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New to First United Methodist in DeKalb?

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Where do I park?

You may park in the lot behind the church, across 4th street in the identified lot, or in Delano’s parking lot. We also have valet service on Sunday mornings until 8:45 a.m. A member of the church in a safety vest will greet you on Oak Street and park your car for you. Handicap parking is available on the north side of the building near the level entrance and there is plenty of parking in the area.

What should I wear?

We do not have a dress code but we would like to have your attire be comfortable and respectful. We welcome everyone.

What are the worship options for my children?

Children are invited to be a part of all worship services.  There are activity bags and children's bulletins available for the children to use during the services.  There is a nursery available during the services for children 6 years old and younger.  There is also a "Cry Room" available at the back of the sanctuary.  Sunday school for all ages is held in the Education Wing.

Information for visitors.

We have a beautiful 100 year-old church with many entrances with stairs greeting you on 4th street and Oak Street, BUT we have two level entrances on 4th street with an elevator at the center entrance. The other level entrance is adjacent to the designated handicapped parking on the north corner of the building. Our greeters can assist you.

How is the offering handled?

During the service an offering plate is passed. There are envelopes in the pews for one’s convenience. You will not stand out if you choose not to contribute; many people contribute only once a month. Often people drop in pocket change that is used for our declared mission that month. If you are a first-time visitor, please be our guest.

How are people with handicaps accommodated?

Several of our members use walkers. Wheelchairs can also be accommodated at each service. People with walking difficulties should enter at one of the handicapped entrances on 4th St. We provide large print bulletins and hymnals on request.

How is communion offered?

The Methodist Church practices open communion. That means all who wish to participate are welcome. Ushers will direct the congregation by pews to the servers. Each individual will be provided a piece of bread and you will dip it into the goblet that holds grape juice and return to your seat. If you choose not to participate, you may stay in your seat. If one needs to remain seated but would like to receive communion, please inform an usher.

What does your church offer to those new in the community and are looking for a church home?

Our church offers many small groups that are of interest to different people. Please sign the Fellowship pads leaving your address and phone number so we can learn of your interest. A member of the Newcomer’s Team will contact you so you can ask questions and receive information. Becoming involved in a small group is a good way to make friends quickly. Please refer to the church pamphlet that lists many activities. Please join us after worship service in the dining room for fellowship.

egivingFirst United Methodist Church
317 N 4th Street
DeKalb, IL 60115

815-756-6301
office@firstumc.net

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