Welcome to St. Barnabas Episcopal Church
We are a warm and welcoming faith community celebrating 70 years of ministry with the people of Bainbridge Island. We have a passion for beautiful worship, compassionate outreach, rich community life and learning together to follow the way of Jesus of Nazareth. Our doors are open to all people and we welcome you regardless of where you are on your journey of faith. News for the week follows!
Join Us for Palm Sunday Services
Sunday, March 25, 8am & 10am
HOSANNA! Blessed is the One who comes in the name of the Lord! It's Palm Sunday! Gather this Sunday
in the parlor
to receive palms and service leaflets for the 8am service and in the plaza for the 10am service. Join us as we begin our journey together through Holy Week.
Holy Week At-A-Glance
PALM/PASSION SUNDAY | MARCH 25
8am | Liturgy of the Palms, Passion Gospel
and Holy Eucharist Rite I
10am | Liturgy of the Palms, Passion Gospel and Holy Eucharist Rite II
MAUNDY THURSDAY | MARCH 29
6pm | Maundy Thursday Service, beginning in Tierney Hall
Note: the 9:15am Healing Eucharist will not be held
GOOD FRIDAY | MARCH 30
12:10pm | The Liturgy of Good Friday | Said
7pm | The Liturgy of Good Friday | Choral
THE GREAT VIGIL OF EASTER | MARCH 31
8pm | The First Service of Easter and Festal Eucharist Please note that incense will be used at this service
EASTER SUNDAY | APRIL 1
9am | Festival Holy Eucharist with Choir & Brass
10:15am | Easter Egg Hunt & Festive Coffee Hour
11am | Festival Holy Eucharist with Choir & Brass
March 29, 6pm, beginning in Tierney Hall
As we gather for supper in the parish hall, we remember that last supper Jesus had with his friends. Communion, quiet music
and readings from John's gospel are all parts of our communal meal. After supper ends, we'll move to the sanctuary where
we are invited to
by humbly washing one another's feet
On this last night of Jesus' life, we watch as the church is stripped of all signs of life or worship
. Finally, we hear the story of Jesus' arrest in the Garden of Gethsemane, and just as Jesus invited the disciples to stay with him to watch and pray, we too are invited to keep vigil. The church will remain open after the service for prayer.
If you've not yet replied to your emailed Maundy Thursday dinner invitation, please call the office at 206-842-5601 or click HERE to email Kathy Irvin to reserve your place as soon as possible.
Our Maundy Thursday offerings will go to Chaplains on the Harbor. Please bring donations of non-perishable food or money for this organization (please see details below about the food drive).
March 30, 12:10pm & 7pm
On Good Friday, we sit at the foot of the cross, finding ourselves deeply connected with Jesus and experiencing God's awe-inspiring and boundless love in ways we never could have imagined. In this contemplative and spare service, we have time for quiet contemplation and personal devotion as we touch the hard wood of the cross, beautifying it with rose petals and our devotion. Good Friday holds within it a depth of experience that opens our hearts in ways
nothing else can.
Our Good Friday offering will go to The Episcopal Church to support the four dioceses in the Province of Jerusalem and the Middle East.
Behold the wood of the cross whereon was hung
the world's salvation: O come, let us worship.
The Great Vigil of Easter
Saturday, March 31, 8pm
The Great Vigil of Easter is the most multi-sensory and thrilling ritual of the entire Christian year! In a festival of darkness and light, fire and water, imagery, singing and story-telling, we conclude our journey that is the mystery of dying and rising with Christ.
Please note that incense will be used at this service.
of Christ Comes into the World:
We gather outside around the blazing New Fire, Christ's light coming back
world after the darkness of Good Friday.
we hear the singing of the Exsultet (the most ancient of Easter proclamations) and make our way into the story
space where St. Barnabas children and other parishioners retell the Bible stories that show us God's saving power great love for us. God is at work in the world! This service is delightful and brings our sacred stories to life. When our stories have all been told, we come into the church where we will baptize Tess Lila Maye in candlelight and renew our own baptismal vows.
The lights come up, the music plays, gongs are sounded, and we all welcome the Happy Morning of Easter Resurrection.
Bring your noisemakers, your bells to ring, your kazoos to blow
. We will shout our "Alleluias!" as we celebrate the Risen Lord!
Holy Week is a wonderfully transformative experience, and when it's over you won't be the same.
The journey is how we will know
who and whose we are.
Celebration of Life for Bette Turner
Will Be Held Tomorrow
Saturday, March 24, 11am
We were saddened by the passing of long-time member Bette Turner. Bette's family will celebrate her life with pictures and stories in Tierney Hall on Saturday, March 24, starting at 11am. All are welcome.
For more information, contact the church office at 206/842-5601.
St. Barnabas Joins
March For Our Lives Walk
Saturday, March 24, 10am in Seattle
The students from Marjorie Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida have organized a National March for Our Lives in Washington, DC on Saturday, March 24th. Many other cities are organizing local marches across the nation.
These marches are led by students across the country who are responding to the epidemic of mass shootings and gun violence in the U.S.
The Seattle March will begin at 10am at Cal Anderson Park (1635 11th Avenue) and will march to the Seattle Center (3.5 miles away).
