First United Methodist Church of momence

Our Mission

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



Established

1844


Access

HANDICAP ACCESSIBLE

UPCOMING EVENTS & ANNOUNCEMENTS

In-Person Worship

Starting October 4, 2020, Worship Service will be weekly in Momence starting at 9:00am.

Masks and social distancing are required.  

 

 

Online Worship services

Pastor has brought worship to Facebook!

Weekly you will receive either by email or mail our Order of Worship.  Please make sure we’ve got updated contact information so you can be included in our weekly emailings. 

To join us on Facebook, 

Be sure to “Like” our Facebook page and feel free to share with friends and family.

 

Online contributions

Now accepting offerings & donations using Paypal!

You must have an account to use Paypal.  
It is free and safe. 

Contributions can also be brought to Worship or mailed to:
111 W. Fourth St., Momence IL  60954

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 9:00 am. It’s early enough to be able to go about the rest of your day and spend it 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.

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. We offer Children’s Bulletins also!
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 “See Our Missions” button to the left to see all of our current Missions.

Youth Group

Youth Group is for 6th grade through 12th grade.  The group 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.  They will 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 Event Rental

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 suggested donation 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 more information about reserving the Memorial Building, please contact the church office.

If you’re ready to rent the space, please download the form below, fill it out and come on in!

Our Pastor

Amy Smith was born in Central Illinois and grew up in a small town near Springfield.
She graduated from Greenville College with a major in Math. She started working at State Farm Insurance Co 35 years ago, in Life Actuarial and Human Resources departments, mostly supporting the State Farm Employee Retirement Plan. She will be retiring from State Farm July 1.
Amy and her husband Frank (who passed away in October 2019) have 4 daughters between them and 3 grandchildren.
She comes from McDowell United Methodist Church, which is an active, friendly rural church – located between Pontiac and Fairbury. She has participated in Toastmasters and Bible Study Fellowship (great in-depth studies!) and has recently completed the requirements for Certified Lay Speaker.  Amy will do Licensed Local Pastor training in 2021.
In her spare time, she enjoys Pickleball, running, and reading. Amy is looking forward to learning and growing as she begins
her new adventure as the pastor of the Momence and Grant Park churches.

Our Staff

Administrator

Jeanne Wokurka

Treasurer

Douglas Graves

Custodian

Warren Dowding

Organist

Ellen Rehmer

Pianist

Shari Graves

Youth Ministry

Colin Bartholomew

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