InCommon eNews
September 17, 2020

Upcoming "Church at Home" Scripture Study
Dear Friends,

As we continue to utilize technology to stay connected as a parish, I am excited to launch the "Church at Home" learning and formation program for 2020-2021, applying the materials provided by The Bible Project. Our signature learning opportunity this year is to discover the genius of the Bible by reading it and learning how it all fits together. To that end, here's the invitation: join me three mornings a week to read the Bible without getting lost (and giving up!) and one night a week where you will learn how the Bible is put together (there are many different literary styles used to convey the overall story of Scripture). By the end of this program year, my hope is that we will all be better equipped to understand how the Bible communicates God's story, our story and the unfolding story of how God continues to shape our lives as members of St. Barnabas Church today.
So, I hope that you will be able to join me when you can on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, 9:30-10:00AM  for "Morning Bible Study" and on Wednesday nights, 7:30-8:30PM for "How to Read the Bible" beginning Tuesday, October 1. Log-in details to follow. 

Onward in Hope,


Sunday, September 20, 10:00AM

Next Sunday, September 27, we will host an in-person, outdoor service at 4:00PM, our first regathering since March! Watch for the details and an RSVP email early next week. This worship will be in addition to the regular 10:00AM virtual service.
Following the worship service, we gather online for 
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NEWS news
Pete Williams and Pam Middleton during the installation
LocalLive Launch

As you know from Gareth's message last week, we are now underway with a new video production service, LocalLive, that provides an improved picture and sound experience for those joining our Sunday service from home.
LocalLive is based in Stamford, Connecticut, and initially began as a company streaming live sporting events for high schools. The COVID-19 pandemic brought an almost overnight stop to team sports, resulting in a huge loss of revenue for the company. They did have other clients, including a few churches that already had begun to stream services for homebound members. Wisely, LocalLive saw opportunity in the expansion of those services, and, like many streaming video companies (e.g., Zoom and Microsoft Teams), have now grown the business significantly. Interestingly, many of the staff at LocalLive are young producers who developed their interest in video as "gamers," who are quite proficient at manipulating handheld joysticks for online games. It's a fascinating new business model, and we are excited to learn more about how to make the most of it for our parishioners.
Many thanks to our communications team, Pete Williams and Pam Middleton, and to warden Rose Lawson, for their time and effort in getting us set up with this new service, including working with technicians, sorting out camera angles and sound levels-and all the considerations that go into effective, live TV!

We would also like to express our gratitude to Kelli Scott for her help with recording our church services over these past several months. Her assistance as interim communications coordinator, during the worst of the pandemic, helped us get through this time, while making it possible to share online worship. Thank you, Kelli!

UPCOMING upcoming
Panel Discussion: A Table Divided
Please join Gareth, Kelli Scott, Mayor Smith, and our special guest Mondaire Jones on Wednesday, September 23 at 7:00PM to continue important conversations on racial justice.  

Episcopal NY Reads 1 Book
The Anti-Racism Committee of the Diocese of New York is inviting us to join in reading Ibram X. Kendi's bestseller, How To Be An Antiracist. This shared experience will include the opportunity to join inter-parish discussion groups and to participate in an online event with the author on October 22. Learn more at Episcopal NY Reads 1 Book.
St. Barnabas Book Group
The next Book Group meeting will be on Wednesday, September 23rd, at 7:30, on Zoom. We will discuss The Night Watchman by Louise Erdrich. This book is not yet in paperback. If this proves to be a problem for anyone, or if you have any other questions about the Book Group, please contact Lea Carmichael Richardson 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.

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Sue Stanley


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