In choosing the name-sake of St. Barnabas (whose name means "son of encouragement"), our parish has made it our aspiration to follow his example as he followed Christ: believing in others, serving and promoting others, going forward bravely in mission for the sake of the Gospel and the relief of the poor as a reflection of that Gospel.
Our mission is first to Lansing. We love our city and the capital area. Lansing is a diverse place. And, as the focal point of State politics in a presidential swing State, it's often a divided place. But the Church is a community that transcends human divisions. We believe that every human life is created in God's image and likeness and valued by God, so much that he became one of us in order to redeem us. This reality, called "the incarnation," means our worship is fully embodied and tangibly rich. It also means our activities must address the environment and condition of human beings in the flesh. We believe God loves and values the people of Lansing and their future, and desires them to be brought into fellowship with him and community with one another around his Son, in the power of the Holy Spirit. This is the Gospel ("Good News") that we see as central to our common life as people of God in worship, service, and fellowship.
St. Barnabas Anglican Church exists to see, savor, and show the love of God in Jesus Christ so that all may find life in him, by:
1. Welcoming one another openly and actively in humility and hospitality.
2. Serving community needs in the spiritual and temporal works of mercy.
3. Studying, proclaiming, and receiving God’s Word from all of Scripture.
4. Intentionally centering our lives and relationships on Jesus Christ.
5. Relying on the Holy Spirit in ordered lives of prayer.
6. Prioritizing people over programs.
7. Pioneering new works of mission in mid-Michigan and beyond.
WHAT WE DO
Public use of the Daily Office
Frequent celebration of Holy Communion
Catechesis (teaching/faith formation) of children and adults
Shared meals, prayer, and Bible study
Pastoral presence and care at church, coffee shop, pub, and home
Service projects with community organizations
Fullsome use of the church's calendar of feasts and fasts, marking the change of seasons, and of occasional services to mark live's transitions (baptism, confirmation, marriage, ordination, thanksgiving for child birth, visitation of the sick, burial).
We are a church home for people of all walks of life. We are liturgical, meaning we value order and continuity connecting us to the church across time and space and intentional formation in the Gospel of Jesus Christ, reflected in all our services. We are sacramental, meaning we believe that all of creation is a great interconnected tapestry revealing God's glory, and that God uses means like the water in Baptism and bread and wine in Holy Communion, as well as tangible signs like candles, crosses, incense, and oil to communicate his grace to us and to draw us and all of creation closer to himself.
FIND YOUR FAITH
We welcomes all Christians to participate in the life of our parish (local church). We are not interested in promoting a tribal, denominational identity. But we are excited to share a plan of discipleship, or rule of life, known to many as the Anglican Way. It is a well-worn path, recognizable in the influence of the King James Bible, the familiar strains of the Book of Common Prayer, and the tradition of English-language hymnody. And yet it is a contemporarily relevant expression of historic Christianity (representing the faith and practice of around 85 million Christians globally). This way of working out the Christian faith is refreshingly detached from current trends, and, as such, calibrated to meet our deep, human needs. Its hallmarks are steeping participant in the hearing of holy Scripture, grounding them in prayer as the key that unlocks the spiritual life, and drawing them away from the consumerism and cynicism of our age into the loving communion that God freely offers to them in Christ. It is best explored by experiencing local parish life. We invite you to come and see if this path might be helpful to you in your faith journey.