Serving Our Community

How does St. Barnabas serve our surrounding community?  Let us count the ways, below!  Visitors to St. Barnabas frequently comment on our community and outreach programs and the high number of our parishioners involved.  Even our building and grounds evergetically 'serve' as comforting places to our community for beauty, comfort, meetings and joy.

  • Arts on Vine:  Started many years ago, Arts on Vine is a favorite social event which opens avenue for different artistic talents such as music, crafts, art and many other endeavors of local artists.  Enjoy food and beverages while you take in the art and music and make new friends.  Learn more ...
  • WHI:  Women's Homelessness Initiative serves twenty local homeless women every Thursday evening, providing a safe place to lay their heads and rest.  Dinner, books, a quiet sleep and breakfast are all provided.  On Thanksgiving (since it is always a Thursday) is a day of fun and games and, of course, a huge turkey dinner for our guests.  This program has provided as much comfort and peace to the St. Barnabas volunteers as it does for our guests.  Learn more ...
  • Share the Care:  This program has also been around for a while.  Parishioners taking care of other parishioners is how it works. Driving to physician's appointments, taking food, running errands, visiting, etc. are just a part of how Barnabites take care of each other.
  • Colfax Community Network (CCN):  The first Sunday of every month is a dedicated food drive for CCN at St. Barnabas.  We are part of a larger community program around the Denver area whereby food and other necessities are gathered to help children and families living in motels off of Colfax Avenue.  Learn more ...
  • Outreach:   Each year, St. Barnabas awards financial grants to organizations which support their surrounding communities.
  • Alternative Market:  St. Barnabas hosts the Alternative Market every December.  Small charities around the Denver area are invited to participate.  Money is donated to the organization for items which help their specific goals (such as infant formula, knitted hats and gloves, etc.)  In turn, the purchaser is given a gift card which s/he can give at Christmas which tells the recipient that money was donated in their name to the organization.  What a unique and generous way to give something meaningful and important, not just more "stuff" that could get stuck in a junk drawer somewhere!
  • Youth Group:  The St. Barnabas Youth Group is an extraordinary group that helps every summer in community and state projects to help others.  They helped with recovery efforts from the Colorado floods and Hurricane Sandy in Staten Island, NY,  served people living in poverty and with mental illness in Albuquerque, NM, and will travel to help with flood recovery efforts in Louisiana in the summer of 2017.  During the school year, the Youth Group meets regularly to explore spirituality, prayer, current events, social justice, and for mutual support and fellowship.  Learn more ...
  • Labyrinth:  The church has a lovely outdoor labyrinth in which people come from all over to walk and meditate.  There is no charge to use it and it offers peaceful quiet time to anyone seeking it.
  • Garden:  Many Denverites come to sit in the front of St. Barnabas because of its beautiful garden.  Granted, during renovation there was some major upheaval to the plants and flowers, but we are working to re-establish this lovely place to sit and contemplate among the butterflies.  Several classes have brought their children by and, because we are just across the street from a major Denver ice cream institution (Liks!), many people will cross the street and sit in our garden to eat their ice cream and enjoy the surroundings.
  • Outside Groups:  Many local groups such as AA and other music groups use St. Barnabas for their meetings.  While there is a small charge for building use, the groups are enormously grateful for the church and local community at being able to meet here.