Vacation Bible School Dates Are Set!

Please mark your calendars for our annual VBS camp June 16-June 20, 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

This year we will voyage on a Wilderness Escape and have conversations with Moses. We are always on the look out for planners and volunteers so if you have an interest or want more details please see Missy.

This year VBS registration for volunteers and campers is online.

Good Friday Kids Event Coming!

Families, please join us to end our Lenten season together on Friday, April 18 from 9:00-11:00 a.m. here at church. We will enjoy crafts, games, a puppet show and an egg hunt. Please bring in 10 filled plastic eggs per child (peanut free candy please!) for our egg hunt. Nursery care is available. There will also be games for older kids in our fun-filled morning.

Holy Week Study: Jesus’ Words from the Cross

There are a few copies of Listening at Golgotha: Jesus’ Words from the Cross available in the office. This small book of meditations on the seven Last Words of Christ, accompanied by reflection questions and prayer, will deepen Holy Week’s meaning. Author Peter Storey finds deep meaning in all of the last words of Jesus (even the sometimes overlooked ones) that can transform your life and your celebration of Lent and Easter.

Drop In Chapel

Drop In Chapel will begin a seven week study, Final Words From the Cross today. This new DVD-based study by Adam Hamilton provides fresh insight into Jesus’ final words at the cross through the perspective of those who witnessed the crucifixion. No reading or weekly commitment required—just drop in when you can!

Youth Ministries Schedule for April

  • April 13, 9:15 a.m. Youth Sunday school “Palm Sunday” 5:00 p.m. Youth group
  • April 20, No Youth Sunday school, No Youth Group-Easter
  • April 26, 9:00 a.m. Confirmation Class
  • April 27, 9:15 a.m. Youth Sunday school

Youth Summer Mission Trip (9th-12th grades)

July 5-12, 2014: Epworth project in Slidell, Louisiana

Deposit $150.00 due April 27. Contact Pastor Christal.

Ushers Needed for Easter Sunday

We celebrate the number of individuals who join us on Easter morning for worship, and we want to extend our best hospitality to all who worship at BUMC. Additional ushers, greeters, and parking attendants are needed for each of the three services scheduled for Easter Sunday, April 20. Hours of worship will be at 8:00, 9:30, and 11:00 a.m. If you can assist at any of these services, please contact Del Haagen.

Traffic Flow On Easter Sunday

In order to maximize everyone’s experience and provide a safe and smooth flow of vehicle and foot traffic, we need to control the direction of vehicle traffic on the property and pedestrian entry into the church building. This is necessary because of the limited time between the conclusion of the earlier worship service and the beginning of the next worship service.

Please be guided by the following changes only for the Easter Services on April 20.

  • Entry by Algonquin Road only.
  • Exit by Old Barlett Road only.

Exiting by Old Barlett Road will bring you to a stop sign at Bartlett Road. There you can either turn right to proceed to the stop light where you can go north or south on route 59. Or, turning left onto Bartlett Road will take you to either Penny Road, and continuing further south to Route 72, Higgins Road.

There will be traffic and parking coordinators (attired in orange safety vests) in the lot to direct traffic flow and to assist in finding parking locations.

Thank you for your help!

Church Office Remodeling

The trustees proposed and the Leadership council approved a plan to remodel the current church office to meet the following goals:

  1. Optimize space within the existing office footprint.
  2. Be compliant with Our Safe Sanctuary Policy that requires a window sidelight for each office or meeting space
  3. Improve the accessibility and visibility of the office conference room.
  4. Provide additional security for the office space.

Construction to remodel the church office will begin after Easter. The project will take approximately one month. The office will be open during construction, but you are encouraged to schedule appointments with the church staff. Some staff members will work from home and will be available via e-mail. Thank you for your understanding!

Inquirer’s Class

Are you a newcomer to Barrington UMC and interested in finding out more about our church and our missions and ministries? Or have you been around for a while and are looking for ways to get more connected? If so, please join us for our upcoming Inquirer’s Class! This class will gather with Pastor Chris and Pastor Cynthia to learn more about the theology of The United Methodist Church, the missions and ministries of BUMC and ways that you can become more involved and more connected. This class is a vital way to get to know our church and learn about ways that you can be a part of our future together. At the conclusion of the class, participants will be given the option to become a member of the church, but membership is not required.

