Serve Our Neighbors

Jesus said, "Love your neighbor as yourself."

Crop  Hunger Walk

Every year in October, Knox joins others in Naperville for the CROP Hunger Walk. 75% of the money raised goes to national and international hunger initiatives, as well as the 25% that stays local. Please join us in walking or sponsor a walker. To learn more visit  napervillecropwalk.org.

Cookie Walk

Each year Knox Hosts a Cookie Walk of Homemade holiday cookies and candies for sale to general public.  Gift area with hostess trays, small gifts and stocking stuffers. Money raised goes to a mission partner of Knox.

Go & Serve

Each summer, Knox High schoolers, adults and young adults spend a week together spreading God's word through service. We have been serving in this ministry since 1972 when our first mission trip was to work on a Community Center in an Indian Village in northern New Mexico.  We have served in many places including, Mississippi, Minnesota, Michigan, Iowa, Ohio and Missouri. To learn where and when they are going in June visit our High School Page.

Hesed House

Hesed House’s mission is to feed the hungry, clothe the naked, shelter the homeless and give people the chance to hope again. Hesed House is a national model for ending homelessness – one person, one family at a time. “Hesed” means God’s unconditional love. Knox supports this mission by providing food, supplies and volunteers on the 4th Saturday of each month and the following Sunday morning.

Our support includes a “Drive Thru, Drop-Off” of a hot ready-to-serve dinner, ready-to-reheat breakfast, lunch bags and other special supplies. The sign up is posted about (10) days beforehand on the Knox Calendar under the Resources tab. Questions contact Bruce  Burkelman 630-209-1421.

To learn more visit https://www.hesedhouse.org/

Inclusive Collective

Fueling young adults through Jesus-rooted soul work through which they strive to create experiences of encountering God in such powerful ways that they feel inspired and energized for courageous, faithful living. These experiences are aimed at stirring them up to follow Jesus, disrupting the status quo, and co-creating God’s Beloved Community.
To learn more visit https://letsgetinclusivechi.org/

Little Friends

Little Friends exists to empower people of all ages experiencing autism, intellectual and emotional disabilities, and their families to live, learn, work, and thrive in their communities.

All the way back in the 1960’s Knox was instrumental in helping Little Friends begin their work in our community. We continue to partner with Little Friends through financial support and hands-on projects throughout the year.

To learn more visit https://www.littlefriendsinc.org/
Fueling young adults through Jesus-rooted soul work through which they strive to create experiences of encountering God in such powerful ways that they feel inspired and energized for courageous, faithful living. These experiences are aimed at stirring them up to follow Jesus, disrupting the status quo, and co-creating God’s Beloved Community.
To learn more visit https://letsgetinclusivechi.org/

Loaves & Fishes

Knox supports Loaves & Fishes in two important ways:
  • Financial support: including personal donations. Envelopes are in pews or give online.
  • Volunteers: From sorting, boxing, and loading food into clients’ cars to registration, truck driving, and emergency assistance. A complete list of positions can be found at loaves-fishes.org/volunteer/
To learn more visit https://www.loaves-fishes.org/

ManKIND Bed Brigade

ManKIND partners with Midwest Shelter for Homeless Veterans to deliver mattresses and frames to veterans throughout the Chicagoland area. We believe that, for those vets who have fallen on difficult financial times, there should not be the added stress of lack of bedding. Any contribution is helpful, but a donation of $250 funds one mattress, frame, and all the bedding the veteran needs for a good night’s sleep!

We look to continue this much needed ministry, but we NEED YOUR HELP to replenish our funds to purchase beds, frames, and bedding. Any contribution is helpful, but a donation of $250 funds one mattress, frame, and all the bedding the veteran needs for a good night’s sleep! If you would like to donate please click the button below and select Bed Brigade Fund.

NeighborGOOD Fest

NeighborGOOD Fest is an annual celebration at Knox, bringing all our neighbors together to do GOOD. Partnering with local businesses and schools, we raise money for worthy causes and have a lot of fun while we’re at it!

Our first NeighborGOOD Fest in 2023 raised $10,000 for Elmwood Elementary School to furnish a brand new sensory room for their students.

SamaraCare Counseling

SamaraCare Counseling  is a faith-based counseling center founded by Knox Presbyterian Church and three other Naperville churches in 1971. It provides spiritually integrated, therapeutic counseling to individuals, couples, children, and families, regardless of religious affiliation. Circumstances can sometimes interfere with one's ability to cope, and we may need to seek outside help. SamaraCare Counseling is here to help individuals reach balance and wellness in their lives and can help restore hope to those who may be struggling with life's situations.

SamaraCare can help provide counseling at an affordable cost for those unable to afford the care they need. For your convenience, you may log onto an anonymous online depression screening tool at samaracarecounseling.org

YMEN

YMEN (Young Men’s Educational Network) is an organization that provides over (30) different programs for middle and high school boys and girls in North Lawndale, Chicago, including educational support, mentoring from positive role models, spiritual and emotional guidance, vocational classes in the arts, career-based and entrepreneurial education, sports and recreational activities and family supportive services.

Knox provides a program called Saturday University that meets twice a month during the school year for 2-4 hours on Saturdays, typically midday with lunch included. Three to six Knox adults (and also ok for high schoolers with parent/guardian) are needed for each event. Our goal is learning by having fun through field trips, service activities, invited speakers and games. Dates and times are posted on the knoxpres.org/serve Mission Calendar and Featured Events list. For more information or to sign up to help (no experience needed), contact Robin Kolar at skolar7227@aol.com, 630-527-3375 (mobile).

To participate, you can usually carpool with us from Robin’s house in Naperville or drive yourself to the activity site, typically somewhere in Chicago or at the YMEN building in North Lawndale. In addition to Saturday University, other opportunities exist to help on Saturday mornings to serve YMEN’s weekly free brunch or help with other YMEN activities.
To learn more visit https://www.ymenchicago.com/

Serve

I would like to serve the church

I would like to serve the world

Questions? Not Sure Where to Serve? 

We will be happy to help you get connected.

Rev. Becca Bruner

Co-Pastor
630-615-4306
bbruner@knoxpres.org

Rev. Dr. David Bruner

C o-Pastor
630-615-4304
dbruner@knoxpres.org