Looking to be part of building a great church?


Check out these ways to get involved!

Read a book, Discuss, Take Action!

Our justice team is reading, So You Want to Talk About Race by Ijeoma Oluo. We will gather together to discuss the book and map out our next steps. Contact the church office if you are interested.

Want to make some Joyful noise?

Our Chancel and Bell Choirs have paused for the summer but our music director, Bill Underwood, is still looking for musical talent for the summer and the fall season.

If you sing or play an instrument, contact him through the church office.

Join us in the fall for the Chancel Choir, rehearsals Wednesday evenings. The Bell Choir, rehearsals Saturday mornings or the Worship Band, our contemporary group. Rehearsal TBD.

Train a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not depart from it.

Join our Christian Education Department and help raise the next generation of Christians. Contact Rev. Reid for more information at pastor@firstumcoakpark.ork


During this time, you may wonder why is there a need for a church home. We can provide some of those answers:

Church services provide guidance. What we learn at church is a foundation for us to rely on and live by the rest of the week. Our spirits are uplifted, we are reminded that we are God's and that we are sustained by grace within the community as well as in our one to one personal relationship.

The church is a community. There are like minded people but also a diverse network. You can find friends, support and belonging in a group of people who have God and Christ at the core of their being and are walking a spiritual path just as you are. There will be people there to provide comfort when you need it and to celebrate those small victories that mean so much to us.

To Improve the community.  The church is a community in iteself, but we are a part of a larger community. That community where we work, raise our kids and live our lives is in need of prayer, committment and engagement. We take ourselves out of the church and into the community to spread the Good News as we know it and to do the work God wants us to do so we may love our neighbors in spirit and truth.

There are many reasons worship should be a part of our lives and we need that unique community of a church home. Please visit us and experience a welcoming, caring community. We would love to welcome you home to First United Methodist Church of Oak Park


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This Month at First

9/11/2022 10:00 AM

Soft Opening of Sunday School/Children's Chapel with Deacon Wes following Children's moment in worship

9/12/2022 7-8:30 PM

Companions in Christ

Adult Christian education class.

Lead Learner: Elizabeth Loudermilk

The book this fall is "Searching for Sundays" by Rachel Held Evans

Call the church office register

9/18/2022 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Back to Church Sunday

Sunday school kickoff, open house and music from all areas of our music ministry will be on display. Join us for worship and a luncheon after for all who attend. Church members will be avail to answer questions about ministry and service and you can sign up to volunteer where you feel you have been called.

9/19  (Mon) Evening Prayer and Praise—Come for any or all of the following:

  • 6:00-6:30 Prayer Time (Chapel and Sanctuary)- These rooms open for private prayer and meditation.  Resources will be available to assist in this experience.

  • 6:30- 7:00 An Order of Evening Praise and Prayer (Chapel). Pastor-led prayer and scripture reading along with group singing.

  • 7:00-8:00 Prayer Time (Chapel and Sanctuary)- These rooms open for private prayer and meditation

9/21 (Wed) 6:30- 8:00p

Alpha: In a world of isolation and anonymity, Alpha offers a space for honest and open conversations about life’s biggest questions. We will gather by Zoom for conversation exploring the basics of faith. Everyone is welcome and no questions are off limits in this different kind of group experience.  Group Leaders:  Johnna Kelly and Jenna Weber.  This class is ongoing for 9 weeks.

9/22 (Thur) 7PM

Adult Bible study: Lead Learner Neville Reid.  Study this fall is “John”  (LifeChange Bible study series by Nav Press).  Book available on Amazon or your favorite Christian retailer. Classes ongoing weekly. Contact church office or Rev. Reid to register and to receive Zoom link.

9/ 24  (Sat) 10a- 12 Noon

Discipleship Exploration (Chapel).  Come for this overview of what it means to be Christian, United Methodist, and a First United Methodist Church Oak Park-er.  Learn more about the church and how you can find a place to call home, here.

9/28 (Wed) 10a- 12 Noon.  The Pastor is In….. Office hours to be held in coffee shops around the area.  This week the pastor will be in Courageous Coffee (Lake and N. Oak Park Ave).  Drop by for conversation and of course, prayer!

10/1 (Sat.) 8a- 3p.

Habitat for Humanity Build Day.  We will help build a home in the Grand Crossing Neighborhood, enabling a family to move from housing insecurity to home ownership!