We want you to feel welcome here at Barrington Congregational Church, UCC. Below you will find answers to frequently asked questions, and feel free to call us at the office if you have any other questions or concerns. Also, at church, you’ll find Visitor cards in the pews, please let us know if we can help you in any way.
Where is the church located?
We are located on 461 County Road, Rt 114 at the lights by Barrington High School, situated on the Barrington River. Our beautiful, historic white building and soaring steeple against a blue sky can’ t be missed! There is a large parking lot to the right of the church education building. Click here for Directions.
What time is Sunday Worship?
Worship is celebrated every Sunday at 10:00 am and lasts about an hour. During the summer months (late June thru Labor Day weekend), the worship service is shorter and begins at the earlier time of 9:30 am.
What happens during church?
To enter church you may use the large red doors in the front of the church, or the door to the immediate right of the church building. As you enter, a friendly Greeter will greet you with a warm smile and welcome you to worship. As you enter the sanctuary, an Usher will help you to a seat with a bulletin to guide you through the service. Our worship service includes readings, guided prayer, preaching, music, and a special time with children. At times, you will be invited to stand, sing, pray, greet your neighbor, be in silence, or read responsively.
On the first Sunday of the month, we celebrate Communion (Eucharist, the Lord’s supper). Everyone is welcome to share in the bread and wine (wine is not served, however, it’s grape juice) of communion. This includes children of all ages, at the discretion of parents. The children will learn about the meaning of this during their classes as the years go on.
We’ll ask if there is someone new –please feel comfortable raising your hand! Trust us, we won’t put you on the spot! We do it so others can extend a friendly welcome to you after church.
At all of our services we maintain the ancient Christian practice of receiving an offering to support the church and it’s ministries. We welcome your gifts.
The Sunday morning Worship page offers more detailed information on the service.
Do you offer childcare or Sunday School?
Children and families of all kinds are welcome at BCCUCC. Childcare is available for infants and toddlers during worship in our Educational building. Church School programs are offered for pre-kindergarten through grade 8. There is usually a children’s time during worship, following which, the children leave for their Sunday school. Learn more about our vibrant Spiritual Formation Education programs for Adult, Youth, and Children.
What should I wear?
Some people come dressed in their Sunday best. Others dress more casually.
Is there a coffee hour or fellowship time after church?
After worship service, we have a time for fellowship and refreshment in Fellowship Hall, the building immediately adjacent to the church. There is coffee, tea, juice and always something delicious to eat, including child-friendly snacks. This is a perfect opportunity to get to know us – strike up a conversation, and make some new friends!
Do you offer a Sunday Adult Bible study or Adult forum?
While it is not offered every week, there are opportunities for Adult education. Forums may focus on a current topic, justice and mission issue; or it may be a guest speaker, or a bible study. There are other opportunities during the week for small groups.
Is the church handicap accessible?
Our building is wheelchair accessible and we offer hearing assistance devices in the sanctuary to work with or without a hearing aid. We also offer a large print bulletin each Sunday. If you require the use of the elevette, please let the Greeter know when you arrive, and we’ll be happy to arrange for assistance for you. Please see our Accessibility page with details on all our buildings.
If you have questions about special needs for a family member, or handicapped access, please don’t hesitate to call the church office at 246-0111. We are delighted to assist any way we can.
How can I get more information?
Please feel free to chat with one of our ministers after church, or fill out a Visitor card and one of the pastor’s will contact you. During the Spring and Fall, there are informal sessions to learn more about our church. You can also contact the church office by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or phone at (401) 246-0111 and we’ll be happy to answer any questions or direct you to the right person.
** Worship services and events are sometimes photographed and videotaped to document the vibrant life of our church. If you do not wish to be included in these recordings, please notify an usher for assistance.