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Located in downtown Crete, IL.

1321 Main Street


Worship Service is

Sunday mornings at 10 a.m.



Pastor Kristen Larsen

Admin. Assistant: Diane McGarel

Sunday's Sermon

Our Mission

is to be Christ centered, teaching and learning community, dedicated to reaching out to all in a spirit of caring and sharing, a community where growth in Christ inspires us to be joyful sharing people.

Weekly Devotion

“When the day of Pentecost had come, they were all together in one place.” Acts 2:1

The festival of Pentecost is the 50th and last day of the Easter Season. It’s the day when we celebrate the coming of the Holy Spirit and the "birthday" of the Church. We remember the story of the disciples, still reeling from the events of Good Friday and Easter, becoming inspired, energized, and empowered by an ecstatic experience of God. The flames of the Spirit at once filled them and unleashed power in them, and the Church began in passion. A small group of folks moved forward with God, testing the boundaries of the sacred and the profane.

Where once being faithful meant being part of one particular culture, God transcended the limits of language and culture. Where once only Jesus had power to heal, preach and minister, now the disciples found themselves filled with these gifts and graces for ministry with all God's people.

This Sunday--Pentecost Sunday--you are invited to encounter this Pentecost God, who comes with energy and power that we don't expect, disrupting our ways of knowing and measuring and being, inviting us to a life set aflame, filling our hearts with passionate fire--for justice, for compassion, for telling the story, for making room for all people.

Put on your fiery colors and come to worship with us!

Yours in the journey,

Pastor Kristen




Monday, June 3rd will be the next United Methodist Women’s Club meeting. It will take place at 1:30 p.m. and all are welcome to attend.

Sunday, June 09th, right after Church Services will be our

Get Reacquainted Breakfast

Pancakes will be served right after Church Service. A free will donation will be accepted to offset the cost of the breakfast. The United Women Methodist Club will be hosting this event and is requesting that if you are planning on attending, please let us know by signing the sign-up sheet located in the Narthex.

Monday nights from June 3rd to August 26th, rain or shine, at the corner of Main & Exchange Street will be The Crete Farmers Market

If you are interested in being a vendor for the Farmers’ Market, please check the Crete Chamber’s website below for more details and downloadable application.

Chamber of Commerce’s Website:
Farmer’s Market Application:

Please send your completed application to

for review and acceptance. The Crete Chamber will notify you via email once the application has been accepted. At which time you will receive your booth number and an invoice.


 July 11th and 12th, Thursday and Friday, parking lot:

The Crete Woman’s Club Art & Craft Fair.

The Crete Woman’s Club is pleased to host this event in conjunction with their 34th Annual Crete Woman’s Club “A Day In The Country” garden walk. If you are interested in being a vendor for the art & craft fair, please check the link below to fill out an application and sent to the Crete Woman’s Club for review.

Tickets for the Garden Walk can be purchased from their website as well.

United Methodist Women's Club


next meeting will be held on

Monday- June 3rd, at 1:30p

1:30p, Narthex



Upcoming Events:

May 21st, 2024

The United Methodist Women's Club will be visiting Sunrise Nursery, in Grant Park, IL.., at 10a., and then afterwards will be having lunch.

June 9th, 2024

Let's Get Reacquainted Breakfast

Right after service we will gather for breakfast.  Pancakes and sausages will be served. A free will donation will be accepted to help pay for the cost of the breakfast. If attending, please sign-in on the sign-up sheet.  The sheet is located in the Narthex. 

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Crete UMC hosts an on-line worship sermon that is available on our Facebook page, our YouTube Channel, and can be e-mailed directly to you if you join our e-mail list.


August 24, 2023

Before and After School Program


Kathy Carter Young

Director of the Before and After School Program

Email:  for further information.


                 Beginners class meets
                        Monday, Tuesday & Wednesday from 7:30a- 8:15a
                           10 children per class

                Advanced Class meets
                          Wednesday, Thursday & Friday from 7:30a- 8:15a
                              10 children per child

                                  Cost: $50 a month per child Sept/May
   Start date was Tuesday, September 05, 2023

              Enduring Strings

for 2024 scheduled for May 18th

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Thrift Shop

All items are from donations, workers are volunteers, and all profits go to the Crete Methodist Church's Outreach Programs.

Located at Main and North Street, Crete, IL

open Saturdays 9-3:00p.m.


Online Giving

Secure, reliable, and convenient! Give a one-time gift (no account needed), or schedule recurring giving using your checking account, debit, or credit card. (See our SCHEDULE YOUR GIVING help page, or contact Diane at 708-672-8353, if you have questions!)



The Pantry is open on Wednesday mornings

from 9:00 a.m. till 11:00 a.m.,

It's only Available to Crete Township Residents

pick up  and drop off of food is at

1367 Wood Street

Crete, IL 60417

To receive, come into the building located at 1367  Wood Street to register. Proof of residency is required. 

"Even as phase four is taking place, we are bombarded with ”virus” news. Life does go on and many people face unemployment and hard times. The Crete Pantry is continuing to serve any one who comes for food on Wednesday mornings. This is straining the budget of the Pantry.

If you are able to help financially at this time, your gift will be put to immediate use. 


Any monetary gift is tax deductible and can be sent to either The Crete Pantry, 1367 Wood Street, Crete, Illinois 60417  or at Crete UMC

If you are dropping off food at the Township, please contact the Crete Food Pantry directly at the Township to make your donation. The Township's Phone number is 708-672-8279 to schedule a time to make your donation. 

Located at 1367 Wood Street
Crete, IL 60417

Praying Hands

At Crete United Methodist Church we realize that there will be times in our lives where problems and circumstances seem overwhelming. It is at these times when we may want to isolate ourselves and hide.

We want you to know that you are not alone!

There are many who share your struggles.  Crete UMC's Spiritual Themes in Recovery (S.T.I.R) helps those who are struggling with the addictions of  Alcohol and is designed to provide an opportunity for you to share and interact with others and find encouragement and support that you may need. To attend, please call

(708) 672-8353 or email


for information

Quick Links


Throughout this pandemic, the mantra of Crete United Methodist Church has been the Wesleyan principal to “Do No Harm.” With this in mind, the Covid Response Leadership team has made the safety and well-being of our members, staff, volunteers, and visitors the single most important priority.

While masks will not be required, those who feel more comfortable masked are invited to do so. We ask, as a good faith effort, that if you have not been vaccinated or if you are feeling a bit under the weather, that you personally chose to wear a mask while in the church buildings.

Worship Services:

Sunday mornings

at 10:00 a.m.

Phone: 708-672-8353


Phone: 708-672-8353


Diane McGarel, Admin Asst.

Office Hours

are Monday thru Friday from 8-1p.  

Office Hours: In-person

Tuesdays, 8-1p

Fridays 8-12p


Calls received during non in-person office hours are forwarded and  answered remotely. Your call is very important to us so if the line is busy please leave a message as Diane, the Office Admin Assistant will return your call as soon as possible.



Located at 1321 Main Street, Crete, IL 60417


©2022  Crete United Methodist Church

All Rights Reserved.

Created by Diane J. McGarel

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