InCommon eNews
October 8, 2020

Every Piece Counts

Every aspect of church life is like a piece of a huge jigsaw. So, for example, pre-pandemic worship on a Sunday was connected by the rector's Bible study that took place between the services and, again, after coffee hour. Coffee hour was a time of connection between members, a time for me to engage with newcomers invited to coffee hour by the Greeters. The Greeters were connected to the Ushers, who were the first point of contact for those gathering for Holy Eucharist. Each piece of the puzzle, when pieced together, created the huge jigsaw that we recognized as our church. 
As the pandemic hit and church closed, all the pieces - bar one or two - were put "back in the box." As the pandemic has progressed, and we have learned to live with it, adapt and adjust, the vestry, wardens and rector have begun piecing parish life back together with the help of some of you. 

Along with a professionally-produced Sunday morning live-stream, the newest pieces of the jigsaw are these: a weather-dependent outdoor Holy Eucharist at 4pm on Sundays and, connectedly, Godly Play Sunday School which meets in the back garden of the church during this service. The piece we are adding this Sunday from 4-6PM is Youth Group, consisting of goofy games, "good grub" and Godly group discussion. I look forward to supporting this program, which is being headed up by Kelli Scott, our new youth group leader, and young adult member, Jamar Linares. Together, they will ensure that our youth members have fun and an opportunity to bond and process what life is like for them during these challenging times.

Piecing church life back together with God's help and hope,


Worship In-Person or Online

Sunday, October 11

To attend this service in person, please Register Here

To attend this service virtually, please join LocalLive Online

Following 10AM virtual worship, we gather by Zoom for 
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Outdoor Worship

Sunday, October 11

To attend this service in person, on the front lawn, please Register Here

If we have rain, this event will be cancelled. A blast email will be sent out by Sunday 2:00PM at the latest.

Sunday School
We will be holding outdoor Sunday School in the backyard during the 4:00PM service. We will use the Godly Play curriculum, and, since we cannot share art supplies, consider bringing something that your child might enjoy--paper, colored pencils, crayons, LEGOs, beads, etc. Children will be socially distanced and masks are required. Please contact Gabrielle Boozer at for details. 

If we have rain, this event will be cancelled. A blast email will be sent out by Sunday 2:00PM at the latest.
Youth Group Fall Kickoff
Join us this Sunday, October 11, at 4:00PM in front of the Rectory for a Color War! (Wear white, it's more fun!) Our theme this week is "The True You." We'll have dinner as well. 

Please let Kelli ( know if you can make it, or if you have any questions. 

-Kelli & Gareth 

If we have rain, this event will be cancelled. A blast email will be sent out by Sunday 2:00PM at the latest.
UPCOMING upcoming
The Bible Project

Morning Bible Study
Gareth leads Bible Study sessions three mornings a week using The Bible Project materials. You're welcome to join the meeting anytime; you don't have to commit to every day. 
Tuesdays/Wednesdays/Thursdays, 9:30AM - 10:00AM

How to Read the Bible
Gareth leads Wednesday evening meetings about how the Bible's many different literary styles are used to convey the overall story of Scripture.
Wednesday Evenings, 7:30PM - 8:30PM

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               Diocesan Event: St Barnabas Reads Kendi
The Anti-Racism Committee of the Diocese of New York has invited all 200 churches in our communities to read Ibram K. Kendi's bestseller, How To Be An Antiracist. This shared experience will culminate in an online event with the author on October 22, 7:00-9:00PM. Register

St. Barnabas is organizing a group to read the book, discuss it online, and take part in the diocesan author event. The group will be led by Mary-Jo Weber and Karl Weber. If you're interested or want more information, email Karl at
RESOURCES resources
  • The Bishops of the Diocese of New York offer regular inspirational messages here.
  • The Episcopal Church also has useful resources related to the pandemic and racial reconciliation on their website here.
  • The Episcopal Church Foundation has created a curated collection of resources for engagement and learning on the themes of racial justice, healing and reconciliation here.
  • Local agencies and food pantries continue to need support--a list is attached here. You may contact Barbara Mahoney at for more information and ways to help.

GIVING giving
We hope you will keep St. Barnabas strong and resilient financially, as we navigate the ongoing challenges of this environment. Please continue to make your pledges or contributions. Online payments may be made by clicking here, on our website under the "Give" section, or by mailing your check to St. Barnabas Church, 15 N Broadway, Irvington, NY 10533.


To schedule a meeting with the rector, call the Parish Office at (914) 591-8194.

Office hours are Wednesdays, 1:00pm-3:30pm. 

The rector's Sabbath (day off) is Monday.

For pastoral emergencies, call Gareth directly, at (617) 930-3728.

If you have announcements to include in the InCommon weekly newsletter, please email the information by noon on Tuesdays. 
Sue Stanley


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