About Kirkland UMC
Welcome! In our church life, we stress growth - in fellowship, as we strive to be a community of openness and communication; in spiritual depth, as we emphasize prayer and Christian discipleship; in faith, as we discover new dimensions in our understanding of the Word of God; in outreach, as we seek to respond to needs in our community and world.
We use the traditional liturgical colors to mark the changing seasons. White is the color for the Christmas and Easter seasons, and is also used for Holy Communion services. The Sacrament of Holy Communion is celebrated the first Sunday of each month. In the United Methodist Church, all who earnestly repent of their sin and seek to live in communion with God are welcome to receive this sacrament. You need not be a member of the United Methodist Church or of any church to receive.
PrayerWe believe in the power of prayer, and have a midweek morning prayer service where we call upon the Lord for special needs, such as the need for healing. Consult our calendar for the date and time of the service.
Children and Youth MinistriesMinistry with children and youth is one of our major concerns. Our active youth group shares in a variety of activities throughout the year, including an annual mission trip that often involves a construction project. Young people are prepared for life as mature Christian believers through Sunday school, vacation bible achool, and the confirmation class.
Bible StudiesWe have several different groups of bible studies and spiritual formation that meet at various times. Contact us for more information. In addition our United Methodist Women and United Methodist Men gather periodically for study, prayer and other aspects of their special ministries.
Special Fellowship EventsWe are a family, and we celebrate family times together not only through worship and group activities but through special meals and other fellowship events. The semi-annual rummage sale is a popular event in the Kirkland community, always a good occasion to pick up a bargain in clothing, books, home decorations or other household items.
Knitting MinistryKnitting can be more than just a way to pass the time. Members knit items such as hats, mittens, and scarves for the homeless in the DeKalb-Rockford area. This is a community effort; in 2012 more than 750 items, from hats and scarves to afghans and lap robes, were made and donated to those who most needed them. Jesus said, "I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me" (Matthew 25:40).
Community ServiceOur service to the local community includes responsibility for roadside cleanup along a 4.4 mile stretch of Malta Road south of Kirkland. This is a ministry of love and exercise!
As you can see, we of First United Methodist Church of Kirkland are doing our best - the Lord being our Helper - to live out our mission statement. For more information about our ministries, and how you can be part of what God is doing through our fellowship, please contact us.