What to Expect at St. Barnabas
Whether you're looking for a church community to call home or visiting from out of town, we welcome you exactly the way you are! Here's what to expect when you join us for any of our 3 worship services (please see the sidebar at right for service times):
Parking in our neighborhood is on the street and can be challenging. Please leave time and patience if you're coming to us by car. (There is legal parking in Cheesman Park, which is a pleasant walk east on 12th Ave and then north on Vine St.)
Our Sunday morning services follow the liturgical tradition of the Episcopal church, though we are a casual and progressive congregation. Our Sunday evening SPERO service is contemporary and contemplative.
At any of our services, you will find a printed bulletin to guide you through the service. Most of our hymns can be found in the 1982 Hymnal provided in each row - the number in the bulletin will guide you to your page - or in the bulletin itself. If you find yourself lost, please feel free to ask a neighbor for guidance; we're happy to help!
Children of all ages are welcome at all 3 services. There are 'busy baskets,' books, and worship boxes available in the sanctuary and a soft space near the altar for little ones who need to move even while they are participating in worship. We also offer nursery care and Godly Play (a montessori-style biblical storytelling class) for preschool and kindergarten children during the 9:30 service. Children join the congregation at the exchange of the peace and stay for communion. The Nursery and Classrooms are located upstairs; follow the signs or ask anyone to guide you!
At St Barnabas, all are welcome to receive communion, regardless of age or denomination. If you've not been baptized, or would simply prefer it, just cross your arms over your chest to receive a blessing. It's also completely acceptable to remain seated during communion.
Following our service, we gather for refreshments and fellowship in the hall right outside the sanctuary. Please join us; we want to get to know you! From 11-12 we offer opportunities for spiritual exploration and growth for children (grades 1-6), youth (grades 7-12), and adults.
St Barnabas has a long history of advocacy in a variety of social justice issues. In the words of our Baptismal Covenant, we wish to seek and serve Christ in all persons, loving our neighbors as ourselves, and to strive for justice and peace among all people, and to respect the dignity of every human being. We are a casual, friendly, and loving congregation, and we look forward to meeting you!