Northfield church reaches out to conservative Christians

Northfield Congregational Church is located at 10 Camp Hill Road/ Tracy SimmonsNORTHFIELD – The historic church that was once the hub of Northfield, is proud to say it’s one of the few conservative congregational churches around.

With a new pastor at the wheel, Brian McGray, Northfield Independent Congregational Church is working hard to reestablish itself after a split from the United Church of Christ about three yeas ago. After much planning and many prayers, Elder Eric Haulenbeek said the church is beginning to bounce back.

“We had to get focused,” he said, “it’s really starting to pay off.”

The church has a host of upcoming events planned, including a cookout on The Green this weekend, a woodcarving workshop in November and a concert featuring The Bennett Family in December.

Northfield Congregational was organized in the late 1700s and has been at its current location, 10 Camp Hill Road, for 125 years.

McGray said the mission of the church is simple – “to worship God.” When that stops happening, he said, “You have an Elk’s Club with a cross.”

At Sunday worship, which is at 10 a.m., about 25 people attend, which McGray said is twice the size it was earlier this year.

“There’s a revival going on here,” he said. “Some of the old members are even coming back.”

Mcgray said the church, which is traditional in worship, has many middle-aged members and has a strong emphasis on fellowship.

Besides Sunday worship, each week Northfield Congregational offers a Wednesday night Bible study at 7 p.m., a ladies craft night on the second Thursday of the month, and a Friday night potluck supper on the fourth Friday of the month.

McGray said he hopes anyone looking for a conventional Christian church will check out the parish.

“We are a Bible believing church,” he said. “There’s no liberalism here.”

For information on the church, call (860) 283-9598 or visit




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