Momence First United Methodist Church

Our Mission

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






Story/Activity Time for Kids

Every Thursday from 9-10am, throughout the months of June and July we will be having a story and activity time for children ages Kindergarten-4th grades. Doughnuts and milk will also be served. (no class on July 4)

Grant Park UMW Rummage Sale

Our sister church in Grant Park will hold a Rummage on Thursday and Friday July 18-19 from 8 am. to 4  pm. and on Saturday July 20 from 8am to noon.

Glad Festival Breakfast

On August 10, we will be having a breakfast in the Memorial Hall for the community and church members.  It will be from 7-10 am. Biscuits and gravy, eggs, and fruit will be served along with drinks.

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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 morning, 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. If you are wondering about how to dress, please dress so that you are comfortable. We  serve communion once a month, in the United Methodist Church, the Lord’s Table is open to all.  We are handicap accessible, our sanctuary is on the main level of the church. We also have handicap parking spaces close to the main entryway. We have bathrooms that are handicap accessible, large print song books and large print Bibles. We also have hearing amplifiers to help you hear the service better and our ushers have copies of pastor’s sermon available for those who need it.

We invite you to come early to church for a time of fellowship, coffee and refreshments are available in the back of the sanctuary.

We don’t have nursery workers available every Sunday but there is a diaper changing table in the family  restroom and you are free to go to our nursery located in the basement to take care of your children’s needs. However, if you call ahead of time to our office we can provide nursery 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.

In document attached there  is a list of the missions we support and where to find more information.

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.  It can also be rented out for non-profit, private events, business meetings, and many other functions. For pricing and to rent the Memorial Hall 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 a granddaughter (Vivian)  from their son and his daughter-in-law(Marissa).

Pastor Ramirez started his pastoral career in the Methodist Church of Mexico since 1995 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


Kim Ipema


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, Wednesday, Thursday: 9 am-12 pm
  • 815-472-2516

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