Making Christ's Love Known
St. Barnabas' believes that God has blessed us with spiritual and financial resources to do God's work within the parish and beyond. Our ministries of service to the community and within the church are almost too many to number! Here are some examples of outreach programs we support and participate in:
Annandale Christian Community for Action (ACCA)
ACCA is a group of 26 churches working together to help those in need in our community. St. Barnabas' supports ACCA both financially and with volunteer energy. ACCA provides financial assistance and food, distributes donated furniture, gives rides to medical appointments, and provides scholarships to students with special challenges. St. Barnabas' participates enthusiastically in the annual Rebuilding Together project and the Annandale CROP Walk, which raises funds for Church World Service's hunger and refugee relief programs and the ACCA food pantry.
Annandale Safe Youth Project (ASYP)
This after-school program is housed at St. Barnabas', in partnership with Fairfax County and Alternative House. It usually has 16 - 18 kids on any given day. It provides the children with a safe environment after school, offering homework help and tender loving care. It gives them a chance to become part of a stable group, grow and develop their personalities, and have caring adult mentors. Alternative House provides a professional program coordinator and assistant, while St. Barnabas' provides most of the volunteers. New volunteers are always welcome.
Annandale Neighborhood Food Program
Volunteers distribute groceries to hungry families every Thursday evening at Immanuel United Methodist Church. Food prepared by a variety of local groups and churches is given to people in need without asking questions or requiring a referral. See this local blog article.
Fairfax Area Christian Emergency and Transitional Services (FACETS)
This hot meals program, in cooperation with 20 other Fairfax County churches, gives St. Barnabas' the opportunity to engage in direct, hands-on outreach to those challenged by homelessness. On the first Sunday of each month, volunteers prepare and deliver complete hot meals for homeless families temporarily housed in motels by Fairfax County. Over 30 parish members shop, cook and deliver for this program--"We love our work!"
Annual Mission Trip to Tela, Honduras
Every summer, St. Barnabas' undertakes a joint mission trip along with Holy Cross Korean Episcopal Church to assist the community of San Martine and Espiritu Santu in Tela, Honduras. Service projects include construction, painting, and teaching. A significant effort has been made to help the local women establish a cottage industry by providing them with sewing machines and teaching them quilting skills. There is always time to make new friends and to celebrate our shared lives. Each year, the missioners return to St. Barnabas' filled with enthusiasm and energy, and eager to take new people with them back to Tela next year!
Thirty Hour Famine (World Vision Famine Relief)
Once a year, our youth fast for 30 hours to raise money and awareness of hunger and famine throughout our world.
These are just some of the many outreach activities of St. Barnabas'. We seek to live out our call to be Christ's servants in the world though word and action.