Caring Ministries

Caring Ministries

Knox has so many ways to care for our congregation and ways for individuals to use their gifts to care for others.  

Pat Smith

Senior Interim Pastor

office: 630-615-4304

Bereavement Workshops

Bereavement Workshops
Knox offers an 8-week Bereavement Workshop on Thursday evenings to all who have lost a loved one in the past three years. We use materials from Dr. Elisabeth Kubler-Ross and several handouts, as well as a video entitled "Working Through Your Grief."  One of our Stephen Ministers co-leads the sessions along with our Associate Pastor, Cindy Karis. This support group offers a meaningful opportunity to move toward healing and wholeness. Please contact Pastor Cindy Karis or 630-615-4308 if you would like to attend.

Card Ministry

The Knox Card Ministry sends cards of encouragement and love most months to each person on the Knox Prayer list.  Our hope is to make sure that everyone feels supported by their Knox Family and this helps them get through whatever they may be facing.  Cards and stamps are provided.  We need more people to help us write them, which is usually only about 6 cards every other month.  Please consider joining our team! Email Joan Tanck for more information.

Congregational Care Team

The Congregational Care Team ministers to individuals or couples, and their families, who are home-bound or in a care facility. We visit with them regularly and share what is going on in the church.  Please contact Pastor Cindy Karis or 630-615-4308 if you would like to learn more.


The deacons of Knox Presbyterian Church, answering the call of Christ, seek to reach out with hands and heart, ministering with love to welcome, encourage, comfort and uplift the people of this community of faith. According to the Book of Order, “It is the duty of deacons to minister to those who are in need -- to the sick, to the friendless and to any who may be in distress.” Please contact Pastor Cindy Karis or 630-615-4308 if you would like to attend.

Click here to see our Deacon team

Military Caring Church Outreach

A Military Caring Church is one that welcomes those in active military service, guard, reserves, veterans and their families. These churches are committed to providing spiritual support and practical care to all military members and seek to exemplify Paul’s command to his friends in the young church in Rome: 

“Be devoted to one another in love. Honor one another above yourselves…Share with the Lord’s people who are in need. Practice hospitality.”  (Romans 12:10-13)

Pastoral Visits

Whether celebrating the birth of a child, suffering a disabling injury or facing a serious illness, a pastoral visit at one's home or the hospital can be an uplifting experience. Our ministers and care team regularly visit those in need, lifting them up in prayer, offering fellowship and support, and sharing the Lord's Supper.

Prayer Ministries

Knox offers regular weekly prayer opportunities as well as special prayer events throughout the year:
Every Sunday after each worship services in the chapel.

4th Saturdays we meet at 5 p.m. to pray with mission teams prior to their serving at Hesed House homeless shelter. If you have a specific prayer request or wish to speak with a pastor, please call the church office at 630-355-8181--select 0.  This is a confidential line. Email a prayer request to   

Presbytery Relations

Presbytery Relations assists in coordinating communication and elder commissioner participation in Chicago Presbytery meetings.  Knox is represented with 9 voting elders as part of the Presbyterian Church (USA). Commissioners made up of ordained elders and pastors from Knox who attend the local Presbytery assembly meetings.  They are involved in local and global issues that shape mission and the Presbyterian Church worldwide.

Stephen Ministers

Stephen Ministry is a program of our congregation that equips lay persons to provide distinctively Christian one-to-one care to those who are experiencing a transition in their lives both in our congregation and community. Stephen Ministers are committed Christian people who receive 50 hours of training in listening skills and concepts and are commissioned. Stephen Ministers preserve the confidential nature of the caring relationship, and help in a variety of ways, including supporting hospitalized or terminally ill people, home bound or disabled people, and those grieving a death or a serious loss. Knox is proud to sponsor such a valued ministry.  If you interested in becoming a part of a ministry team of listening, Christ-centered counseling, contact Pastor Cindy Karis 630-615-4308.