Sacred Ordinary is the name of our worship service and celebrates seeing God in our everyday lives – even in places we might not expect. Everyone is encouraged to worship in ways they are led, through song, time together, our prayer stations and more. Sacred Ordinary focuses on recognizing that the world is crowded with God’s presence. The more we see that, the more we notice that the ordinary parts of life (work, relationships, how we spend our time) can all be ways of witnessing God in the world.

participation, not performance

We here at Normal Heights United Methodist Church see ourselves as a community church. Part of what this means is that we believe that community is not just a human need, but that it is also a sacred value. And so, every week we strive to not only remember the community gathered here, but also the community of Normal Heights that we are called to love and serve.

This sacred value of community is one of the reasons we sit the way that we do on Sunday mornings, so we can see each other’s faces and hear each other’s voices, and it is also why each and every week we give ourselves time to be community. This community time happens in worship and we take about 8-9 minutes to get a cup of coffee, move around the sanctuary, get a chance to meet someone new or to catch up with someone we haven’t seen for a few weeks.


Welcome to Normal Heights United Church! Here, we love community. Real community. Babies, the elderly, and everyone in between all gathered for one celebration and meal. That is church to us!

During the service all children are invited to stay in the sanctuary during the service to worship like kids… to create, laugh, sing or silly dance during the songs. Between the announcements and sermon, we have what we call our “Community Time”. During this time our Children’s Director, Sarah, gathers with the kids on the stage to discuss the ways faith, love, empathy, loss, and other realities may be present in our own lives, and how they might be mentioned during the sermon. All kids are welcome to this 10-12 minute gathering!

Of course, we realize that little ones need some extra care! For these needs, we do offer bilingual childcare for ages 0-5. If this is for you, head down the outdoor hallway past the community garden to find our childcare room where our team will greet you. All of our team members are infant CPR certified and have passed our comprehensive child safety training. Feel free to ask any staff person, connector, or greeter for more information!

Outside of our services, however, we host a few mini-series of theological conversations with the kids about topics that directly impact our neighborhood and therefore all of our lives. Feel free to email us directly at or check the weekly email for our latest offerings!

4650 Mansfield Street
San Diego, California 92116

Service on Sundays
10:42am - noon

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