Advent Prayer Path

Encounter God and God’s world in silent prayer and walking.

A labyrinth has been created for you for a time of prayer and meditation during this Advent season. Tony Jones, author of The Sacred Way, says that the labyrinth is a metaphor for Christian life, our spiritual pilgrimage. As you walk inward and toward the center of the labyrinth, you take an inner journey of centering yourself in God. As you take the journey outward from the center of the labyrinth, you are refreshed by the grace of God, reunited with the community and ready to go back to serve in the world.

The labyrinth is located in the Fellowship Hall. You can come any time during church office hours or on Sunday morning and follow the guidelines given at the entrance of the path. Take time for a walk and a deep breath in this hectic time of the year.

Heifer Project Christmas Ornaments

Heifer’s proven approach – more than 65 years in the making – helps people obtain a sustainable source of food and income. You can assist with the purchase of farm animals to be forwarded to those in need. Recipients agree to share the offspring of gift animals with others in need, making them equal partners with Heifer in the fight to end world hunger.

Visit the Missions and Outreach table in the lobby December 7, 14, or 21 and receive a hand-made Christmas ornament made by our confirmation students as well as a greeting card with your sponsorship. These make great Christmas gifts for friends and family. Should you require additional information, contact Linda McGill.

Finance Campaign Update

2015 Pledges as of December 11, 2014

  • 152 pledges for the Operating Fund for $723,325
  • 83 pledges for the Building Fund for $158,653

Thank you so much for your pledges in support the vision of Barrington UMC! Please know that each gift and pledge is grate- fully received. Pledging provides you, as a member of BUMC, an opportunity to make a tangible commitment that reflects your priority to share your resources for Christ’s ministry through our church. And, in turn, your pledge allows the church to plan and budget for the coming year.

We will be finalizing the church’s budget for 2015 in the next few weeks and want to do so with as much information as possible.

If your pledge is outstanding, please prayerfully consider sending it in as soon as possible. Thank you for your generosity and faithfulness!

Christmas Eve Worship 2014

Welcoming the Baby in Bethlehem

  • 4:00 p.m. Family Worship
  • 7:00 p.m. Candlelight and Carols
  • 11:00 p.m. Candlelight and Communion

Nursery care for infants and toddlers at 4:00 and 7:00 p.m.

Mom’s Night Out

Come enjoy a chocolate treat, warm drink and conversation in a relaxing environment before the holidays and do some last- minute shopping. Contact Jody Horton.

Time and Location: Monday, December 22 at 7:00 p.m.
Anna Shea’s Chocolate Shop
Barrington Arboretum
100 W. Higgins, Barrington

Ways to Participate in Worship on Christmas Eve

Sharing our gifts with others is a tangible way to live out our faith in the world. Here are two ways to share on Christmas eve:

Ring Handbells, Sing with the Choir

Would you like to ring with the handbells or sing with the Chancel Choir but can’t make a weekly commitment? Will you be in town on Christmas Eve and like to sing at the 7:00 or 11:00 p.m. service or ring at the 11:00 service? Karen Maxwell has open- ings for singers and ringers for those two Christmas Eve services. Contact her and she will get music and further information to you.

Welcoming Worshippers as an Usher

On Christmas Eve, ushers are needed for all three of our worship services. If you can serve at one or more services, please contact Steven Black. Your help in making BUMC welcoming is greatly appreciated!

Jeffrey Neufeld, Doctoral Organ Recital

Saturday, December 27, 6:30 p.m. in the BUMC Sanctuary

Jeffrey will perform works by Bach, Buxtehude, Durufle, Franck, Howells, Hovland, and Widor.

Free admission. Reception Follows.

Care Notes Ministry

Have you checked out the available Care Notes? These notes cover a variety of topics such as grief, cancer, or other experiences giving insights and encouragement. If you find one that is useful for yourself or a friend going through tough times, please take one. The complimentary note cards provided by the Membership Ministries Team are located in a rack to the right of the kitchenette and the door to the Parlor.

Equal Exchange Coffee Sales

Not only do they taste great, Equal Exchange coffees and teas help us to feed hungry families in the Barrington Area. The proceeds from monthly coffee, tea, and chocolate sales help to buy supplies for the Congregational garden and all the vegetables grown in the garden are donated to local food pantries.

Noah’s Ark Christian Preschool Silent Auction Fund Raiser

Noah’s Ark has an annual silent auction to raise funds for the preschool. We are looking for donations for our silent auction. If you or someone you know is able to donate a service, gift card or items please let us know. We do have a donation letter and tax documentation. We truly appreciate the church and all of your support. Contact Susan Brown.

Lend a Hand on Sunday Mornings!

We are in need of teacher assistants during the 9:15 or 10:30 class times. You don’t need to prepare a lesson; you just have to lend the teacher a hand with the kiddos. Call Missy to sign-up for a Sunday!

Help Young Adults Emerging from Foster Care

One of the Mission groups’ goals is to support an upcoming program by ChildServ to open transitional Living for Emerging Young Adults, in the Elgin district, who are at an age to leave Foster Care and go out on their own, sometimes with nothing. Jewel Food stores are having a promotion at present, where they give stamps to customers for every $10 in goods purchased. If you are not collecting them for yourself, please collect stamps and bring them to Church so we can turn them in for new pots and pans for these young adults. Contact Barbara Bond if you have any questions.

Mom’s Group Evening Bible Study

Are you a mom interested in studying the Bible with other moms, but can’t attend on Monday mornings? If you would like to participate in an evening study, please contact Jody Horton or Janel Sullivan. Thank you!

