Frequently Asked Questions
Where are you located?
Grace is located at 300 E. Gartner Road, Naperville, Illinois 60540, about 1.5 miles south of downtown Naperville.
When is worship?
We have four unique worship services, one on Saturday evening at 5:30 p.m., and three on Sunday morning at 8:15 a.m., 9:30 a.m., and 11:00 a.m. We invite you to learn more about our worship services
, or just show up to one that is convenient for you!
What do you mean by "unique worship services?"
We have arranged our services so there is something for the traditional church-goer, the contemporary worshiper, and everything in between! Not sure which service would be right for you or your family? We have additional details
about each service to help you choose.
What do children do during the services?
Children of all ages are always welcome to join their family during any of our worship services. We also provide childcare for infants and toddlers
all morning on Sundays. For preschoolers through high school, we offer Sunday School classes during our 9:30 a.m. service, and Children's Church during the sermon time at the 11:00 a.m. service.
How long has Grace United Methodist Church been in Naperville?
Grace has served Naperville and surrounding communities for more than 125 years. It was established in 1891 and, since that time, has occupied three building sites. The third and present site opened its doors in 1971 and has undergone several expansion/improvement projects over the past four decades.
How does communion work at Grace?
Communion is served every week at our Saturday evening service and on the first Sunday of every month at our Sunday services. Holy days observed are those in the season of Lent (Ash Wednesday, Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, Holy Saturday, and Easter Sunday), the four Sundays of Advent, Christmas Eve, and Christmas Day. While not a holy day, Thanksgiving is celebrated with a special Thanksgiving Eve service in gratitude for God's many blessings. Weekly bulletins announce where we are in the liturgical calendar of the Christian church.
There is no requirement of membership at Grace to receive communion. Grace welcomes everyone to the table of Christ.
Okay, Grace is where I want to be. How do I become a member?
Membership classes are offered every 6-8 weeks on Sunday afternoon and even include lunch! Upon completion of the membership class, new members are welcomed the following week at the service of your choosing.
What other special sacraments or services does Grace offer?
Grace offers Baptisms and Holy Communion, as well as funeral and memorial services, weddings, and confirmation.
What are the roots and general beliefs of the United Methodist Church?
The United Methodist Church traces its roots back to John Wesley, a preacher in the church of England in the 18th Century who discovered that in order to truly spread the Gospel, it was necessary to travel and preach to where the people were. This sense of outreach and mission to people in need is a hallmark of the Methodist Church. For more on the beliefs, traditions, and principles of the United Methodist Church, visit www.umc.org
So, other than worship, what else does Grace provide for me and/or my family?
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