We gather together as a church community in the diversity of… 
 
 
 
 Our Beliefs
 
 
 
 
 
 
Now you are the body of Christ and individually members of it. – 1 Corinthians 12:27
 
 
 
 
 
 Our Mission Statement
The United Church of Byron will provide a spiritual atmosphere where everyone is welcome to  worship God and to experience Jesus Christ through ministry, fellowship and community outreach by offering opportunities for learning and involvement for all ages. 
 
Our Covenant
We recognize the right of the individual soul to follow the leading of the Biblical Witness through prayer, study and meditation. Because we prize freedom in Christ above conformity, we will honor any sincere conviction that honors our Lord. Thus, we are not bound together by any uniformity of beliefs but by the acceptance of a covenant to do the will of God. To that end, we each confess:
 

I love Jesus Christ and accept him as my leader and example. I covenant with this church to love the Lord my God with all of my heart, and with all of my soul, and with all of my strength, and with all of my mind and to love my neighbor as myself. I will be loyal to this portion of Christ’s Church and support it by my service, my gifts, my attendance, and my prayers.

 
 
We are a part of the United Church of Christ (UCC) denomination and follow the same beliefs as expressed in the following statements.
 
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.
 
 
We believe that 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 that each person is on a spiritual journey: and that each of us is at a different stage of that journey.
 
 
We believe that the persistent search for God produces an authentic relationship with God: , engendering love, strengthening faith, dissolving guilt, and giving life purpose and direction.
 
 

We believe that all of the baptized ‘belong body and soul to our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ: No matter who – no matter what – no matter where we are on life’s journey – notwithstanding race, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, class or creed – we all belong to God and to one worldwide community of faith. All persons baptized – past, present and future – are connected to each other and to God through the sacrament of baptism. We baptize during worship when the community is present because baptism includes the community’s promise of ‘love, support and care’ for the baptized – and we promise that we won’t take it back – no matter where your journey leads you. 

 
We believe that all people of faith are invited to join Christ at Christ’s table for the sacrament of Communion: Just as many grains of wheat are gathered to make one loaf of bread and many grapes are gathered to make one cup of wine, we, the many people of God, are made one in the body of Christ, the church. The breaking of bread and the pouring of wine reminds us of the costliness of Christ’s sacrifice and the discipleship to which we are all called. In the breaking of bread, we remember and celebrate Christ’s presence among us along with a ‘cloud of witnesses’ – our ancestors, family and friends who have gone before us. It is a great mystery; we claim it by faith.
 
 

We believe the UCC is called to be a united and uniting church: “That they may all be one.” (John 17:21) “In essentials–unity, in nonessentials–diversity, in all things–charity,” These UCC mottos survive because they touch core values deep within us. The UCC has no rigid formulation of doctrine or attachment to creeds or structures. Its overarching creed is love. UCC pastors and teachers are known for their commitment to excellence in theological preparation, interpretation of the scripture and justice advocacy. Even so, love and unity in the midst of our diversity are our greatest assets.

 
 

We believe that God calls us to be servants in the service of others and to be good stewards of the earth’s resources: ‘To believe is to care; to care is to do.’

 
 
We believe that the UCC is called to be a prophetic church: As in the tradition of the prophets and apostles, God calls the church to speak truth to power, liberate the oppressed, care for the poor and comfort the afflicted.

 

 

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

 
 
We are a people of possibility: In the UCC, members, congregations and structures have the breathing room to explore and to hear … for after all, God is still speaking, … 
 
 
 United Church of Byron is Open and Affirming!
 
The United Church of Byron is an Open and Affirming congregation that holds the following resolution:
 
WHEREAS, our members are people of faith who believe each of us is in need of God’s love, guidance and grace,
 
THEREFORE, be it resolved that we are Open and Affirming (ONA) to all people who seek God’s blessing, regardless of ability, age, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, race, ethnicity, or national origin.
 

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, we commit ourselves to the continuing process of understanding God’s intentions for us as human beings, proclaiming and sharing God’s extravagant welcome in this place for all people.

 
Phone: 815.234.8777
 United Church of Byron
701 W 2nd St
Byron, IL 61010
 
Email: ucb@comcast.net