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’ve got lots of volunteer opportunities that offer you the chance to serve your community. Wesley is home to Wesley Pantry, with weekly locations at both Wesley and Parkland College; Illini Fighting Hunger, a student-led hunger-fighting organization; a vibrant Social Action Ministry which coordinates participation in the annual CROP Walk; a volunteer-run coffeehouse that serves fair-trade coffee and supports our efforts to fight hunger; a Spring Break mission trip; a diverse set of programs for international students and visiting scholars; and much 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, United Methodist Women, and studies for graduate and undergraduate students. For small group study opportunities click here; click here for information about Wesley Student Center study opportunities.
Opportunities for Worship and Exploration
Wesley offers two worship services every Sunday morning: a traditional service with choir, organ and formal liturgy, and a casual contemporary service with coffee and snacks as well as meaningful music and preaching. The Wesley Student Center offers a student-led mid-week service on Wednesday evenings at 7:00 p.m. throughout the school year in the Etc. Coffeehouse/West Lounge.
Frequently Asked Questions
What do people wear?
You are welcome to wear whatever feels most comfortable for you! Some people dress casually at all services, while others choose to wear something a bit more formal. You’ll see a variety of dress styles at each service – jeans, suits, khakis, skirts, flip-flops and heels. Just come as you are – you’ll fit right in!
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 to introduce you to someone in the congregation who can answer any questions you might have about our services and ministries. There is always 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. 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. At Wesley we love having the youngest among us. When we say all are welcome, we really mean it!
Relax and feel free to sit wherever you feel comfortable. We know children may be curious about what’s going on during the service, 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 also encourage you to return to the service when ready. 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 for when a parent and child simply need 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, which begins after the Children’s Sermon. Parents are welcome to drop children off at the class rooms (the main hallway between sanctuary and offices) before the service, 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 as Holy Communion is available to everyone. Nursery service for children, birth – 4 years, is still offered on the first Sunday of the month