What to Expect
Sunday Service 10:00 am
Stand. Sit. Kneel (if you want).
We do it all – don’t worry about getting it right.
When you arrive:
St. Barnabas is a place where everyone is welcome. When you arrive, there is plenty of parking in the lot on Wolf Rd. Use the white double doors to enter and an usher will give you a bulletin that contains everything you need to follow the service. There is no right or wrong way to worship: for example, at various points of the service, the bulletin asks people to stand or kneel—we want you to do what makes you feel most comfortable. Jesus was all about loving people, and we don't think Jesus cares whether you're standing or kneeling, what you're wearing, or if your kid makes a little bit of noise! So come and don't feel like your children need to sit perfectly still and be silent for an entire hour.
While the weekly homily remains modern and relevant, most of the service follows the same basic format that Christians have been following for hundreds of years: we gather together, sing hymns, hear readings from scripture, listen to a homily, offer prayers to God on behalf of the world and the Church, and break bread together as we share communion. In the Episcopal Church, all baptized Christians are invited to the altar to receive communion. Even though baptism is the normative prerequisite to communion, we feel strongly that Jesus wouldn’t turn anyone away, so neither will we.
We hope that you'll join us on a Sunday morning. We want you to feel comfortable and participate in the service as much or as little as you like. If you have any questions, just ask one of our ushers or introduce yourself to our priest. We hope to see you on Sunday!
We have a nursery and Sunday School for newborns through middle school students. All children have the option of joining their parents in the church service half way through the service and staying for communion and the end of the service. They can also stay and play in the nursery if they (and you) prefer.
If your children want to stay in church the whole time, they are more than welcome. We welcome their noise and laughter. Please don’t feel like you have to keep them perfectly quiet or still. Crayons and Bible-themed coloring sheets are available on the table in the entryway. Feel free to come and sit up front to get a better view of the altar with your children – there is a rug, with a few toys, too, to make it more comfortable.
Every Sunday we hang out after church to share some food and get to know each other better. Please join us in Parkside Hall – down past the Sunday School and kitchen