The class will meet on Sunday, May 4, from 5:00 – 8:30 p.m. in the Dining Room. Dinner and childcare will be provided. For more information or to sign up, contact Gayle Richard at 847-836-5540 ext 107.

Cinco de Derby Event

Save the date! On Saturday, May 3, we will be celebrating “Cinco de Derby” – combining our celebration of the annual running of the Kentucky Derby with Cinco de Mayo. We will begin at 4:30 p.m. at the home of Pat and Rhett Mitchell as we enjoy appetizers and watch the Derby. We will then split into smaller groups to enjoy fellowship and dinner at host homes. At the end of the evening we will gather back together at a third home for dessert. We are looking for 8 families to host dinner, and one family to host dessert. All others are encouraged to participate in this very popular event by bringing appetizers or dessert to share. Sign up sheets are located at the Fellowship table in the Narthex. Please plan to join us!

Women’s Retreat

Ladies, our women’s Lake Delaven retreat will be held the weekend of September 26-28, 2014. This year’s theme will be Café Chocolat. At your Café Chocolat, each session focuses on a different miracle Jesus performed in his time on earth. Using chocolate as a metaphor for God’s grace, women will learn about goodness in a whole new way. Registration begins Sunday, April 27. Registration packets will be available in the Narthex. Look for the representative from the women’s retreat team.

Online Giving Now 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.

Imagine No Malaria

Through Imagine No Malaria, the United Methodist Church has developed a comprehensive response to help eliminate death and suffering caused by malaria on the continent of Africa by 2015. Over 45 conferences in the United States have joined the cam- paign raising 58 million dollars of a 75 million goal. At the 2013 Annual Conference, Northern Illinois committed to raise at least $1,000,000 and save 10,000 lives through Church Wide Goals, pledges and donations by April 25, 2014 (World Malaria Day). Imagine No Malaria is an initiative of Bishop Sally Dyck and ministry she is passionate about. Bishop Dyck brought this campaign to Minnesota where churches raised 2.8 million dollars for the effort and she hopes Northern Illinois will have equal success.

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.

United Methodist Women Assembly

“Make It Happen” is the theme for the faith-filled, spirit-lifting gathering of thousands of women of every ethnicity, background and region at the United Methodist Women’s Assembly to be held April 25-27, 2014 in Louisville, Kentucky. The biblical foundation for the 2014 Assembly is Mark 6:30-44, the feeding of the 5,000—a miracle most fitting for a “Make It Happen!” Assembly. Inspired by Jesus who fed 5,000 people with five loaves of bread and two fish, United Methodist Women members face seemingly unbeatable challenges to answer God’s call to serve and advocate for those deemed “the least”—Christ’s kin. Check the website for further information.

At the 2014 Assembly, we will celebrate, share sisterhood and remind one another how faith, hope and love in action turn the impossible into life-affirming realities everyday. In more than 75 workshops, women will help one another reach new heights in spiritual growth; develop leadership skills; cultivate new ways to strengthen the mission outreach of our circles and local, district, conference and jurisdiction groups; and learn more about environmental sustainability and best practices for incorporating these principles into our daily lives when we return home. Contact Norma Jung-Stein or Linda Osikowicz (they are both going and can answer any questions).

Prison Ministry: Help for Returning Citizens

The BUMC Missions Committee is sponsoring Nicasa Family Services and the Lutheran Social Services of Illinois in their efforts to assist individuals (“Returning Citizens”) recently released from prison. Nicasa is located in North Chicago and assists these individuals by conducting programs that aid their reentry into society. They are in need of male mentors to guide men and male youths in assimilating into society. The Lutheran Social Services of Illinois sponsors a Prisoner and Family Ministry that lends assistance in literary skills, education, life skills, transportation and initial medical assistance to released prisoners. Both of these organizations are working to decrease recidivism in released prisoners by assisting them in developing self values and self esteem.

In interviews with individuals in prison on what would help them the most upon release, one of the major requests was for personal care products. We don’t think about it, but when you are released from prison you usually don’t have shampoo, soap, razor and shaving cream etc. They 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. A container will be placed in the Narthex for your donations. For further information contact Bill Bible or Keith Leoni.

Male Personal Care Kits

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

Female Personal Care Kits

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

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.

Adult Ministry Study and Fellowship

The latest Adult Ministry opportunities are listed on the Adult Ministries page.

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.

Remembering the Church

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