contact the office for more information.

Yoga Classes

“Although yoga was developed in ancient India, people of all faiths have found that this body-centered meditation is a great way to improve health, open the heart, and deepen your spirituality.”--Darren Main, author and yoga teacher.  Classes at COS, led by parishioner and certified yoga teacher Gary Alexander, are usually held right in the beautiful nave of the church on Wednesdays at 5:30pm. The suggested donation is $12.  However, no one will be turned away due to lack of funds. Please contact the office for more information.


Spiritual Development

Church of Our Saviour has been the spiritual home of hundreds of smart believers since the 19th century

Spiritual Development

Church of Our Saviour has been the spiritual home of hundreds of smart believers since the 19th century

Morning Prayer

On Tuesdays at 10:00 a.m., you are welcome to participate in morning prayer attended by the clergy and staff of Church of Our Saviour.  Morning prayer includes the reading of an upcoming Gospel passage, followed by reflection and discussion.


During Wednesdays in Lent, we meet for a Eucharist, a simple dinner, and a lecture series to support our own Lenten journeys each year.

Inquirers Classes

Inquirers Classes are for people new to the Episcopal Church and confirmed Episcopalians alike who wish to share their journeys of faith and learn more about the distinctive traditions of the Episcopal/Anglican Communion and Church of Our Saviour.  In these classes you will learn about church history, the Bible, the Book of Common Prayer, the catechism within the Book of Common Prayer, and the sacraments (especially Baptism and Holy Eucharist).  For those adults wishing to participate in the sacrament of Confirmation, this class is part of the journey towards that goal. Candidates for adult baptism are also encouraged to attend.


Parish Leadership

Parish Leadership


  • Molly Stine, Sr. Warden
  • Joel Gawlik, Jr. Warden
  • Tom Harper, Treasurer
  • Sharon Saxelby, Clerk

End of Term - 2018

  • Steve Eastwood
  • Rebecca Elfring-Roberts
  • Peter England
  • Peg Swanton

End of Term - 2019

  • Shannon Page
  • Margaret Post
  • Ian Watson

End of Term - 2020

  • Scott Green
  • Greg Kameika
  • Alice Kovacik
  • Susanna Krentz

Parish Council

  • Frank Labaty, Parish Life Coordinator
  • Nissa Cox
  • Deirdre Hastings
  • Pat Jones
  • Fran McFadden
  • Nancy Paradiso


Parish Staff

Parish Staff

Administration (Finance / Communications / Building) 


Christian Formation / Spiritual Development / Outreach / Food for Friends


Food for Friends & Neighbor Relations

Ministry of Bishop and Rector / Worship Coordinator



Wedding Administrator







Parish Activities

Parish Activities


Episcopalians never miss an opportunity to greet each other and celebrate their community.  Church of Our Saviour enjoys these gatherings twice every Sunday.  Following the 9:00 service, and just in time for parents dropping their children off for Sunday School, there is a joint cookie hour for members of the 9:00 and 10:45 worshipping communities to get together for fellowship, food and conversation at 9:50am in the parish hall. Then there is a coffee hour after the 10:45 service.   For more information contact Willie Cade.


Beginning as an artistic idea that, if it worked at all, would take decades to complete, the Needlepoint Project at Church of Our Saviour has caught the imagination of both those who do the meticulous work and those who admire it.  In 2012 we will dedicate well over a dozen new individual kneelers and the conclusion of the project is now a visible reality.  It has been spearheaded over the years by a wide range of parishioners who’ve led the project, designed for it, and helped create a unique ‘needlepointers’ community.  Parishioner Dr. Ruth Seeler has consistently underwritten the considerable cost of the project and is committed to seeing it through to the end. 

That end, which is now in sight (and well ahead of projections), will have transformed the nave of the church. Fairly unique to Episcopal churches, COS was designed with individual kneelers (rather than long, pew-lengthed kneelers).  The vision was to reproduce in needlepoint the beautiful images of our Victorian art-glass windows.  Individual kneelers now have these unique designs on their tops (along with some very interesting variations).  Kneeler sides were open to the needlepointers to do as they pleased—some are plain, some highly decorated and dedicated to events and individuals in the parish’s life.  The floor of the nave, once a dull brown, is now abloom with brilliant color, an array of beautiful design and conveys a fascinating celebration of our recent parish history and personalities.

Green Stewardship

This group is committed to finding more energy efficient and environmentally sound ways to handle things as varied as heating the church and the items we use for coffee hour. They have had a significant impact on how we utilize our aged buildings.

For further information about Green Stewardship contact Bruce Beavis.


Community Events

Community Events

Church of Our Saviour provides meeting space for various services of community support, including Alcoholics Anonymous meetings, Yoga classes, and a monthly Foot Clinic for the homeless. On Ash Wednesday, parishioners, staff, and clergy participate in the  ”Ashes to Go” ministry at the Fullerton train stop, providing commuters with an opportunity to mark the beginning of the Lent season. On Palm Sunday we process thru the neighborhood to mark this significant date. Additionally, in the fall we have a two-day Book Sale on the lawn in front of the church.  This provides a great opportunity to interact with parishioners and the people in our neighborhood.


The Episcopal Church

The Episcopal Church

The Episcopal Church is part of the Anglican Communion, which has 80 million members spread throughout 160 countries worldwide. The Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr. Rowan Williams, is the Central Bishop to all Anglicans. The Episcopal Church has more than 2 million members in 110 Dioceses in 16 countries and is shepherded by Presiding Bishop Kathryn Jefferts-Schori.

The Diocese of Chicago/Northern Illinois has 40,000 members in more than 100 parishes from Chicago to Rockford to Galena to Dixon. The Rt. Rev. Jeffrey Lee is our Bishop and works from the Diocesan office at 65 E. Huron.

The Episcopal Church is in communion with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America and the Moravian church, meaning that we share pulpits, churches and in some cases clergy.