I’D LIKE TO TAKE THE NEXT STEP TO MEMBERSHIP
Get connected with other new families at the church through our First Things First class.
Hello and welcome to our church website. It’s always a real joy for us to meet new people looking for a church home. Here you’ll find helpful information about who we are, what we believe, and how you can join us in the Jesus mission. We desire to help you grow in your relationship with Jesus, connect you to others, and give you opportunities to serve.
Whatever your next step is, we’re want to help. If you don’t find what you’re looking for on this website, contact us and we’ll do our best to assist you. I look forward to meeting you and hope you visit us soon.
8:00 a.m. traditional
9:45 a.m. traditional
10:45 a.m. contemporary
236 W. Crystal Lake Ave
Crystal Lake, IL 60014
Our traditional service is 9:15-10:15 a.m. and our contemporary service is 10:45-11 a.m.
Our Sunday morning Children’s Ministry is called Kids First. We offer childcare up to age 2, then children’s programming up to age 11. We also have Junior and Senior High youth groups. If you have special needs kids we can make accomodations for you. If you’d like more info, contact Karen Klaus.
Yes! We celebrate Communion on the first Sunday of every month. All are welcome to the Lord’s Table whether you are Methodist or any other brand of the Christian faith.
Pastor Lisa Kruse-Safford came to serve as Lead Pastor of First Church in July of 2019. She has served United Methodist congregations in Virginia and Northern Illinois since 1996 as well as serving as the Rockford District Superintendent for 6 years. Lisa grew up in Genoa, IL, and graduated from Northern Illinois University. She served as a young adult missionary for two years before attending Wesley Theological Seminary. Lisa looks forward to meeting you and hearing your story of faith. In addition to Sunday mornings, you can reach Pastor Lisa in the church office, through email, and at the First Things First gathering.
Pastor Cesar has been serving First United Methodist Church as a Associate Pastor since 2016, he has served in churches in Northern Illinois Conference since 2002 in a different roles. He graduated from Lewis University with a major of Organizational Leadership and is currently pursuing a Masters of Divinity in Garrett Evangelical Theological Seminary.
“Every time I walk into the building I feel the Holy Spirit.”
"The community is inviting and far reaching into the community. There are so many ways to connect with other members and God.”
"My husband and I are thankful to God for guiding us to First Church and making it our home church to raise our children in. Loving staff and members. We feel Blessed and loved.”
If we have no peace, it is because we have forgotten that we belong to each other.Mother Theresa