Experience God


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         


July & August Worship Series - 8 Steps to Turn a Stressed life into a Blessed life. Join us Sunday morning at 10 am this Summer as we focus on the Beatitudes and why these eight steps are destressing for the attentive Christian.  Remember God doesn't ask you to be perfect in your faith walk. God askes you to try every day to follow the plan God has laid out for you. 

Rail Road Days Parade July 15  Traditionally we are one of the few congregations to participate in West Chicago's parade. We welcome young and old participants to walk or ride our float. We hand out fliers to the crowd and share the good news that Christ is alive at our church. After the Parade join us at the parsonage for picnic potluck. Bring a side dish or dessert to pass. Beverages, meat, drinks and tableware will be provided. 

Outdoor Worship July 29  Plan on coming to Reed-Keppler Park's North Pavilion for an outdoor preaching in the Wesleyan tradition. 10 am worship, guitar music accompaniment. Potluck follows. Bring your own tableware and dishes to pass. 

Vacation Bible School July 23 -27 Holy Kid Heroes is our 2018 theme. We start at 6:30 pm. Kids are blessed by an energetic staff of adults and older youth. Your children will be talking about music, the crafts and the unique snacks. Most of all they will learn about the children in the Bible who were heroes and want to be just like them in life. 

Pet Blessing - August 18 at 10:00 am Bring your pets, leashed or in personal carriers, for a short service and personal prayer for each animal. The definition of a pet is open ended for kids. Pictures are permitted where pets cannot attend. 

Blessing of the Backpacks & School Planners - September 3, 2018  Let's get the school year started right with prayers over back packs and planners. We lay hands on every child attending as we bless them and the year ahead of them.

Adult Bible Study this Fall - Creating the Covenant 1 - In eight weeks you will learn why the Bible was written for a community and not for individuals. Daily readings are emailed to you. A $10 workbook brings additional information to the readings. Our weekly meetings will be led by Pastor Nancy Blade-Rethford at a time to be decided. They include a short video and interaction with classmates. Everyone in our congregation needs to experience this three course Bible Study. Our graduates from our first time through it can testify.

“What we learn to do, we learn by doing.” Thomas Jefferson

We are Community


Our Christian congregation is a mix of denominational backgrounds who worship one God known in Creation, in Jesus, the Word, and in the experience of the Holy Spirit. We follow the United Methodist polity and appointment system, but are remnants of two root churches: First United Methodist Church of West Chicago and First Congregational Church of West Chicago. Our history dates back to the first settlers in the area of Warrenville and West Chicago (then Turner Junction). We have had many buildings, but now minister from the busy suburban corner of US 59 and Washington Street.
 As a congregation, we are committed to environmental sustainability, to sheltering the homeless population and to being the church into our third century of ministry.  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!
Our participant members commit to loving God in the discipleship of worship, study and serving others.  Our fellowship dinners on second Saturday in June and the third Sunday in November bring out the best in our congregation. Join us any day of the year and we’ll offer you hospitality like you’re already in heaven.

PO Box 915/643 E Washington St

West Chicago, IL - 60185

(630) 231-3344


Service: Sunday Worship at 10 AM

July & August Life Lessons Read the Beatitudes in various translations, but do not think that Wikipedia knows what they are about. You've got to hear these Life Lessons for the sake of your soul. If you're stressed, you're not being blessed!  Book List: Poverty of Spirit by Johannes Metz; Speech, Silence, Action by Virginia Mollenkott; The Power of a Focused Heart by Mary Lou Redding, Wishful Thinking by Frederick Buechner. Movie Watches: Dead Man Walking. Spiritual Gifts analysis: equippedforeverygoodwork.wordpress.com 


United Methodist and Congregational Men

To Help Men 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. The also sponsor a pancake breakfast on Easter Sunday morning and a dinner in October.

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United Methodist and Congregational Women

Faith. Hope. Love in Action

The women of the church community gather monthly to plan and participate in mission projects for the church. These mission projects are open to the entire congregation. 


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. 

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.

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.