September 3, 2022:

Dinner Worship? Is that a new thing?

Sharing a meal is a tradition from the earliest days of the church. So, it is not a new thing. “Dinner Worship” is a phrase we use to describe what we do with a meal when we gather at Bethany of fox Valley UMC every Sunday night (4:40-6:00 pm).

I’d like to come! Should I just show up?

Yes, just show up! Yet, if you like to sign up on the church homepage(, we'll be prepared to welcome you. If…

April 16, 2022:

The Health and Safety Committee has recently discussed reopening our facilities to the public and resuming our former activities. We feel that this can be done safely at this time. Therefore, the following activities will now be resuming:

  • coffee time after service,
  • in-person Vacation Bible School (July 25 - July 29, 2022),
  • funeral lunches,
  • rental of church facilities,
  • Great Agers, 
  • and more!


April 2, 2022:

Worship Service at 9am, followed by our Easter Egg Hunt.

Photo of 3 easter eggs in grass

Calling all families with children Pre K thru 5th grade.
Please join us April 17th after Easter service for an Easter Egg Hunt . 
Don't forget to bring your baskets!


February 19, 2022:

Bethany of Fox Valley UMC will provide its own Ash Wednesday Service on Wednesday, March 2nd at 7:00 pm. Please join us in-person service in the sanctuary or online service ( that will include imposition of ashes. Pastor Sam will lead this service as we begin the Lenten journey.

Lenten Study Options

  • In person at Bethany: The whole world has changed. It seems that what used to work before doesn’t work anymore. COVID-…
July 5, 2020:

Join us in person at 9am or you can watch our Sunday Service on Facebook (live stream or on demand)

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Open Casting Call

  • Pre-K through High School
  • Sign up at [link] by September 10, 2021
  • Auditions for Lead Roles Saturday, September 18, 2021
  • No Auditions Required for Chorus & Small Speaking Parts


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July 1, 2021:

Wearing of Masks Resumes

With the recent uptick in Covid cases and the Delta variant, the CDC, Illinois Department of Public Health, and the County Health department are recommending the wearing of masks in public indoor spaces regardless of vaccination status.  Although we are sad to see this, the Health and Safety Committee agrees with the recommendation.  Starting today, Sunday, August 8th, all persons entering the church will need to wear a mask regardless of…

March 6, 2021:

Sun, March 28
Bethany Worship        Sanctuary    9am
Loyal Leaders Bible Study F.H. 10am

Mon, Apr 5
Election setup 12pm

Tues, Apr 6
Consolidated Election 6am - 7pm

March 4, 2021:

The Health and Safety Committee  reviewed recent data and announced that we will resume in-person worship on Sunday, March 7th. We understand that some of you may not feel comfortable attending church in person, so the service will continue to be live streamed on Facebook. If you are unable to watch it live, you may watch the taped service on Facebook at a later time.  Whatever way you feel comfortable, we hope you will continue to worship with us.  If you have any…

March 27, 2021:

Good Friday Service / April 2, 2021 at 7pm

Our Good Friday service is a special time in the Bethany of Fox Valley United Methodist Church as we recognize the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. During this service, we will be walking virtually to stations of the cross to recognize the crucifixion and death of Jesus Christ at Calvary. As our world still faces the pandemic affecting our health and all aspects of daily living, this virtual prayer walk will…

February 13, 2021:

Virtual Ash Wednesday Worship Service 

Join us on Wednesday, February 17 at 6:50 pm! This year, the Aurora Cluster of United Methodist Church will be providing you with virtual worship of reflection as the Lent season begins and we prepare our hearts for Easter. To go through our online Ash Wednesday experience on February 17 at 6:50 pm, please visit or this page.

