The United Methodist Church Of Plano
Renewing hearts and minds through the proclamation of God’s Word

Important Announcements

Updated April 17th

If you are participating in Sunday worship, masks are required from the door to your seat, otherwise join us live on Facebook Sunday 10 am.

Theme for 2021

Amplify the Word of God in our Lives.

We are surrounded by noise, work, family, school, politics, covid, illness, even the noise of isolation drowns out the still small voice of God.

Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ: We believe that our community, now more than ever, needs the church of Jesus Christ, however we also recognize our responsibility to help keep our community safe and healthy. 
It’s during challenging times that we have the opportunity to walk by faith. Pray for Gods peace, comfort and protection.
“I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation.  But take heart; I have overcome the world.John 16:33
Pastors Pen
In 1968 the Methodist Church and the Evangelical United Brethren Church merged to form a new denomination that became the United Methodist Church. It is unfortunate, however, that since 1972 the United Methodist Church has not been united on the definition of marriage, and the ordination of gay clergy. We have continued this division with the passing of each General Conference (General Conference is the quadrennial global gathering of the UM Church).

The 2016 General Conference was no different, as no decision was made regarding the acceptance or restriction of same gender marriages or the ordination of gay clergy. This led to much consternation on both sides of the issue and a call for a special session of General Conference. Around that time the Council of Bishops called for a “Commission On A Way Forward”. In 2018 The Commission delivered three “plans” to be presented and voted on at the 2019 special session of GC. They are as follows, “The One Church Plan”, The Connectional Conference Plan” and “The Traditionalist Plan”. After the votes were counted The Traditionalist Plan carried the day. While The Traditionalist Plan did gain more votes than any of the other plans, it did not solve the issue as some believed the plan to be too strict, thus The Traditionalist Plan was not enforced nor was it acted on, this only caused the split in the UM Church to grow wider. At this point it seems the only issue we are united in is the need to go our separate ways.
Realizing the denomination was at an impasse that could not reconciled and seeing the damage to ministry that has been done, a group of 16 United Methodists from diverse theological perspectives that included laity, bishops and pastors came together to work on a plan of reconciliation. Their desire was to make a plan for the UM denomination to do something no other denomination has done, to graciously, peacefully and lovingly agree to separate. Through much prayer and guidance from the Holy Spirit the team produced the “Protocol Of Reconciliation & Grace Through Separation”. I encourage all of you to read this document as it gives the frame work for how the global UM Church could separate and the decision each local church and Annual Conferences will need to make. This proposal has received overwhelming support throughout the UM connection from all sides, Centrists, Liberals, and Conservatives. The Protocol was to be voted on and likely would have passed at the 2020 GC, however it was postponed to end of August 2021. The 2020 GC has been postponed again; it will take place in 2022. Your Ad Council and myself have been discussing this since 2019, we will do our best to keep the Plano congregation informed and up to date. I will use this space periodically to update the church as new information becomes available. Sometime next year we will plan townhall style meetings as we pray for and discuss our future. Finally, another good source of information is the Wesleyan Covenant Association.
Under His mercy,
Pastor Steve

Contact Us

The United Methodist Church of Plano
219 N Hale Street (corner of Clark and Hale)
Plano, Illinois 60545
Phone: 630.552.3700
Office Hours: Monday – Friday 9:00 am – 2:00 pm

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RightNow Media

This is a Christian company that has a passion for Christian discipleship, through using digital Bible studies and conferences. They have an enormous library of solid theologically sound content for all ages. We are connected with RightNow Media. Our church pays a monthly fee which allows us to give access at no cost to our congregants who set up an account. To set up an account with RightNow Media either text RIGHTNOW UMCPLANO to 41411 or go to this page to get access. 

Easter 2021 – J.D. Greear

The resurrection is the most important moment in history, but it is more than an event we remember on Easter Sunday. Join pastor J.D. Greear as he takes a deeper look at Jesus’s life, death, and resurrection in the Gospel of Matthew, revealing the ways we should see ourselves in Jesus’s story.
Jesus died for us so that he could be alive in us today. Easter changes everything.


Advent 2020 – A Savior is Born – Pete Briscoe

Has Christmas lost its significance?
It’s one of the most familiar stories in human history: the birth of Jesus in a lowly manger in Bethlehem. A Savior, which is Christ the Lord. Yet, how can we prepare our hearts to celebrate the birth of our Savior in our frantic, consumer-driven society? How do we make sure the Christmas holiday remains a Holy Day?
In each of these four Advent sessions in this video Bible study, viewers will experience cinematic short films that capture events surrounding the birth of Jesus Christ. Then Pete Briscoe will open up Scripture to bring us back to the roots and heart of our faith in Christ.



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First and foremost, WELCOME! We are so glad you found us. The United Methodist Church of Plano has been serving the community since 1856. At United Methodist Church of Plano, we know that it is important for us not only to experience God’s Love, but also to give it. Whether or not you’ve ever been to church before, we’d love to welcome you into a church family where you’ll be loved and accepted.


When are the Worship Services?
The United Methodist Church of Plano offers a casual traditional service that begins at 10:00 am every Sunday morning held in our beautiful sanctuary.
What should I wear to church on Sunday?
Attire at The United Methodist Church of Plano is whatever makes you feel most comfortable. You will probably see a little of everything, from suits and ties to nice jeans and a polo.
Do you have child care available? What about my children?
Nursery care is available for ages 4 and under located just off of our sanctuary in our Education Building. Sunday School is also offered for K-6th grade from 9:00 am to 9:45 am prior to worship service. Children are always welcome to sit with you in worship as well. We offer a variety of Sunday School classes for all age groups.
Where can I get information to take home?
There is a Welcome Table located on the stage area next to the sanctuary. You will find welcome packets and all sorts of information regarding our church and community. Please help yourself to any of the resources.
What do Methodists believe?
United Methodists profess the historic Christian faith. We hold true the mission statement of the United Methodist Church which is “to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world.”
What is expected of members?
We expect members of The United Methodist Church of Plano to be faithful to it by their prayers, presence, gifts, service and witness. We also encourage all members to worship regularly, grow in their faith by participating in a small group or class, to serve God with their hands by serving both in the church and in the world, and to give in proportion to their income.
How can I join UMC Plano?
If you are considering membership, your first step would be to join us for our next Membership Meet & Greet where you will learn more about The United Methodist Church of Plano, get to know the pastor, review expectations for becoming a member, and explore how you can best fit into the life of the church. Please see Pastor Steve after a worship service or contact him direct at