Worship and Music

Worship on Sunday mornings begins at 10 am

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’.

Children and Worship

Worshiping with all ages is one of the most important things we do to grow in faith.  If some of the things we do and the words we say seem strange, that’s ok.  Church is like learning a new language.  With practice the words make more and more sense.  Grownups learn new things every Sunday, too!  The adults here promise to help you learn about God’s love.  WE make this promise every time a child is baptized.  We try to be good examples of how to love God and love our neighbors.  WE hope you will ask questions and share your amazing experiences of God, too.

The nursery is open every Sunday for those three and under.

Rocking chairs are perfect for cuddle breaks, both in the nursery and in the lobby (where adults can still hear and see the service). 



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.

An example of our musical offerings includes

The Paintbox by Tali Shurek, Age 13
Beer Sheva, Israel 1974
Musical setting  by Dr. Osvaldo Vena
Arr. For the NUMC choir by Shirley Mosteller

I had a paintbox
Each color glowing with delight.
I had a paintbox
With colors warm and cool and bright.

I had no red  for wounds and blood.
I had no black for an orphan child.
I had no white for the face of the dead.
I had no yellow for burning sands.

I had orange for joy and life.
I had green for buds and blooms.
I had blue for clear bright skies.
I had pink for dreams and rest.

I sat down and painted peace.  





What happens when our world falls apart? How do we press onward when our tightly knit plans unravel into loose threads? What do we become when our identity—or the path we’re on—comes undone? What if all of this is not the end we fear it will be? In our unraveling, sometimes life surprises us with unexpected joy, love, and hope—with a new beginning we couldn’t have imagined. Sometimes we need God to unravel us, for we long to be changed.  This worship series explores 12 stories of unraveled shame, identity, fear, grief, dreams, and unexpected joy, surprise, and laughter. These are stories where God meets us in the spiraling, unraveling our plans—and us—into something new. Please pick up your free devotion guide on the information table in the lobby. Use the guide for your own spiritual life and growth this summer. We will be making an art project, weaving it week by week. We’ll also have times for gathering together to share your stories of Unraveled and maybe share some laughter too!






We hope to resurrect our movie screen and our popcorn wagon to show some family-friendly movies, games,
and gather for some good fun.
These will be events where we can also invite our neighbors!



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 that have a 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 Home-bound

If you or someone you know is home-bound and would like to receive Holy Communion at home, please contact Pastor Sherrie Lowly at 847-272-2442 or email sherrie@northbrookumc.org