Welcome to the First United Methodist Church!

The mission of the First United Methodist Church of Wilmington is to actively witness God’s grace to our community and world through unconditional love. We come together to honor and worship God. We are challenged to mature and strengthen our lives as Christian disciples.

Welcome to our church!


We have begun in-person worship in the Sanctuary for up to 50 people at 9:00 a.m. Sunday mornings. (We will eventually go back to the regular scheduled time of 9:30 a.m.) You must wear a facemask over your nose and mouth and social distance. Hand sanitizer areas are provided. We will not have in-person singing, responsive reading, or Fellowship Hour at this time. We ask that you leave the building immediately following the service and have your conversations outside. Keep your masks on even while you are outside on church grounds.

If you are wanting to come inside, please park on the West side of the parking lot (near the parsonage). We will still offer radio broadcasting on FM 97.3 for those in the parking lot, so if you wish to remain in your car and listen to the radio, please park on the East side (near the Preschool/Sunday School wing). We will continue to stream live on Facebook at
https://www.facebook.com/fumcwilm and also on Sermon by Phone at 815-205-3381. The
Health Team will continue to monitor the situation. Please follow the guidelines to protect our most vulnerable worshipers.

Church Office Hours:

  • Monday, Wednesday, & Friday 9:00 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • Tuesday & Thursday 9:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m.

We are located at: 401 East Kahler Road, Wilmington, IL 60481

Church Office: 815-476-5474


Worship Service

Summer Worship Options:

The First United Methodist Church of Wilmington is offering three formats for worship this summer.

Drive-in Services are held in the church parking lot (401 E. Kahler Rd.) at 9 am on Sunday mornings. Listen to the service on your car radio at 97.3 FM or through the speaker system. Everyone is asked to stay in their cars and enjoy the comfort of your car seats. Volunteers will be assisting with parking, attendance and offering to provide everyone with a safe experience. There is a limited service area for this radio station.

We will continue to offer the service at facebook.com/fumcwilm. The service is now live at 9am to coincide with the Drive-In Service. You may also watch it later at a convenient time.

Our third option for hearing the sermon and announcements is to call in to hear a recorded message. The dedicated number for the call-in sermon is 815-205-3381. Sermons will be posted by the Monday following the Sunday sermon.

We welcome you to join us by worshiping in one or more of these ways each week.


Our facilities at First United Methodist Church are fully accessible with air conditioning.

Large print Bibles and Hymnals are available.

Hearing assistance is available.

A cry area is available during worship services.


First United Methodist Church
401 East Kahler Road
Wilmington, Illinois 60481

Phone: 815-476-5474

Parsonage:  815-476-9385


Harriette Cross

Debbie Ritchie
Administrative Assistant

Judy Francis
Membership Coordinator & Financial Secretary

Marcia Mellott
Vocal Music Director

Gayle Robinson

Tracy Smith
Praise Ringers Handbell Choir Director

Ginger Wuchter

Ginger Wuchter & Kim Young
Christian Education Co-Chairs 


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First United Methodist Church Early Childhood Preschool Program has open registration for the school year starting in August.

Children age 2 (by August 1) through 5 years may attend school 1, 2, or 3 days.

Registration forms can be downloaded below or are available in the Church office. For additional information, please contact Debbie Seasly through the Church office at 815-476-5474.