Praying the Palms
Saturday, April 13, 10 a.m.-12 p.m.
Help the Altar Guild prepare for Palm Sunday – come learn how to fold a cross out of a palm branch! This is a fun activity for kids of all ages – and there will be activities for little ones, too. We will also have coffee and snacks and will learn a prayer to say while folding the crosses. Learn this tactile way to pray.
Palm Sunday Pony & Donkey Rides
Saturday, April 14, 9-10 a.m. & 11:30 a.m.- 12 p.m.
Come experience Jesus' journey into Jerusalem by riding a pony or a donkey this Palm Sunday. All children, up to 125 pounds, are welcome to ride once parental waiver has been signed. Sasha, the donkey, will lead our procession into church for the 10:15 a.m. service. Rides continue after the service until 12 p.m.
Easter Flower & Music Dedications
Making a donation for flower or music is a wonderful way to honor a loved one or give thanks for the blessing received. If you'd like to contribute to the beauty of our Easter services, fill out a donation envelope in the pew or   donate online  by Monday, April 15 .
Welcome New Organist
Last weekend St. Bart's welcomed Jenny Yun as our new organist. Jenny studied Music Composition and Theory at Seoul National University and received an M.A. in in Organ Performance from the University of Kansas and has experience as organist at Lutheran and Episcopal churches. Read her full bio and make sure to say hi to Jenny at the next service.
Maundy Thursday Foot Washing at
St. Mark's
Thursday, April 18
Again this year, St. Bart's is partnering with St. Mark's City Heights and the Episcopal Church Center to celebrate Holy Week by serving our neighbors. We provide new shoes and socks, serve hot meals, and provide health and well-being services to the homeless community at St. Mark’s. 

This year you can support us in three ways:
  • Donate money to purchase shoes ($25 per pair) 
  • Donate white or black athletic socks in packs of 2
  • Volunteer to serve at St. Mark’s on April 18

 Please donate after church services through April 7 or drop off donations at the church office. Make checks payable to St. Bartholomew's and write St. Mark's on the memo line. If you have any questions, please contact Maya McKone-Sweet at or at (760) 705-8311.
April 14 - Palm Sunday of the Lord's Passion  
5 p.m. (Saturday) Holy Eucharist, begin in the courtyard
8 a.m. Holy Eucharist, begin in the courtyard
9 a.m-10 a.m. Donkey rides
10:15 a.m. Holy Eucharist, begin in the upper parking circle
11:30 a.m-12 p.m. Donkey rides

April 15 - Holy Monday
7:30 p.m. Compline

April 16 - Holy Tuesday
7:30 p.m. Compline

April 17 - Holy Wednesday
11 a.m. Prayerful Pause
7:30 p.m. Tenebrae for Holy Week, a choral service of darkness

April 18 - Maundy Thursday of the Lord's Supper
7:30 p.m. Maundy Thursday Liturgy with foot washing
(Nursery care available 7:30-9:30 p.m.)

April 19 - Good Friday of the Lord's Passion
12 p.m. Good Friday Liturgy
4 p.m. Stations of the Cross Children/Youth/Families
7:30 p.m. Choral Good Friday Liturgy (Nursery care available)
Bring Bells to Easter Vigil 
Saturday, April 20, 7:30 p.m.
When you come to the Great Vigil of Easter, bring any bells you may have at home - jingle bells, sleigh bells, chimes, etc. We will ring them at the singing of the first Gloria and Alleluia of the Easter season!

Get involved in your
faith community
Be a Party Host This Summer!
Join the summer Let Us Entertain You fun as party hosts AND as guests to make new friends and help raise money for our church. St. Bart’s invites YOU to consider hosting a Let Us Entertain You party in June, July or August. As a host you decide on an activity or party theme and the date and time, you pay for the party expenses* and you determine the number of guests. You can host a party for four, 10, 20 or more guests. It’s up to YOU! Contact Holly Gray or Nancy Walters with questions. Download the Party Host Form with additional details.
What is an Episcopalian? Lunch
Sunday, April 28, 11:45 a.m.-2 p.m.
This lunch session is designed for anyone new to St. Bart's or the Episcopal Church as well as long time members who are interested in Confirmation or Reception into the Episcopal Church, or to reaffirm their baptismal vows when Bishop Katharine Jefferts-Schori visits on May 5 at the 10:15 service. We will give an introduction to the Episcopal Church and provide a forum for folks to ask questions not just about the Episcopal Church but basic questions of faith. If you are interested or have any questions, please contact the Rev. Canon Allisyn Thomas .
Qigong is Back at St. Bart's!
Thursdays, beginning May 2, 6:30-7:30 p.m., South Parish Hall
Registration is open for the spring Qigong exercise class. You will earn and practice a self-healing art that combines gentle flowing movements, relaxed breathing, meditation, and self-massage. Cost is $35 for the 8-week class. Register with Nancy Peterson , 858-705-3889.
CPR/AED/First Aid Training
Saturday, May 4, 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Education Building
St. Bart's is offering a CPR/AED/First Aid class taught by a registered nurse. The course covers both infant and adult CPR/AED/First Aid and is great for parents, caregivers, and anyone wanting to have more knowledge of life-saving techniques. Cost is $46. Please pay on the day of the class. Register in the courtyard at the Connect table or contact Nancy Peterson .
Want to Become an Episcopalian?
Adult Confirmation, Reception or Reaffirmation
Sunday, May 5, 10 a.m.
Bishop Katharine will be here on May 5 at 10:15 to welcome youth and adults to the faith. The Episcopal Church offers three rites publicly affirm, renew, or recommit yourself to your faith journey as an Episcopalian. Confirmation is a youth and adult affirmation of your baptismal promises and public proclamation to becoming an Episcopalian. Reception is for those who were previously confirmed by a bishop in another denomination, such as Roman Catholic or Lutheran, but which to be received into the Episcopal Church. Reaffirmation is for those who have been confirmed and now wish to reaffirm their commitment to their faith. If you are interested or would like to learn more, contact the Rev. Canon Allisyn Thomas .
Join Us for Midweek Prayer Service
Wednesdays, 11 a.m.
Join our St. Bart’s community in midweek prayer. Halfway through the stress and busyness of your week, come seek out a moment of peace to connect with God. We gather in the sanctuary and listen for God’s spirit. We will take time to intentionally pray through our parish prayer request list and for each student and teacher in our preschool.

