Who We Are
Sugar Creek United Methodist Church was formed in the mid-1990s from the closure of two smaller United Methodist Churches, Glenarm and New City. Although each church had a rich history of serving their respective communities, each was struggling to meet the spiritual needs of its people and to provide greater opportunities for outreach. If these congregations were to continue to exist, they needed to make changes in order to meet the spiritual needs of the community.
Over the course of several years, many study groups and task forces were assembled to find a way to unite both congregations and bring together the spiritual gifts and talents of both churches to address the needs and programs necessary to serve not only both communities, but the surrounding areas as well, including Chatham, Auburn, Divernon, Rochester, Pawnee and Springfield.
The name for the new church was selected because Sugar Creek had long been associated with the community as the area first settled in Sangamon County and also was the name of a nearby well known creek.
The first Sugar Creek Worship Service convened in the Ball School cafeteria on October 2nd, 1994. More than 225 people gathered for the celebration of God's blessings on His new church! More than 350 people attended Sugar Creek's Charter Service on March 12th, 1995, with over 240 people becoming charter members! Sugar Creek moved into its present building at 1022 New City Road, Chatham in April 1996 and in just two short years needed to add more classrooms and storage space.
Sugar Creek has continued to grow since its beginning with additional worship and service opportunities. Sugar Creek has become a part of the community by providing many different outreach programs and has provided a sense of belonging for many people on their faith journey.