InCommon eNews
April 30, 2021
Worship | Review & Restart | Community | Youth | Adult | Give | Connect
Steve Grieder, property committee chair, leads building tour.
Sunday School outdoors in 2020. 
We reopen again this week! See below.

The Restoration of Parish Life
To the constant stream of motorists rolling along N. Broadway, our idyllic village church might look like a place of relative slumber. However, within these granite walls there is a growing sense of momentum and excitement at the prospect of fully welcoming everyone back post-pandemic, of new beginnings for St. Barnabas in terms of spiritual and parish growth.
We've reported many times on how the closing of our church has opened us up to new ways of reaching out and communicating in a time of crisis. Now, we can begin to report on how the rumble of change also is being felt in the very foundations of the building itself. We have begun to evaluate and audit our current mechanical systems with a goal to install both air conditioning and air filtration to improve the comfort and safety of  worshippers in our beautiful sanctuary. Your vestry leadership is excited at the prospect of making our church a more welcoming physical environment for all of us, for all those who visit, and those who are yet to become members. This major engineering assessment will also provide us with information to determine how we can reduce our carbon footprint and make our church an even more idyllic place to be. It's my hope that we will become as elegant in the mechanical "guts" of our operation, as we are outwardly charming as a church and sanctuary. 
At the same time, the term restoration can also be applied to our shared life as a congregation. This process of restoration, by the grace of God, began during the pandemic with the shift of gears to digital church and outdoor worship, and now continues with taking stock of the programs and services we offer. To help us launch and further the first phase of this process, the Vestry has engaged the services of church consultant Jamie Martin-Currie, in order to review our ministries to children and youth. I encourage all of us to engage proactively in the generation of insights and ideas by filling out the survey and taking part in the listening groups that Jamie is running. Post-pandemic, we want our church to be a welcoming place to return to and a spiritually-uplifting community we can all lay claim to afresh. 

Onward in hope,

Please use the RSVP links below to register to attend in-person services--or register from the banner of the St. Barnabas website. Remember that all our Covid protocols still apply.

10:00AM Worship in the Church
online and in person for vaccinated parishioners

 11:00AM Worship on the Lawn
in person for all, weather permitting!

Sunday School is Back!
Children will meet in front of the rectory at 11:00, during the outdoor service. Please email Gabrielle with any questions.

Review & Restart! 
For our Sunday School and Youth Programs

Listening groups start this Sunday and run only through next week. Please sign up now for this important opportunity!

View times for Zoom Listening Groups LINK HERE

And, take our survey before May 8th LINK HERE

Contact Rose or Gabrielle with any questions.
Parking Lot Tag Sale
Saturday, May 15 
10:00AM - 2:00PM

Help us clear some of the thrift from this past year! Outside only. (Rain date is May 22.)

Please email Linda Pierpont to volunteer. 

**This is intended to be a small event publicized locally on Facebook.**

St. B's Community Corner
Welcome to our Community Corner. Whether you have a child graduating or a grandchild born, a milestone achieved or a creative endeavor to share, this is the place to check in with our community. Please send your news to Sue Stanley or Hope Durot to include here. 
Photo by Barbara Mahoney
Morning Walks
During the pandemic I have enjoyed taking an early morning walk in nature. Throughout these challenging times, seeing the sunrise reminds me there is a sense of order in the world and it brings me peace.  
- Barbara Mahoney
Youth Group
This Sunday, join Kelli Scott for a Zoom check in at 2:00PM to talk about upcoming events and outdoor meetings. Contact Kelli with any questions.

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. 
Tuesdays/Wednesdays/Thursdays, 9:30AM - 10:00AM

Meeting ID: 336 690 2686  Passcode: 10533 
We hope you will keep St. Barnabas strong and resilient financially, as we navigate the ongoing challenges of the current 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.  If you would like to contribute stock or wire funds, please contact Cynthia Ferguson for details.
To schedule a meeting with the rector, please call the Parish Office at (914) 591-8194 or email Sue Stanley.
Office hours are Wednesdays, 1:00pm-3:30pm.
The rector's Sabbath (day off) is Friday.

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

If you have announcements to include in this weekly newsletter, please email Hope Durot by Tuesday evening.

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