First United Methodist Church of Elmhurst (“First Church”) has been part of the community since 1924. We welcome all of God’s people to a faith journey through worship, music, service, fellowship, and activities for all ages. We are big enough to be a vibrant church community but small enough that you will be welcomed by name on your second Sunday visit. Whether you are hoping to find a new church home, just visiting, exploring Christian faith or strengthening it, we have a place for you.
Following is some general information regarding the church. Click on any topic of interest for details, or scroll through the page to read all.
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The church is located about 20 miles west of downtown Chicago. It is an easy walk south from downtown Elmhurst. The church stands at the corner of York St and Church Road and is readily accessible from 2 major highways: I-290 (St Charles Exit) and I-294 (via I-294/US Rt 20 Exit). It is directly on Pace Bus Route 332 and less than a half mile walk south from Metra’s Elmhurst train station on the Union Pacific West line.
The church has a lift that enables those with mobility issues to access the main floor, where the Sanctuary and Wesley Hall (reception hall) are located. However, there is not lift service to our lower level (classrooms and Asbury Hall performance stage). A fully accessible restroom is available on the main floor. Headsets are available for audio amplification. Our worship bulletins are in large type.
We are United Methodists. The people of The United Methodist Church are part of the second largest Protestant denomination in the United States, and our worldwide connection includes approximately 12.8 million members. That said, our church is a welcoming place which has its own special culture of worship, music, ministry, fellowship and outreach. As a visitor, you are welcome to participate fully in our worship services, including the sacrament of Communion, which is offered the first Sunday of each month and on church holidays.
For those who may be contemplating membership in our church, we periodically hold a New Member Class which provides further insight into our church and the United Methodist denomination.
Worship services are held at 8:10 a.m. and 10:25 a.m. each Sunday during non-summer months. Beginning Memorial Day weekend, we celebrate a single worship service at 9:30 a.m.
Our worship services are generally traditional. Our music includes organ, piano, choirs of varying ages, a bell choir, and solo or ensemble musical performances of sacred music by church members.
After worship, join us for coffee, tea and fellowship in our large reception hall across from the Sanctuary.
First Church extends a special welcome for families and has a growing population of families with young children who are new to the area. Our church is certified as a United Methodist “Safe Sanctuary” congregation. Nursery care for infants and toddlers is optional, professionally staffed and available throughout Sunday mornings, year-round. A “quiet room” in the back of our church has comfortable rockers for parents of infants. Church School for children and youth is held from 9:15-10:10 a.m. for ages 3 through 12th grade. A Children’s Word is provided during the worship service directly after the scripture reading. Following Children’s Word, young children may choose to remain in the sanctuary for the service, or dismiss to the “Sunshine Room”, a special professionally staffed play area. Children may participate in a relaxed “Joyful Noise Singers” choral group and may opt to sing during worship occasionally as part of this group.
Additionally, the church schedules a number of child-friendly events during the year for fun and fellowship for children and their parents.
We have a vital, active Christian Youth Group that draws members from within our own congregation as well as from other churches and communities. Click here for more information.
We regularly schedule Adult Education series, typically using recent books or other media as launching points for discussion and prayer.
Our church is enriched by a vibrant community of seniors who participate in the life of the church in all capacities. Whether in worship, Christian Education, small group ministries, missions or general fellowship, our senior members generously contribute their expertise, experience and time. We also offer special ministries to homebound people and those in residential care.
We are proud to be a reconciling congregation and a member of the Reconciling Ministries Network (RMN), whose mission is to “mobilize United Methodists of all sexual orientations and gender identities to transform our Church and world into the full expression of Christ’s inclusive love.” We welcome all to our congregation regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity and work for the inclusion of all within our community.