Welcome to St. Barnabas Episcopal Church. We are claiming our identity as a radically welcoming community, embracing differences as we seek to Love God, Love our Neighbors and Change the World in Jesus’ name. As Episcopalians we seek to know God’s will through Scripture, tradition and reason. Often that leads different individuals to different understandings of what God wants us to do in a particular situation. We do not expect to have all the answers, but we invite all the questions. We can disagree without being disagreeable. The Episcopal Church is part of the Anglican Communion and we claim as Episcopalians Thurgood Marshall, Colin Powell, Eleanor Roosevelt, John Steinbeck, Madeline L’Engle, Bono, Sam Waterston. William Faulkner and Tennessee Williams.
Our congregation is joyful and loving. You are encouraged to participate however you are comfortable. Christians, including children, from any denomination are welcome to receive communion. If you prefer not to receive communion, that is also appropriate. If there is something you would like to do, let us know. Don’t wait to be invited. If you are invited to do something that you really do not want to do, it is OK to say so. If each of us uses our gifts in the way we find most life-giving we will thrive as the Body of Christ in this place.
Please click the link below to watch a short video about the St. Barnabas community.
The St. Barnabas Labyrinth
Christians have been walking labyrinths as a spiritual practice for hundreds of years. The use of labyrinths has waned at times, but has been growing in the United States over the last fifty years. For the past three years the people at St. Barnabas Episcopal Church in Bay Village have had the dream that they would be able to build a labyrinth some day. In the summer of 2014, the church developed a Prayer Walk around the building, a white stone path for prayer and meditation. As that path was being completed, a stranger stopped by the church and asked if there was going to be a labyrinth and was told that there was a present dream of a labyrinth, but that it would likely be several years before dream became a reality. A few days later the stranger returned with a generous donation and said, “Maybe ‘some day’ can come sooner than you thought.”
While a labyrinth looks very much like a maze, its purpose is quite different. While a maze is a puzzle, usually with tricks or dead ends, a labyrinth is a continuous path that leads to the center and then leads back out. There are no tricks, no dead ends. The intention is that those following the path inward are moving closer to God at the center and then returning to the world to do God’s work. Landscaping, artwork and signage are still being developed, but those wanting to wak this sacred path are welcome now.
The labyrinth at St. Barnabas, masterfully crafted by Byron Shutt of Maple Leaf Landscaping, is located outdoors, on the east side of the building, along the Prayer Path. It will welcome quiet, prayerful visitors at any time during daylight hours. St. Barnabas will be offering programs to teach about the spiritual practice of walking a labyrinth. The first program will be on Saturday, June 6 from 10:00 until 2:00. This class is open to the public.