St. Barnabas is an active, growing community that provides nurture, support, & guidance to enable all its members to deepen their faith and to carry out Christ's work in the world.
Children’s Ministry, A year in review.
I want to thank all those parishioners who ministered to our children this past program year: Chris Barratt, Suzanne Cabot, Charles Helme, Helen Pardoe, John Sargent, and Debbie Sterling have each answered the call of ministry, obedient to the loving command of Jesus. "Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these." Matthew 19:14. I continue to promote the belief that both children and adults involved in Children's Ministry are mutually blessed as they carry out the vision of the church "...to know Christ and make him known" through worshiping together, learning together and reaching out to others with the love of Christ.
The main goal of the Children's Ministry program at Saint Barnabas is to bring children to Christ through teachings and discussions in Sunday School, Children's Church, and movies that all help to drive home the lessons of the season in differing and unique ways. Through these venues, Christ is made known in the telling of God's story in scripture and the sharing of the life of Christ in us through our witness to the world.
I look forward to this coming program year. If you want to get involved and join this rewarding ministry team, or just want to know more, please reach out. I look forward to talking with you.
In Christ’s Service,
Church School for Children
Sundays, mid-September to early June, 10:00 a.m.
Pre-k through 1st grade
2nd through 4th grades
5th grade+ youth
St. Barnabas thinks of children as its greatest treasure and takes seriously the words of Jesus that “to enter the Kingdom of Heaven” we must all be like children. Church School and worship represent the core of the program for children, youth and their families at St. Barnabas.
Children’s Church is this year’s exciting new addition to the Children’s education and ministry program. Once a month our children participate in their very own Chapel service (often joined by their parents). Generally, on the first Sunday of the month, our children leave the classroom setting for a fun and age-appropriate time of worship in the parish hall. During this specialized chapel time our children learn the Children’s Creed, Bible stories, gain tools on how to pray, celebrate birthdays as well as learn how to say I’m sorry through a confession written for children.
At the end the Children’s Chapel we gather together in what reminds me more of a gaggle then a stately church procession and move to the sanctuary in time to participate in Holy Communion with their families and other parishioners.
In the fall, thanks to the sewing talents of Anne Maletta, our Children’s Altar will have a new frontal. With its arrival, and with the help and vision of the Cabot family, we will decorate this new frontal with handprints of our children, truly making it their own altar and space. Thank you, Anne, Lila, Jimmy and Suzanne, for your part in making this happen!