St. Barnabas ministries are lay-led. What does that mean? “Lay people” means people who aren’t professionals in a given area. Instead, those of us who are members of the congregation will bring together our experiences and talents to meet the needs within the church and in the larger community. While it might seem unusual to folks familiar with traditional religious communities, there is a long history of lay-led Episcopalian communities and we are getting lots of support and consultation from the Episcopal Church and from other lay-led churches nearby.
So, what’s your ministry?
Worship and Music
St. Barnabas is committed to worship as a ministry and a lifestyle. St. Barnabas reflects a traditional flavor with a friendly manner. There are many ways to be involved in Sunday morning worship at our church.
Music is in the DNA of St. Barnabas! We have excellent music staff that leads adult and youth choirs, a handbell choir, and special events throughout the year.
Children and Family
Today’s children are the foundation of the future. St. Barnabas accepts all children as God’s creation, welcomed by Jesus as unique in origin and special in abilities. Children will be taught the foundations of the faith, the traditions of the Episcopal church, and how to apply these in their lives.
We offer Sunday School classes (including a Godly Play program for Preschool through 3rd grade), Holy Communion classes, Summer Camps, and social events.
St Barnabas offers many opportunities for our youth, grades 6-12, to show how “God Loves You. No Exceptions”. We offer Sunday School classes, Confirmation classes, Retreats, Summer Camps, Summer Mission Trips, Youth Group, Service Projects, and social events. Through these activities, our youth are taught the foundations of faith, the traditions of the Episcopal church, and how to apply these in their lives.
Strengthening Parish Life
Strengthening Parish Life offers clubs, fellowship groups, outings and church-wide events. These activities let us get to know one another, strengthen the bonds of our parish family, and enrich our faith. It helps make St. Barnabas a place for all members to feel involved, supported, and respected.
Administration and Finance
This ministry shares in providing oversight and guidance of the parish’s personnel and financial affairs, which are foundational to enabling the parish’s many other ministries. Also, the ministry takes a lead role in encouraging parishioners to discern the gifts God has given them and the work God is calling each of us to do via a year-round parish stewardship culture.
The organizations St. Barnabas serves inspire us all to take action unselfishly in our community. Programs such as Findlay Street Neighborhood House, Habitat for Humanity, Interfaith Hospitality Network, Matthew 25 Ministries, and Operation Give Back are just some of the programs served by St. Barnabas.
InReach works within the framework of the ministry of Jesus Christ to provide care to those facing life's spiritual, emotional, and physical challenges. Using church and community resources, this ministry responds to real-life needs through lay-led care teams supported by our rector. We offer confidential compassion in times of need as well as creating a web of multi-generational support to all of our members and their families.