Compassion Weekend

Friday-Sunday | September 23-25

Compassion Weekend is all about caring for each other. All around us, people are hurting. They are tired, worn down and lonely. God cares deeply about the real-life challenges of real people in our neighborhoods. We serve each other as an extension of that compassion. There is no hidden agenda or secret motive. For this one weekend, we set aside our regular weekend services and activities simply to serve those around us.        You are invited to join us!

You can make a difference in the lives of others around us. Projects include: building homes for the homeless, food drives for the hungry, visiting those in an assisted living facility, and more. We've designed some activities specifically so that your whole family (including children) can participate.

To participate, sign up below or in the Café on Sunday.

Aurora Packing Center

555 Exchange Ct, Aurora IL

Mission and Values:
Feed My Starving Children is a non-profit Christian organization committed to feeding God's children hungry in body and spirit. The approach is simple: children and adults hand-pack meals specifically formulated for malnourished children, and we ship the meals to nearly 70 countries around the world.
Serving Opportunities:
Packing nutritious meals for hungry children at the Aurora packing center.

For Ages 5 and Above
(anyone under 18 must be accompanied by an adult)

Friday | September 23 | 7:00-8:30 PM

Mutual Ground, Inc

418 Oak Ave, Aurora IL

Serving Opportunities:
General maintenance work around the property:  
  • General Maintenance
  • Cleaning- Inside & Outside
  • Donate requested items

For Ages 10 and Above
(anyone under 18 must be accompanied by an adult)

Saturday | September 24 | 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Mission and Values:
Mutual Ground Inc. was founded in 1975, providing services to victims of domestic violence and sexual assault and their families. Mutual Ground is one of the largest and oldest domestic violence shelters in the state. All services are victim-centered and focus on advocacy that empowers each individual to make her/his own decisions. All services are offered free of charge.

Loaves & Fishes

580 Exchange Ct, Aurora IL

Mission and Values:
Ending hunger. Transforming lives. To provide healthy food and impactful programs to promote self-sufficiency.
Serving Opportunities:
Serve on courtesy patrol. Help provide directions and hospitality to guests picking up food.

Open to Adults (18+)

Saturday | September 24 | 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Walmart Food Drive

2300 US-34, Oswego IL

Serving Opportunities:
Collecting canned goods and non-perishable food items for Holy Angels Food Pantry in Aurora.

Open to All Ages

Saturday | September 24 | 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Saturday | September 24 | 12:00 PM – 2:00 PM
(2 hour shifts, 8 people per shift)

Sunnymere Nursing Home

925 Sixth Ave, Aurora IL

Mission and Values:
Sunnymere is a non-profit organization which strives to provide gracious living accommodations for senior citizens. Based on the belief that human dignity is paramount, facilities are provided at moderate, subsidized prices and accommodations are maintained at a level responsive to the changing needs of the community.
Serving Opportunities:
Interact with residents by playing Bingo and Trivia.

Open to All Ages

Saturday | September 24 | 1:00-2:30 PM

Habitat ReStore

4100 Fox Valley Center Dr, Aurora IL

Habitat ReStore volunteers bring new skills and build capacity to help provide discounted building materials and home goods to the community. Habitat for Humanity uses funds raised by its ReStores to help families build, rehabilitate and repair homes. By giving your time and talents, you can help the Habitat ReStore do more to support homebuilding projects that benefit families in your community and around the world.
Serving Opportunities:
  • Merchandising and creating decorative displays
  • Customer service
  • Stocking store shelves
  • Unloading trucks
  • Pricing inventory
  • Organizing the ReStore and the warehouse
  • Sales floor associate

Open to All Ages

Saturday | September 24 | 2:00-4:00 PM

Faith Cafe

Mission and Values:
Providing Christ-centered support and hope to those affected by cancer. We are committed to carrying out our mission in a Christ-centered, caring culture dedicated to supporting individuals and families impacted by cancer. We will adapt to the dynamic needs of the people we serve by acting responsibly, with a sense of urgency and a passion for excellence. With integrity, our team will serve with compassion, respect and kindness, offering hope and peace to all.
Serving Opportunities:
Make tied blankets, care packages, and color cards at Faith for Phil’s Friends to give to area cancer patients.

Open to All Ages

Sunday | September 25 | 1:00-2:30 PM

Go. Serve. Love.  T-shirts

Cost:  $15.00 each

Shirts will be available for pickup on Sunday, September 5.