Deeply rooted Methodist beliefs and history.
The First United Methodist Church of Park Ridge is a congregation of The Northern Illinois Conference of The United Methodist Church. The United Methodist Church is in the family of Protestant Christian churches. We follow the teachings of Jesus and John Wesley, belief in the mission of loving God and our 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.
Our local mission is to be a multi-generational Christian community spreading God’s love and welcoming all, offering spiritual growth and opportunities for compassionate service. We welcome all and see all persons as created in the image of God and bearing sacred worth and dignity. We invite all persons to participate fully in the life of our church regardless of age, race, ethnic background, sexual orientation, gender identity, physical or mental condition, marital status, family situation, or economic standing.
While our roots in Park Ridge are more than 160 years old, we are making an impact now in being an inclusive, welcoming and active faith community. Our membership comes from several suburbs and neighborhoods of Chicago. Worship services at 8 am and 9:30 am give guidance and inspiration to personal faith and social interaction. The congregation has hosted a variety of community groups and organizations including a Montessori school, language classes, Al-Anon, Families Anonymous, as well as providing many opportunities for outreach and service. Our future continues to be shaped by a spirit of open minds, open hearts, and open doors.
The foundational beliefs of our faith may be found at our denomination’s web site:
God, who is one, is revealed in three distinct persons. Read More
We believe in the mystery of salvation through Jesus Christ. God became human in Jesus of Nazareth; and his life, death and resurrection demonstrate God’s redeeming love. Read More
The Holy Spirit is God’s present activity in our midst. When we sense God’s leading, God’s challenge, or God’s support or comfort, it’s the Holy Spirit at work. Read More
Genesis 1:27 asserts that we’ve been made in the image of the Creator. Like God we have the capacity to love and care, to communicate, and to create. Read More
The church is the body of Christ, an extension of Christ’s life and ministry in the world today. Read More
We believe that the Bible is the primary authority for our faith and practice. Read More
The kingdom or reign of God is both a present reality and future hope. Read More
For more information, please contact our pastor, Rev. David Aslesen at 847.825.3144, or visit the Methodist website at www.umc.org.