Barrington Has Rich Religious History

By Patterson, Kwame | Daily Herald (Arlington Heights, IL), September 23, 2004 | Go to article overview
Save to active project

Barrington Has Rich Religious History

Patterson, Kwame, Daily Herald (Arlington Heights, IL)

Byline: Kwame Patterson Daily Herald Staff Writer

It is said that God lies within the heart of the Barrington community. Perhaps that's why the Barrington area contains about 20 separate houses of worship.

"The community has always been faith-based," said Nancy Holmes, parish administrator for St. Michael's Episcopal Church in Barrington.

Some of the oldest and largest churches in Illinois are located in Barrington, according to village officials.

Willow Creek Community Church in Barrington began in 1975 with only 125 people. Now, more than 17,500 people attend Willow Creek.

In addition, St. Anne Roman Catholic Church in Barrington has one of the largest Catholic memberships in the country, with close to 12,000 people.

Barrington's history plays a major role in the high populations of local worshippers.

In the earlier part of the 1840s, village settlers established Barrington's first school, naming it Northway. On Sundays, Northway doubled as a church house, according to town historians. In search of good farmland and faith, hundreds of settlers and immigrants began to flood the town in the 1850s, according to local parishioners.

Barrington United Methodist Church in Barrington Hills was established in 1840 and is now labeled as the oldest church in the area. Its original members were some of the first settlers of the "Barringtons," according to Pastor James Wilson. He said the majority of the church's members were people who moved from New England and traveled West.

Barrington's primary religions still are Christian-based.

The rest of this article is only available to active members of Questia

Sign up now for a free, 1-day trial and receive full access to:

  • Questia's entire collection
  • Automatic bibliography creation
  • More helpful research tools like notes, citations, and highlights
  • Ad-free environment

Already a member? Log in now.

Notes for this article

Add a new note
If you are trying to select text to create highlights or citations, remember that you must now click or tap on the first word, and then click or tap on the last word.
Loading One moment ...
Project items
Cite this article

Cited article

Citations are available only to our active members.
Sign up now to cite pages or passages in MLA, APA and Chicago citation styles.

Cited article

Barrington Has Rich Religious History


Text size Smaller Larger
Search within

Search within this article

Look up

Look up a word

  • Dictionary
  • Thesaurus
Please submit a word or phrase above.
Print this page

Print this page

Why can't I print more than one page at a time?

While we understand printed pages are helpful to our users, this limitation is necessary to help protect our publishers' copyrighted material and prevent its unlawful distribution. We are sorry for any inconvenience.
Full screen

matching results for page

Cited passage

Citations are available only to our active members.
Sign up now to cite pages or passages in MLA, APA and Chicago citation styles.

Cited passage

Welcome to the new Questia Reader

The Questia Reader has been updated to provide you with an even better online reading experience.  It is now 100% Responsive, which means you can read our books and articles on any sized device you wish.  All of your favorite tools like notes, highlights, and citations are still here, but the way you select text has been updated to be easier to use, especially on touchscreen devices.  Here's how:

1. Click or tap the first word you want to select.
2. Click or tap the last word you want to select.

OK, got it!

Thanks for trying Questia!

Please continue trying out our research tools, but please note, full functionality is available only to our active members.

Your work will be lost once you leave this Web page.

For full access in an ad-free environment, sign up now for a FREE, 1-day trial.

Already a member? Log in now.

Are you sure you want to delete this highlight?