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Sean's Story

Before Sean’s sophomore year of high school, his parents divorced. This news devastated him. He turned to racing cars as an outlet, but this did... (read more)

Sean's Story

Before Sean’s sophomore year of high school, his parents divorced. This news devastated him. He turned to racing cars as an outlet, but this did not satisfy the pain he felt inside. That’s when he met students from The Orchard. Sean found solace attending the youth group on Wednesday nights and...

Itasca Bible Outreach Give Away

The Orchard Itasca’s Outreach Bible Give Away program encourages congregation members to gift a Bible to friends, family, neighbors, and co-workers that may not have one. So far, congregation members have given away 21 ESV Bibles to friends, family and neighbors.

Oliver Meja

“I just wanted to thank you! You guys are doing an amazing job, my son came home lit up and so excited.” Seventh grade student Oliver Meja registered for Youth Group at The Orchard Northfield after his mom saw The Orchard’s booth at Northfield Market and Music. When she saw that there was a...

Marengo Youth Group

"Marengo’s youth group is growing! These students not only come to have fun, but are also putting their faith into action by becoming Awana Jr. Leaders. It brings so much joy to see these young people start out as Cubbies in Awana, and now helping to lead others. They are becoming mentors."

Matthew Lothery

After four weeks, the congregation already feels like family! Everyone I have met is so warm, welcoming, and friendly. I am so grateful to the Lord for how he has provided such encouraging pastors, loving people, and a great place at Vernon Hills. God is so faithful, and I am excited to see what...

Kelly Kennedy

I was still battling my addictions. As my therapist said, I was “straddling two worlds,” and it was pulling me apart. But God graciously pulled me out in 2019. I am getting baptized because Jesus saved me from my sin and self-destruction.

Barbara Zuniga

It has been an adventure hosting The Orchard Northfield's "Market & Music" booth at Clarkson Park. The weather has been great, and the park is nice. The highlight of my time has been working and having fun with different individuals from our church.  

Greg and Mary Popek

The people of this church were so kind to us and made us feel welcome though we didn’t know anyone...it was the spirit of the people that stood out and made this the kind of church we would want to visit again.

Steve and Carol Ekblad

Through these discussions, Steve and I have grown in our understanding of and love for God’s Word and marriage. We’ve been challenged to be alert for ways to use the daily, myriad of ordinary moments to demonstrate love to each other...

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