Here is the link to the Easter Vigil Service.
Here is the link to the Easter Vigil Service.
Here is a note from me, my prayers are for these next few days — and weeks! Easter is coming…. the end of the pandemic is coming. We have to hold on, just a little while longer!
This Sunday the 31st, 2pm PST, we will be hosting the Sacred Singing Circle, on Zoom. We’ve got a special guest this month, as it’s our 2nd anniversary! Private message me for the Zoom link. Details below:Song, Silence, Prayer, Bread
Beloved Friends, Sacred Singing Circle is two years old! This is a significant milestone for us as a community and we want you to celebrate with us. We have invited Paul Vasile, from Music that Makes Community and long time friend of our singing circle to join us and to share some songs with us. We are eager to welcome him.This month’s Circle will give us space to reminisce about the past two years of singing, praying and breaking bread as well as to dream about the future of this community. The theme is looking forward, looking back. We will gather on Zoom at 2:00 pm this Sunday, January 31st. We invite you to bring a special birthday/celebratory treat for yourself or for those who want an extra taste of the usual Sacred Singing Circle, below you will find Emilie’s delicious bread recipe. I hope you can join us on Sunday for some connection through song and silence. The Sacred Singing Circle is a gathering open to all people. It will be a chance to connect with our deepest selves, with our circles of community, and with the Divine who has no name. Sunday, January 31st 2:00 pm. Leaders of Sacred Singing Circle are: Caitlin Reilley Beck, mendicant liturgist and song-leader (caitlinreilleybeck.com), Emilie Smith, parish priest of St. Barnabas (stbarnabasparish.ca), Patti Powell, renowned community choir director (pattipowellchoirs.com).
Our Advent Newsletter is hot off the press. You may read it by clicking HERE.
Beloved parishioners, friends in Christ,
I am sorry to announce that we will be suspending the celebration of the Eucharist in our church site for the next two weeks, and maybe more. This is because of the rapid increase in Covid–19 cases in the metro Vancouver region. We don’t wish to take any risks with our parishioners. Dr. Bonnie Henry has advised a two week pause in how we do things, in order to stem the rate of infections, and I, in discussions with your church leaders, feel like we have to do our part. It has been so lovely to see one another again, even occasionally for the past few months, but let’s take this pause and rest and reflect. We know that the first disciples faced every kind of challenge and difficulty. We can do this. It is hard and sad and lonely. I miss seeing you all. I miss giving you hugs. I miss laughing and chatting, and sharing coffee hour and all of the rest. I miss singing.
But remember — we were made for these times. Our faith tells us that we will never be left alone, we belong to the One God who made us and who loves us every day of our lives.
We will be recording a reduced service both weeks, and posting it for all to see. Please catch the service.
If any one has any kind of need, if you are lonely, or having a particularly hard time — or even if you just want to chat — PLEASE PHONE ME! Sometimes people say they’re sorry to bother me, when we spend a bit of time together. Are you kidding? There is nothing that matters more to me than staying connected. My cell number is 778 773 2342.
Here is a note from the BC Centre for Disease Control:
A reminder to all: these measures are not forever, but they are very important for now, to protect the health of everyone in the community and in the province. There will be a time when we can all come together again.
So stay strong, stay calm, stay healthy. Know that you are blessed, and loved. Emilie
Today, we celebrated the life of our sister Peggy. You may view the service and bulletin here:
WHAT IS STEWARDSHIP?
These have been challenging and confusing days, but it has been good to connect with one another, in any old way possible, and to remember how much love there is in our community at St. Barnabas.
Our Church Committee works hard to keep this beautiful church going: we remind one another often – We are Christ’s heart and Christ’s hand in this corner of creation. So what are we going to do?
If all of creation belongs to God, if everything on earth is God’s, then we are called to be stewards of this precious place. To be a steward is to be a trusted servant.
Specifically here at St. Barnabas – what has God entrusted to us? And how can we acknowledge this by our generous giving?
Our church depends on its members to support our many projects, our life in community, our buildings, our priest, everything that we do depends on YOU!
So that is why this year we are asking you to let us know (confidentially) how much support we can count on, as we build our annual budget for 2021.
Thank so much for your generosity, and your love.
We are grateful for your presence with us – in whatever way you feel safe and comfortable. We are grateful for your never-ending prayers for all of us. We are grateful for your financial donations. Christ be our light!
Every blessing, Emilie
HOW TO GIVE?
Envelope giving: This is the traditional way of donating. Maureen Shirley is our envelope secretary, and she will be handing out boxes of envelopes this month. You can give your donation as often as you wish, in the basket at the entranceway to church.
Donate by e-transfer: You can make a donation directly to our bank through an e-transfer. We will track your donation, and provide you with a tax receipt at year end. More information: http://stbarnabasparish.ca/make-a-donation/
Automatic withdrawal or credit card payments: This is an easy way of regular giving. We can set you up with an automatic withdrawal or credit card payment. If you wish to give a regular donation this way, please see Martha or Emilie to set it up.
We will be organizing a special fundraising campaign for our redevelopment project in January. This will be your opportunity to share in this exciting time in our parish.
July 2, 2020
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:
I can hardly wait to see you! Emilie
Letter to the St. Barnabas Community
May 8, 2020
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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.