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
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.
We 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 Ministries
Ministry 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.
We have several different groups of bible studies and spiritual formation that meet at various times.
for more information. In addition our
United Methodist Women and United Methodist Men gather periodically for study, prayer and other aspects of their
Special Fellowship Events
We 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 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).
Our 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 .