We are a caring faith community of believers who welcome and encourage your participation in spiritual growth and our supporting ministries.
United Methodist beliefs (this link leads to a page on our denomination's website)
We are located at the corner of Sanders and Dundee roads in Northbrook, Illinois.
Please join us for worship on Sundays at 10 a.m. Nursery care is available.
Our building is accessible for people with disabilities.
Welcome to North Northfield United Methodist Church, a historic church located in Northbrook, Illinois. We are a friendly congregation and we greet each visitor and member enthusiastically. North Northfield is a praying, singing, learning, loving and hugging congregation. The powerful preaching and the majestic music help proclaim the good news of the risen Christ. The missions of the church demonstrate our compassionate outreach to the community both locally and globally. The ministries of the church reflect our witness in the world as disciples of Jesus Christ.
Worship is held each Sunday at 10 a.m. Adult Christian Education classes are offered at 8:45 (except summer). Childcare is available for infants and toddlers in the nursery. Following the morning worship service, everyone is invited to enjoy refreshments in the fellowship hall.
The church building is located on the northeast corner of Sanders Road and Dundee Road. The parking lot is on the east side of the church building and the primary entrance is also on the east side.
For those requiring assistance, there are large-print hymnals and Bibles available, as well as hearing devices and wheelchairs. Please see one of the ushers or greeters if you need any assistance.
The Sacrament of Holy Communion is celebrated on the first Sunday of each month. The Eucharist is typically served by intinction - dipping the bread into the grape juice - and symbolizes the sacrifice of Jesus Christ for the redemption of humanity. The Sacrament of Baptism is celebrated during the worship service on a Sunday that is most convenient for the family. Because Baptism is the outward and visible sign of the grace of Jesus Christ, infants and adults can partake in this Sacrament of the church.
We are looking forward to seeing you in worship here at North Northfield. It is our prayer that you will experience the presence of God and the power of the Holy Spirit in the worship and ministry of this church.
In-person church services are held on Sundays at 10 a.m. in the main sanctuary of our church building. We have resumed responsive readings and limited singing during the Sunday service.
In the interest of public health, please wear a mask and maintain "social distancing" of 6 feet. North Northfield services are not at full capacity, and we also have air filters in place. Safety measures additional information. Please stay home if you are experiencing symptoms.
Thank you for your understanding and flexibility.
You can join us virtually on Zoom for our Sunday activities! Please use these links if you would like to participate:
Adult Sunday school, 8:45 a.m., Education Building.
Ladies Group, Tuesdays, 1 p.m., Education Building.
Chancel Choir, Thursdays, 7:30 p.m., sanctuary (with precautions).
The other churches and organizations using our building are also affected by the pandemic. For more information, please contact those churches and organizations directly.
North Northfield's pastor is the Rev. Dr. Min Hyuk Woo, who comes to us from Vision United Methodist Church in Mundelein, Ill.
He has also served as pastor at Zion United Methodist Church in Appleton, Wis., and at Yangmoon United Methodist Church in Barrington, lll. He also previously served as Associate Pastor at Troy Korean United Methodist Church in Michigan.
Rev. Woo, who received his Doctorate of Leadership from Midwest University in Missouri, finished the Ph. D. coursework in the area of the New Testament and holds a Master of Divinity from Drew University in New Jersey.
Rev. Woo and his wife, Youngmi, have two sons, Samuel and Enoch.
J.D. Rich is a long-time member of the North Northfield family. He joined the choir right after high school and has been a member ever since.
In addition to singing in the choir, J.D. has been a member of the International gold medalist New Tradition Chorus, a men's a cappella chorus competing in the U.S. and Canada against choruses from around the world.
During his sixteen-year tenure, J.D. held a number of leadership positions within the chorus including Membership Vice President, Program Vice President, President, and most recently, Music Vice President.
When he isn't singing or directing the choir, J.D. works as a tax accountant.
Dr. Mary Jung-Ok Lee's distinguished musical background includes serving as the music director of Trinity Presbyterian Church in Vernon Hills, where she performs as an accompanist and conducts the Trinity Community Orchestra.
She is founder of the Global Education Mission Association (GEMA) Little Orchestra, having conducted the ensemble for a number of years in Seoul at conferences of the organization, which is a Christian educational mission based in Vernon Hills. She is also director of the GEMA Academy of Music and English in Guatemala, which opened in 2019. In addition, Mary Jung-Ok serves as the seasonal organist at Sauganash Community Church in Chicago.
Her past experience includes founding and instructing the SoftBee Piano Studio in Vernon Hills, and serving on the adjunct faculty at North Park University in Chicago and Creator Arts Center in Winnetka. She has given numerous performances locally, across the nation and internationally as both a soloist and accompanist.
Mary Jung-Ok holds a Doctor of Musical Arts from the University of Iowa, a Master of Music from Northwestern University in Evanston, and a Bachelor of Music from North Park University in Chicago.