Explore your faith
at St. Bart's
St. Bart's Forum offers interesting and timely topics, guest speakers and a chance to explore the corners of our faith and the issues of the day. Join us for an always stimulating conversation. ALL WELCOME!
The 9am Forum Returns in two weeks on April 28
to allow everyone to celebrate Palm Sunday and Easter.
A Five-Part Discussion of Evil
Sundays, April 28, May 5, 12, 9 a.m., South Parish Hall
Join Bill Zettinger, Bob Capettini, and Chuck Innis as we discuss evil from different perspectives during five Sundays. Chuck Innis will share his experience of the evils of war as expressed through the Japanese treatment of WWII civilian prisoners at the Los Banos internment camp in the Philippines where he and 2,100 others were held for 38 months. Yes, normally good people can do very cruel things, but we also know that people who gather in community to do good, to help and to support each other (as we do here at St. Bart’s). Join us for what will surely be an interesting and thought-provoking discussion.
Small Group Bible Study
Wednesdays, 6-7:30 p.m. (Women's Bible study)
Contact Anne Snyder to sign up or with questions.

Fridays, 7:45-9 a.m., Church Office (Men's Bible study)
Contact Mike Jewett to sign up or with questions.

Sundays, 6-7:30 p.m., Church Office
Contact Greg Moran to sign up or with questions.
Sunday School - Ages Pre-K-5th grade
Resumes April 28
Nursery Care Available
Sunday, 8:30-11:30 a.m., Education Building
Children will be in church with their families on Palm Sunday and Easter Sunday. Sunday School resumes April 28.
Contact the Rev. Mary Lynn Coulson   with questions about Children's Formation.  Learn more about Children's Formation .
Be a Vacation Bible School Volunteer!
June 17-21, 9 a.m.-12 p.m.
Another fun-filled Vacation Bible School is happening on June 17-21st, and your help is needed! We have 100 kids who need teachers, assistant teachers, youth leaders (6th grade and up), snack helpers, check-in people, and folks who like to decorate. It takes a village to make this event successful. Please email Maureen Hovannesian if you can help in any way.
Easter Saturday Family Picnic
Saturday, April 20, 4-6 p.m.
Rancho Bernardo Community Park – look for the St. Bart’s flag! Bring the kids to the park for a fun, low-stress Easter egg hunt and games. Bring your own food for dinner. Drinks and dessert (and bubbles) will be provided. 
Seeking a Children's Minister
St. Bartholomew's is looking for a part-time Children's Minister . We're seeking a dynamic and creative person to join our team who is passionate about raising families to know the Good News in ways that can be applied in daily life, and who has experience in community building. Share this job posting with friends who may be interested in joining our welcoming church team.
Parent Meetup Group
Mondays, 8:30-9:30 a.m.
St. Bart’s Church and Preschool parents are invited to a casual meetup on Monday mornings. We meet upstairs in the education building and share the joys and challenges of parenting. Whether you have a baby, a preschooler, or an elementary school kiddo, all are welcome to come meet other parents and find support. Contact the Rev. Mary Lynn Coulson if you would like to learn more!
For all 6th-12th graders to explore our faith, have loads of fun, and help those less fortunate through service. CREW stands for Continuously Riding the Eternal Wave.

Youth CREW Wednesday
Wednesdays, 6-8 p.m., Youth Room
Dinner, games, fellowship, and faith formation.
Next week Youth CREW meets Thursday, April 18 at 7:30 p.m. for the Maundy Thursday service, instead of Wednesday night.
Beginning Wednesday, April 24 Youth CREW will meet in the Education Building in room 3AB for Wednesday nights through the remainder of this school year.
Volunteer at
St. Bart's and in
the community
Feeding San Diego at St. Bart's
Sundays, 2 p.m.-until food is gone
Feeding San Diego at St. Bart's welcomes everyone who is struggling with hunger - children, families, seniors, immigrants, employed or underemployed - with no forms to fill out an income requirement to prove. All are welcome - no exceptions. Please tell your friends and neighbors. Volunteer today, visit or contact Lisa Marie Oakes, .
Get St. Bart's App!
Stay connected with St. Bart's every where you go! The app is available on mobile devices. Search St. Bartholomew's to download it from the App Store or Google Play today! This weekend at worship try using the service bulletin from your mobile device. Contact Kristeen Evans if you have questions about the app.
Scholarships Available
St. Bartholomew’s has several scholarships available for those members pursuing a college education or an accredited vocational/technical training. All applications include an essay, unofficial transcript, a letter of recommendation and copy of Letter of Acceptance. Financial need will be considered. Applications may be picked up in the church office beginning March 18, 2019. Applications are also available electronically from Anne Snyder . Application deadline is May 2, 2019 at 4 p.m. Recipients will be honored at church on Sunday, June 9, 2019 at the 10:15 a.m. service.  If you have any questions, please contact Anne Snyder , 858-485-0562. Learn the specifics of these scholarships .