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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

Well, another batch of robins has been born. They’re adolescents now because they still have those black spots on their chests. And they’re learning how to fly. Two days ago, while I was busy working on the computer there was a loud BANG right in front of me! I jumped a foot and looking up I saw a stunned adolescent robin laying right outside my window, still breathing, thank God, but too stunned to move for a while. Nearby one of his parents stood until finally its offspring tottered over the bush out my window and stayed there looking dazed.

And this morning, it happened again! Only this time I was looking out the window and saw the catastrophe coming straight at me: the adolescent flying fast, the parent flying about 10 yards behind. I jumped up and shouted “Noooooo!” (alarming my poor husband who came running into my office). And then KABBLAM! I could feel the windows shake. The adolescent dropped to the ground, leaving a donut shaped circle of fine tiny tufts of feathers on the window screen. The parent landed a few feet behind until the young’un wobbled to the safe place under the bush.

How do parents do it? How do they let their children even go out the door without being encircled in bubble wrap. I’ve got no idea how they survive raising their children. Parents, my hat is off to you!

“Honor your father and your mother,” the Fifth Commandment says (Exodus 20:12). Honor them for having taken care of you before you were old enough to take care of yourself. Honor them for every gray hair you put on their head. Honor them for staying near as you learned how to fly. It should never be a thankless job.

Yours in the journey,
Pastor Kristen



The next United Methodist Women’s Club meeting will be held on Monday, July 1st, at 1:30 p.m., in the Narthex. All are welcome to attend.

Crete Farmers Market is being held on Monday nights in June, from 4-8p, at the corner of Main and Exchange, rain or shine. The Crete Farmers Market will take place all summer long now till August 26th, except for Monday, July 1st. It will be closed due to the 4th of July holiday.

34th Annual Crete Woman’s Club Art and Craft Fair. On July 11th and 12th, Thursday and Friday, in our parking lot will be the 34th Annual Crete Woman’s Club Art & Craft Fair. All are welcome to attend.

United Methodist Women's Club


The next meeting will be held on

Monday- July 1st, at 1:30p

1:30p, Narthex. All are welcome to attend.



Wavy Abstract Background

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.


Before and After School Program
will resume in the Fall of 2024

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
scheduling for 2023-2024 School Year

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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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