What We Believe

Welcome Statement
Barrington United Methodist Church seeks to intentionally and sincerely welcome persons of all ages, nations and races.  We are committed to building a diverse community that values people of all abilities, statuses, backgrounds, sexual orientations and gender expressions.  We believe that God calls us to vibrant worship that encourages participants to encounter the living God; to grow in faith, friendship and love as we each seek to live our faith in our daily lives; and to serve God and our neighbor through acts of charity, kindness, mercy and justice.  We embrace and nurture all people at any point in their faith journey and believe there is room at Christ’s Table for all.

"Love God...love your neighbor." —Jesus

OUR CORE VALUES
Vibrant Worship is at the center of our life together.  Frederick Buechner says that to worship God means to serve God.  He writes: "Basically there are two ways to do it.  One way is to do things for God that he needs to have done—run errands, carry messages, fight on his side, feed his lambs, and so on.  The other way is to do things for him that you need to do—sing songs, create beautiful things, give things up for him, tell God what’s on your mind and on your heart, in general rejoice in him and make a fool of yourself for him…”

Vibrant Faith asks us to grow deeper in connection with God and one another. This is essential for all—children and adults—as we walk our discipleship pathway. Inspiring people to grow in faith in God and in connection with one another is just as important as worshiping God passionately and reaching out to serve our neighbors.

Our worship and learning together inspire us to a ministry of Changing Lives—particularly by serving the last, the least and the lost. There are a lot of civic groups that one might join who care for the environment, or provide health or human services or engage in a variety of other philanthropic activities. But we transform well-intentioned service into life-changing discipleship when we take time to celebrate, inspire and reflect on how serving others helped us to also serve God.