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The St. Olaf Choir sings to the congregation at St. John's. The St. Olaf Choir sings to the congregation at St. John's.

Welcome to St. John's

St. John’s Lutheran Church is a faith community rooted near the heart of downtown Northfield for almost 150 years.

We serve over 500 families of every generation, from all kinds of backgrounds. St. John’s ministry is centered in vibrant worship, education for all ages, service to others and a welcome of God’s grace for all.  As people of faith, we are dedicated to the hard and good work of loving God and loving our neighbor in the city of Northfield and beyond.

You Are Welcome Here

As a Reconciling in Christ congregation, St. John’s Lutheran Church is a community grounded in the promise of God’s grace, and called to extend Christ’s welcome to all people. Every day, Christ meets us all just as we are, extending love to people of every age, race or ethnicity, physical appearance, sexual orientation, gender identity, physical or mental ability, marital or relationship status, economic circumstance, educational achievement, political affiliation, or religious background. While we do not always agree, we choose to walk and grow in faith together, believing that God creates diversity, and loves and welcomes us.

We warmly welcome you here.

Congregational Life

Serving Others

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Who We Are

Mission and Vision

Created, Renewed, and Empowered by God’s Grace

St. John’s is a welcoming community in Christ whose mission is to

  • celebrate in Word and Sacrament God’s gracious actions for the world
  • cultivate growth in faith
  • encourage service and witness, and
  • proclaim Christ as the hope of the world

An ELCA Congregation

St. John’s is a member of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA), the largest Lutheran denomination in the United States. We are also part of the Southeastern Minnesota Synod, with partner congregations in El Cocuy, Colombia and Iambi, Tanzania.

Land Acknowledgement

St. John’s Lutheran Church stands on the ancestral homelands of the Wahpekute band of the Dakota nation. We respect and are grateful for the generations of native people who have cared for this land.


Join Us for Worship!

Worship at St. John’s is centered in a strong musical and liturgical tradition and is at the heart of our life together. Each week, at either service, you will experience vibrant worship that emphasizes singing together with voices of all kinds and abilities, preaching that is theologically and culturally relevant, and praying for the needs of the world. The Sacrament of Holy Communion is celebrated weekly at each service. We believe that Holy Communion is Christ’s meal and that all people are welcome to receive it, without exception.

All ages are together throughout worship and we rejoice at the sight and sounds of children – wiggles and all.

Sunday Morning

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