The Mennonite Church of Normal came into existence in 1976 as a joyful merger of two congregations, First Mennonite of Normal and Bloomington Mennonite, both of which represented distinct Mennonite denominations that held differing ideas about church governance and life.
The symbolism of this congregational merger held special significance at the 1989 national church convention held at Normal, where delegates from the two separate denominations voted to explore a merger which was ultimately completed 13 years later and resulted in the formation of Mennonite Church USA and Mennonite Church Canada. The 1989 delegates expressed a vision which the Mennonite Church of Normal had already embraced: “We believe it is the will of God to heal the part of our history which is a story of division and conflict.”
Mennonite Church of Normal ’s meeting place—so called because we believe the “church” is the gathered people and not just the building—was constructed in 1980. It was designed as a multi-use facility with movable walls throughout. The berms that surround the building, as well as a baffled skylight, help maintain a more even temperature inside. Many, many hours of volunteer labor went into the construction of our church facility! During the summer of 2008, a classroom addition was constructed in the northwest corner, once again with the help of many volunteers.
You will find a broad range of ages and perspectives at Mennonite Church of Normal . Some members grew up as Mennonites, and others did not. We are large enough for a full range of programs, yet retain a family church feel.