About Bethlehem

Bethlehem Lutheran Church is a longstanding Lutheran church located in West Dundee, Illinois. Our church has embraced a vision of truly being a Christ-focused, community-driven congregation. With our church’s rich history, Bethlehem has always been a spiritual centerpiece in the community. Ultimately it has been the caring relationships that have developed both within the church and outside our red brick walls that have shown time and again the true power of Christ’s love.

Our congregation dates back more than 150 years and our church more than 100, with its establishment in 1909. The community at large and Bethlehem have always gone together hand in hand. Over the years, we have been blessed to be the home to countless baptisms, weddings, celebrations, and of course, the miraculous work by our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ blessing the many lives of those in our church and community.

If you want to learn more about our church we would encourage you to check out our Mission, Vision & Values.

You can also learn more about Bethlehem’s extensive history by viewing the Bethlehem Lutheran Church History page.

If you are a new member considering Bethlehem as your home church, we are honored. We would love to have the opportunity to worship with you, help you with your walk with Christ, and embrace you as part of the life-changing community we know as Bethlehem.

At Bethlehem, we help many in need through our many ministries. For example we have ministries knitting hats for newborns, sewing & filling Christmas stockings for soldiers overseas, assisting those struggling to feed their children or aiding those with mental and physical disabilities to name just a few. You may find yourself wanting to become part of one of these but, if not, that is OK too. For more Ministries and Missions information, please see that section of our site.

We think you will like Bethlehem’s variety of worship days, times and styles and we think you will quickly feel at home here. If you prefer a traditional service, we have that for you. If you prefer a contemporary service with a live band to complement your worship, we have that option for you as well. We have Bethlehem members ranging from youngsters being baptised to those celebrating nearly the same birthdays as our century-old church.

At Bethlehem you won’t be a number, lost in a sea of people and pews. If you visit us, please take a second if you’d like to introduce yourself so we can say “Hi!” and welcome you, get to know you a little bit better and, again, say thank you for joining us one time or for considering us possibly as your future church home.

And, please, if you enjoyed your visit or you were spiritually uplifted, consider telling family or friends who you feel might also want “To share the Living Water of Jesus Christ with all who thirst.” That’s Bethlehem’s Mission and what we strive for at all of our services.

Of course, Bethlehem’s doors are open to all people from all walks of life, no matter where you may be on your path with Jesus. We welcome all members and visitors each week with open arms, open hearts and open minds, and we hope you find Bethlehem’s open doors this Saturday or Sunday to light your spiritual path ahead and quench your spiritual thirsts.



You’ll find The Well right next door to and just west of our original, century-old red brick church on Main Street in West Dundee. The Well is inside our yellow brick church known as the Bethlehem Community Ministry Center (BCMC). Our mission is “To share the Living Water of Jesus Christ with all who thirst” and The Well is named with that mission in mind.

While our red brick church is used for Saturday and Traditional Sunday morning 8 a.m. Services, The Well is used on Sundays at 10:30 a.m. for our Contemporary Worship. The Well Worship features timely sermon topics, Bible readings relevant in today’s world, ample Sunday-morning seating, a stage with room for a ten-member live band (or full choir or Sunday School program), modern audio/visual equipment and elevated monitors displaying on-screen lyrics, slideshows, videos and more.

Our church band, The Messengers, plays live, Contemporary Christian Music (CCM) throughout our 10:30 a.m. Worship on Sundays at The Well and is continually adding to their repertoire of hundreds of songs to complement service each week. If there’s a certain song (or anything else) that you think would really complement an upcoming service, please feel free to suggest it to anyone on the worship team, contact the office or use the contact-us form on this website 7×24.

We hope you can join us at The Well this Sunday “To share the Living Water of Jesus Christ with all who thirst.”

Our churchyard is the site for A Bethlehem Christmas Live! . This event features an outdoor guided walking tour of sets with live actors in period dress portraying events before, during and after the birth of Christ that gives visitors of all ages a joyful spirit to carry though the holiday season. Following the tour visitors are invited to enjoy refreshments and crafts offered in our Fellowship Hall.

Maybe you have children or grandchildren who you’d like to teach about our Savior’s birth?  Maybe a visit to our churchyard in early December can give you a meaningful Christmas experience with your family plus a helpful teaching tool. If all your children know about Christmas is that it’s a time to wish for better cellphones & game consoles, maybe they will see that the best Christmas gift of all is free. We hope you and your family will join us for A Bethlehem Christmas Live! this December.

The BCMC property is also used to house our Living Waters Food Pantry serving people every other Wednesday from 5 to 7 p.m. It also hosts Cherished Place, an adult day care ministry operated by Lutheran Home in Arlington Heights. If you wish to contact Cherished Place about their services for yourself or a family member or friend, their phone number is: 847-586-5770The Children’s Place, a Montessori school, is also hosted there. If you’d like to speak with The Children’s Place about your child being a part of their program, they can be reached on 847-426-3570.