About Us

ADRESS: 1820 5th Avenue, Rock Island, IL 61201

PHONE: 309-788-9384

EMAIL: Office@tworiversumc.org

WORSHIP TIME: 9:30 a.m. on Sundays.

MEAL SITE: 12:00 p.m. on Saturdays.

PASTOR: Rev. Robb McCoy

For over a century, Two Rivers Church was known simply as “First Church,” because it was the first church in the Quad Cities, organized as a house gathering in 1830, and assigned a Methodist circuit pastor in 1833. The current building was dedicated in 1890. Today, Two Rivers Church serves the entire Quad Cities Area.

If you come to worship this Sunday, you will find a casual traditional worship. You may sit in the round tables in the sanctuary or among the wooden pews. Either way, you can enjoy a cup of Fair Trade coffee and an activity bag for kids. We will probably sing traditional hymns. The sermon will be thought-provoking, challenging, and seeped in modern scholarship. After worship (which usually lasts about an hour), there are treats and time for fellowship. Adults and kids can also go to small groups for an education hour. Kids and youth gather downstairs in Epworth Hall for Sunday school.

Two Rivers Church is a congregation of the United Methodist Church, the second largest Protestant denomination in the world. The symbol of United Methodism, the Cross and the Flame, represents the power of the Holy Spirit. The two parts of the flame represent two pre-existing denominations, the Methodist Episcopal Church and the Evangelical United Brethren, that merged in 1968.

Within the worldwide church, Two Rivers is a part of the Illinois Great Rivers Conference. This is a geographic region that includes the southern two-thirds of Illinois.

Church History:

  • 1833: Organized as a mission church, renamed in 1836 as First Methodist Episcopal Church at Spencer cabin
  • 1835: The City of Rock Island was established, although it was first known as Stephenson. It was renamed Rock Island in 1841.*
  • 1844: Built first church
  • 1856: Built second church
  • 1889: Built present stone church, dedicating it 1890
  • 1939: Changed name to First Methodist Church
  • 1964: Bought Camp Milan from Central Illinois Conference for $1
  • 2003: The first Saturday meal is served. At first it was served on both Saturday and Sunday. 20 years later, the only Saturdays it misses is when Saturday falls on Christmas and New Year’s Day.
  • 2008: Merged with Memorial Heights UMC and became Two Rivers United Methodist Church.
  • 2013: Two Rivers United Methodist Church Celebrated 180 years!
  • 2014: Rev. Robb McCoy begins his ministry at Two Rivers Church.
  • 2020: Two Rivers Church shifts to “Worship at Home” videos. The Meal Site however, never stopped functioning. They shrunk their volunteer crew, and converted to “carry out only” for the rest of the pandemic.