Welcome to Chatham United Methodist Church,  an active multi-generational family of Christian believers, located just south of the state capital, right across from the village square. Chatham UMC is called to be a “Matthew 25” congregation for the community: to feed the hungry, welcome the stranger, clothe the naked, visit the sick and lonely – and in doing so, to share the good news of Christ’s love with our neighbor.

We invite your to come and worship with us this weekend.

Sunday Morning Worship Times

8:15 • Traditional Worship
9:30 • Coffee & Conversation
9:45 • Christian Education (all ages)
10:45 • Contemporary Worship Service

Worship Styles
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Traditional Worship Service

Traditional • 8:15am

The traditional service at Chatham UMC incorporates the time-honored traditions including a communal call to worship, liturgy, choir, and traditional hymns.


Contemporary Worship Service

Contemporary • 10:45am

The Blended Worship Service at Chatham UMC incorporates more progressive music styles with a praise band, upbeat and joyful music, and a greater emphasis on praise.

Worship lasts for about one hour every Sunday


Expect to come and feel the love of Jesus Christ through us, no matter who you are, what you look like, what you’ve done, where you’ve been, or any other barrier you may perceive. Christ said to love. Period. No qualifiers, ifs, ands, or buts about it. So come as you are, just as you are.
Children are always welcome in worship here at Chatham UMC. During worship we offer a special time for children to come forward (if they want to) and listen to a simplified version of that mornings “big peoples” sermon during the children’s time.

Should your little ones get fidgety during the service, we have a parents room located right outside the sanctuary with rockers, a place to play, and a live feed from the sanctuary so you don’t miss a word.

Need a little more help, we offer a complementary professionally staffed nursery all morning long on the upper level of the education wing.

The Lord’s Supper, or Holy Communion, is one of two sacraments in the United Methodist Church. (The other being Baptism.)

Holy Communion is a means of grace, a gift from God, and a reminder of God’s mighty and sacrificial acts of love for us. At Chatham United Methodist Church, we observe an “open table.” The Table belongs to Jesus Christ; He is both Host and Guest. All are welcome to participate in the Lord’s Supper with us, regardless of denominational affiliation or religious history.

The Invitation in our Communion liturgy reads, “Christ our Lord invites to his table all who love him, who earnestly repent of their sin and seek to live in love with one another.” This is our invitation, too. The elements of Holy Communion – bread and wine – are for us signs of Christ’s love, and His real presence with us at the table.

We use King’s Hawaiian bread and Welch’s grape juice when offering Holy Communion by intinction (dipping); allergy-free wafers are available for those with gluten or lactose allergies, as well as individual juice cups for those with concerns about germs. The Lord’s Supper is offered the first Sunday of the month at either morning worship service.

Chatham UMC is a handicapped friendly building offering restrooms on the Upper, Main, and Lower levels of the church. The Lower Level restroom is a spacious family restroom offering plenty of space for young ones, and/or a wheelchair. We even offer an elevator to access any level, so everyone is included.

During worship we offer wireless hearing assistive devices, as well as large print bulletins and printed copies of the sermon.

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Chatham United Methodist Church seeks to “transform lives and grow disciples of Jesus Christ” at every stage of life. Weddings are a very special privilege for us, and a joyful way to help couples grow together in their faith.

If you are looking for a church home, and a community to help nurture your marriage in Christian love, please call the church office (217-483-2132) and speak with Pastor Miriam. Six-months’ preparation time is preferred in order to make the most of premarital counseling and wedding planning.

The passing of a loved one is a sacred and tender time in the life of every family. It is a time to remember with gratitude the ways in which our loved ones have affected and blessed our lives, and a time to renew our trust in the One whose life, death and resurrection opened the doors for us to enter eternal life.

It may also be a time when persons who have not had an active relationship with a church find themselves longing for the comfort and assurance of a community of faith.

If you or your loved one are seeking a closer connection with God as the end draws near, or if you are looking for a community of faith to give you strength and hope in your time of grief – call us. We can work with your funeral director, hospice coordinator or family members, to offer comfort, meaningful ritual, and words of peace.

The United Methodist Church understands baptism as a gift from God, a sacrament of the Church, and a means of God’s grace. Through the sacrament of baptism, persons are initiated into the life of the church and welcomed into a community of love and forgiveness.

Persons being baptized, or parents (in the case of infant baptism) respond to God’s gift with their own promise to live as disciples of Jesus Christ, witnesses to His love, and live as faithful members of the church community.

We celebrate the gift of baptism for persons of any age or stage in life. For little ones unable to make promises for themselves, parents commit to raise their children in the church and in the faith, and to do all in their power to nurture their children’s faith in God, until such time as children can assume those promises for themselves, usually in confirmation.

Baptism in the United Methodist Church is a non-repeatable sacrament; we acknowledge and celebrate the baptisms of those who come to us from any other traditions. For specific questions about baptism, please contact Pastor Miriam at 217-483-2132.

Confirmation is a special time of learning and growing in faith for youth grades 8 & 9. Confirmation Class is generally offered every other year at Chatham UMC, depending on the number of youth interested. Led by the pastor, the youth minister and other supportive adults, Confirmation Class nurtures and challenges preteens to think about the nature of God, the life of Christ and United Methodist beliefs and practices.

At the conclusion of each 9-month class, youth decide for themselves whether to celebrate their “Graduation” from the class, their “Confirmation” as adult members of the church, and/or their “Commitment” to live as disciples of Jesus Christ. For more information, please contact Pastor Miriam Snider at 217-483-2132.

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