St. Barnabas children and youth are the foundation of our future. We welcome and celebrate all children as God’s creation. Our mission is to develop a community of encouragement for our children and youth. We encourage our children and youth to be active participants in The Episcopal Church traditions, worship, and practices. You don't need to be a member of the church to participate.
If you'd like more information about our youth ministries, email Dave Lantz, Director of Youth Ministries.
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Youth Group meets every Sunday on Zoom. Part games, part check-in with your week, part discussion. We change themes about every month.
Sundays • 5-6 p.m. • Zoom
Camps & Retreats
Kids4Peace Day Camp
Kids4Peace Cincinnati is a five day camp in early August where youth learn about Judaism, Christianity, and Islam and visit houses of worship from all three faiths. They learn skills to be peace builders and explore ways they can improve our community through faith-based social action. St. Barnabas is thrilled to be the Christian site for the camp from 2016–2019.
Summer Mission Trip
Mountain T.O.P. Mission (for kids entering 7th grade through just graduated)
Our youth group will make our 5th pilgrimage to Mountain T.O.P. Tennessee Outreach Project is an interdenominational, non-profit Christian mission affiliated with the Tennessee Conference of the United Methodist Church, dedicated to rural life ministry in the Cumberland Mountains of Tennessee.
We’ll spend a week building handicap accessible ramps, painting, cleaning up yards, and improving the home sites for families in need. Mountain T.O.P. creates an open and accepting community, caring for the physical and emotional needs of these families. Rising 9th Graders and above will also have the opportunity to volunteer as leaders in Day Camps for 6-11 year olds.
Participants will be exposed to a variety of worship styles because we value the beauty of connecting with the Lord in different ways. Built into the daily schedule are four times to worship, either individually, in a small group, or as a whole community.
Mountain T.O.P. is open to youth ages 12–18 who have completed 6th grade.
CANCELLED -- October 17, 2020
Update: Unfortunately, due to Hamilton County being in the red zone and being labeled as having high incidence of COVID, the Youth Ministry team, Joanna, and the executive committee have decided to postpone the youth retreat.
Programs on Pause
Youth Group at I.H.N.
Once a quarter, we meet at Christ Church Glendale to spend time with families from Interfaith Hospitality Network. We play games with kids and give the adults a break for an evening. Parents, please drop off and pick up kids at Christ Church Glendale.
Jr. High Class:
This is a great age to open the door for questioning our faith and developing a personal relationship with God. Through our Episcopal-based curriculum, Lesson Plans that Work, we will encourage our Jr. High youth to challenge their faith and discover why they believe in God. We welcome all of our rising 6th Graders into Jr. High Sunday School and can't wait for them to share their own questions, thoughts and revelations.
Sundays • 10 a.m. • Undercroft
Sr. High Class:
Our most advanced Sunday School Class for youth we continue to challenge each other through lively discussions about current events and how they relate to the bible. Our fantastic team of teachers create a place where all are encouraged to give their opinions. Everyone is accepted and all are welcome to strengthen their faith through questioning how God can work in our lives each week.
Sundays • 10 a.m. • Undercroft
Candidates make a public affirmation of their faith, recommit themselves to the responsibilities of their baptism, and receive laying on of hands by the bishop. Confirmation is open to 7th Graders through adults, and classes are scheduled every two years, generally in the fall.