Welcome to Evan UMC

We are located two blocks East of the Washington Square in the historic downtown area of Washington Illinois. Encompassing a diverse multi-generational family of believers ready to welcome you, we follow our mission to share the excitement of Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit to make disciples and transform our community.

Join us for worship:

Sunday School: 9:00am
Fellowship Time: 10:00am
Sunday Worship: 10:30am

Welcome Message from the Rev. Dr. Camilla Hempstead, Directing Pastor at Evan UMC
Rev. Dr. Camilla Hempstead. Sitting, smiling with glasses and a blue jacket.
Rev. Dr. Camilla Hempstead • Pastor

Welcome!

We’ve been waiting for you! It is true, because we believe that every person who comes into the circle of this special fellowship was sent by God Himself. It is not by accident that we have the joy of meeting you. So, above all else we want to express Christ’s love to you with genuine, heartfelt warmth. We’re eager to know you, and we are excited to share with you the marvelous ways God is working in our church.

It will not take you long to discover that Evan UMC is truly a family, rich in the relationships that matter most. Growing together, we worship, we serve, we laugh, we cry, we learn, and we reach out to our world with life-transforming truth. We reach out to you, as well. Our doors are open. Our hearts are open as well. If you have been thinking, praying, teaching, and hoping for place to belong, we say again: welcome!

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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. 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.

Need a little more help?  We offer a complementary staffed nursery.

Children and Youth are an important part of the church, and we actively strive to create and sustain a welcoming and appealing atmosphere for them. Each Sunday, we offer various Christian Education classes for all ages at 9:00 am.

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 Evan UMC, 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 regular bread and grape juice when offering Holy Communion with individual juice cups for those with concerns about germs. The Lord’s Supper is offered the first Sunday of the month.

Evan UMC is a handicapped friendly building allowing differently-abled persons almost full access to any part of the church building.

During worship we offer wireless hearing assistive devices for those who need them.

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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 Camilla at 309-444-3228.

Confirmation is a special time of learning and growing in faith for youth. Confirmation Class is generally offered every other year at Evan 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.

Evan UMC seeks to make disciples and transform our community 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 (309-444-3228) and speak with Pastor Camilla. 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.

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Date posted: February 10, 2018Last modified: May 30, 2018