Welcome to the Wesley United Methodist Church - University of Illinois, Urbana, IL

Students & Campus


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In addition to Sunday worship and church ministries, Wesley also offers a wonderful array of worship, study, service and social activities designed by and for students, faculty and staff.  Participants include persons from the University of Illinois, Parkland College, Intensive English Institute and others who choose to be a part of this vibrant ministry. You will find persons with spiritual curiosity, intellectual integrity and authentic faith.

In addition to our standard student programming we, also provide activities designed specifically for Graduate Students and International Persons. We encourage you to find a place that fits who you are, nourishes your life and challenges your faith. Make sure to sign up for our “Weekly Student E-Newsletter.”

Empowering you to shine the light of Christ’s love

in this campus, in this community and throughout the world. 


Recent Updates


Midweek Report: April 16

Apr 22, 2014

Click here to read peer minister Olivia Harris’s report on a special Midweek Worship last week, led by peer minister Tabi Nelson.




Eggs Dyed, Fun Had at International Coffeehouse

Apr 22, 2014

Last Friday, to celebrate Easter and have some fun, visitors to the International Coffeehouse dyed Easter eggs. Click here to read more and see some pictures of the fun.



Graduating in May? Get in touch

Apr 16, 2014

Wesley United Methodist Church and Foundation will recognize and celebrate high school, undergraduate and graduate students who have completed their respective degrees and programs on Sunday, May 11th, in both worship services.  We need your help to make sure we include everyone who’s celebrating one of these milestones this year.  (This includes individuals who received their diplomas at the end of the 2013 fall semester and who completed degrees any time during the 2013-2014 academic year.)  Please send names and information for both local graduates and for those graduates connected with Wesley who are finishing programs in other locations to Rev. Julie Dowler (jdowler@wesleyui.org or 217-344-1120) by Sunday, May 4th. It would also be helpful if you could indicate whether the graduate will be present in either the 9:30 or 11:15 worship service on May 11th.


Midweek Report: April 9

Apr 15, 2014

Click here to read the latest report about Midweek Worship at the Wesley Foundation.


Wesley Foundation Program Packages 147,162 Meals

Apr 10, 2014

Last Saturday, on the Community & Campus Day of Service, Illini Fighting Hunger (a Wesley Foundation program) organized an event at which volunteers packaged over 147,000 meals. Click here or on the image below to read more about their amazing accomplishment.


Parkland Volunteers Serve at Wesley Pantry Alternative Spring Break

Apr 9, 2014

Click here to read about what students got up to at the Wesley Pantry at Parkland Alternative Spring Break!



Midweek Report: April 2 led by Rose Craig

Apr 7, 2014

Click here to read a report from one of the Wesley Foundation peer ministers about Midweek Worship last week.



Windows on Wesley: Grad Study

Apr 4, 2014

Check out what the Wesley Foundation’s Graduate Student Bible Study is up to. Click here or on the picture below to go to the story on the Foundation’s Tumblr page.


Midweek Report: Doubt Night 2.0

Apr 1, 2014

Over on the Wesley Foundation Tumblr page, you can find a report on the last Midweek Worship by peer minister Olivia Harris. Click here to check it out!


Knitty-Gritty Coffeehouse open Tuesday at 6p

Feb 14, 2014

New Coffeehouse coming to Etc. for Students and Community Members

Beginning February 18th, we are starting a new Etc. Coffeehouse group – the Knitty-Gritty Coffeehouse, and you are invited to join us!  The interest in this new venture developed out of our 2014 student mission trip as most of our group worked on knitting scarves for the Open Door Community, an organization working in a variety of ways to support homeless individuals.  The Knitty-Gritty Coffeehouse is a place to bring your current knitting and crocheting projects and work on them as we share coffee, snacks and conversation about what’s happening – the “gritty” – in our day-to-day lives.  It’s also a place where people interested in these hobbies can come to learn and enjoy some fellowship.  This group will explore opportunities to knit and crochet for others as a mission project, as well, in the future.  For more information, contact Olivia Harris at peerministers@wesleyui.org