Ministries

Ministries

Ministries

As we have vowed in our Baptismal Covenant with God and each other, we follow this path:

Proclaiming the Good News (and learning about it)

Sunday Sermon — Our visiting priests provide dynamic sermons whenever we meet for Eucharist. When we meet for Morning Prayer, a licensed lay preacher provides an engaging and thoughtful way to connect the Scriptures from the day to our everyday lives.

Seek and Serve Christ in all Persons

St. Barnabas’ Diapers, Etc. — This new ministry provides free diapers to families in need in south Kalamazoo county. This is a real and tangible need in our community that we are called to work on and have been very blessed to help families in this way since March of 2015.

Third Sunday Offering — On the third Sunday of each month we gather a special collection that is donated to a local charity or service that gives to those in need beyond the abundance shared from our usual Sunday offering.

Strive for Justice and Peace

ISAAC Supporter — St. Barnabas supports the work of ISAAC, the Interfaith Strategy for Advocacy and Action in the Community.

Church in the World — This team is the planning group that discerns in what ways St. Barnabas is called to serve the Portage, South Kalamazoo county, and wider geographical area. This group also is active in discerning the needs of those within our community and how we can best respond.

Respect the Dignity of Every Human Being

Seita Scholar Collections — Each summer we collect back-to-school residence hall room items needed by the WMU college freshman who have aged out of the foster care system and are part of the Seita Schollars program.

Home Communion — There are members of our congregation who are home bound or for medical or disability reasons unable to travel to church for our Sunday worship. Our Lay Eucharistic Visitors act as an extension of our Sunday service by taking the consecrated elements of bread and wine from our Sunday worship and share them with these important members of our community

Columbarium — Joining us in all activities of the church are the cremains of those interred in the columbarium located in the Narthex (gathering area) to the Sanctuary. We believe in the communion of Saints, the community of those who have gone before and those who are alive now, and therefore it is we who are blessed by having the earthly remains of our loved ones joining our community when we gather. Please contact the church for more information about a niche.

Believe Out Loud — As a Believe Out Loud(TM) parish, we are committed to being a welcoming place for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgendered people and the friends and family of the LGBT community to safely and authentically be who God has made us all to be. Wherever you are in your spiritual journey, all are welcome at God’s table.