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It's no matter whether you are a life-long member or walking through our doors for the first time, there is heart-felt welcome waiting for you at FUMC Des Plaines. Our greeters are there to answer questions and help newcomers. The lasting welcome, if you're open to it, comes from seeing old friends and making new ones.
If you seek a more quiet experience, that's fine.
We respect those who prefer to worship as a deeply personal time, without all the social 'busyness'.
We are believers and seekers from all walks of life
Whoever you are, whatever your story, in this church, you are family. In today’s stressful and busy world, many of us feel alone. We invite you to join us and take strength in knowing you have family who care and love you.
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Video: What's a Methodist?
Methodism was brought to the wilderness of Northern Illinois as early as 1820's by the Circuit Riders. One of the windows in the Nave depicts a typical Circuit Rider making the rounds of the designated preaching points.
In 1831, Jesse Walker was appointed to the Des Plaines mission including all territory east of Joliet and north to the Wisconsin border. Drawn together by Circuit Riders, settlers in Des Plaines were organized into a "Methodist Class Meeting" before Illinois became a state. Across succeeding years, the resulting congregation has worshipped at several locations. A new building at Park Place, Lee and Jefferson was consecrated in 1988. Remodeled in 1924, this structure served the congregation long and well. Rehabilitated in 1983, the building has had its original beauty restored and now houses professional offices.
The first church, built in 1871 on Lee St, near Thacker St. Construction and furnishings cost about $4000, with seats for almost 200 people. It was sold to the Des Plaines Lutheran Church in 1886.
In that same year, members built a a new church at Lee St. and Park Place in Des Plaines. This location served until construction of the present building, in 1951.
Open Hearts. Open Minds. Open Doors.
First United Methodist Church
668 Graceland Ave. Des Plaines, IL 60016
Phone: (847) 827-5561
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