Momence First United Methodist Church

Our Mission

“Making Disciples of Jesus Christ for The Transformation of the World”






Youth Group

Monday evenings at 6 pm. All children grades 3rd-12th are invited.

Recent Events

Our History

In 1840, Rev. S. P. Burr was a circuit rider through this territory and held services in the school house every two to four weeks.  Early in 1844 Momence was an appointment on the Beebe Grove Circuit on the Joliet District of the Rock River Conference. Rev. J. Leckenby was the first minister assigned to this charge.

In 1849 a parsonage was built on the corner of 2nd and Locust Street.  In 1863 the first Momence Methodist Church, the “Stone Church”, was built on the corner of Fourth and Dixie.  Nearly three decades later the brick church was built in the same location.

During the 1950s a fund was started for a new building.  In 1962 a new brick parsonage was built on the corner of Fourth and Pine.  Ground was broken for our present church building on March 31, 1963. The first worship service was held in January of 1964.  Our church name was changed from Grace Methodist to First Methodist and in 1968 to our present name First United Methodist. To date fifty-eight ministers have been appointed to our Momence Church.

Our Worship

Our worship time is at 8:45 am. Yes, it’s early, but that means you will have the rest of the day to be with family and enjoy recreational activities. Our worship style is traditional. We worship God with organ and piano music. We serve communion the first Sunday of each month. In the United Methodist Church, the Lord’s Table is open to all. If you are wondering how to dress to attend worship, please dress so that you are comfortable.

We are handicap accessible. There are handicap parking spaces in the alley near the west alley door and on 4th street. Our sanctuary is on the main level of the church. We have a restroom that is handicap accessible, large print song books, and large print Bibles. We provide hearing amplifiers for the hearing impaired and we also provide copies of the pastor’s sermon for anyone who needs it. We invite you to come early to church for a time of fellowship. Coffee, tea and hot chocolate are available in the back of the Sanctuary.

For families with infants or young children, we have a diaper changing area in the family restroom and a childcare room with toys. The worship service can be heard through a speaker in the childcare room. While we don’t regularly staff the childcare room, if you call the church office ahead of the Sunday you plan to attend, we can arrange for an adult to care for your children.

Our Missions

We at First UMC of Momence are strongly committed to supporting those who have dedicated their lives to missionary work. Truly they are the hands and feet of Christ, honoring the Great Commission put forth by Jesus: “Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you.” (Matthew 28: 19-20)

We support a number of missions (Local,national, and international) with monetary contributions and prayer. Once a month we have a bucket offering and  hold a number of fundraising events throughout the year to provide material support to these missions.

To see a list of the missions we support and where to find more information about the missions, click the Know More button below.

Youth Group

Youth Group for 6th grade through 12th grade meets from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. on Monday nights during the school year.   This is a community youth group and is open to all. Youth have fun together, make new friends, learn about the Christian faith, and, of course, there is food! The youth group is sponsored by the First United Methodist Churches of Momence and Grant Park as well as the Nueva Jerusalem ministry.

United Methodist Women

United Methodist Women (UMW) is the largest denominational faith organization for women with approximately 800,000 members worldwide whose mission is fostering spiritual growth, developing leaders and advocating for justice.

We say that UMW is Women in Mission, and that has powerful implications. Since 1869, United Methodist Women have led a struggle for human rights and social justice.

Today, it would be difficult to find an issue involving human rights or social justice that UMW is not involved in.

All of this work begins at the local level, with women in the UMW Circles and Interest Groups. In addition to funding mission projects, UMW groups encourage and support women in their Christian walk. Our local UMW circle meets the second Tuesday of each month, March-June and September-December, at 6:00 p.m. in the Memorial Hall.  Our local UMW supports the bi-annual rummage sale among other fundraising events.

Memorial Building

The Memorial Building was built in 1948, in memory of eight men of Grace Methodist Church, who gave their lives in service to their country in World War II. It is used by the church for many activities and church functions. It is a beautiful space with stained glass windows, with a capacity of approximately 140 people. Included in the price of the hall is the use of a full kitchen, a video projection system, and is handicap accessible with lift chair. The Memorial Building is available for non-profit events, private events, business meetings and many other functions For information about reserving the Memorial Building and the required donation, please contact the church office.

Our Pastor

The Rev. Alberto Ramirez is presently serving our church as the fifty-eighth pastor and the first person of color just following our first female pastor. He and his wife (Juanita) are originally from Mexico and recently naturalized American citizen. They have family in Georgia; two children (Berenice and Israel) and one granddaughter (Vivian)  from their son and le quite his  daughter-in-law(Marissa). 

Pastor Ramirez started his pastoral career in the Methodist Church of Mexico in1995 before he and his family moved to the North Georgia Conference in 2008 and then to the Illinois Great Rivers Conference in 2016. He did his Seminary studies in Monterrey Mexico, and studied in Psychology in Tijuana, Mexico. Currently, he is working on a M.A. in Pastoral Care and Counseling in Garrett-Evangelical Seminary in Evanston, IL. 

Our pastor has a passion for preaching the Word of God in a way that is relevant to the issues of our contemporary society. He is committed to creating a welcoming congregation  where all people regardless of race, ethnicity, gender, and social background can find a family. 

Our Staff


Jeanne Wokurka


Douglas Graves


Warren Dowding


Ellen Rehmer


Shari Graves

Youth Ministry

Colin Bartholomew

Contact Information

  • Address: 111 W. Fourth Street, Momence, IL 60954
  • Office Hours:
    Tuesday and Thursday: 9:30 am-12:30 pm, Wednesday: 12 pm-3 pm.
  • 815-472-2516

Monday evenings at 6 pm. All children grades 3rd-12th are invited.

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