You are invited to journey with us through the advent season as we celebrate the presence of the SACRED in our midst!
WELCOMEADVENT Worship Series
Irving Park United Methodist Church is a reconciling congregation, which means we welcome people of every age, race, ethnicity, gender identity, sexual orientation, economic status, religious background, and physical ability. When we gather, we celebrate this diversity as a fuller expression of who God is.
A service of Worship and Holy Communion: 11:00am
Irving Park United Methodist Hispanic United Methodist Church's Spanish-language service: Noon
We are located a few blocks southwest of the Irving Park exit on 90/94. Street parking is available.
We are located a few blocks southwest of the CTA Blue Line-Irving Park stop and the Metra-Irving Park stop. We are also accessible by CTA bus, which you can find more information about here: http://www.transitchicago.com/planatrip/
Our office contact information: Contact us at email@example.com or 773-283-6262
Irving Park United Methodist Church seeks new owner for building at the corner of Grace and Keeler in OIP
Irving Park United Methodist Church has been serving this community from the corner of Grace and Keeler for almost 130 years. In addition to our congregation, we are home to the Irving Park Community Food Pantry, Irving Park Hispanic United Methodist and Apogee Academy. Other groups including Alcoholics Anonymous, Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts, Weight Watchers, OIPA, Irving Park Historical Society, countless youth groups and many more have shared our space over the years. Our church has been the site of weddings, baptisms, celebrations and concerts in our beautiful and acoustically acclaimed sanctuary. The Reconciling Ministry of the UMC had their national offices here for years in the beautiful third floor restored office space.
With great sadness, we came to the realization that our small congregation can no longer bear the expense of a building this size. We spent significant time working with a group of architects and developers who donate their time to assist congregations like ours. Together we developed concepts for repurposing the church building to include space for senior housing, while preserving the Sanctuary and Fellowship Hall for use by the church. We then reached out to the local community and to our own networks in search of potential property development partners. Unfortunately, after a year and half of trying, our efforts were unsuccessful.
We have now turned to coordinating the sale of the building and thinking about our future. There are no current plans to close Irving Park United Methodist Church and our leaders are praying and envisioning creative ways that the Holy Spirit might lead us into the next phase of ministry life.
The initial focus on the sale of our building will target schools, churches, performing arts, and other community minded groups that would likely have interest in this place and neighborhood. However, the congregation remains open to other development opportunities for the building and land.
We also are making plans to celebrate the ministry that has happened on the corner of Grace and Keeler. While we might be leaving this corner, nothing can take away the impact that Irving Park UMC has had and the ways that God has used the generations that have come through our doors. We are grateful for all of the friends and community partners that have been with us in our many years at our current location.
As such, we invite you to celebrate with us on Sunday, June 9 at 11 a.m. We will have our regular church service. Following the service will be a luncheon where we can share memories and hopes for Irving Park United Methodist Church. If you have photographs or stories that you would like to share with the church, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you for all your support over the years and we hope to see you June 9th!
The Irving Park United Methodist Church
Leadership Team, Pastor Hope Chernich
and Pastor Lindsey Joyce
Also, please check out our “Upcoming Events” page for a full list of our Advent events and how you can get involved.