Church in the World
St. Barnabas works to spread its love of Christ through outreach to the local community of Portage, MI and to the world. We partner with organizations such as the Warm Kids Project through knitting hats and helping with fundraising to provide children in need with warm winter wear and with the Sieta Scholars program for students at Western Michigan University who have aged out of foster care. We provide food to Twelve Baskets in Portage who in turn feeds many people in south Kalamazoo County who would otherwise go hungry. During the time between Easter and Pentecost, we do a special food collection called “Peanut Butter for Pentecost” to help provide protein-rich peanut butter to Twelve Baskets especially for those kids who need a nutritious lunch over the summer while school is out. Each month we participate in the world by learning about organizations that we can partner with to share this love of God with others.
In March of 2015 we launched our Diapers, Etc. program, which is an ambitious project of St. Barnabas to provide free diapers to those in need in Portage and other communities in South Kalamazoo County.
We also support and participate in the activities of Episcopal Relief and Development, which is part of the Episcopal Church, and in Mission trips provided by our own Diocese of Western Michigan.