NEW TO SHILOH

WHO WE ARE

Shiloh Church is a community of believers with a long history, an exciting future, and a vibrant presence today. The church began from a series of revivals held on this spot in 1807 -- eleven years before Illinois became a state. As we celebrate our 210th anniversary we look forward to a future of promise as the people of God in this locale. We strive to be the most loving place around.


Shiloh Church is made up of civilians, soldiers, professionals, and laborers living out our calling to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world. Our community includes all generations and backgrounds. The church is in the midst of a "baby boom" as many young families have infants and toddlers. We have active children and youth programs, fed by our excellent preschool. Our retirees and seniors stay on the go through the OAKS (Older Adults Knowing the Savior) and other ministries, insuring that your children will have many "grandparents" among their church family.


The military presence is strong at Shiloh. We are excited to include many active duty members of our armed forces connected with Scott Air Force Base. A vibrant community of retired military make Shiloh a place rich in patriotism and service. If you are active duty and here only for a short while we want to support you and involve you fully in the life of our church.


The best way to find out who we are at Shiloh is to join us for worship on Sunday morning at 9 am. Come and experience first hand the love of God's people who have been loved so well by the God we celebrate.


You can also find out more about us by completing a Connection Card.

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WHERE ARE YOU LOCATED?

Shiloh UMC is on Main Street (Lebanon Avenue) in Shiloh between Seibert Road and Cross Street. From I-64 take exit 16, (O'Fallon/Shiloh) south on Greenmount Road, then turn left (northeast) on Lebanon Avenue which becomes Main Street in Shiloh.  From Scott AFB take Seibert Road north from the Shiloh Gate to Main Street and go right (northeast) for one block. Shiloh UMC is on the right. We have parking on both sides of the Chapel and further down on the right before the Cross Street intersection.


WORSHIP

Sunday worship is at 9:00 am in the Worship Center. Entry to the sanctuary is through the doors on the far side of the gathering area. Coffee and other drinks are available at the Shiloh Cafe in the gathering area before worship. 


HANDICAP ACCESSIBILITY

The church Gathering Area and Worship Center is handicap accessible from all parking lots. Restrooms are located on each level. The elevator located at the main level near the staircase goes to the chapel on the upper level and lower level nursery and classrooms


WHAT DO YOU HAVE FOR KIDS?

Children of all ages are welcome and encouraged to attend Sunday service with their parents as a family. Children ages 2 and under may be more comfortable in the care of our trained staff and volunteers in the nursery during worship service, during the Sunday School hour, and for Wednesday night programming. Our nursery is on the lower level at the end of the hallway to your right at the foot of the stairs.


CHILDREN'S CHURCH - DURING SERVICE

  • Ages 3 through 5th grade will be called to the stage area for a Children’s Message. Ages 2 and under may be taken to the Nursery downstairs.
  • Ages 3 through 5th grade will gather at the worship doors with a teacher for Children’s Church after the children’s message (except for 3rd Sundays, where children are encouraged to worship with their family). For children staying in for service, activity bags are available in the back of the Worship Center after the children’s message.


SUNDAY SCHOOL - AFTER SERVICE @ 10:15AM

  • Ages 3 through 5th grade gather downstairs to rooms 107 & 108 for class. Parents, please visit our Child Registration booth located downstairs to the right, following worship. Our staff and volunteers will assist in getting your child checked in.
  • Ages 2 and under may be taken to the Nursery downstairs. Be assured that your children will be safe, as all of our childcare staff and volunteers have received Safe Sanctuary Training.
  • Parents need to pick up their children immediately after Sunday school.


To learn more about our children's programs, visit our Children and Youth page.

WHAT SHOULD I WEAR?

Shiloh has no official or unofficial dress code for worship. We encourage you to keep clothing simple and conducive to your worship comfort. Dress of our regular attenders ranges from jeans to business casual and the occasional suit. Don't let clothing keep you from worship! We honor God through our spirit of openness and inner respect for Him and others.

WHAT SHOULD I DO BEFORE SERVICE?

If you arrive a few minutes early, grab a cup of coffee, lemonade or tea, and some snacks at Shiloh Cafe. Then visit the Connection Central located in the Gathering Area. There you will find information on our many opportunities to grow, serve, and connect at Shiloh Church. The Registration Kiosks are great for registering for upcoming events, signing up for our many volunteer opportunities, giving offering and tithes, and Children's Check-In. You can visit the lounge area between the Cafe and Connection desk where you will find ministry information, the latest Belleville News Democrat, or a book to read.

WHAT CAN I EXPECT?

Worship is the most important hour of the week for a Christian. It is our opportunity to show God our love and devotion, experience His grace in our lives, encourage one another, be inspired by song and word, and gain guidance for life through God's Word read and spoken. Our service typically lasts an hour to an hour and fifteen minutes. We start with dynamic praise and worship songs led by a team of dedicated musicians and singers. Our hope is that all will feel comfortable singing along. You are free to raise your hands in praise or receive God's grace with them by your side. Most people stand as we praise, but you are welcome to sit as well. 


God's Word is at the heart of our worship. The Bible is read and preached with full expectation that God's Word is powerful, authoritative and makes things happen in our lives. Preaching is meant to be understandable, practical, and inspiring. We at Shiloh are authentic people struggling with the usual problems of life who have found God to be our help in things practical and spiritual.


Prayer is a vital part of our worship. No service is complete without prayer that God be at work in our individual lives. We have a prayer wall for those needing special prayer that you are welcome to visit to leave requests or pray for others. The pastor typically invites those who need to pray with him to come during the response time. 


We celebrate Holy Communion on the first Sunday of every month. God is our host as we receive the bread (regular and gluten free) and cup (grape juice). During communion we remember what Christ has done for us, anticipate the future He has planned for us, and meet Christ in our present life. As Methodists, we practice open communion, which means all are invited to receive God's sacraments. If you do not wish to participate in communion, simply stay in your seat as others go forward.


An offering is taken every Sunday to support our ministries at Shiloh UMC. Our members and constituents support all aspects of the life of our church through their faithful and generous giving. As a guest, please do not feel obligated to give when you visit Shiloh. If you do choose to give, you will receive a record of giving for tax purposes if you mark your giving by using a check, electronic giving, or through an envelope with your information on it.


HOW DO I CONNECT?

Shiloh UMC strives to be a community where individuals connect and build healthy relationships with Jesus Christ and other believers, as well as build influence with non-believers. In the spring and fall, the pastor offers a new members class. We offer Bible/book studies, common interest groups, home-based small groups, and discipleship courses for those who wish to connect through discipleship. We also have many opportunities to serve, engage through events, and worship. We would love to provide a church home for you and your family.


To learn more about membership and begin your amazing journey at Shiloh, click the button below to fill out a Connection Card, visit the Connection Center in the church gathering area, or call our church office at 618.632.6913.


WOW!

WOW! is Shiloh's Wednesday night program that hosts our community Bible classes for Children and Adults, 6-7PM! WOW! meets from September through April each year. We take a break for holidays and family vacations during summer months.