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 United Methodist Church in Wheaton, IL. With deep roots in the community going back over 165 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.

Below you will find information or links to help you get to know more about us. If you have any questions, comments, or concerns please do not hesitate to contact us.

  • The Sunday morning 9 a.m. service is traditional in style and includes readings, prayers, a sermon, vibrant music and a children’s message. Kids' Church is available for preschool 3s through grade 3 in the lower level after the children's message. We also livestream the service from the Sanctuary at 9 a.m. on our website and as a recording later in the day.  We offer Sunday School for children, youth and adults at 10 a.m. during the school year. We also provide a coffee time of fellowship, called "Special Blend," at 10 a.m. year-round. Nursery care is available throughout the morning.

    Our worship team is reinventing the 11 a.m. service, and the newly-imagined worship experience will start on Sunday, Aug. 27, 2023.

  • Children are welcome in the Sanctuary with their families. Kids' Church is available for preschool 3s through grade 3 in the lower level after the children's message at 9 a.m.. Nursery care for babies and toddlers is available throughout the morning.

  • Yes. We believe God’s table is open to all and welcome everyone present to participate in Holy Communion. We typically celebrate Communion on the first Sunday of the month.

  • No. Everyone is welcome to worship at Gary Church online or in person and participate in our many activities. We offer classes and events in various formats, including in person and Zoom. You will find many opportunities on the Gary Kids, Gary Youth, Adult Study, Music Ministries, and Mission and Outreach pages of this website.

  • Gary Church is a welcoming and caring congregation. Part of that care of others is to do what we can to help keep people safe and secure. With input from the Wheaton Police Department and other safety experts, Gary Church follows security protocols on Sundays and throughout the week. When we don’t have a greeter posted near an entrance, we keep the door locked. If the doors are locked, please go to Door 5, near the Parking Lot. There you'll find a doorbell and a number to call for access. 

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.