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Sunday Services in our Church resuming July 5th

July 2, 2020

Beloved Friends,

We are back! Slowly, slowly, as the church and provincial leadership allows, we will be opening up the church for worship on Sunday mornings.

We will be practicing all safety measures strictly, including sanitization and physical distancing. The wearing of masks is strongly encouraged, but not mandatory. In order to have everyone fit safely in church we have split the congregation into two groups, A and B. And we will be inviting you to come every other week. We will let you know if you are in group A or B. (After a month or so we may mix up the groups, so we can see other parishioners – kind of like five-minute dating!).

Please remember that all services will continue to be recorded and will be posted on our Facebook page, on our website, www.stbarnabasparish.ca, and on our YouTube channel.

Here are the Sundays each group can attend (through to August 23rd):

Group A                     Group B

July 5                          July 12

July 19                       July 26

August 2                    August 9

August 16                  August 23

So this is what to expect:

  • You will receive a phone call and an email inviting you to church on alternate Sundays.
  • We will be celebrating Morning Prayer, until the Diocese gives us permission to have Eucharist.
  • Sadly, no singing in church for a while.
  • We will joyously celebrate our community life and faith together with music, prayer, scripture, silence and reflection on God’s word.
  • We won’t be congregating in clumps of people: no exchange of Peace, no coffee hour, no chatting at the church door. We will be welcoming families, or people who have already expanded their “bubble” to sit together.
  • Hand sanitizer and masks will be available at the church door.
  • The collection plate will be at the entryway to church to receive your gifts.
  • We will continue to pray for the whole world as we struggle to be safe and stay connected during this pandemic.
  • The MOST important thing of all is staying safe. The next most important thing is to stay connected. Every single member of our congregation, from oldest to youngest, from every tradition and history is part of our great big family. This is a time for compassion and patience.
  • Thanks to the church leaders who have kept St. Barnabas going, for these many, many decades, since 1891. We are a strong group, and we are known for our loving kindness visible to all. Let’s continue to show that!

I can hardly wait to see you!    Emilie

Letter from our priest Emilie Smith

Letter to the St. Barnabas Community

May 8, 2020

Beloved Friends, 

Good Heavens! These days are like no others — we keep saying over and over again. Never before have so many people of the earth shuddered to such a screeching halt. Never before have we stopped so many things at once, and watched and wondered, grieved and even found new ways to celebrate.

When Archbishop Melissa told us, well over a month ago, that all church services would need to be cancelled, I couldn’t believe it. How on earth could we do that? And then, the truth sank in, deeper and deeper. We watched as the first countries were consumed in a tidal wave of illness, and then it began its creep across the whole world.

I feel many things: sorrow at the losses so many have experienced, relief that we live in Canada, where public health, science and social equality matter, concern for how or what “normal” will ever be again, anxiety while trying to figure out how to care for the most vulnerable in our communities. I know that we all share some version or another of these things. I know as well that deeper than all of this, our faith must sustain us. We believe, beneath and beyond all things, that we belong to the God who made us. We know that Jesus Christ, our brother and our friend, came to show us the path to love. We know that the Spirit, the Comforter, will never leave us alone. And so, we go on.

What does it mean to be church? As we read these days stories from the Acts of the Apostles, I wonder what it meant to be church in those early days? Nothing was secure, nothing was stable. The first Christians (who didn’t call themselves that — they were followers of The Way) must have struggled with many things: sorrow, concern, anxiety. Yet we hear again and again how they found sustenance in their lives together, in what they knew about Jesus. They committed themselves — despite real hardships — this week we will hear the horrifying story of the death of Stephen, the first Christian martyr — to a way of being where love and concern for all was always greater than every suffering.

So — in practical terms. What are we, the people of St. Barnabas, going to do? Continue to worship, continue to engage in pastoral care, continue to celebrate, continue to love one another! Here are some ways you can connect with what is happening.

Worship:

  • Our main Sunday services are being pre-recorded, and posted to our website at stbarnabasparish.ca, or on our facebook page. You can watch this at any time, and it will include songs, prayers, the readings for the week, a sermon, and spiritual Eucharist.
  • We are doing our midweek Wednesday service as Morning Prayer via Zoom. Martha is sending out the link every week. Please contact us if you wish to join.
  • Sacred Singing Circle is happening twice a month now, second and last Sundays. The Second Sunday is via Facebook Live, and the last Sunday is a Zoom circle.
  • Children’s Church. With our friends from Shiloh United. Join our Zoom gathering at 10am Sundays. As for all ZOOM meetings, you must receive the link to join in. We really encourage all families to be a part of this important connecting.

Pastoral Care:

  • These are strange times. If you need prayers or just to connect, Emilie is available for phone conversations. Please contact her on her cell: 778 773 2342
  • Thanks to a generous donation from the Vancouver Foundation, and to the tower of work done by the Venerable Mavis Brownlee, City Councillor Chuck Puchmayr and many others, we are able to hand out 80 Emergency Grab and Go bags weekly. Please please let your friends and family members know, and come yourself to this new program, Fridays at 10am, in the St. Barnabas’ courtyard.

Social Time:

One of the things we miss the most about being together is social time. We have launched a “Zoom Coffee Hour”. We will begin this on Sunday, May 17th.  Join us after that on Sundays from 11 – 12noon. We will send out the link, so get in touch with us.

