New to HUMC?

Welcome!  We are glad you found us.  In a time when busy lives often leave people feeling stressed and overwhelmed, our hope is that this faith community can be a place where people are encouraged to meet God; receive God’s great gifts of peace, joy and courage for the week; and find purpose in the sharing of themselves.

We are “ONE CHURCH — MANY COMMUNITIES,” with members representing the following communities:

Batavia, Bolingbrook, Brookfield, Burr Ridge, Chicago, Clarendon Hills, Countryside, Crest Hill, Darien,    Downers Grove, Elmhurst, Geneva, Glen Ellyn, Glendale Heights, Hinsdale, Indian Head Park, Justice, La Grange, Lemont, Libertyville, Lockport, Mokena, Naperville, Oak Brook, Oak Park, North Aurora, Plainfield, River Forest, Westchester, Western Springs, Westmont, Wheaton, Willowbrook, Winfield, Willow Springs, and Woodridge.

WHAT TO EXPECT

What are worship services like?

We offer services on Sunday Mornings at 8:30 and 10:30 a.m.   In worship we celebrate the good news of God’s grace in Jesus Christ that brings hope to our lives and defines who we are.  We follow a United Methodist liturgical tradition but also make room for the surprises of the Spirit.  Belford Hernandez, Director of Music, is the accompanist and often shares his talents as a composer.

Children are always welcome in worship.  See below for more information.

Our summer schedule (Memorial Day through Labor Day) however, is one service at 9:30 a.m.

Where do I park?
There are two parking lots and church entrances – one is on the west side of the building and is accessed from Garfield Street. Designated visitor spaces are available in this lot.  The other entrance is on the east side of the building and is accessed from Park Ave.  Handicap parking spaces are available in both lots.

Where do I go when I get there?
People meet and greet one another before and after the service in the Narthex, which is accessed from both parking lots.  Greeters and ushers will assist you at either door.  Be sure to stop by the Welcome Center in the Narthex where you can pick up church information and receive a welcome gift. 

Where do my children go during worship?
We welcome all children in worship! Worship_Children's TimeChildren’s Activity bags are provided to keep the children engaged during services in the sanctuary. The bags include stickers, crayons, Bible games, and stories. They can be picked up at the Welcome Center or you can ask for one from an usher.

For infants through age three, we have nursery services available. Nursery services are available September through May from 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., and during the Summer months of June, July, and August from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.

Children in Preschool to 5th grade are invited to stay in worship. Our Children Ministry Program is also offered to children in Preschool through 5th grade during the 8:30 a.m. worship service and after children time during the 10:30 a.m. worship service. Sunday School provides Christian education for children from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Our summer 9:30 a.m. worship schedule offers children the opportunity to attend Summer Sunday School following the Children’s sermon.

Will I be singled out as a guest?
You are not asked to stand or speak during the services, but our hope is that you experience the welcome and hospitality of our congregation. Please provide your name and contact information on the registration pads in the pews if you wish to receive information about the programs of the church.

May I participate in communion?
In our Wesleyan tradition we practice an open table which means that communion is offered to all. Holy Communion is celebrated on the first Sunday of the month at both services. Our communion wafers are free of the following ingredients: gluten, wheat, casein, dairy, nut, egg, corn, yeast, soy, low protein.

Is the church handicap accessible?
HUMC is wheelchair accessible with an elevator which gives access to the basement and upper level offices and classrooms. We have fully accessible washrooms, just inside the east entrance across from the sanctuary.  Handicap parking spaces are available in both the north and east parking lots.

CONGREGATIONAL CARE

At Hinsdale United Methodist Church, we have a ministry of caring for one another. We care for our congregation and their families with support during times of illness and loss and with congratulations during times of joy and celebration. Congregational care plays a vital role in our community life as the Body of Christ.

We have several different ministries that make up Congregational Care. We have an online confidential prayer ministry team praying for those who are sick and in need. We have a strong Stephen Ministry program, shawl ministry and new parents receive a baby blanket and special gifts from the church. Our pastor and lay members are very involved in ministries of visitation and support to homebound members and friends, to the sick and to our community.

Please contact the church office at 630-325-1280 about joys & concerns such as a birth, a death, someone in the hospital or other personal needs. We want to know so we can respond as soon as possible.

HOW TO GET CONNECTED

Keep up-to date with all the exciting ministries and events at HUMC.  You can connect with us and stay up-to-date several ways:

      • The best way to experience HUMC is to join us on a Sunday morning in worship, and make sure to stop by the Welcome Center after worship to visit with members of our church family.
      • Visit Opportunities to Serve for a list of the many ways to participate.
      • e-newsletters – Complete the form on the right side of this page to subscribe to receive church emails and The Flame, our monthly newsletter.  You can unsubscribe at any time.
      • Follow us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/hinsdaleumc.
      • Visit the pages of this website to learn more.

BECOMING A MEMBER

We understand that membership is a process of discovery. Some people come to HUMC as seasoned Methodists and others are newcomers seeking a new faith community that they can call home.

Join us in worship. We hope you will feel welcomed in a real sense of open hearts, open doors and open minds. If you like what you’ve experienced contact the pastor and let him know you are considering exploring membership. We want to clarify that everyone (members and non-members alike) is welcome to participate in the life of HUMC.  Learn more about our Membership Exploration class.

Persons would join the church during one of the worship services by:

    • Vows and Profession of faith
    • Transfer from another United Methodist Church
    • Transfer from another body of the Christian Church
    • Associate transfer if they are in town just part of the time and keep membership in another church