Who we are

Welcome to the historic 'Open and Affirming' Blooming Grove United Church of Christ. 


We the Blooming Grove United Church of Christ, are a community of diverse people who covenant with God and one another to live God’s will through worship, fellowship and service.  We bind our lives together in trust and love as a community of faith and invite all to join us.


We are a chuch that balances social justice opportunities with the call to deepening personal faith.  


Our outreach is active both locally and globally. 


The Blooming Grove congregation meets for worship every Sunday morning at 10:30 AM throughout the year.  Communion is celebrated the first Sunday of every month.


Following the worship service folks are encouraged to stay for coffee, goodies, and conversation—a popular pastime at BGUCC!


Our supply pastor, the Rev. Dr. Linda U. Barnes serves as ordained leader, with all the people of BGUCC as ministers, discerning God’s call for service, prayer, and love.


Here in our community of faith you will find:


  • Meaningful vibrant worship
  • Respectful caring community
  • Welcome to all  (we’ve been Open and Affirming since 1996)
  • Openness to the Presence of God in our daily lives, our communities and the contemporary world
  • Opportunities for service
  • Opportunities to hear God’s guidance through the holy scriptures which bring us God’s eternal truth expressed in human situations


In our worship and faith exploration, we are open to the Mystery of God, knowing that God Is Still Speaking. Part of our journey is in the questions.  Whoever you are and wherever you are on life’s journey, you are welcome here at BGUCC. 



Events and services at BGUCC in the recent past have included, in part:


  • Family Movie Nights
  • Country Store Thrift Shop
  • Penny Social
  • Community Dinners
  • Christmas Eve Candlelight Service
  • Memorial Day Parade March
  • Women’s Fellowship
  • Classic Choral Society Concerts
  • Church World Service Mission Projects
  • Community Garden
  • JROTC Annual Cadet Challenge
  • Veterans’ Stained Glass Window Project
  • Bible Studies
  • Shows by Broadway Concerts Direct Artists
  • Organ Recitals
  • Counselling Services



To learn more about the United Church of Christ please visit:


Get to know the Blooming Grove UCC  staff

Rev. Dr. Linda U. Barnes


Rev. Barnes is an experienced and dedicated pastor, who is also trained as a spiritual director. She is available for pastoral care, faith exploration, baptism, weddings and funerals.

For more click here to read the Meassage from Our Pastor

Janiece Joyce Kohler

Minister of Music

Jan is our church musician and the Artistic Director of the Classic Choral Society which practices and performs in our sanctuary.  Our worship is enhanced by her skill on both piano and organ as well as directing soloists and small vocal ensembles.

For more information please
view the Music page



We are here for you

We believe in the triune God

Creator, resurrected Christ, the sole Head of the church, and the Holy Spirit, who guides and brings about the creative and redemptive work of God in the world.

Each person is on a spritiual journey

We believe each of us is at a different stage of that journey.

Each person is unique and valuable

It is the will of God that every person belong to a family of faith where they have a strong sense of being valued and loved.

We believe in the power of peace

We believe in the power of peace, and work for nonviolent solutions to local, national, and international problems.


Come as you are

We want you to come just as you are. When you walk through our doors you may see people in suits and ties, but you will also see people in jeans and t-shirts. We want to make sure when you visit you are comfortable and that is all that matters to us. As long you are come through our doors, we want to make sure you feel loved and welcomed. If you ever need anything, always feel free to connect with us. We love to hear from our new visitors.