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Welcome to Gary Church

If you are looking for a church where you can connect with others, share questions, and strengthen your faith, we invite you to come experience Gary Church. With deep roots in the community going back over 160 years, we continue to be an active, mission-oriented congregation seeking to share Christ’s love in the world. Wherever you are in your faith journey, there is a place for you and your whole family at Gary Church—a place to grow, to make a difference, and to build supportive relationships among caring and committed people.

What are the worship services like?

Both our 9:00 and 11:00 a.m. Sunday morning services are traditional in style and include readings, prayers, a sermon, and vibrant music. The 9:00 a.m. service includes a children’s message. At 10:00 a.m. we have Sunday School for children, youth, and adults.

What should I wear?

On a Sunday morning you will see everything from suits to jeans, so feel free to wear what you find most comfortable.

Where is the church located?

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We are located at 224 N. Main Street, just north of downtown Wheaton.

Where do I park?

The parking lot is on the west side of the building with designated visitor spaces available. If the lot is full, street parking is available to the west and east of the church. To the north, you may park in the Hultgren Funeral Home lot (unless signs indicate a funeral is in session) or Claire Woods Academy lot.

Where do I go from there?

You can enter through the west doors by the parking lot or through the Main Street or Seminary Street doors. At each entrance, you will find Greeters to welcome you. We invite you to stop by the Welcome Desk in the Commons before or after the service for more information and a welcome gift.

Is the building handicapped accessible?

Yes. The building including main Sanctuary is accessible via the elevator located at the west entrance. Our small Chapel is accessible via a chair lift located on the lower level.

Where do my children go during worship?

At the 9:00 a.m. service, children ages three through fifth grade begin in the Sanctuary with their parents and then are invited to come forward for a children's message. Following this message, children in fourth and fifth grade rejoin their families while the younger children are escorted by their leaders to the lower level for Kid's Own Worship. At the 11:00 a.m. service, children are welcome to worship with their families and are provided with children’s bulletins and an activity bag. Nursery care is available for newborns-age two from 8:45 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

May I participate in Communion?

Yes. We believe God’s table is open to all and welcome everyone present to participate in Holy Communion, which we celebrate on the first Sunday of the month at both services. Children return from Kid’s Own Worship so they may receive communion with their families.

Do I have to be a member to participate in classes or programs?

No. Everyone is welcome to worship at Gary Church and participate in our many activities.

How can I get more information?

You can contact Kim Austin, Welcome Ministry Coordinator, at or (630) 668-3100 with your questions or requests for more information.

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