She resides with her husband in the northern suburbs.
Geoffrey Graham began serving as North Northfield's Administrative Assistant in April 2013 following the retirement of long-time staff member Sharon Luce.
He has been active at North Northfield since moving to the area in 2004. His professional background is in instructional design, and he has developed training materials for several companies dating back to 1992. His previous experience also includes working as an editor and reporter at several community newspapers.
He also serves as the Parish Administrator of Trinity Episcopal Church in Highland Park, Ill.
First things first — so what's the deal with our funny handle, you may ask? "North Northfield" was named long before Northbrook existed. The church is located near the north side of Northfield Township and is several miles from the current village of Northfield. (A township is a special form of municipal government originally intended to serve rural areas — it is different than a village, city or county.) Our name is true to our long heritage.
If you gathered from the above explanation that we got our start quite awhile ago, you would be right! In 1834, Daniel Stanger, age 25, walked almost the entire distance from eastern Pennsylvania to make his home along the Des Plaines River, just south of present-day Wheeling. Stanger's reports from the new "promised land" encouraged more German-speaking settlers to follow from the east. Bishop John Seybert, the first missionary of the young Evangelical Association, had been their spiritual leader in Pennsylvania. It was through his labors and under his guidance that the Evangelicals gained a foothold on the frontiers of the Midwest.
Bishop Seybert sent Rev. Jacob Boas to organize preaching stations in the newly settled territory. His first Illinois sermon was on July 25, 1837, in the log cabin of Daniel and Mary Stanger, located near what is now Dam No. 1 on the Des Plaines River. His July 25 sermon marked the birth of both the Illinois Conference of what would become the United Methodist Church and the North Northfield congregation.
Here are some highlights of our history (move mouse over links for more info.):
While our church has a rich history, we feel that we are as relevant today as those who came before us were in their time. In Christ, God's love claims us as family — one rooted in Christian tradition and in the open hearts, open minds, open doors of the people of the United Methodist Church, believing that God's grace and love are offered to all. Our tradition puts love into action, always mindful of the missions of doing justice and spreading God's love to a hurting world. Together, we center our lives in the hope that faith makes a difference — in and beyond our family. We dare to believe that faith can change the world.
North Northfield provides a number of opportunities to participate in the life of the congregation on an ongoing basis. Questions? Contact us at 847.272.2250 or firstname.lastname@example.org
10 a.m., Sunday services
(after service), Fellowship time
8:45 a.m., Adult Sunday school (except summer)
10:30 a.m., Prayer Garden Ministries Sunday services, in Education Building
12:30 p.m., Happy Christian Church / Agape Baptist Church Korean language service
Renovation Christian Church Spanish language service (online)
1 p.m., Ladies small group
7:30 p.m., Chancel Choir rehearsal (except summer)
1 p.m., "Reading is Believing" book discussion group
Lent & Easter activities
Maundy Thursday Service
Good Friday Tenebrae Service
Rally Day (First Sunday after Labor Day)
Service for Blessing of Animals (next service, to be determined)
World Communion Sunday (1st Sunday in October)
Laity Sunday (3rd Sunday in October)
All Saints Day Sunday Service (1st Sunday in November)
Thanksgiving Sunday Service (Sunday before Thanksgiving)
Christmas Eve Services (Dec. 24)
North Northfield hosts several independent organizations that use our facilities for their meetings and activities. Although they are not connected with our denomination, we are pleased to host them as they serve our local community. These organizations include:
Alcoholics Anonymous, Chicago Area 19, meeting no. 3-1786
meetings held Tuesday, 7:30 p.m.
TOPS (Take Off Pounds Sensibly), Northbrook Chapter
meetings held Wednesday, 6:30 p.m.
Renovation Christian Church
Rev. Juan Luis Vallin, pastor
Sunday services, (online, in Spanish)
Happy Christian Church / Agape Baptist Church
Rev. Paul J. Yoo and Rev. Young-Suk Choi, pastors
Sunday services, 12:30 p.m. (in Korean)
Prayer Garden Ministries Full Gospel Church
Lucilla Richard-Seaton, pastor
Christian education, Fridays, 6:30 p.m.; Sunday services, 10:30 a.m.
Thank you for your financial support!
North Northfield appreciates your continued financial support of our local congregation as you are able.
North Northfield supports the ministries of our denomination. If you would like to contribute to these ministries, please indicate the ministry on the "memo" line of your check.
Donations may also be made online by following the links below to our denomination's website (you may credit North Northfield for the donation if desired).
For "Advance" donations to the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR), all of your donation will go toward the specified ministry as administrative costs are covered by other funding sources such as the "UMCOR Sunday" offering. Thank you!
Pandemic food donation procedure:
North Northfield United Methodist Church
797 Sanders Road
Northbrook, Illinois 60062
North Northfield United Methodist Church
797 Sanders Road
Northbrook, Illinois 60062