Chalice Circles


As a vibrant small group ministry, Chalice Circles offer a home base within our growing church community, a place to build relationships with other adults and opportunities to gain greater clarity, meaning and connection.

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Circle Suppers

Four-month sessions annually

Meet Countryside members and further strengthen existing relationships through organized cooperative suppers where participants dine with four different groups and host once.

The Countryside Garden


To further strengthen the connection between our spiritual practices, the earth, our green sanctuary effort and our social action commitment, CCUU gardeners plant and tend garden plots located on the church campus. Among other uses, the fruits (and vegetables!) of our labors are donated to the Palatine Township Food Pantry.

Green Sanctuary

Second Sundays at 12:15 in Room 6

The Green Sanctuary Committee encourages awareness, appreciation and action in support of the environment on which we all depend. We promote worship that deepens our connection to the natural world, educational programs for all ages and service projects that benefit our local area and beyond.

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Movies with Meaning

Currently on hiatus

This series shows short-subject and feature-length documentary films on the big screen in Atherton Hall, followed by group discussion. The films deal with a variety of different topics, including environmental, economic and social justice issues.

Open Forum Discussion Group

Sunday, 8:45am

Summer Hours (3rd Sunday in May through Labor Day): Sunday, 8:30am

We endeavor to discuss the issues of the day while respectfully welcoming diverse perspectives.

Social Action


The Social Action Committee strives for social, environmental and economic justice at the church, community and international levels. Members of the Social Action Committee are committed to improving our world and the quality of life of all persons. We have many ongoing programs. Join us on a specific project or come join us at our meetings ~ schedule is irregular; read our newsletter & e-updates for notices of meeting dates.

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With immigration as our organizing focus, we are working on building relationships in the congregation and in the community. Our activities include outreach, inward focus, education, spiritual growth, cultural outings, awareness raising and advocacy.

Zen Meditation

Sunday at 7:00pm

The Great Plains Zen Center offers regular meditation (zazen, or “sitting”) periods, walking meditations and various workshops at Countryside Church. All are welcome. Beginner’s instruction is available.