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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

The prophet Micah, in the Hebrew Scriptures, gives us one of the highest statements of religious truth in all of literature:

He has told you, O mortal, what is good;
  and what does the Lord require of you
but to do justice and to love kindness
  and to walk humbly with your God? Micah 6:8

God is more interested in the way we live our lives than in religious observances.

God wants us to do justice; to be a people who work for fairness and equality for all people, especially the weak and powerless.
God desires loving kindness; to be people of grace, compassion, and openness to all persons.  

God wants us to walk humbly with our God. In the Hebrew, that word “to walk with” is best understood as “to live in communion with” or “to be in communion with”. So, it’s to be like minded; to have the same attitudes and attributes as God has. It means honoring God in our hearts and putting God first in our lives.

We are meant to live the way God initially created us to live. With justice and kindness in our relationships with people, and humility before God. That’s what God wants of us. That is what Jesus lived out before us. He lived and taught justice, kindness and humility: humility before God, whose very own he was. And we who follow him are called to do the same.

Yours in the journey.
Pastor Kristen



CRETE UMC’S THRIFT SHOP is open Saturdays from 9a to 3p. It’s a great place to find some great bargains!

The Suburban Youth Symphony Orchestra’s Hearts & Roses Concert will be at Crete UMC on February 19th, 2023, beginning at 4p.

SAVE THE DATE- Sunday, March 19th for the 2nd Annual David Naylor Memorial Blood Drive. 

Sign-up times are now available.  Click HERE to sign-up.

MASKS OPTIONAL: The wearing of masks at Crete United Methodist Church is optional.

While masks are not required, those who are more comfortable masked are encouraged to do so. We also ask 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 as a good faith gesture on your part.




Saturday, February 18th
at 4p
           by the Suburban Youth Symphony Orchestra

SUNDAY, MARCH 19, 2023

2nd Annual David Naylor Memorial



There are 13 slots available, if you need help signing up on-line, please call Diane in the Church office at 708-672-8353.

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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 25, 2022

Before and After School Program


Kathy Carter Young

Director of the Before and After School Program

Email:  for further information.


       The beginning Violin Class meets
                                Monday, Tuesday & Wednesday from 7:30a- 8:15a

           The Advanced Class meets
                                    Wednesday, Thursday & Friday from 7:30a- 8:15a


              Enduring Strings


Saturday - May 20th
Recital Tea

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 9-3p


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!)



Anyone wishing to provide humanitarian assistance to the Ukrainian people in the wake of the Russian invasion of their country may contribute to Advance #982450, UMCOR International Disaster Response and Recovery. This fund will provide direct assistance to those in Ukraine as well as assistance to Ukrainians fleeing to neighboring countries.

The link below connects you directly to NIC's Website

               Bishop Appeal 2022- Ukraine Assistance

Remember to login in first before donating. This way your donation can be added as part of your tax contribuition for your tithe for Crete UMC.   After signing in, click the 3 lines on the left of the top corner of your screen,  choose Home and then search for CUMC in the "find a church" search bar. This will get you in the right place to have your contribution recorded by CUMC for tax purposes.  Thank you.




The Pantry is open on Wednesday mornings

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

Only Available to Crete Township Residents

Located at

1367 Wood Street

Crete, IL 60417

To receive, come into the building on 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 The Crete Pantry, 1367 Wood Street, Crete, Illinois 60417.

Any gift goes directly to help those in our area-helping our neighbors."    -- Donna Allen

Praying Hands

At Crete United Methodist Churchwe 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. S.T.I.R. is designed to provide an opportunity for you to share and interact with others and find encouragement and support that you may need.

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Our first priority remains keeping one another safe. We care deeply for you, and remain committed to doing all we can for each other’s safety and health.


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.

As infection rates improve and restrictions are lifted, we are excited to move forward and begin lifting safety precautions. Beginning this Sunday, March 13th, masks will be optional.

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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