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Northfield United Methodist Church
1401 South Maple Street. Northfield, MN 55057
Northfield United Methodist Church is located in the southeast part of Northfield, right across from Sibley Elementary School.
Our congregation is a multi-generational mix of retirees, college students, farmers, educators, engineers, first responders, full time parents, full time grandparents and youth. Because Northfield is a growing community, we are always welcoming new visitors and members. An average Sunday will see between 200 and 300 people in the single 9:30am service.
Our congregational identity is rooted in service to others and the broader community. Our projects include an affordable housing complex, a local school backpack program, sponsorship of a Palestinian single parent family in Bethlehem, and environmental and climate stewardship efforts both within our church and in broader community advocacy. We are known in the community for our ministries with children and youth.
Building on decades of conversations and education facilitated by generations of laity and clergy, we voted to become a Reconciling Congregation in July of 2019. We live into a Reconciling Vision by extending explicit welcome through our public signage at church, in lawns and in members’ dorm rooms, by inviting speakers to our discipleship forums to educate us about the joys and challenges of being LGBTQIA+ in our community, by opening our homes to youth who find themselves homeless (sometimes because parents’ response to their orientation), by meeting regularly to better learn how we can be in service with and support of LGBTQIA+ individuals, and by working to understand the challenges and opportunities presented by General Conference in 2020.