First United Methodist Church is a community of Christians inviting all people to grow in their relationship with God and to live their faith in the world.

As a United Methodist congregation we share a common heritage with all Christians.  This heritage affirms that God is the Creator of all that is good, the Redeemer of a broken world through Jesus, and the Sustainer (Spirit) that leads us to healing and wholeness.

We are inviting all people to join us because we affirm that every human being is created and gifted by God.  We affirm the diversity of these gifts in our welcoming statement.

We are committed to growing in relationship with God through the practices of study, worship, service, and spiritual disciplines.

We seek to live our faith in the world through ethical action, social justice advocacy, service that is local, national, and international, and wise stewardship of time, talent, and resources.

Our Long Range Plan offers a look at where we are heading.

Reconciling Ministries


We are an all-inclusive church.

In February 2014 our congregation voted unanimously to join the Reconciling Ministries Network and becoming a Reconciling Congregation.

In March of 2015 our clergy offered this Marriage Equality Update.

At that time we also revised our welcoming statement to read:

First Church is a vibrant, accepting congregation that welcomes all who seek God, inclusive of age, race, education, economic status, sexual orientation, gender identity, and special needs.

Social Justice

Our congregation participates in the Community Renewal Society, a faith-based organization in the Chicago area that addresses racism and poverty by advocating for social and economic justice.