All belong and will be loved in The UMC. All will be heard, respected, and engaged. All will be free to develop their personal relationship with God and to serve fully in the ministry of Jesus Christ.
We are a Reconciling Congregation and welcome persons of all ages, racial and ethnic backgrounds, sexual orientations, gender identities, socio-economic conditions, physical and mental abilities, and family status.
We have long been aware that our sign is an important part of Friendship Church’s community identity. It’s not unusual for someone to call and thank us for a specific message that helped or inspired them. When explaining just which church we are, saying “the church with the sign” always does the trick!
Friendship United Methodist Church is located along a busy east-west main road in Bolingbrook, Illinois. Thousands of people pass by on a daily basis. To catch their attention, we have put up a sign along the road, visible from both the east bound and the west bound lanes.
This sign highlights events that take place at Friendship but we also use it to make people think, to chuckle a bit, or to reflect quietly on the wonder of God. A simple phrase or two can lighten the day, relieve the stress and strain of daily living, and put people in touch with the Lord. Visitors and new members often comment that one of the things that made them first take notice of Friendship Church was “The Sign!”
During Lent, we encounter people who are seeking. They approach Jesus with honest questions. What unfolds is an exchange filled with questions and exploration. Often, an unveiling occurs—assumptions are disrupted, a new perspective is revealed, mystery grows.
Come join us as we seek deeper faith through honest questions. Our questions won’t necessarily lead to answers, but they can help us unpack some of the big questions we may have and find clarity and a new perspective as we continue our journey in faith and truth. Ultimately, we pray they lead to a new beginning, a restoration, a wider grace.
Everyone is invited to “Coffee & Conversations” throughout the Lenten season in the chapel on Sundays from 11:15AM to 12:00PM. “Coffee & Conversations” will provide a space to ask honest questions as a follow-up to Pastor Anna’s morning message. We invite you to grab a cup of coffee or something to drink and a pastry from the Friendship Center and then join us to unpack, reflect, question, and discern what you heard during morning worship.
The goal of Friendship’s Faith Formation Ministry is to grow, engage, and support disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of self, the communities we serve, and the world.
Throughout the Lenten season, we invite you to return to these questions often. Unpack them in conversations, include them in your prayers, and write about them in your journal.
What is your soul yearning for?
What do you think God is seeking?
What is holding you back from soulful, wholehearted exploration?
The February and March Giving Tree will benefit our own Micro Pantry. We are asking for grocery store gift cards for the re-stockers to purchase the most needed groceries. Wal-Mart, Dollar Tree, Target, Meijer, Aldi, and other store gift cards are welcomed. Please pick up a gift card in any denomination and place them in the offering plate, drop them in the office, or mail them to church. You may email any cards purchased online to email@example.com.
The Tree will be up until March 19, but cards dropped anytime will always be welcomed!
Everyone is invited to the Becoming the Beloved Community Workshop on March 18, 2023 at 9:00AM to 1:00PM at Friendship UMC.
Becoming the Beloved Community: How to Talk About Race in America is a 4-hour workshop that conveys not only facts and essential knowledge about race and racism but also seeks to help us experience some of the harm and hurt racial prejudice has caused. The cost is $20. Light breakfast at 8:30AM and lunch included. Registration information coming soon.
Friendship UMC is accepting donations for the Friendship Career Scholarship Fund to help the children of our church continue their education. The Career Scholarship Fund is used to help with the high cost of college or trade school. We hope you will continue to support this mission to help the children of our church. Donations of any size are welcome. Donations can be made directly to Friendship United Methodist Church. Please indicate that it is for the “Career Scholarship Fund” on the memo line of your check or on your donation envelope or donate online by clicking here. Thank you for your generous support!
Please email completed application to the church office at firstname.lastname@example.org no later than March 31, 2023, with the recipients announced in May. Applications are available by clicking the link below or through the church office.
Because we care deeply about the health and safety of our congregation, we prefer that everyone wear a mask during worship. Worship leaders unmask themselves when they lead worship by reading, speaking, and singing. We will continue to livestream our services on YouTube and Facebook.
Address 305 E. Boughton Road, Bolingbrook, IL 60440
Office Hours 9AM to 3PM Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, 9AM to Noon Wednesday