Wesley is both a student ministry center and a United Methodist Congregation. It is an open and diverse community that welcomes everyone.
Opportunities for Service
Wesley puts a special emphasis on service and social action. That means we’re packed with volunteer opportunities that will help you serve your community. Wesley is home to Wesley Pantry, a popular food pantry; Illini Fighting Hunger, a student-led hunger-fighting organization; a vibrant Social Action Ministry; a volunteer-run coffeehouse that serves fair-trade coffee and benefits our food pantry; regular mission and service trips; a diverse set of programs for international students and visiting scholars; and more.
Opportunities for Fellowship and Growth
In addition to worship opportunities, Wesley offers an array of small group opportunities for study and fellowship. Everyone is invited to participate in our many Bible studies, classes and book groups, fellowship groups like knitting or quilting, United Methodist Women, book clubs, and studies for graduate and undergraduate students. For small group study opportunities click here, and click here for information about Wesley Student Center study opportunities.
Opportunities for Worship and Exploration
There are multiple worship services ranging from a traditional service with choir, organ and formal liturgy, to a contemporary service that’s casual offering coffee and snacks as well as meaningful music and preaching. Wesley rounds out its worship offerings with a student-led mid-week service on Wednesday evenings at 7:00 p.m. in the Student Lounge.
Frequently Asked Questions
What do people wear?
Dress is casual at all services, although there is a great mix of dress at the 9:30 a.m. traditional service. You are welcome to wear whatever feels most comfortable.
Where do I sit in worship?
You are welcome to sit anywhere in the worship space during any of the three services. Feel free to ask an usher or greeter about sitting near someone in the congregation who is friendly and will offer you guidance during the service if you feel like you’d need it. We regularly ask our routine attenders to move toward the center of the pews so there is plenty of space left on the outside for guests and late comers. There will always be a place for you at Wesley.
Curious about the United Methodist Church? There’s a great Ask the UMC page on the Church website.
Children Are Welcome
Children are welcome in both of the Sunday morning services at Wesley or a nursery is available for children birth to age 5 if you’d prefer. There will always be some children in the service of worship, so you should never feel as though you have to take your children to the nursery. It is offered for your benefit only. At Wesley we love having the youngest amongst us. When we say all are welcome, we mean it!
Relax and feel free to sit wherever you feel comfortable. We know children are likely curious about what’s going on during the service and so sitting toward the front is not a problem. If you feel you need to leave during the service with your child, we encourage you to feel comfortable moving about, but we also encourage you to come back. We offer a parent/child quiet room in the back corner of the sanctuary if a parent needs a place to feed a baby or a child or parent simply needs a quiet place for a few minutes. Children are important to Jesus and they are important to us.
Children (4 yrs to 5th grade) may attend Sunday school during the 9:30 a.m. worship service beginning after the Children’s Sermon. Parents are welcome to drop them off at the class rooms (the main hallway between sanctuary and offices) or they can go with Sunday school leaders after the children’s sermon has ended. There is no Sunday school for children on communion Sundays: the first Sunday of each month. On communion Sundays we encourage families to worship together. We encourage parents to help children participate in the liturgy and of course Holy Communion is available to everyone. Nursery service for children birth – 4yrs is still offered on the first Sunday of the month