For the past 30 years, the Christian Home Educators of the South Suburbs (CHESS) has served as one of the oldest homeschool support groups in the State of Illinois. Our goal has always been to support parents and develop a community of families committed to encouraging one another in the home education journey, where the instruction is centered on Jesus Christ and a biblical worldview. Throughout the years, there have been CHESS groups in Chicago, South Holland, Homewood, New Lenox, Oak Lawn, and Orland Park.
The relationships found through the CHESS group have been invaluable, with many fond memories. However, over the past 5 years, the community of families supporting one another through CHESS has significantly diminished. Rather than the graduation being a celebration of close friends that have supported one another for years, it has become less personal, with few people even knowing one another’s names. We have talked with many of the CHESS members to inquire why they do not come to monthly support group meetings and we have found that the families are involved in many other wonderful homeschool organizations, from sports, to music, drama, and ministry projects, to name a few. It is so good to hear of the fabulous opportunities that are available to the homeschool community. We count them all blessings.
As the CHESS Board, we have been seeking God as to where our efforts can be best served. After much prayer, the CHESS Board has decided to dissolve the organization rather than have it continue with a different emphasis.
We Board members remain committed to supporting homeschool families and encourage you to continue in this good work. It was out of a genuine love for the Lord and a desire to do His will that we have come to this decision. We also realize that our work is not over! We ask that you pray for all of the CHESS Board families as we seek God for fresh vision and look forward to the new work He will do through all of us.
Individual families will continue to offer their service to the home school community:
The Hagey Family, MSC4Kids beginning 9/10/15 (location to be determined) and the Children’s Concert at Wheaton College on 10/13/15. PLEASE SIGN UP FOR THESE EVENTS at eph320H@gmail.com
The Grutzius Family, Ladies Christian Literature Fellowship Book Discussion beginning 9/14/15 at the Grutzius home and the field trip to the Apple Orchard on 9/11/15 firstname.lastname@example.org
We know that many will have questions, please feel free to email info@CHESShomeschool.org . We will assist as we are able.We want to thank you all for being part of a very special work of the Lord over the years. It has been a tremendous privilege and blessing serving the families of the CHESS organization.
The CHESS Board Steve and Sandi Grutzius Warren and Pam Hagey Kurt and Kim Ruckersfeldt Scott and Leslie Willis