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Rev. Pat Allin First United Methodist Church -- Moweaqua, IL

We will be having Church June 7, 2020 in the parking lot!

All special notices will continue to be posted below as they become available.

Services June 7, 2020

Added on 06.4.20

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It's official! This coming Sunday, June 7, both the Moweaqua and Sanner Chapel congregations will be holding worship services outside. Sanner at 8:30 a.m. Moweaqua at 10:15 a.m. We will be requiring that masks be worn and people who are not related/living together will need to maintain social distance (6 ft) from each other. No seating will be provided so please bring your own chair. The church buildings will not be available.

We will continue with outdoor services each Sunday if weather permits. If you have a question about if the service will be held that morning, please check Moweaqua Sanner Chapel Facebook Page or call/text Pastor Pat at 815-867-0687.

The Facebook live post will be the 10:15 am service.

I look forward to seeing you live and in person! Pastor Pat


Self Guided Services

Added on 06.4.20

First United Methodist Church ServicesBelow are links to the Self Guided Worship Plans from Pastor Pat. They will each open in a new window, and in .pdf format to make it easier to print and use. Please share these with others.

Self Guided Worship Plan for May 31, 2020

Self Guided Worship Plan for June 7, 2020


Facebook live Services

Added on 05.28.20

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Pastor Pat will continue to have Facebook live services Sunday at 10:15 am. Click the link below to see these special services. Please share this with others.

Facebook Online Services with Pastor Pat


Congratulations Graduates

Added on 05.28.20

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High School: Sara Berg, Kane Dorsey, Blake Schinzler, Hannah Schinzler, Brogan Tolly
College: David Myers, Trey Schinzler
Mortuary Sciences School: Paige Seitz

Behind you, all your memories.
Before you, all your dreams.
Around you, all who love you.
Within you, all you need.

May God's love and guidance always be with you.


Will we be able to gather again for Services

Added on 05.21.20

First United Methodist Church ServicesThere have been several questions about when we will be able to gather again in our sanctuaries.

The Bishop of the Illinois Great Rivers Conference, of which we are a part, has recommended that all UMC's in the Illinois Great Rivers Conference follow the guidelines of restore Illinois. Illinois will start Phase 3, May 29th.

Phase 3 includes gatherings of less than 10 people to be considered safe. People who are at higher risk not being a part of those gatherings and several precautions taken regarding distance between people, not singing or speaking aloud as a group, wearing masks/face coverings, and reducing or eliminating the contact of common objects (bulletins, hymnals, offering plates, door handles, restrooms, etc.).

The next Phase will be Phase 4 and when that will happen is not known. But in Phase 4 the number of those gathered moves to 50. But the precautions about distance, wearing masks, reduced or eliminated contact, and singing and speaking remain in place.

I know it is difficult to continue doing ministry in ways we have not done before. Consider that the church is not closed our buildings may be, but we as the church never closed. We are still in mission. God still continues to call us to love one another, to lift one another up, to share the great love of Christ. By continuing to follow safe practices in regards to our buildings we are continuing the ministry to which we are called. That is to share the love of Jesus Christ with all we meet. We do not need the building to do that. It is also an act of love to sacrifice what we may want in order to keep safe those we love.

If you want further details you can find the full plan here : IGRC.ORG Coming Back to the Heart of Worship
As we continue to minister with and serve our communities during the COVID-19 global pandemic, we are seeing our churches transform and adapt in amazing ways. When faced with the specter of this disease, the United Methodists of the Illinois Great Rivers Conference have innovated and adjusted their....

Below is a link to the the full document if you would like to download and save it.

Coming Back to the Heart of Worship (16 pages, PDF)


Uplifting songs

Added on 05.6.20

To listen to these over again, just refresh your browser.


Hymns Played by Jordan Villanueva

Added on 04.7.20

First United Methodist Church ServicesHymns to lift your spirits and help everyone get thru these trying times.  Our thanks go to Jordan for sharing his talents so we can ALL enjoy!

These links will each open in a new window so you can keep them open to listen and replay. Make sure you have your sound turned up and keep the song playing in the background while you do other things online.

Hear I Am Lord   Freely Freely   Lord of the Dance   Pass It On   Shine Jesus Shine


Online Services

Added on 04.7.20

First United Methodist Church ServicesClick below to pick and view worship services online from the United Methodist Communications.

Sangamon River District (Central Illinois)

Moweaqua First UMC -- Sunday 9 a.m.

Cisco UMC -- Sunday 10 a.m.  Decatur First UMC -- Uploads video by Saturday each week

Edinburg UMC -- Sunday 9 a.m.   Fountain of Life UMC --- Sunday 9:30 a.m.

Pana UMC -- Posts video by Sunday 8 a.m.   Riverton First-Bissell UMC's -- Sunday 9:45 a.m.

Springfield Douglas Ave. UMC -- Sunday 10:30 a.m.

Springfield First UMC - Sunday 9 a.m. traditional and 10:30 a.m. contemporary

Stonington UMC -- Sunday 10:30 a.m.   Sugar Creek UMC, Chatham

Northern Illinois Methodist Conference Links