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The Parkview Collective exists to Equip Children and Families through safe relationships to foster restoration, dignity and hope.

Collective Update

The Parkview Collective has served the local community of North Villa Park and School District 45 for quite some time.  With deep commitment, many of us have supported and served in the ministries that happen there and continue to do so.
 
Since beginning our work in North Villa Park over ten years ago, our approach has always been to ask community leaders, “What do you need and how might we help?”  It was the local school district that responded first, and we’ve been working with them ever since in a wide variety of ways including – funding a music program, Lunch Bunch Groups, renovation of student and teacher indoor and outdoor spaces, after-school tutoring, mentoring, sports equipment etc., just to name a few. Over this time, we have stopped and started various initiatives in response to a changing environment, stated needs, and evaluating effectiveness. For example, in 2020, when Covid restrictions no longer allowed us in the schools, the Collective adapted quickly by launching the Collective Academy [an in-person program] to maintain contact with students. The Academy was a huge success and continued until schools reopened.
 
Two years of a pandemic have changed the landscape of ministry in our world and in our communities, so we keep adapting to current realities. As another challenging school year approaches an end, there is needed for assessment and adaptation. Our after-school Program for elementary students will run its full course this spring, however will not return in the fall, at least not in its current format. Unfortunately, this means Chantel Gamboa’s role with the Collective will end. Chantel is extremely gifted and we’re grateful for her excellence and leadership. If you have a chance, please thank her for her work and the huge impact she’s had on our staff and community. The decision to not rerun the after-school program is a multi-faceted one based on what district administrators are communicating to us, limited attendance, and the responsible stewardship of Table Campaign resources. 
 
The exciting news is administrators have invited us back into the schools to continue mentoring and academic programs [such as Reading Buddies] that we were running prior to the pandemic.  In partnership with New Hope Church, we look forward to utilizing a shared ministry space as well as offering services in the local schools. 
 
The Collective is also providing funding that allows the elementary program students to attend Parkview’s Summer Kids Camp for free. Students are excited about this. It provides a wonderful opportunity for them to hear about Jesus – perhaps for the first time. Ultimately, this is the purpose behind everything we do in and for the community.
 
In addition, a team is being formed to help evaluate and re-envision how to move the Collective work forward in an ever-changing post-pandemic environment. We will listen to and work with school leaders and families to understand and prioritize the needs of students and identify how we can continue to partner with them for the greatest impact. We continue to imagine new creative ways to serve families in the community and are excited to see how God leads us.
 
All this to say, as in the past decade, we remain fully committed to the schools, students, and families of North Villa Park. Although, like most other things, the ministry of the Collective was unquestionably impaired by the global pandemic, we now believe better days are ahead and see God reopening doors and new opportunities for service and ministry.  For this we are grateful!
 
“Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and don’t lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.” – Proverbs 3
Ray Kollbocker

Ray Kollbocker

Lead Pastor

Middle School After School Program

Sept 7 - March 24
Monday-Thursday
3:30p-5p

Don't miss out on this great opportunity!

Middle school is a pivotal time for students. Our after school program is a strategic step to help your student continue on a path of success. With caring adults, in a safe environment, our hope is to empower middle school students inthe following areas: making good choices, developing healthy relationships, and improving academics that will aid in their success both in and out of school.

Our program structure, and its activities, will be a hub for Jefferson middle school students to lead, to be creative and expressive during the after school hours. It’s our endeavor to provide a space where these promising students can build relationships, make connections, and thrive academically.

Typical Schedule

  • Students Arrive 3:30p
  • Snack and hangout time 3:30p-3:45p
  • SEL/Lifeskills 3:45p-4p
  • Academic 4p- 4:30p
  • Student directed activities 4:30p-5p

New Hope
230 W. Plymouth Ave. Villa Park

Any Questions: Email Alison@parkview.cc

Elementary After School Program

Sept 20 - March 24
Monday-Thursday
2:45p-5p

Any Questions: Email chantel@parkview.cc or call Alison at 630-740-9499

Schools We Support

We partner with schools in Villa Park to invest in children’s lives. We run an after school program to help students get up to grade levels, and mentoring and lunch bunch programs for other students where we put a caring adult in their lives once a week. If you have any questions or comments, please contact alison@parkview.cc

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JEFFERSON MIDDLE

255 W. Vermont Street, Villa Park, IL 60181
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NORTH ELEMENTARY

150 W. Sunset, Villa Park, IL 60181
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SCHAFER ELEMENTARY

700 E. Pleasant Lane, Lombard, IL 60148
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Upcoming Events

Summer at the Collective

This summer the Collective will be partnering with Parkview’s Kids Camp to bring summer camp to our Collective students. We are very excited about this opportunity, Email Alison@parkview.cc with any questions.
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School Year Programs

Questions? Contact alison@parkview.cc

LUNCH BUNCH

Availability: Weekday Lunch

Facilitate relevant discussion topics and play games encouraging social and emotional growth within a group setting (8 students to 2 adults).

MENTORSHIP

Availability: Weekday 3-4p or during Lunch

Chat, play games, or do a craft while cultivating a consistent, positive presence in the life of a child (1 student to 1 adult).

AFTER SCHOOL PROGRAM

Availability: 3-5p Monday-Thursday

Buddy Break
Provide individual attention during “brain breaks” for students.

Homework Help
Work with small groups of students once a week helping them finish their homework and play math games with students.

Tutor
Help a student make academic progress in a subject in which they struggle.

Physical Activity
Plan and facilitate activities once a week for the Physical Activity rotation.

Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) Group Leader
Work with small groups of students once a week helping them understand their emotions and increasing their coping skills.

TUESDAY/THURSDAY CLUB LEADER

Availability: 2:30-4p Tuesday and Thursday

Design and facilitate a 4-week club focused on sports, art or anything you’re skilled at.

Summer Camp Program

Questions? Contact alison@parkview.cc

SUMMER CAMP LEADER

Availability: Summer Weekdays

Design and facilitate a summer breakout session focused on a hobby or topic of interest including, but not limited to, chess, LEGOS, STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math), creative writing, exercise and more.

Interested in serving? Fill out our Volunteer Interest Form.

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Greetings,
 
On August 26, 2021, IL Governor J.B. Pritzker issued an Executive Order mandating that masks be worn at all indoor gatherings. Although churches are exempt from the Executive Order, out of respect for governing authorities, Parkview has continued to ask staff, leaders, volunteers, and those attending Sunday gatherings to wear a mask while indoors. We are grateful for our people’s understanding and willingness to do so. The Governor recently indicated that his Executive Order will be rescinded on Monday, February 28th making masks no longer required in most indoor settings. In anticipation of that, on Sunday, February 27th Parkview will return to a “mask optional” policy.

While the mask policy has once again shifted, our commitment to your health and wellbeing has not. We remain dedicated to thoroughly cleaning our public spaces before and after our gatherings. Masks and hand sanitizer are still readily available to those who want them.

Navigating these difficult days has not always been clear or easy. Whatever your perspective on current realities, as fellow Christians, let us allow kindness, grace and compassion characterize our interaction and relationships. In the words of the Apostle Paul, “Let us be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God in Christ forgave you.”

I look forward to being with you on Sundays.
 
Grace and Peace,
 
— 
Ray S. Kollbocker
Lead Pastor