Welcome to Wesley United Methodist Church


with Rev. Bradley Shumaker


Fall is the perfect time to find your home at Wesley UMC. We have a space for everyone and we invite you to join us! 

Worship: 8:30 AM & 11 AM

Fellowship: 9:30 AM

Sunday School (for kids, youth, & adults!): 9:45 AM

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August MISSION: 

The Wesley Foundation @ EIU

In anticipation of the new school year, The Missions Ministry Team has designated the EIU Wesley Foundation as our August Missions Project.

The Wesley Foundation at EIU is a ministry for all students, offering opportunities for spiritual growth, personal wellness, and service to others. Students come to college with a variety of social-emotional and spiritual needs, and the Wesley Foundation seeks to provide that safe space they may need. It’s not only a place to ask questions about faith and life, but a place with a caring, supportive, full-time campus minister. This allows the EIU Wesley Foundation to offer a continuous ministry of presence on campus along with its regular programming. Throughout the academic year, Sunday night meals are provided to students with the help of individuals and area church groups. Sunday nights are also times to gather for game night, movie night and other relaxing community-building events. On Wednesday nights, students gather for an informal worship service and conversation. In addition to these regular programs, outings, trips, and service events are also held.

As a ministry of the Illinois Great Rivers Conference, the Wesley Foundation receives funding through the IGRC. Unfortunately, this funding has been steadily eroding over the past few years due to circumstances affecting the UMC at large. This means that your monetary gifts to support student programs and operating expenses are even more important now to maintaining the vital outreach ministry at the EIU Wesley Foundation. By sharing your gifts, you are investing in the lives of students at EIU.

If you would like to help support the work Wesley Foundation does at EIU, please make your check out to Wesley UMC with Wesley Foundation on the memo line and mail it or bring it to the church, or visit our website at charlestonwesley.org and click on the tab at the top of the page. Thank you very much for your support.

The Missions Ministry Team

Stephen Ministry

Are you feeling exhausted from all the disruptions to life brought on by the pandemic? Are you or someone you know struggling with challenges? Our Stephen Ministers are ready to listen, care, encourage, and provide emotional and spiritual support. A Stephen minister will meet with you privately- by phone or in-person- to offer care and support. It is free and completely confidential.
For more information, call Stephen leader, Ruth Ann Craig at 217-276-7273

Created to worship.

Worship is essential to God’s plan of redemption and provides a strategic avenue for God’s entry into an alienated world. An illustration of this is found in the Lord’s Prayer, which begins with worship: “Our Father in heaven, hallowed be Your name.” Then, it extends the invitation “…Your kingdom come, Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven” (Matthew 6:9, 10). When we pray in the manner that Jesus taught His disciples, we are first, with worship, reaching into the invisible realm and then, on the grounds of our worship, welcoming the entry of His divine authority, rulership, and power into this world.

At Wesley, we believe that a natural reflection of our love for God is worship. And that worship should invade every aspect of our lives.

Jesus is the center.

Jesus is central to everything we do. We sing, pray, and preach in His powerful name. Our past, present, and future are centered on Jesus Christ. Our purpose on this earth is to make much of Jesus Christ.

“For by him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things were created through him and for him. And he is before all things, and in him all things hold together.”

Colossians 1:16-17