Located on the campus of Illinois State University, we are home to the United Methodist Wesley Foundation campus ministry. We are, however, more than a campus church. We are people of God serving the entire community with ministries that touch individuals of all ages and from many walks of life as we seek to fulfill the vision of the United Methodist Church of "Open Hearts, Open Minds, Open Doors."
Individuals from many different backgrounds, and with very different life journeys, have experienced the love of God here and made this their church home. We hope that you may discover ministries in this caring and lively congregation that will both meet your needs and provide opportunities for you to be in ministry both in the church and through its outreach.
Q: How can I contact the church?
A: You can call us at 309.452.2096 during the week. The offices are generally open from 8:00am to Noon and from 1:00pm to 4:00pm. You are also welcome to visit us.
Q: What should I wear to church?
A: We are a "come as you are" church. Feel free to wear anything from flip flops and shorts to a suit and tie.
Q: What if I cannot easily get to church?
A: We offer a church shuttle, which you can arrange by contacting the office.
You can also watch the services and sermons afterwards from the comfort of your own home.
Another option is visiting the church library where you can borrow a CD recording of the worship service.
Q: Are there ways to grow my faith instead of or in addition to the weekend services?
A: There are plenty of small groups, bible studies, and service opportunities throughout the week where you can grow your faith. Visit the Welcome Center (in the Narthex) on Sunday morning, talk to a Pastor, or check out the Groups page.
Q: I’m a visitor and don’t know what to do Sunday morning.
A: Parking is available in our parking lot located on the north side of the church as well as in the surrounding Green and Red labeled University parking lots located on the east and west sides of the church. Coffee, donuts, and fellowship are available before and after each Sunday worship service. Visit our Welcome Center in the Narthex for additional information about Normal First and more ministry opportunities.
Q: What are the options for parents during services? What is there for my kids?
A: While children are more than welcome in the sanctuary during services, there is child care available during services just down the hall from the sanctuary with vibrating pagers provided in case we should need to get the parents. There is also a sound proof comfort room in the balcony of the sanctuary if you need a little seclusion to comfort your fussy child. Sunday School classes are also available for the children.
Q: I’m a college student. What activities do you offer me?
A: We welcome you to join our worship services on Sunday morning or Saturday evening. In addition feel free to visit the ISU Wesley Foundation located in the same building to explore their activities. Their phone number is 309.452.1435 and their office is typically open during the week.
Q: I’m an ISU student. Can I park in the parking lot throughout the week?
A: Our spaces are for church members and visitors, but we offer the option of applying for a parking pass for students. Please visit the church office to apply or call for more information - 309.452.2096.
Q: How can I become a member of Normal First?
A: In the attendance pad at the end of each pew, you can put your name and contact information and check the box labeled 'Become a Member' and we will reach out to you with information regarding our easy process of become a member.
You can also contact Erica Cheeseman, our Congregational Care Coordinator to get started.
Q: Where is guest parking?
A: There is a large parking lot on the North side of the church you can use. On Sunday you can also use the surrounding RED and GREEN University lots if the church North parking lot is full.
See the Visitor Center for a map and more information.
Q: What is there for my kids?
A: Depending on the time of year there are many activities for children including Wonderful Wednesdays, Vacation Bible School, Children’s Musical, etc. On Sunday morning visit the welcome center in the Narthex to find out more about all the activities available for children and youth.
Also check out the Children's page to find out more.
Q: How do I join a group?
A: Visit the Groups page to find a group to join and contact information.
You can also talk with a pastor for information on joining a specific group. Also visit the Welcome Desk in the Narthex on Sunday morning and they can help you.
Q: How/Who do I contact the church for information relative to weddings, benevolence, facility usage, etc.
A: Please call the church office during the week to get answers to your questions. The phone number is 309.452.2096.