The people of St. Barnabas serve God in a variety of ways, both inside and outside of our church. Listed here are many of those ministries that make our Sundays whole. We encourage you to consider them for yourself. All are welcome to join in the workings of our services.
Both youth and adults serve as Acolytes at St. Barnabas, assisting in our worship by carrying the cross, bearing candles, and helping the priest with the elements of communion. The Acolytes are led by Acolyte Master Bill Bjorkquist.
Altar Guild is responsible for the care of the altar, including set up, clean up, linens, and arranging flowers, which are mostly donated by parishioners. They are twelve members strong, rotating each week. The group meets at least twice a year to conduct business and elect officers. Altar flowers are distributed on Sundays, delivered to the sick or given to those who have birthdays that week and to newcomers.
It is great to have cheerful faces welcoming each of us as we arrive Sunday morning for worship. This is an essential faith effort to welcome newcomers — whether visitors or those looking for a place to worship. We currently have a team of eight Greeters, but could use more volunteers for fifth Sundays and as substitutes. This is a volunteer task that only takes a few minutes. The main requirements are a smile and a greeting! If you are called to this ministry, please see either Sheila Dougherty or Lisa Begley. We are hoping to have some training in the near future to make sure we ask the right questions and get the right information from visitors to pass along to Father Sean and Deacon Laurel for follow-up calls and/or visits. Thank you to Sheila for implementing our Greeter program!
Lay Eucharistic Ministers
There are currently eight Lay Eucharistic Ministers who assist the priest during worship services by reading psalms and prayers and by serving communion. The group has just begun to meet with Deacon Laurel on a regular basis for continuing education and planning. They serve at the weekly Sunday services at both 8 and 10 A.M., and at special services throughout the year.
Lewis “Judge” Needham uses both the organ and the piano during services and has been the Organist at St. Barnabas for many years. At Christmas and Easter, we add a trumpeter to our musical offerings. When Judge is on vacation during the summer, it is not uncommon to have young people from the congregation fill in with special piano music.
Choir – A small but mighty group of eight to ten adults sings during the 10 A.M. service and at other special services. Rehearsal is held on Tuesday evenings at 7 P.M. Glenn Bjorkquist is the Choir Director.
Second Sunday Singers – This group formed a few years ago and is for anyone who likes to sing, but who is unable to join the Choir on a regular basis. Rehearsal is at 9:15 A.M. on the second Sunday of each month, with a corresponding performance taking place during the offertory at that day’s 10 A.M. service. This group is for adults and children alike, and is also led by Glenn Bjorkquist.
Chime Choir – This “occasional” group performs several times throughout the year, either with the Choir or separately, and is open to all ages. Glenn Bjorkquist directs the Chime Choir.
Pastoral Care Committee
This committee’s mission is to reach out to those members who can no longer make it to St. Barnabas to worship with our church family, but who are still in our hearts and prayers daily. We reach out to homebound parishioners by sending cards and photos on a regular basis. Summer is a great time to send postcards to help cheer up these folks’ days! This committee is led by Leslie Coefield.
Ushers at St. Barnabas help to greet visitors, carry the communion elements forward to the altar, pass the collection plate among the congregation, and assist members with physical mobility issues in receiving communion.
Weekly Prayer Listing
Praying for our parish community, the needs of our friends and families, and the world is an important ministry at St. Barnabas. Please contact the church office and/or Deacon Laurel when you know of a need for prayer. Prayers requested by parishioners will appear on the list in the weekly service bulletin for six weeks. The office administrator will track this time and remove the prayer requests after six weeks. If a need for prayer continues, please notify the office to continue the listing for an additional six weeks. If you have any questions or concerns about the weekly prayer list, please see Deacon Laurel.
Women of St. Barnabas
The Women of St. Barnabas are very active in our parish life. Not only do they provide the coffee, tea, and paper products for coffee hour and receptions, they also host a number of fellowship events throughout the year. These annual events include the Women’s Holiday Tea, spring’s Spaghetti Dinner, an all-parish Graduation Reception, and the “Oktober” Sausage-and-Song Fest, which is always great fun!
Outreach projects sponsored by the Women of St. Barnabas include an in-gathering of toiletries, household goods, bedding, and personal items on behalf of the West Women’s & Children’s Shelter. Additional projects are supported as needed throughout the year, with funding for these raised via an annual Rummage Sale.