Welcome

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)

Our Location

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. Our adult Sunday school meets at 8:45 a.m. (except summer). Nursery care is available.

Accessibility

Our building is accessible for people with disabilities.

Church building temporarily closed due to pandemic -- Coronavirus schedule update

Information for first-time visitors

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 morning at 10:00. 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 is located on the northeast corner of Sanders Road and Dundee Road. The parking lot is on the east side of the church and the primary entrance is also on the east side of the church.

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.

Coronavirus Schedule Update

Sunday in-person services

We are pleased to announce that North Northfield in-person Sunday worship services have resumed.

Things to know before arriving for the service:

  • The service is held every Sunday at 10 a.m. in the Education Building (next door to the church building). Please enter through the south entrance.
  • Everyone in attendance must wear a mask, and maintain "social distancing" of 6 feet.
  • Please bring your own mask. Hand sanitizer, Lysol(R) wipes and gloves will be available.
  • The seating is arranged so that pairs of chairs are positioned 6 feet apart (spouses, children and other members of the same household may sit together, if desired). Please do not move the chairs; ask an usher for assistance.
  • When parking, leave every other parking spot open if possible, and avoid backing into parking spots. (It will be easier to maintain "social distancing" if everyone is going the same direction.)
  • We check people's temperature with a contactless forehead thermometer before they enter the building for the service. This should be regarded as just a precautionary tool as it is possible to be contagious without a fever or other symptoms. If you are having symptoms or have been exposed to someone with COVID-19 in the last 14 days, please stay home.
During the service:
  • We will not have a printed service bulletin but will have a projection system to display details of the order of worship.
  • We will not have any singing or responsive readings.
  • We won't be sharing any food or drink.
  • At this time we are trying to determine the most respectful and safest way to observe Holy Communion, but until this can be worked out we will not be celebrating this sacrament.
  • A collection plate for donations will be available near the door instead of passed (thank you for your financial support!)
  • Doors will be propped open to minimize physical contact and improve air circulation.
After the service:
  • We will not have an in-person coffee hour social time. However, people are welcome to visit outside after the service if desired (while being "socially distant"). The time of the virtual coffee hour on Webex is 11:40 a.m. central time (please see above for information on how to participate.)
  • The church office will remain closed for the time being.

Sunday online activities

You can join us virtually for our Sunday activities! Please use these links if you would like to participate:

  • Live-stream worship service, every Sunday at 10 a.m. central time (3 p.m. UTC) by Webex.
    online password: mmEfjM3YM84
    To attend by telephone, dial (415) 655-0001;
    use access code: 126 057 3708 and password: 66335639
    When joining, please mute your microphone. Phone-in callers may use use *6 to mute.

  • Virtual coffee hour, every Sunday at 11:40 a.m. central time (4:40 p.m. UTC) by Webex.
    online password: DmJVeaw3e78
    To attend by telephone, dial (415) 655-0001;
    use access code: 126 828 4950 and password: 36583293

  • Recordings of services from previous weeks (dating back to March 22) are available on our YouTube channel.

More information on how to join a Webex meeting.

Tuesday Bible Study

An online Bible study led by Rev. Woo will be held every Tuesday until Oct. 20 at 7 p.m. central time (midnight U.T.C.)
Join us on Webex:
online password: 6WaPPCBN5m8
To attend by telephone, dial (415) 655-0001;
use access code: 126 444 6171
and password: 69277226

Community Groups

Most of the other churches and organizations using our building have also resumed their activities. For more information, please contact those churches and organizations directly as they may have revised their schedules.

Thank you for your understanding!

Please keep in mind, this is new for all of us and we will likely need to make adjustments as we go. Thank you for your patience as we work through this.

Thank you for your continued financial support!

How to donate.

Stay healthy!

North Northfield Staff Meet Our Staff

Pastor

Rev. Dr. Min Hyuk Woo, Pastor

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 is studying at Yale University, and Enoch is studying at Culver Academies in Indiana.

Music Director

J.D. Rich, Director of Music

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, directing the choir or playing bass guitar in the praise band, J.D. works as a tax accountant.

Pianist

Mary Jung-Ok Lee, Pianist

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.

Administrative Assistant

Geoffrey Graham, Administrative Assistant

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.

Our History

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.):    

North Northfield 180th anniversary slide show



We're still active! For more recent information on what has been keeping us busy, please visit our Facebook page.    

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.

Activities

Congregational Activities

Church building temporarily closed due to pandemic -- Coronavirus schedule update

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 peace1@northnorthfield.org

Sunday

10 a.m., Sunday services

11:15 a.m. (after service), Fellowship time

8:45 a.m., Adult Sunday school (except summer)

12:30 p.m., Happy Christian Church / Agape Baptist Church Korean language service

5:30 p.m., Renovation Christian Church Spanish language service

Monday

3:30 p.m., Ladies small group (except summer)

Thursday

7:30 p.m., Chancel Choir rehearsal (except summer)

6 p.m., small group (every other Thursday)

Saturday

(1st or 2nd Saturday)

1 p.m., "Reading is Believing" book discussion group

Special Days and Seasonal Programs

Lent & Easter activities

Maundy Thursday Service

Good Friday Tenebrae Service

Easter Celebration

  • Son-rise Service
  • Easter Breakfast
  • Easter Day 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 (4 and 10 p.m. on Dec. 24)

Community Organizations Using Our Facilities

Church building temporarily closed due to pandemic -- Coronavirus schedule update

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, 5:30 p.m. (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)

Giving

   

Thank you for your financial support!

North Northfield appreciates your continued financial support of our local congregation as you are able during this unusual time.

Donation options:

  • Mail checks payable to North Northfield U.M.C. to 797 Sanders Road, Northbrook, IL 60062 (we check the mail regularly).

  • Online and mobile donations may be made through Zelle (at participating banks' websites or apps, or on the Zelle phone app); North Northfield's Zelle identification is giving@northnorthfield.org

  • If you have online banking, you may be able to arrange one-time and recurring payments on your bank or credit union website (they typically will mail payments without additional charge).

Denomination Ministries

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!

 

"Generosity of the poor widow" by Bie and Vos. (Luke 21:1-4)

Area Food Pantries

North Northfield supports the Northfield, Wheeling and Vernon township food pantries. (We deliver canned and dried goods donations to them on a rotating basis.)

Pandemic food donation procedure:

  1. Contact North Northfield at (847) 272-2250 or peace1@northnorthfield.org to arrange a drop-off time. (The church office is closed due to the pandemic but the administrative assistant and individual volunteers regularly go to the church office for brief visits to attend to church business).

  2. Put your canned or dried goods donations in a bag in the trunk of your vehicle (please leave donations in original packaging as the food pantries are unable to accept opened items).

  3. Drive to North Northfield church building, 797 Sanders Road, Northbrook IL 60062, at designated time and pull up to the glass doors (east side of church building).

  4. Call the church office at (847) 272-2250 on your mobile device and open your trunk -- no need to exit your vehicle, someone will come out to accept your donation.

Thank you!

 
Getting in touch with us...

North Northfield United Methodist Church

797 Sanders Road

Northbrook, Illinois 60062

847.272.2250

peace1@northnorthfield.org

northnorthfield.org

facebook.com/northnorthfield

Church building temporarily closed due to pandemic --
Coronavirus schedule update

North Northfield United Methodist Church is a member of the Northern Illinois Conference of the United Methodist Church.