January 2, 2021:

Envelopes for 2021 are available in the office. If you would like a box of envelopes, please contact Lynn Coughlin at or Karen in the church office at

June 13, 2020:

During this time of the COVID-19 pandemic, access to Holy Communion has been very limited. Even though BFVUMC acknowledges that online communion can be still sacramental, many of you may miss terribly the physical presence of church members incorporated in the body and blood of Jesus Christ. Therefore, Pastor Sam is now on duty to deliver the non-anxious and prayerful presence of God with a pre-packed communion element (Wafer and Juice) to all families of BFVUMC. If you and…

November 11, 2020:

Learn more about our 2020 Fall Stewardship Event (for 2021) and download the paper commitment card OR  complete the form online by December 6, 2020.  
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November 11, 2020:

Governor Pritzker has announced tighter restrictions on Kane County due to an increase in Covid numbers.  Tier 2 restrictions now limit gatherings to 10 people.  The Tier 2 restrictions begin Wednesday, November 11.

That means Bethany of Fox Valley UMC will suspend in-person worship for the time being and go forward with online worship only. Also in-person Sunday School has been cancelled for now. This will begin Sunday, November. 15, 2020 and…

June 13, 2020:

As gathering restrictions continue to be followed, Bethany keeps working to make our in-person worship services as safe as possible. Since it has been reported that singing could spread the coronavirus, Bethany has decided to extend asking volunteers to provide special music through the end of the year. Those providing music can either do so directly during the live service on Sunday morning, or it can be sent to the church office as a recorded performance. Please contact the…

September 12, 2020:

Bethany's annual church conference is set for Wednesday, November 4, and due to the current pandemic restrictions, it will be a virtual meeting. The Staff-Parish committee will meet with our District Superintendent, Jeffry Bross, at 6:45pm while the main part of the conference will begin at 7:00pm.  Watch for more information in the coming weeks!

September 12, 2020:

At the recent Health and Safety Committee meeting, it was decided that the church building will be open to church adult group meetings starting on September 20th.  This includes adult Sunday School classes, church committees, circle meetings, etc. At this time, we will not be holding children’s Sunday School classes nor youth group meetings in person. There will be no food served at these meetings.  Groups may continue to meet via Zoom or a combination of both. Groups…

June 27, 2020:

BFVUMC is happy to announce that we will begin in-person worship on Sunday, August 2nd. We understand that many of you may not feel comfortable attending church in person, so the service will continue to be live streamed on Facebook. If you are unable to watch it live, you may watch the taped service on Facebook at a later time.  Whatever way you feel comfortable, we hope you will continue to worship with us.  We will be following state and Northern Illinois Conference…

June 16, 2020:

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May 30, 2020:

Dear Family of Bethany of Fox Valley United Methodist Church,
Grace and peace to you all from our almighty God. I hope this letter finds you strong and well in body, mind, and spirit, held close in the comfort of God’s strong Spirit. I am writing to you today to provide some new information regarding our current situation for resuming in-person worship and ministry in the church building.

On May 26, 2020, the Return Team of NIC in consultation with Bishop…

May 2, 2020:

As you know, effective Friday, May 1, 2020, all person two years and older are required to wear a face mask over their nose and mouth in public places where they cannot maintain a 6 foot distance.  Face coverings will be required in all public indoor spaces.  With that said the Missions team is reaching out to all church members to help make masks.  The following directions and patterns may make it easy for you to assist.  There are many different kinds of masks that can be made…

April 24, 2020:

While we are keeping one another safe by practicing social distancing through online worship services, please know that your giving is vital to maintain the ministries of the church. You can continue to financially support by giving online through Bethany’s website by selecting Online Giving.

You will see that you have two choices: you can donate via your bank account through our partnership with Vanco, or you can…

February 1, 2020:

The Events Committee is sad to state that the Mother/Daughter Banquet scheduled for May 2, 2020 has been postponed due to COVID19.  We thank all those who were working with us to make this year's banquet another successful event.  We hope and pray we can all be together again soon, but will abide by the laws and rules of distancing to keep everyone safe. Stay in touch with each other via phone, letters, social medias, etc.  And please..wash your hands!

April 24, 2020:

No one should go hungry during the COVID-19 pandemic. With school closures, job disruptions, and health risks, many people in our communities have been turning to the food pantry for much-needed support. To support people facing hunger, the pastor’s discretionary fund will be mainly used as the COVID-19 Response Fund. For every $1 donated, the Aurora Interfaith Food Pantry will provide $7 worth of food. 

If you want to donate for this matter, you can send a…