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Welcome to Cornerstone

Who We Are

This community of faith was born in 1998 when two previously existing congregations, Faith UMC in downtown Elgin and Plato Center UMC, merged. Since then, Cornerstone has sought to create a community which truly lives up to the United Methodist motto: "Open Hearts. Open Minds. Open Doors." As a result, we worship with a wide diversity of people: diverse in experience, background, thought, and politics. Yet in the midst of our diversity, we celebrate the great uniting power of the love of Jesus Christ, our Lord.

Our Values

John Wesley and the early Methodists placed primary emphasis on Christian living, putting faith and love into action. This emphasis on what Wesley referred to as "practical divinity" has continued to be a hallmark of United Methodism today. In that spirit, Cornerstone takes from the Great Commandments (to love God and neighbor) and the Great Commission (to go and make disciples) the values which are constantly before us and which we affirm every week in worship: Loving God. Loving Others. Proclaiming Christ.

  • Loving God: Cornerstone has ministries for people of all ages designed to build fellowship and strengthen faith.
  • Loving Others: Our outreach efforts, including Missions of the Month, work trips, community projects and food pantry collections, enable our faith to go forth into the world with the good news of Jesus Christ.
  • Proclaiming Christ: Our worship services are designed to help us give our praise to God; to listen for God's Word for our lives today, and to be challenged to live according to that Word. To achieve this, we use both high-energy and meditative song, provocative drama and video, and the spoken and written Word.


Worship Services are held every Sunday at 9:00 and 10:30 a.m.

Sunday School for children and adults is held during those same times.


Is there a main entrance?
Yes. The main entrance is immediately off of the parking lot, and is marked by an international Peace pole.

Do you have a nursery?
Yes. The nursery is available for infants through children 3 years old, during all church services.

Is there Sunday School for adults?
Yes. Please go to Adult Ministries for more information.

Can I participate without joining right away?
Of course!

How do I learn more about Cornerstone?
Start by exploring our Web site. Come to a worship service, or visit a Sunday School class. Of course, you are always welcome to contact our staff.

Do I have to give in the offering?
No. If you are a visitor to Cornerstone, we donít want you to feel any obligation to participate in the offering.

How to Become a Member

We know that people often like to observe things for a while before they are ready to ask questions, join a group, or serve on a ministry team. While we offer everyone that space, we also will invite newcomers to a low-pressure "chat with the staff" as a way for us to get to know each other. The staff will help those people learn how they can plug into the life of Cornerstone and then, in time, a formal invitation will be made for interested people to become members.

Regardless of when that takes place, we want everyone to understand that the ministries of the church are available to all, regardless of whether a membership commitment has been made. We hope you will come and worship, join a class, a group, or a ministry team, and feel free to call upon the staff whenever you need.

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41W170 Russell Road  |  Elgin, IL 60124  |  (847) 464-4673
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