Meals with Jesus: a worship series

Jesus did a lot of ministry during meals that he ate with a wide variety of people: religious officials, government officials, friends and strangers. Through these meals he shared God’s grace, community and mission.

Join Christ UMC Elmhurst and First as Pastors Jim and Joe explore Jesus’ meal ministry. Two of these services will be “breakfast church”. Breakfast church will include breakfast, a Jesus story and table discussion about the story. June 2 will be the first breakfast church at First UMC Elmhurst. June 30 will be breakfast church at Christ UMC

Worshippers will be invited to consider if they would like to host a dinner church in the community later this summer.

Come and experience Grace, Community and Mission!

DateScriptureChurch Address
June 2Luke 5:27-32First
June 9Luke 7:36-50Christ
June 16Luke 14:1-24First
June 23Mark 1:37-39First
June 30Luke 9:10-17Christ
July 7Luke 10:38-42Christ
July 14Luke 11:37-44First
July 21John 21:1-17Christ

Easter Fest

Join us at 9:30 am on Easter Sunday, March 31st, to celebrate the Risen Christ through scripture, song, and Holy Communion.  Following worship there will be a delicious homemade brunch and family  activities including a Scavenger Egg Hunt, cookie decorating, games and crafts.


A New Creation Sermon Series

In the coming weeks, First Church will be having conversations about faith and caring for the earth.  The Christian scriptures are rich resources for this conversation.

The conversations that we will consider at 9:30 am Sunday Worship:

April 14 A Special Responsibility (Genesis)

April 21 Facing Creation’s Brokenness (Romans)

April 28 A New Creation (2 Corinthians)

In addition, join us for two activities that will aid us in this conversation.

April 14               7 am – 8 am       Birdwatching at Churchill Woods.  Join Pastor Joe, an amateur birder, will help us experience some of our avian kin.  Churchill is a DuPage County birding hotspot because of its diverse habitats.  We’ll meet at the picnic shelter entrance parking lot.  Bring binoculars if you have them.  Possible species include: woodpeckers, warblers, water fowl and wading birds.  Please sign up here.

April 27               9 am – Noon       In honor of Earth Day, the Illinois Prairie Path corporation, in cooperation with the Friends of the Great Western Trails, several municipalities, DuPage County and other partner organizations, has scheduled its annual cleanup for Saturday, April 27 at 9am. Please note that exact time and date are set by each site coordinator.  We will probably be cleaning up in Berkeley, Bellwood or Maywood as that is where volunteers are needed.  Please sign up here.


We will study Rev. Dr. John Elford’s book, Our Hearts Were Strangely Lukewarm: The American Methodist Church and the Struggle with White Supremacy.  Participants will need a copy of the book for this study.  Dr. Elford will join us via zoom for our last session.  Don’t miss this amazing opportunity.  This study will last for 7 weeks.  (April 17-May 29)


Game Night and Soup Contest

On Sunday, March 17th, 5:00-8:00 p.m., you are invited to join us for dinner, games, and, if you would like, a soup contest. Cost is $10-adults, and $5-children under 12. Click here for more information and to register.

Lent at First Church

Worship (Available on Facebook)

February 14 6 pm                              Ash Wednesday Dinner and Service (Wesley Hall and Sanctuary)

February 18-March 17, 9:30 am              Sunday Morning Worship (Sanctuary)

March 24       9:30 am                       Palm Sunday Worship (Sanctuary)

March 28       7 pm                              Maunday Thursday Worship (Sanctuary and Prayer Stations)

March 29        7 pm                              Salt Creek Cluster Good Friday Service (Prince of Peace UMC, Elk Grove Village)

March 31      9:30 am                        Easter Worship (Sanctuary)

                           10:30 am                     Scavenger Egg Hunt and Brunch (Wesley Hall)

Small Group

Wednesday    10 am                            Small group discussion on the scriptures with devotional booklet. Devotional Book available from church office for $3. (Feb. 21-March 27; Aldersgate Room)


Six prayer stations will be located on the first floor (Narthex, Quiet Room, Aldersgate) for personal prayer throughout the Lenten season.  Each station is self-guided.


Feed My Starving Children              March 23, 2pm                       

Schaumburg Packing Facility         740 Wiley Farm Court

Christmas Eve

Sunday evening, December 24th, join us in the Sanctuary at 5:00 pm for a Family Service in Story & Song:  A Crèche for Christmas.  First Church adults and youth along with the Chancel Choir and Chapel Chimers will share the story of the birth of Jesus.  All are invited to this special worship service as we welcome the light of Christ’s birth together.

Mosaic Players Present – 5 Lesbians Eating a Quiche

On Friday, November 3rd, at 7:00 pm right here at First Church, Elmhurst Pride Collective, in partnership with First United Methodist Church of Elmhurst, proudly present 5 Lesbians Eating a Quiche, brought to you by Mosaic Players, a traveling theatre troupe whose work embraces social justice, human rights, and equality. 5 Lesbians Eating a Quiche is a scintillating satire of women’s roles in the 1950s, enlisting its characters in a caricature of the sexism, heterosexism, consumerism, and Communism exuberant in the era. Come join us for this absurdly adorable and unapologetic declaration of lesbi-independence!  Come dressed in your best 1950s garb!  Performance followed by Q&A with the cast and light refreshments. 

Tickets are $5 and available at