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What to Expect at First UMC Park Ridge

We hope you will join us for Worship at 8:00 or 9:30am on Sundays.  As our home page mission statement declares, we are a diverse congregation with persons of all ages and walks of life.  We are inclusive, welcoming all to our shared sanctuary and Communion table. We seek to live and worship in the true Methodist spirit: open minds, open hearts, and open doors.

Just be who you are. Open your mind, heart and attitude to God’s love for you.

After the 9:30 worship service, please join us in the parlor, directly across from the Sanctuary entrance, for a time of coffee, small bites, and fellowship. All are welcome.

What We Believe

First UMC Park Ridge is connected with United Methodist Churches all around the globe.  The United Methodist Church is in the family of Protestant Christian churches.  We follow the teachings of Jesus and John Wesley, which include primarily loving God and loving neighbor.  All are invited to engage their faith through study, questioning, debating, and praying.  Together through the grace of the Holy Spirit, we seek to understand God, ourselves, and our world.  To learn more about the United Methodist beliefs, click HERE.

Discover Our Story

Every family has a story, and First UMC Park Ridge is a church with a lot of family! Our roots are more than 150 years young, and run deep in our local community. Click HERE to learn a bit about our history up until now. It’s a faith journey that has enriched the lives of thousands, and it’s a story that continues to unfold; we invite you to share it with us.

Learn More about First UMC Park Ridge

If you are interested in learning more about this church, we would love to talk to you! We are happy to share the mission and ministry of First UMC Park Ridge with you. You can ask to speak to our pastor on Sunday morning, or call the church office at 847-825-3144. We frequently offer membership exploration sessions, which share information about this church, our beliefs, and the various ministry opportunities in which you can be involved.

Connect with a Discussion Group

One of the ways in which we invite you to deepen your relationship with this congregation and with God is through our adult discussion groups which meet Sunday morning at 9:00 and 11:00. Usually these are studies that last 4-6 weeks on a variety of topics. It is here that we share our Christian faith experiences in an informal setting, diving deeper into the Scriptures, as well into as the contemporary social issues that challenge us.

Meet our Team

First UMC Park Ridge is led by a dynamic pastor and a team of staff members to equip and empower our lay people for ministry! Learn more about our staff by clicking here.

Get Directions

First United Methodist Church of Park Ridge is located at 418 West Touhy Avenue in the center of Uptown Park Ridge, just east of the intersection of Touhy, Northwest Highway and Prospect Avenue. Our church is convenient to the Kennedy (I-90) and Edens (I-94) Expressways, and Tri-State (I-294) Tollway, as well as suburban Pace bus routes, the CTA Rapid Transit Cumberland station, and the nearby Metra Northwest line. Check their weekday and weekend schedules.


Our main parking lot is located on Grant Place, just north of the church. Grant Place is a one-way eastbound street that is accessed from Prospect Avenue only. There is a church entrance across Grant Place from the lot.

Click here for an interactive Google map of our location.

Click here for a downloadable PDF map and information.