We believe that Holy Scripture contains the very core of all Christian faith and thought. We also believe that many ancient and modern stories connect us to Jesus and his teachings, and that through worship, prayer, work, study, and celebration, we can together discover God’s call on our lives.
Holy Baptism is full initiation by water and the Holy Spirit into Christ’s Body, the Church. It is a public statement of a decision to follow the way of Jesus. In the case of infant baptism, it is the parents’ declaration of their intent to raise a child in the way of Jesus. When you choose to be baptized yourself or to have your child baptized in the Episcopal Church, it means you are choosing to live out your baptismal covenant in the context of an Episcopal church community, taking your part in the worship, mission and ministries of the local parish. Baptism is open to all people, regardless of age or background. Contact us if you have questions, and to learn about the process of preparation.
Holy Eucharist is central to the worship life of St. Barnabas. On Sundays and on Wednesdays we celebrate and experience Jesus’ continued presence through the sharing of bread and wine, just as Jesus shared bread and wine with his first followers. We give thanks for the continued presence of Jesus with us today in this family meal we also call “Communion”. Through it we receive the forgiveness of our sins and a strengthening of our union with God and one another as we remember Christ’s life, death, and resurrection. Any baptized person, regardless of age, is welcome to share in this meal. Episcopalians believe that Holy Baptism in any denomination represents the complete entrance of an individual into membership of the Church.