Experience God at 643 E. Washington

 

No matter where you are or what season of life you are in, you are welcome here. 

We are a diverse group of Christ followers. We come from West Chicago and the surrounding communities of Winfield, Warrenville and even further away. Our congregation is both ethnically and ability diverse. There is an openness and freedom to explore faith in worship, fellowship and study groups.  Our theological leanings are through the Wesleyan model. Together we strive to do no harm, to do all the good we can and to stay in love with God. 

Come walk with us. We can help you explore and develop your faith in God and God's holy church. This is a home where you will be loved.

Pastor Nancy Rethford         

 

Church in the Community

 

As a church, we are committed to environmental sustainability, to sheltering the homeless population and to being the church into our third century of ministry.  

We take our church into the community of West Chicago at Bloomingfest and Rail Road Days Parade. We invite the community in for recycling shoes and Christmas lights. We host a pumpkin smash, a summer rummage sale and a fall dinner. The children of the surrounding communities are blessed four times a year: an Easter Egg Hunt and Breakfast, a Vacation Bible School, a Halloween Fun Fair and a Breakfast with Santa.

We worship in a large room designed for our future narthex. With a few changes it becomes our sanctuary, our dining room, our sleeping room, our game room, our movie theater, the lecture hall or the variety show stage. It’s a small house with a big ministry!

PO Box 915/643 E Washington St

West Chicago, IL - 60185

(630) 231-3344

 
 

Service: Sunday Worship at 10 AM

Our style of worship is a blend of contemporary and traditional. We've kept the choir, but we sing from the monitor instead of books. We share our blessings, our prayers and our testimonies in family style sharing - anyone can talk. Everyone, of every age and heritage, engages in the worship experience as able. Do you need a comfortable chair? We have one for you.  Coffee? Got you covered. Kids? Let them come up for a life lesson with the pastor and then we have a ministry for them in the education wing. The youth create their own hang out space after worship. The rest of us mingle before and after worship.  You won't be anonymous here. We're God's family and God knows every one of us! 

 

September-October Worship Series - Jesus, a.k.a. ...- How well do we know God?  We can experience spiritual low points any day in any circumstance. It's not a call to seek a therapist, it's a call to develop your relationship with God. The world gives us injustice, but God gave us Jesus. This season we're talking about Jesus as interpreted through the Gospel of John. The metaphors call upon existential statements of who Jesus is for us. Once we know Jesus a.k.a. the Bread of Life, the Light of the World, the Good Shepherd, the Door, the Resurrection, the Way and the Vine, we will know God the whole day, every day.

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United Methodist and Congregational Women

Faith. Hope. Love in Action

The women of the church community gather monthly the first Saturday at 9:30 am to raise money for mission projects. These fundraising projects are open to the entire congregation. During their meetings we hear from various global missions. We have great conversation about missions and support everyone in their life journey. 

 

Chancel Choir

Sing unto the lord a new song

Adults and high school students who love singing perform moving anthems in church.  Our award-winning Choir Director leads the Chancel Choir in practices Wednesday evenings at 7:30 p.m.  If you love to praise God through singing, please join us. The Chancel Choir does not sing over the summer. But there will be special music. Rehearsals resume September 5, 2018.

Green Disciples

educate and encourage people to engage in being good stewards of God’s creation and resources used in worship and daily living.

Our goal is to Educate and Encourage People to Engage in Being Good Stewards of God’s Creation and Resources used in Worship and Daily Living.  CLICK on our name to find out more information. 

Public Action to Deliver Shelter

Safe Haven for the homeless

Our Church is a PADS shelter for the homeless on Thursday evenings during the months of October through May. Volunteers from our church and throughout the community provide people with warm meal, a safe place to sleep, breakfast and bag lunch. CLICK on our name to get updates on our ministry. 

The Station (Youth Group)

Let no one look down on your youthfulness, but rather in speech, conduct, love, faith and purity, show yourself an example of those who believe.(1 Timothy 4:12)

The Station is meant to be a place where we go on an journey with others, where we receive a message, where we are protected and helped when in need, and our prayer is that it is a place where we are filled with the good things God has for us, where we know and feel His love for us. And then from that, we can share it with others.

 

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United Methodist Men

to help me grow in Christ, so others may know Christ

The men of the church community gather on the third Saturday of each month for breakfast and fellowship. They sponsor a dinner in October and are leaders in putting our Rail Road Days float together. They have a ministry of moving furniture when asked. Pictured above shows them bringing in a donated refrigerator. Prayer and concern for each other keeps this group connected all year long.

 Vacation Bible School 2017 blessed by a rainbow on the last day!

Vacation Bible School 2017 blessed by a rainbow on the last day!

CHILDREN’S MINISTRY

Feeding the souls of our young persons is a full church commitment. We have special leaders who teach, but also many who provide food or mentor the children. All our ministries are Safe Sanctuary approved. Nursery is provided during worship time.