Learn about different crosses at Gary UMC in Wheaton

The cross is one of the oldest and most recognizable symbols of the Christian faith, yet it appears in many different shapes and sizes, each with its own history and meaning.

Every Sunday in Lent, the Creative Arts ministry of Gary United Methodist Church in Wheaton will display a new cross on the balcony of the sanctuary.

Artists from the congregation have created “A Lenten Calendar of Crosses.” Each cross will have a placard below it with information describing its origin.

The church at 224 N. Main St. offers 9 and 11 a.m. Sunday worship in the sanctuary. The 9 a.m. worship is complete with Kids’ Church and nursery care, plus livestreaming and recorded worship at

The 11 a.m. worship has a more casual feel featuring church musicians. At 10 a.m., you can enjoy a coffee hour called “Special Blend” and Sunday school for all ages. With deep roots in the community since 1853, the church has vibrant music, kids, youth and adult ministries, plus opportunities for local, national and global missions.

For more information, go to or contact the church office at

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