Marvellous News:

In this time of trial, we have been deeply blessed by the offering of the Venerable Mavis Brownlee to stay with us as an Honorary Assistant. We are delighted and look forward to maintaining a strong friendship with Mavis, who has meant so much to St. Barnabas over the years. As soon as they are able, Mavis and her husband, Graeme, will be returning to attend to their vineyard in Quebec. But they will return to us in the fall. We raise our hands in thanks to Mavis!

Financial Support for the Parish:

We still need your support. Though our daily and weekly operations have ceased for now in the normal way, we are still paying our expenses, of course. We rely on your continuing generosity, and love for our precious community. Please mail your cheques to St. Barnabas, or wonderfully, you can now make a donation to our church by e transfer. Here’s how to do it:

1. Open your online banking account, select e-transfer. Add St. Barnabas as a payee. Our email address is stbarna@telus.net.

2. Select e transfer and select St. Barnabas as the recipient.

3. Enter the amount you would like to donate.

4. It is important to put your full name and email address in the message box so that we can send you a tax receipt at the end of the year.

That, friends, is quite a list! As you can see we are still very busy, and we thank you for your prayers. Know that you are each and every one of you in my prayers every day.

May the God of all Love continue to bless and guide our way.

Emilie

Online Services for Holy Week

Maundy Thursday – our service with The Venerable Mavis Brownlee will be posted on our Facebook page and here on our website on Thursday at 6pm.

Good Friday – Caitlin Beck will be hosting a Stations of the Cross Service on Facebook beginning at 11am.

Easter Sunday – our service with The Venerable Mavis Brownlee will be posted on our Facebook page and here on our website on Sunday at 10am.

Check out our YouTube Channel any time to watch all services.

Online Services for Sunday March 29

Sunday Morning Service with The Venerable Mavis Brownlee & Acolyte Martha Cameron will be posted to our YouTube Channel. Please subscribe to keep up to date. https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC_zl15_qikAdbxrWj6zYfZQ

Sacred Singing Circle with Song Leader Caitlin Reilley Beck, and members of her household, will be through Facebook Live on our Facebook Page at 11:00 am. Please see the event page for more info. https://www.facebook.com/events/839119823224450/

Children’s Church with Godly Play Facilitator Elizabeth Laman from our co-parish at The Church On The Hill, Shiloh-5th Ave United, will be hosted on Zoom at 1:30 p.m.

A National Call to Prayer on Lent 5

BY LINDA NICHOLLS ON MARCH 19, 2020

All around us, while many are in quarantine or self-isolation, the church is blossoming with prayer. We are digging deep into the heart of our faith to lift our voices in the sure and certain knowledge that the Holy Spirit hears our intercessions, thanksgivings and even our groans.

Please join me in a national day of prayer on Sunday, March 29 (Lent 5), as we join the Anglican Communion in a day of prayer for repentance—to pray for the whole Communion and for the whole world engulfed in COVID-19.

Tune in live to join me in prayer on Sunday, March 29 at 4pm (PDT) on the Anglican Church of Canada Facebook page*, or whenever is best for you (following the broadcast).

Light a candle of hope in the window of your home or on the porchand join me as we pray:

  • for repentance as we look at ourselves and ask how we have shared in the divisions and pain of difficult conversations across the Communion in recent years (see resources);
  • for the whole Anglican Communion as we seek to support and care for one another as siblings in Christ in the midst of this and other crises (see resources);
  • for the whole world as we share in the effects of COVID19 – for health care workers; researchers, those who are ill, those are quarantined or in isolation and those who are abandoned and alone in this time; and
  • for our hope in the gospel—that God is with us now and always.
+Linda Nicholls


The Most Rev. Linda Nicholls
Archbishop and Primate
Anglican Church of Canada

*Note: You do not need a Facebook account to access the live stream. Just go to the Facebook page on March 29 at 4pm PDT and find the video on the page.

Update on what is happening at St. Barnabas

Good evening friends,

As I am sure you are aware there is no worship service at St. Barnabas tomorrow and all gatherings and activities, including our meal program, food cupboard, thrift store, bible study, social events, and all N.A. and A.A. meetings in our hall remain suspended until further notice. Please be assured that these measures are temporary and plans are in the works to return to as normal as possible operations as soon as it is safe to do so. And that my very well be a new “normal” from what we have been used to.

To that end, Rev. Mavis and the wardens will be at the church early tomorrow to attempt a test run for an online prayer meeting. (No, this is not open to the public. Yes, they will be maintaining social distancing and taking all necessary precautions.) If that goes well we will be going live to the public and a link will be posted to our website and Facebook page. Please stay tuned.

We are aware that not everyone is online or technologically savvy and we are working on ways to keep everyone connected regardless of their technical capabilities. This may include phone buddies or a phone tree, regular check ins and updates via phone and email, small online prayer groups and bible study, and other ideas. If you have suggestions please share them.

In other news, our food ministries (Wednesday Lunch and Friday Food Cupboard) remain suspended until further notice. In the meantime, both the New Westminster Food Bank at 613 Queens Ave and the Salvation Army at 428 6th St. are operating their food distribution programs.

Please take care of yourselves and be safe. Wash your hands, maintain social distancing. Know that you are being prayed for. We will get through this together.