St. Barnabas Ministries
Within the Parish

As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as good stewards of God's varied grace.

1 Peter 4 : 10

Parishioners are encouraged to participate in the ministries of the church, putting their individual interests and talents to work.  If you are interested in learning more, or in volunteering for a particular ministry, contact the church office.

  • Worship

Altar Guild Ministry

The Altar Guild is responsible for the care of the altar including set up, clean up, care of linens and arrangement of flowers.  Flowers are distributed after the Sunday service to those with birthdays and anniversaries, those who are ill, or newcomers. 

If you would like to donate altar flowers, the first step is to select an open Sunday on the Flower Chart located in the back of the church.  The chart notes any special restrictions on colors such as purple for Lent or greens for Advent.  You can even do non-floral arrangements!  In the past we have had arrangements of canned food (for SW HOPE), mittens and hat trees for the homeless, and even a completed jigsaw puzzle of a bouquet! 


Eucharistic Ministers

We have a dedicated group of Eucharistic ministers (EMs) who assist the priest during Sunday worship services.  EMs administer the chalice and they may do readings.  At this time communion is distributed in one kind, and an EM will speak the words of the chalice to those receiving.  There is EM training typically twice a year coordinated by the Rector and the Deacon.


This group assists with the readings at the Sunday worship services.  They join the Eucharistic ministers in training.


Prayers of the People

Led by Jean Masonek, parishioners write the prayers of the people tailored to each season of the Church year.  The prayers are read during the Sunday worship services.

St. Honoré's Guild

St. Honoré's Guild is responsible for baking the bread served as communion.



St. Barnabas has both adult and youth acolytes who serve as Crucifer and torch bearers.  During the pandemic we have had a Crucifer only for the 10 am Sunday service.  We are recruiting volunteers to resume this.

Ushers & Greeters

Currently the ushers are also serving as greeters for both Sunday services.  They distribute bulletins and offer art supplies to children attending.  Ushers carry the Communion elements forward, pass the collection plate, and direct parishioners during communion.  They advise the Presider if any individuals have asked to have communion brought to them in the pew.  Before the 

Media Booth

Our media booth contains all the equipment to run the sound system, live-stream video, and enhance the lighting in the sanctuary.  It is typically staffed by two people for our 10 am Sunday service, one for video-streaming and one for the sound board.  The media booth is also used for church meetings, concerts, recitals, and special services such as funerals and baptisms.


pandemic, volunteers also served as greeters prior to the 10 am Sunday service.

  • Music


Music is an integral part of worship and fellowship at St. Barnabas, selected to explore the lessons of the day.  In addition to leading the choir, Music Director, Stephen Galván, has a long history of working with community arts organizations and uses his creativity and networking skills to enhance worship services with guest musicians on major holy days.

Sunday's 10 am services are accompanied by organist David Wills-Ehlers.  David shares his love for the organ with occasional concerts following the service which are also streamed on Zoom.


The St. Barnabas choir participates in the 10 am Sunday services, supplementing congregational singing and providing choral music to enhance worship.  The choir rehearses on Thursday evenings.  During the pandemic all singers are masked.

Tone Chime Choir

The tone chime choir brings an additional element of praise to worship services.  St. Barnabas' group is small, but mighty, and looking for more people to join in.

  • Education & Communication

Sunday School

Prior to March 2020, a small group of volunteers taught children from kindergarten to 5th grade during part of the 10 am Sunday service.   During the pandemic, materials have been sent home to families with children so that they may learn and participate during the Zoom service.  As soon as feasible, we would like to restart in-person Sunday School.

Parish Communications

The Parish Communications Team was formed to coordinate messaging through the website, monthly newsletter, weekly email known as "The Buzz," social media and parish advertising.  The team meets monthly to discuss messaging, imaging needs, upcoming programs and updates  to the website.

  • Fellowship

Women of St. Barnabas

This group coordinates coffee hour after the 10 am Sunday service and other hospitality support for scheduled events.  There are five teams of volunteers, one for each week, to support coffee hours once they resume.  Additionally, this group supports the Portland Rescue Mission with special gatherings of needed goods, and the Shepherd's Door Ministry with volunteers and financial support as needed.  The main source of funding for the Women of St. Barnabas is an annual rummage sale.  While we have not held the sale since 2019, we are hopeful to reinstate it in 2022.

Men's Breakfast

Prior to March 2020, a group of men provided breakfast between the 8 am and 10 am services one Sunday each month.  The goal was to increase fellowship and provide an opportunity for attendees from the two services to mingle.

Biblical Garden

The biblical garden lies between the church and fellowship hall, Grafe Hall.  With plants and trees indigenous to the Holy Land lovingly cared for by volunteers, the garden provides a welcome opportunity for parishioners to meditate, pray and visit.

Holy Hikes

Meeting monthly, Holy Hikes brings people together in the midst of creation to foster an encounter with the Sacred. We do this through local hikes in the Portland metro area which include readings from holy scripture, prayers, silence, conversation, and (if you feel so called) receiving the bread and wine of the Eucharist.  For more information and to RSVP for an upcoming hike go to 

  • Pastoral Care

Pastoral Care

This ministry group sends cards and letters to the homebound on a regular basis.  Prior to March 2020, the group delivered cookies and poinsettias at Christmas and baskets at Easter. 


St. Barnabas also has an active electronic prayer chain group with weekly updates.

Prayer Shawl Knitters


Prior to March 2020 this group would meet once a week at the church.  Now knitters make prayer shawls at home for those who are ill, hospitalized, or homebound.  The shawls are blessed during a special service with the congregation participating in a "laying on of hands" prior to distribution.