No regular on-site weekend gatherings.

Rather than meet for our regular on-site weekend gatherings the weekend after Christmas, we’re going to give our staff, volunteers and community the opportunity to stay at home and relax.

But don’t worry, you can still experience church… IN YOUR HOME! So relax, catch your breath and be refreshed as The Orchard comes to YOU via this special audio podcast. In it you’ll find some fun conversation, a discussion of this week’s Gospel reading from the lectionary, some discussion questions and even a little bit of Christmas music!


Re-read the passage from Luke 2:41-52.

1. What’s one thought or idea from this story that especially intrigues you, provokes you, disturbed you or challenges you or resonates with you?

2. What does this story say to you about following God?  Is there a time in your life when following God required you to break the rules or go against what others were expecting of you?

3. Where do you find yourself in this story?

Christmas Offering

If you’re a part of The Orchard Community, don’t forget to participate in our 2015 Christmas Offering.  We’ve had a tremendous response so far and can’t wait to see the impact we’re able to make together!  You’ll be able to give your gift online anytime between now and December 31st.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

(If you’re interested, check out our 2014 Living Room Liturgy here and our 2013 Living Room Liturgy here)

THE ORCHARD COMMUNITY gathers the other 51 weeks of the year on Saturdays at 5pm and Sundays at 10am in Aurora, IL.  Learn more at