“Each one should use whatever gift he has received to serve others, faithfully administering
God’s grace in its various forms.” 1 Peter 4:10
Mission and Outreach
Our Mission efforts strive to bring the love of Christ tangibly to others through our hands-on involvement in service to local organizations. We seek to provide parishioners with opportunities to participate actively through parish-wide appeals and activities out in the community. The high level of personal involvement by St. Barnabas parishioners in these efforts has long been a strength of our Mission-oriented programs.
For the past eleven years, St. Barnabas Church has been providing dinner to the homeless men in the shelter at Pacific House in Stamford. The shelter is an amazing place; quite simply, it changes lives. We help Pacific House feed and shelter men who would otherwise be hungry and homeless. On the fourth Tuesday of each month, we provide and serve food to approximately fifty residents.
You can contribute in several ways; the first is to purchase food. In the summer months, we need hot dogs and hamburgers to grill outside, and the” fixings” such as potato salad, green salad, sweetened iced tea, and a simple dessert like ice cream sandwiches or cookies. During the rest of the year, we provide lasagna, chili, or shepherd’s pie, along with side dishes and dessert.
The second way you can help is to join us in serving the food at the shelter. The friendship between those who serve is one reason to join; what we do is so worthwhile. We act as God’s hands and feet for a group that desperately needs our help. We do what our Lord calls us to do; we feed His flock. The shelter itself is carefully controlled, and the men always express their deep gratitude for our efforts.
The Outreach component of our ministry provides financial support to programs, missions, and organizations. The oversight and designation of these monetary allocations from parishioners and from our budget seek to strengthen the good works of existing programs in our community and beyond. Over the years our contributions have assisted a number of charities whose programs are not adequately funded from other sources.