Crossroads Worship

Saturday, January 10, 5:00 p.m.

Crossroads is an intimate and informal worship experience that incorporates a variety of musical expressions—songs you might hear on Friday night at a club to those you’d expect to hear on Sunday morning—from contemporary Christian, to hymns, to country or Gospel. Through scripture, study and conversation, we seek to connect our faith with the way we live every day. This worship service is for everyone, from those who are just beginning their journey of faith to those who have been pilgrims for some time.

Crossroads meets every second Saturday at 5:00 p.m. A fellowship opportunity follows every service with an optional meal out at Rosati’s on Route 25 in Carpentersville. (117 N. Kennedy Drive)

Prison Ministry: Help for Returning Citizens

In interviews with individuals in prison on what would help them the most upon release, one of the major requests is for personal care products. We don’t think about it, but when someone is released from prison they usually don’t have shampoo, soap, razor and shaving cream etc. Personal care products must be purchased. If the “Returning Citizen” has little or no money and is not employed, it is difficult to obtain these items. The missions committee is asking the congregation’s assistance through donations of items for Personal Care Kits. These Kits contain essential needs that will help start these individuals in their new life.

Listed below are the contents of both the male and female kit. We ask your assistance by providing a kit or any of the items listed below. Please find the container in the lobby marked “Prison Ministry” for your donations. For further information contact Bill Bible or Keith Leoni.


  • shaving blades
  • shaving cream
  • bar soap
  • tooth paste
  • tooth brush
  • deodorant
  • shampoo
  • wash cloth
  • talcum powder


  • shaving blades
  • shaving cream
  • bar soap
  • feminine pads (one small/one large)
  • tooth paste
  • tooth brush
  • deodorant
  • shampoo and conditioner
  • wash cloth
  • talcum powder (baby powder)

Online Giving Available

If you like the convenience of giving electronically, see the bottom of any page on the web site. Clicking the “Online Giving” button under the church logo will take you to a page secured by Vanco Services. We have trusted Vanco to process our automatic withdrawals from checking accounts for several years. You can choose giving from your bank account, credit or debit card. You can also specify a one-time gift or recurring gifts. Contact Lynne Richardson at 847-836-5540 ext. 104 if you have questions on setting up online giving. Thank you for supporting the missions and ministries of Barrington United Methodist Church. Every gift of time, talent, and treasure is gratefully received. Together we can connect, grow and reach in Christ’s name.

If you choose to give electronically, you can still participate in the offering time during worship by placing the white, laminated giving card in the offering plate. The card simply states that you give online.

Care Ministry: Home Delivered Meals

Do you know someone who has gone through a circumstance (surgery, sickness, death in the family, etc.) that leaves them in need of a home cooked meal? This may include you! If someone you know is in need and agreeable to have a meal brought to them by a member, please notify Carol Svoboda or call the church office at 847-836-5540.

If you would like to be put on a list of persons willing to provide a meal for someone in need, please call Carol Svoboda or the church office.

Can You Provide a Ride to Church?

Would you be willing to provide a ride to church Sunday mornings for a person in your area who does not have transportation? The Membership Ministries team wants to provide this ministry when the church receives a call from someone looking for a ride. Please contact Liz Penick or call the church office at 847-836-5540 if this is a way in which you would like to serve. Please indicate whether you attend the 8:00 a.m. or the 10:30 a.m. service.

Also, if you or someone you know needs a ride, either on a regular or occasional basis, please call the church office.

Church Office Hours During the Holidays

Wednesday, December 24 9:00 – 12:00 p.m.

Thursday, December 25 Office Closed

Friday, December 26 Office closed

Monday December 29 9:00 – 12:00 p.m.

Tuesday, December 30 9:00 – 12:00 p.m.

Wednesday, December 31 9:00 – 12:00 p.m.

Thursday, January 1 Office closed

Friday, January 2 9:00 – 12:00 p.m.

FISH Food Pantry Donations Needed

Want an opportunity to help a family in need of food? Bring non-perishable food items and toiletries to church any Sunday, and BUMC volunteers will take your donation to the FISH Food Pantry in Carpentersville twice a month. Checks are also welcome! The pantry serves an average of 425 families a month, who benefit from the food and monetary donations.

Prayer Ministry

Are you interested in participating in prayer ministry for a few months, a year? It involves receiving prayer requests on line and promising to pray the request for 30 days. All requests are kept confidential. Join us by emailing Julia Hooper.

Need a Prayer?

Did you know that a group of pray-ers are devoted to praying for any of your prayer requests? You can write your request and drop the card in the large white Prayer Request Box on the table across from the name tags. You can also e-mail Julia Hooper. This prayer ministry prays your request for 30 days. All requests are kept confidential unless directed otherwise.

Box Tops Help Noah’s Ark

You can help earn cash for Noah’s Ark Christian Preschool. Just look for “Box Tops for Education” on products you already use. Each top is worth 10 cents or more. It’s easy!!

Cut them out and put them in the marked tubs at

  • Entrance to Noah’s Ark Preschool
  • BUMC Welcome Table
  • BUMC Office Counter

Among those products are:

  • Betty Crocker mixes and other products
  • Gold Medal Flour
  • Nestle Juices
  • General Mills Cereals and other GM Products
  • Ziploc Baggies and other Ziploc Products
  • Hefty Disposable Tableware
  • Green Giant Frozen Products
  • Pillsbury Refrigerated Products
  • Variety of Baby Products and Personal Care Products

Visit for complete product listing.

Remembering the Church

Please consider remembering the church in your estate planning. Thank you.