Visiting a church for the first time can sometimes be intimidating, and we promise to do our best to make your first visit as comfortable as possible. When you visit St. Barnabas, we want you to feel welcome as you come through our red doors. Many people who visit and join St. Barnabas come from other denominations.


Whoever you are, wherever you find yourself on your journey of faith, you are welcome at St. Barnabas!


Your First Visit

Where do I park?

St. Barnabas is located on Montgomery Road just south of Bethesda North Hospital. Our church has a large parking lot that extends all the way around to the back of the building. Please look for two spots in front designated for visitors. On busy Sundays, we can also park on the street or at the medical center across Pfeiffer Road. 

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Where do I take my children?

Children are welcome at all services. Most children and youth choose to attend Church School during the 10 a.m. service. We have classes for age three through 12th grade. When you enter the red front doors, go to the left and you’ll see stairs going downstairs. Our Church School volunteers will greet you at the bottom of the stairs. Learn more about our children and youth formation.

As you come through the red front doors, look to the right to see boxes of bags for your children to bring into the service if they wish. The bags have colored pencils, crayons, and pages of activities to do during the service. 


We also have a professionally staffed nursery during the 10 a.m. service for children age three and under, if you prefer to take your children there. It is on the main floor, to the left as you enter the red doors, across from the Great Hall.

The Basics of Our Service


What are the different books in the pews? 

Most of the service is printed in the bulletin guide that you will receive when entering the service. The primary service book is the black book with a cross, and it is referred to in the bulletin as the BCP – Book of Common Prayer. Certain parts of the service such as the creeds or prayers may be found there.


We have two hymnals. A blue book, Hymnal 1982 is referred to in the bulletin as Hymn #. The second is a green book called Wonder Love and Praise and is listed as WLP in the bulletin. 

How will I know when to stand, sit, or kneel? 

Generally, we stand to sing, to recite the creeds, for the reading of the Gospel, and to pray. We sit while the Bible is being read, during the sermon, during announcements, and when the choir is singing. During the prayers and confession, people in the congregation stand or kneel – either is appropriate.  Please don’t worry about doing the wrong thing at the wrong time; what matters is your communion with God.

Receiving Communion at St. Barnabas

The center of our worship each week is the sacrament of Holy Eucharist (also known as Holy Communion or the Lord’s Supper). In the Eucharist, we share in bread and wine in remembrance of Christ’s life, death, and resurrection, just as Christ commanded at his Last Supper with his disciples. But we also experience the mystery of Christ’s presence among us here and now. 

All baptized Christians, regardless of age or denomination are welcome to participate in the Eucharist. When you come to kneel at the altar you may choose how to receive the bread and wine. First, hold out your hand to receive the bread. Either hold the bread to dip in the cup that follows, or consume the bread and drink from the cup. If you abstain from wine, you may receive the bread only. Those who are not baptized or do not feel ready to receive communion are invited to come to the altar rail and ask the priest for a blessing. Gluten-free bread is also available; just let the priest know at the rail. 

If you have mobility issues, you may of course stand at the altar instead of kneeling. You may also receive communion in the pews. Please let an usher know as you enter the service. 

Intercessors stand near the pulpit during Communion and offer healing prayer for yourself or a loved one.

Would you like more information about St. Barnabas?

Please fill out a contact form and our church office will send you a newcomer packet with information about all of our programs. You may also fill out a yellow visitor card found in the pew.

Classes for inquirers or those interested in confirmation are generally offered in the fall and spring. Please visit our Adult Education and Formation page for details.

Once you have settled at St. Barnabas, our Newcomer Ministry will offer you name tags.

How to Join St. Barnabas

If you are a member of another Episcopal Church, or have been baptized in a church other than the Episcopal Church, you can fill out an online form to join.


You may also contact our Parish Administrator, Maaike Chertock, at (513) 984-8401 or She will transfer the letter from your former church.

What if I have not been baptized?

The Episcopal Church baptizes people of all ages (infants, children, and adults) in our Sunday worship service. Please contact our rector, The Rev. Dr. Nancy Turner Jones, at (513) 310-5101 or to discuss baptism and set a date.

What is confirmation and reception?

Confirmation is a sacramental rite where persons who have been prepared make a mature, public affirmation of their faith, and a commitment to the responsibilities of Baptism, and receive the laying on of hands by the bishop.  Those confirmed in another denomination may also be received by the bishop. A visit from our bishop generally takes place in the fall of even years. 

Classes for inquirers or those interested in confirmation are generally offered in the fall and spring. Please visit our Adult Education and Formation page for details.