At St. Matthew United Church of Christ in Wheaton, Illinois, we believe that God is love. Following the example of Jesus, we strive to live by the great commandments to love the Lord our God with all our heart, strength, soul and mind, and our neighbors as ourselves. We affirm that our neighbors are people of all races, ethnicities, physical and mental abilities, family configurations, sexual orientations, gender identities and economic conditions. In Christ’s love, each person is welcome into the full life and ministry of our church.
No matter who you are or where you are on life’s journey, you are welcome and accepted here at St. Matthew United Church of Christ.
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"Each faith is unique and wonderful in its own way. But what unites us is greater than what divides us."
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'ALL The People'
What People are Saying About Us
"St. Matthew UCC is not just a friendly church but also a place to make friends."
"Our children and youth feel loved and supported to grow in their faith. They love attending church."
"I like that our church is very outwardly focused. We do an amazing amount of outreach that touches lives in Wheaton and we also go on national and international mission trips."
"The preaching and the worship are alive and speak to my life. I leave church feeling like I have taken something home with me that can get me through my week."
"I like that we do both traditional and contemporary worship in a blended way."
"We come to St. Matthew UCC because the church respects where people are in their walk with Christ and does not judge them. We give people room to explore their faith."
"We are not a small church, but nor are we so big that people get lost."
The founding of St. Matthew in 1959 was part of a UCC denomination push to expand into the "new frontier" of suburban Chicago. The story of our first pastor going door-to-door inviting people to come to church, before we had any physical facilities, is an integral part of our history. The original Church sanctuary was completed in 1964. The early Church grew and prospered, such that in 1990 - full of faith, confidence, and excitement about its future - the membership successfully raised funds to construct a new sanctuary, which to this day provides a warm and welcoming gathering place for all - including several charter members still worshiping with us.
Top 10 Beliefs
1. We are Christ centered and affirm the United Church of Christ Statement of Faith. Our purpose is to become, live, and serve as disciples of Jesus Christ. We strongly believe the preaching and teaching ministries of the Church should be Christ and Bible focused.
2. We believe God calls us to mission. We travel every fall to Biloxi, Mississippi to build homes for the poor. We have gone to Honduras several times for mission trips. Locally, through P.A.D.S., we reach out to the homeless by providing a full homemade dinner, preparing beds for sleeping, making lunches for those who require them, and supplying a full breakfast. Additionally, throughout the year, we do everything from buying Christmas gifts for needy families at Marian Park to packing food for Feed My Starving Children.
3. We believe children and youth should be given personal attention. Middle school and high school students meet weekly with a staff member for fellowship and Christian growth activities. Youth see the power of sharing God’s love by attending mission trips and celebrate the gift of God’s creation by canoeing on the Boundary Waters. We have an exciting children’s church and Sunday School ministry that affirms the gifts of children. We have a vibrant and very popular Vacation Bible School every summer.
4. We believe in having fun. Paul the Apostle says, “Be joyful always!” At St. Matthew UCC, we follow Paul’s advice. You can attend our one week family camp in August and hike a mountain with your fellow brothers and sisters in Christ.
5. We have a non-judgmental theology. We accept all people no matter where they are on life’s journey. We do weddings, funerals, and baptisms for all. The Pastor performs these rituals for members and non-members. Each person has the right to make the Christian faith his or her own in the reality of worship, in honesty of thought and expression, and in purity of heart before God. The final norm is the word of God expressed through the scriptures.
6. We love all kinds of music. We cherish classical music expressed through a bell choir and the power of an organ. The rhythm of the drums and the moving sound of the electric guitar stir our souls at our worship services. We have multiple opportunities to get involved in praising God through music with two bell choirs, a chancel choir, a children’s choir, and a praise band.
7. We believe people of all ages should get to know the Pastor. All newcomers to the church are invited to have dinner at the Pastor’s home. The Pastor also leads an intensive one year study program with 8th grade students and gives a children’s chat once a month during the 9:30 a.m. worship service.
8. We believe nobody should get lost in the crowd. We have a Caregiver of the Week ministry where a designated caregiver from the church reaches out with acts of love to all. Meals are prepared for those who are sick or facing other life challenges.
9. We embrace technology. We recognize at St. Matthew UCC that our culture has shifted into a visually oriented society. We love to use images on Sunday bulletins and on a large screen during our Sunday service.
10. We welcome women into leadership positions. St. Matthew Church belongs to the United Church of Christ (UCC). The UCC was the first church to ordain a woman, Antoinette Brown, into the Christian ministry. At St. Matthew UCC, Church women serve as teachers, worship leaders, and Council Presidents. We also have women members of the church who are ordained pastors.