If you would like to join the group from St. Barnabas, please meet at the northeast corner of Highway 305 and Winslow Way (near the Police Station) by 7:45 AM to walk on the 7:55 ferry. We'll walk together to Cal Anderson Park (1.6 miles) to join other churches from the Diocese of Olympia. For those interested, Judith can lead a group to the light rail and rejoin us at Cal Anderson Park.
For further information contact either the Reverend Judith McDaniel or Linda Heller.
Sign-Up for Easter Lily Dedications
Ends on Sunday
Please join us in sharing the beauty of Easter by sponsoring a lily or lilies to be used to beautify our sanctuary for Easter.
Easter lilies may be given in memory of a loved one or to honor family and friends. Dedications will be printed in the bulletin on Easter Sunday
. Suggested donation is $20 per plant. If you would like to dedicate Easter lilies, please complete a dedication form (click HERE or find one in the parlor) and submit your $20 donation to the church office by
Sunday, March 25
. Please make your check payable to St Barnabas.
Non-Perishable Goods Collection for
Chaplains on the Harbor
Now through Maundy Thursday, March 29
Please don't forget that donations of non-perishable goods are needed! The St. Barnabas Outreach Committee is collecting non-perishable goods during Lent to benefit Chaplains on the Harbor, which provides a ministry of presence on the streets and in homeless camps in Aberdeen and Westport, both in coastal Grays Point County, Washington. Donated items will be used by volunteers to provide meals at the Westport Community Center. Please place donations in the boxes provided in the church parlor and in Tierney Hall. Here are examples of needed items:
- Drink mixes (juice, coffee, tea, hot chocolate)
- Sugar and creamer
- Canned goods (vegetables and fruits)
- Instant potatoes
- Soup stock
- Dried fruit
- Pasta and pasta sauces
- Toilet paper
For more information, contact Steve Schmitz, email@example.com. Thank you in advance for your support!
Memorial Service for George Bussell
Saturday, March 31 at Senior Center
We are saddened by the passing of long-time St. Barnabas parishioner George Bussell. A celebration of his life will be held at the Bainbridge Island Senior Center at 1:30pm on Saturday, March 31. The senior center is located at 370 Brien Ave. SE. For more information, please call 206/842-1616.
Registration Now Open For
Camp Huston Summer Camp
Camp Huston is an Episcopal summer camp where children and young adults come to learn more about nature, more about God and more about themselves.
The camp, which serves rising 1st to 10th graders, is located on a 70-acre property about an hour east of Seattle in the foothills of the Cascade Mountains.
For more information or to register, please click
March Senior Ministry Schedule
Each month, Deacon Dan Fowler and other volunteers from St. Barnabas lead Devotions services at area senior living centers on Bainbridge Island. Come and join us for our Senior Ministry Devotions!
- Thursday, March 29
- 1:30pm Wyatt House
- 3pm Madison House
To get involved, contact Dan Fowler, firstname.lastname@example.org or 206/724-8951.
Join Us for Burgers & Bingo
Saturday, April 14, 5:30-8:30pm
Join us for this St. Barnabas tradition featuring a delicious burger dinner and some fun bingo play. Great for families and parishioners of all ages!
- There are lots of opportunities to help out with this event. We need folks to help organize the whole event, to grill the burgers, to set up the tables, to make the centerpieces, to sell the wine and beer tickets, to serve the wine and beer, to set-up the potluck table and various other tasks. Please consider helping out!
Come join us
- Please make plans to come and do sign up in advance at the Welcome Table on Sundays or email Elaine Percival at email@example.com. On the sign-up sheet, please specify your burger preference (beef, turkey or veggie) and pay in advance. Suggested donation is $10/adult, $5/child ages 6 and up. One bingo card is included in the price. Additional playing cards are $1 each, and beer and wine will be available for purchase for $3/glass. Please bring a side dish, salad or dessert to share.
look for the sign-up lists for attendees and for volunteers at the Welcome Table on Sunday morning. You can also contact Elaine Percival at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Celebration of New & Mutual Ministry
Set for Wednesday, May 2 at 6pm
Please save the date for Rev. Karen's formal installation by Bishop Rickel. This Celebration of New & Mutual Ministry will take place on Wednesday, May 2 at 6pm at St. Barnabas. We hope all can join in this celebration!
Calling All 2018 High School Graduates
Each June, we like to celebrate our high school graduates!
If you know of someone in the St. Barnabas community who is graduating high school in 2018, please contact Sylvia Dunning at email@example.com or 206/780-8330 or call the church office at 206/842-5601.
Active Reiki Ministry at St. Barnabas
St. Barnabas offers Reiki Healing Ministry for parishioners as well as for the broader community. A trained and dedicated group of healing ministers work in pairs to conduct 1-hour sessions in the church nursery each week. For information or to schedule a session, contact Karen Dumford (firstname.lastname@example.org, 206/451-4851) or Ric Cederwall (email@example.com, 206/855-0900).
Help Us Tell Our Story in Pictures!
Thanks to everyone who has been sending in photos! Our goal is to have photos from every event that happens at St. Barnabas.
If you are a photographer or even someone who likes to snap pictures with your cell phone, please consider volunteering to help document some of the events happening at St. Barnabas.
Currently, we are looking for photographs from the following upcoming events:
Please snap away and submit your best photos (by email or thumb drive) to Kathy Irvin, firstname.lastname@example.org.
The reception desk in the church office is open Monday-Friday from 9am-noon.
NOTE: The church office will be closed on Easter Monday, April 2, 2018.