Reaching Out to the Community

St. Barnabas is a place of active outreach in the Brow of the Hill neighbourhood and in the City of New Westminster. Throughout its history, St. Barnabas has been actively involved in the local community and currently offers a community meal, emergency food cupboard, thrift store, pastoral care and counseling, spiritual development and educational programs, and referral services. We have on-site a community garden, daycare, and transition house (each operating under the umbrella of their own societies). A number of community groups use our facilities for their programs. We work together closely with other local churches and organizations to meet the needs of all those in our local area.

Volunteer Opportunities

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Volunteers who share in the ministry at St. Barnabas are key to it being a place of hospitality. We could not accomplish what we do without the help of those who give freely of their time. There are many opportunities within the Thrift Store or our Food Ministries, for you to get involved in your community. Ask yourself how you can offer your gifts or talents here at St. Barnabas. For more information about volunteering, please click here.

Thrift Store– open Wednesdays to Saturdays, 10:00am to 4:00pm

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Barnabas Thrift, located in the basement of our church, is an affordable place to shop for clothing and household goods. As part of our community outreach, those in need may request vouchers for necessary items, by calling and speaking with Emilie.

Volunteers are always needed to help sort incoming donations, tidy the store, and other general duties. For more information, please visit our Volunteer Opportunities page.

We accept donations during store hours, Wednesday to Saturday, from 11am – 3pm. Please ensure your donations are clean and in good condition. We also kindly ask that you do not leave donations outside our door during off-hours.

The thrift store opened in 1997 and continues to serve the community and support the ministries of St. Barnabas. All proceeds raised go directly back into the community.

Stay on top of deals, giveaways, and specials, by liking Barnabas Thrift on Facebook!
Facebook.com/BarnabasThrift

Community Meal – Thursdays, 11:00am – 12:00pm

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Our community meal is open to all and offers homemade soup, sandwiches, with a veggie plate, fruit dish, along with coffee, tea and baked goodies. Come, share a delicious, wholesome meal with friends. Our parish priest is available for pastoral care and consultation. A prayer table is available for people to write their cares and concerns. Thanks to the volunteers from the parish and community who prepare the meal on Wednesdays, and serve it and clean up on Thursdays.

Emergency Food Cupboard – Fridays, 10:00am – 11:00am

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Our emergency food pantry provides enough food for a couple of meals, including a bag fresh vegetables and a source of protein such as meat or fish. When available, we also offer hygiene items, socks, underwear, gloves/toques, and pet food. If you or your family need immediate assistance, please call us or drop by during Parish Office Hours, Wednesday to Friday, 10am – noon.

We are thankful for the many donations we receive from local organizations and individuals to assist in this ministry. We always need volunteers to help with sorting incoming donations and distribution. For more information, please see our Volunteer Opportunities page, or give us a call at 604-526-6646.

Spiritual Development and Education

We place great importance on spiritual formation for all ages, seeing it as an opportunity to teach and learn from one another as we grow in faith. The parish strives to offer a variety of programs throughout the year – bible studies, book studies, workshops, and special presentations and events.

Children and Youth

Children and youth find a friendly and accepting home at St. Barnabas. They are encouraged to take an active roll as acolytes, assisting in various ways during our worship services, as well as to be involved with our neighbourhood ministries. Our children and youth programming is integrated into our regular service and is geared specifically towards the younger members of our congregation.

Facility Rentals

A number of community groups rent our parish hall for regular meetings, workshops, and educational programs. Our hall (with or without use of the kitchen) and the smaller adjacent community room are available for rental on a one-time, short-term, or long-term basis at reasonable rates.

Stewardship and Sustainability

Creation matters! We are called to be stewards of the earth in our daily living, striving to care for creation by our actions.

Here at St. Barnabas we strive to live out that calling by, not only sharing with and caring for each other, but also by ‘greening’ our parish. We have rain barrels to collect rain water for use in our community garden, use a solar panel to heat the water in our parish hall, we recycle and compost as much waste as possible, and use energy efficient lighting and furnaces. We continue to strive to find new ways of exercising good stewardship through sustainable practices.

St. Barnabas sells fair trade coffee for $15/ 1lb bag –  Cafe Jusiticia is grown in the highlands of Guatemala and imported by BC CASA and we are selling it through the Thrift Shop or the parish office.  cafejusticia.ca

Emilie, our priest, brings to our parish a passionate commitment to social and environmental responsibility and justice.

New Westminster Ministerial Association

An active member of the New Westminster Ministerial Association we work together with other churches in New Westminster to provide programs and services to meet the needs of all those in our community.