We are glad that you are here and we believe that there is a place at Barrington UMC for you!
You are invited to take the next steps on your journey of faith with us and to experience:
Worship that is engaging and relevant and that invites people to encounter the living God
Study and fellowship opportunities that encourage people to grow closer to God and closer to one another
Mission, outreach and service programs that make a real difference in the lives of real people
Wherever you are on your journey of faith, you are welcome at BUMC as we worship together, grow together and serve together.
What are the worship services like?
Each of our worship services has its own unique style, but all share the same scripture readings and sermon. The 8:00 Chapel service is a small service with a welcoming community. The 9:30 Classic service includes the chancel choir, organ music and a children’s message. Children and youth are dismissed to attend JAM – Jesus and Me Children’s worship in the Fellowship Hall at 9:45. The 11:00 Crossroads worship service is more informal in style with a praise band and a variety of musical styles.
Where is the church located?
Barrington UMC is at the corner of Route 59 and Algonquin Road in Barrington Hills.
Where do I go when I get there?
Come right in the front door! We have greeters inside and outside the front doors to welcome you and help you find the restrooms, children’s areas and nursery, chapel and the main sanctuary. The sanctuary is our main worship space and is directly in front of you when you come in the main entrance. Be sure to stop by the Welcome Table in the lobby to receive our free gift to you of a loaf of bread – because Jesus is the bread of life!
Is parking available?
Plenty of parking is available in our main parking lot off of Algonquin Road. Specially marked handicap parking spaces and spaces for pregnant or new mothers are available near the front entrance.
Is the building handicap accessible?
The BUMC building is handicap accessible – doors are wide enough for wheelchairs and walkers, all restrooms are accessible and the sanctuary has pews designed that those using wheelchairs can sit with their families. For those who are vision or hearing impaired, we have large print hymnals and assisted listening devices available at the sanctuary entrance.
What about my kids?
Children of all ages are welcome at BUMC! Children are welcome to worship with you at any of our worship services. Our professionally staffed nursery is available to care for infants and toddlers throughout Sunday mornings.
We also a variety of options to engage children of all ages:
JAM (Jesus and Me) is an engaging worship and learning program for children PreK-5th grade that meets from 9:45 – 10:45.
Pathfinders (ages 3-6th grade) and Merge (6th-8th grade) are small group learning experiences that meet at 11:00 a.m. Intersection (9th-12th) meets from 12:00-2:00 p.m. including lunch. Intersection is a group of youth figuring out faith and life in a safe sacred place.
Will I be singled out during the worship service as a guest or first time visitor?
You will not be asked to stand or introduce yourself during the worship services, but we hope that you will sign in on the attendance pads in the pews and provide whatever other information you are comfortable giving us – an address, phone number or email address will help us follow up with you. You are also invited to join us for a cup of coffee and conversation in the lobby or in The Well – A Gathering Space near the front entrance before or after worship services.
May I participate in communion?
Yes! We believe that God’s table is open to all – you are welcome and invited to join us for this sacrament as it is celebrated on the first Sunday of every month at all three worship services. We offer a gluten free option at each service to make this sacrament available to all, regardless of dietary restrictions.
Can I participate in classes or programs even if I am not a member?
Of course! All of our programs, activities, missions and ministries are open to all, regardless of membership status. We hope that you will join a Sunday morning or weekday class or participate in a mission or service project. Participating in these programs is a great opportunity to get to know people and to walk the faith journey in ways that are most meaningful to you.
How can I find out more?
You can contact Gayle Richard, our Director of Connections and Engagement Ministries by email or call 847-836-5540 ext 107 with questions or requests for more information.