Saint Barnabas by-the-Bay Church
Saint Barnabas by-the-Bay Episcopal Church
The Reverend Lisa A. Hoffman, Vicar
13 West Bates Avenue
Villas, New Jersey 08251
(down the street from Gaiss Market, Bayshore and Bates Avenues)
Saint Barnabas by-the-Bay Church, office, and parish hall are wheelchair accessible.
“Where two or three come together in my name, there am I with them." (Matthew 18:20)
Wherever you see the name Saint Barnabas by-the-Bay Church in print, it typically is paired with this line: Where ALL Are Welcome! Folks at Saint Barnabas are a friendly group, an outgoing group, a group happy to welcome you into our church family.
The members of Saint Barnabas by-the-Bay Church emphasize that, as a Christian community, we welcome all who seek to know and serve our Lord Jesus Christ in their spiritual journey. We welcome every person, without regard to age, sex, race, sexual orientation, physical ability, mental ability, spiritual background, past sins, addictions, financial resources, and so on. Just as Jesus does, Saint Barnabas Church welcomes everyone.
The mission of Saint Barnabas by-the-Bay Episcopal Church is to bear witness to God as known in our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and as proclaimed through the Holy Spirit and by our patron Barnabas and his fellow apostles. We do this by:
§ Emphasizing spiritual growth through the worship of God in the Episcopal tradition
§ Providing pastoral care to make the Gospel relevant in people's lives
§ Educating people in the Christian faith
§ Responding to the needs of people in our community
All the Members - young, old, and in between - of the Saint Barnabas by-the-Bay Church Family
The Reverend Lisa A. Hoffman 609-435-5543
For pastoral emergencies 908-907-1264
The Reverend Susan E. Cushinotto 609-513-3038
Senior Warden: Maureen Kersch 609-889-2584
Junior Warden: Nicki Wynnefield
Clerk of the Vestry: Frances Moore
Treasurer: Leslie Flick 609-886-2625
Assistant Treasurer: Barbara Southard
Vestry Members: Nicki Wynnfield ('15), Jerry Hilvert ('15), Janice Ablett ('16), Leslie Flick ('16) Denise Santagata ('18), Charlene DePeri ('18) Theresa McGinley (alternate Vestry member)
Church Secretary: Leslie Flick 609-886-5960
Food Bank Coordinator: Leslie Flick 609-886-5960
Clothes Closet Coordinator: The Reverend Susan E. Cushinotto 609-513-3038
Church School: Rosemary Hilvert 609-884-7909
Altar Guild: Doris Dorsett 609-889-0356
Music Minister: Judy Curtis
We extend a special welcome to those who are single, married, divorced, gay, filthy rich, dirt poor, yo no habla Ingles. We extend a special welcome to those who are crying new-borns, skinny as a rail or could afford to lose a few pounds.
We welcome you if you can sing like Andrea Bocelli or ... can’t carry a note in a bucket. You’re welcome here if you’re “just browsing,” just woke up or just got out of jail. We don’t care if you’re more catholic than the Pope, or haven’t been in church since little Joey’s Baptism.
We extend a special welcome to those who are over 60 but not grown up yet, and to teenagers who are growing up too fast. We welcome soccer moms, NASCAR dads, starving artists, tree-huggers, latte-sippers, vegetarians, junk-food eaters. We welcome those who are in recovery or still addicted. We welcome you if you’re having problems or you’re down in the dumps or if you don’t like “organized religion,” we’ve been there too.
If you blew all your offering money at the dog track, you’re welcome here. We offer a special welcome to those who think the earth is flat, work too hard, don’t work, can’t spell, or because grandma is in town and wanted to go to church.
We welcome those who are inked, pierced or both. We offer a special welcome to those who could use a prayer right now, had religion shoved down your throat as a kid or got lost in traffic and wound up here by mistake. We welcome tourists, seekers and doubters, bleeding hearts … and you!
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