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 not only come from West Chicago but from the surrounding communities of Winfield, Warrenville and even further away. Our congregation is both ethnically and theologically diverse. Because of our diversity there is an openness and freedom to explore your faith.

 Come walk with us awhile, explore and grow in your faith, come find a home where you can belong and be loved.

 Blessings, Pastor Nancy Rethford         


We are Community


Our Christian congregation is a mix of denominational backgrounds who worship one God known in Creation, in Jesus and in 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 worship, following Jesus in study and practice and serving others regularly.  Our fellowship dinners on second Saturday in June and the third Sunday in November are 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 


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..

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.