Worship and Music

Worship on Sunday mornings begins at 10am.

Worship at Northbrook United Methodist Church is textured and traditional, relaxed and relevant.  We are rooted in the tradition but not stuck there.  We sing traditional hymns, as well as world music, praise choruses, and Taizé chants.  Drama, drums, candles, silence, and video also add texture to our worship services.  You can wear a jacket and tie if you want, but jeans and Hawaiian shirts are also welcome.

We celebrate Holy Communion the first Sunday of the month.  All are welcome.  You do not need to be a member of our church or any church to participate.  There are no restrictions on age, gender, sexual orientation, or life status.

A hearing induction loop system is provided for the benefit of hearing aid users. Users should switch hearing aid to ‘T’.

Advent Worship Services

December 3  Inter-generational Program
Join us at 11:00am after worship (10:00am) for an all ages activity designed to nurture cross-generational community.

Advent Reflections

Join us for 3 Sunday’s, Dec. 3, Dec. 10 and Dec. 17 for quiet reflections before services.  Adults will begin at 9:00 am in the Library and Children will meet in the Rainbow Room (Children will not meet 12/10).

Children’s Advent Skit

On Sunday, December 10, our children and youth will present their talents during the Advent Skit.

Choir Cantata

December 17, during worship (10:00am) our choir will share their beautiful voices during services.  Shirley Mosteller, Choir Director and Mijin Kim, Accompanist will lead the choir.

Longest Night

Please join us on December 21 at 7:00pm as we pray on the longest night of the year.  This season is often a difficult one for those who are alone and this service pays particular attention to these people on the longest night of the year.

Christmas Worship

Sunday, December 24, 10:00am, regular Sunday worship in Penberthy.
Sunday, December 24, 4:00pm, Family worship and candlelighting.
Sunday, December 24, 10:00pm, Christmas Night worship.

Taizé Worship

Taizé is a form of prayer that includes using simple, repetitive songs in many languages, silence and scripture readings. Please join us as we come back together in the fall to experience this peaceful form of prayer.  In the preface to his book, “Peace of Heart in All Things”, Brother Roger says that Taizé worship is designed “for those who aspire to maintain peace of heart in all things, living in joy, simplicity and mercy.”  Watch for upcoming dates. All are welcome.



There are many opportunities for music at NUMC.  You can sing in the choir, play in a chime group, deliver a solo piece… Choir rehearsal continue on Thursday’s at 7:30 pm.  If you are interested in singing or joining the chime group, please call the office to be put in touch with our Music Director, Shirley Mosteller or email her at the address below.

We are open to any suggestions you may have to help grow out music program.  Please email Shirley Mosteller at shirley@northbrookumc.org if you have ideas to share.

NUMC Members are welcome to come to the JUMP concert on Sunday, December 10 at 5:00pm.  JUMP is the music school run by Mijin and Jake Kim and there are many talented children in this program.  This concert will be in our Sanctuary.




Sunday Morning Service Opportunities


Sign up to read the scripture passage at Sunday Services.  This is a great way to be a partner in Sunday Services.  Please make sure to sign up by 9:00 am on the Friday before.

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Sign up to run the slide presentation at Sunday Services.  This is an important service to the church, it helps the entire congregation be more engaged in the service.  And it is so fun to sit in the choir loft, hear the music and see the morning from an entirely different perspective.  Please make sure to call the office at 847-272-2442 if you would like to run these graphics.




If you are interested in Sunday morning service ushering please call the church office to be put in touch with Bruce Woolman.  847-272-2442



Hearing Loop

Thanks to several generous donors, a hearing induction loop system was part of the 2012 chancel renovation. A hearing loop is a thin, tape-like wire that encircles the sanctuary and magnetically transmits sound to hearing aids and cochlear implants with telecoils (T-coils). Individuals with hearing aids and cochlear implants equipped with t- coils can now hear everything that is said or sung into a microphone without additional headsets.


Communion for the Homebound

If you or someone you know is homebound and would like to receive Holy Communion at home, please contact Daniel Love Glazer at 847-753-8276 or glazdan@iit.edu.