The St. Barnabas Family Welcomes You!
St. Barnabas Episcopal Church is a community of encouragement. More than 200 families call St. Barnabas their spiritual home. We care about one another, and our pastoral care ministries are a key component of belonging here. We welcome people in all walks of life, regardless of race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, or gender identity.
Wherever you are on your spiritual journey, there is a place for you here in our community.
Who We Are
St. Barnabas is a welcoming community of encouragement with engaged and caring parishioners. For almost 40 years, people living in Montgomery and surrounding neighborhoods have sought spiritual comfort and guidance from our church. It is not necessary to be baptized an Episcopalian in order to worship at St. Barnabas. Anyone is welcome to attend our services, regardless of religion or creed. Anyone baptized in the Christian faith is welcome to participate in the Holy Eucharist.
St. Barnabas is a traditional Episcopal Church derived from the church of England. We share the traditions of faith and order as set forth in the Anglican Book of Common Prayer.
As Episcopalians, we find the fullest expression of Christianity in the Scriptures (the word of God at work among us), in the creeds (as ancient summaries of our beliefs), the sacraments (visible signs of inward and spiritual grace), and in our ministers.
We care deeply for our members. Music is in our DNA, and we share our musical gifts with our congregation and our local communities. We are a multi-generational congregation that values friendship and engages in social activities together. We are a servant church, guided by the needs of our communities to direct our outreach activities. Teamwork empowers our many ministries. We are called through our baptism to seek and serve Christ in all persons.
What We Believe
We believe that every person is a child of God, created in the image of God. We live out that image in a Christian community that supports and nurtures one another.
We gather week by week to hear and proclaim the word of God, thanking God for the gifts in our lives, and in prayer for God‘s wisdom and help in our lives. Worship of God is the foundation of our community; it is beautiful, dignified, and celebratory.
Episcopalians are liturgical, meaning our worship follows the order in the Book of Common Prayer. Each Sunday, we gather around a table with bread and wine to celebrate God's risen presence among us.
St. Barnabas is a friendly parish! We have greeters and ushers at every service and a lively coffee hour after the service. Newcomers and those seeking a church home are welcome to join us for service and social time. All baptized Christians are welcome to participate in Holy Communion.
Our mission is to seek and encourage deeper relationships with God and our neighbors by following the commandments of Jesus Christ in our daily lives, especially through spirit-inspired ministries in our communities.
Our excellent music director/organist has an international reputation as a classical pianist, and has developed our Adult Choir into an integral part of our worship. We also offer a Youth Choir and Handbell Choir. We make a joyful noise every Sunday!
St. Barnabas was established in Montgomery, OH in 1980, and remains the only Episcopal church in the immediate vicinity. For the first 10 years, the fledgling congregation held services at the local Sycamore High School. Today, we have a beautiful building with a generous sanctuary - and a welcoming, generous group of parishioners!
In 1984, the congregation began planning for a land purchase and construction of a permanent church home. A number of potential sites were identified in the area and eventually, the congregation purchased two adjacent residential properties along Montgomery Road in 1987. Construction of the building began in the fall of 1990. During construction, dedicated parishioners provided months of volunteer labor to save money and to add personal touches to the church building. The church building opened in the spring of 1991 and was dedicated by The Rt. Rev. William Black, Bishop of the Diocese of Southern Ohio, on St. Barnabas Day, 1991.
The original construction included the sanctuary, administrative wing, sacristy, narthex, and an unfinished basement. Over the next six years, parish volunteers completed the undercroft, adding a nursery, classrooms, kitchen, and choir rooms.
By the mid-90s, church membership had grown, and a building addition was needed to house programs such as the Church School and youth programs. The addition, built in 2001, provided additional classrooms, choir rehearsal space, offices, and an additional fellowship hall.
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