Saint Barnabas
by-the-Bay Church 

13 West Bates Avenue, Villas, New Jersey 08251


"You are the light of the world.
A town built on a hill
cannot be hidden."
Matthew 5:14

​*** Our thrift store is in need of Saturday volunteers. If you can give two or more hours to the store on Saturdays, please contact Maureen Kersch at 609-425-1317.

*** The Saint Barnabas Youth of  all ages will gather in our hall for an overnight evening of fun on Friday, July 12. The young people also will be our guest chefs for the church breakfast on Saturday morning, July 13. Please contact Jess Smith through the church office for more information and to let her know your child will be attending.

*** The Saint Barnabas Art Show will be on August 9, 10, and 11. More information will be posted when it becomes available.

*** The parish midsummer meeting and barbecue will be on Sunday, July 14, following the 10 AM Eucharist. We briefly will discuss parish matters and have a Safety/Security update. Please bring a side dish or dessert to share. Please join us for fellowship and fun.
*** Ou next Wednesday Book/Bible Study Group will focus on women in the Bible. We meet at 6 PM in the chapel starting July 10. All are welcome.
*** Our next parish breakfact will be on July 13.For more information as well as a complete list of our parish breakfasts, dinners, hoagie sales, yard sales, and gourmet food and bake sales, please click here.

*** Join us for “Pizza Church” at 7 PM on Wednesdays at Roman’s Pizza House, Bayshore and Town Bank. Pizza Church is a time of conversation and fellowship. There’s no agenda - just a time to gather and talk about what's going on in our lives and the world.

*** There are free online Bible studies based on the scripture readings for each Sunday. These studies, both in English and Spanish, are prepared by our seminarians.   Please click here.

*** Narcotics Anonymous (NA) hosts meetings four times a week in our hall: Mondays at 6 PM, Wednesdays at 6 PM, and Fridays at 12 Noon and 7:30 PM. All are welcome.

*** Saint Barnabas by-the-Bay has joined with Saint Mark and All Saints Church in Galloway and Holy Trinity Church in Ocean City to form the Atlantic Convocation Youth Group. This group is for all youth from 6th to 12th grade. Our young people are always welcome to bring their friends. The group meets monthly on Sundays at alternating locations. Examples of recent activities are Bowling, Escape Room followed by pizza, and the Hayride and Corn Maze. Upcoming events are posted in the Sunday bulletin. For more information, please see Maureen, Rosemary, or Mother Lisa. Please click here to visit the Atlantic Convocation Youth Group on Facebook. 

*** Our indoor walking group gets together on Wednesdays at 9 AM in the parish hall. This video program is geared for all levels of fitness - from beginner couch potato to marathoner. Please join us. ("Off" during the summer.)
*** The Saint Barnabas Stitchers meets on Tuesday nights at 7 in the parish hall. Knitters and crocheters of all skill levels are welcome.

*** Marcie Farrell, who is a nurse, offers free blood pressure readings between services on the first Sunday of each month.

*** If you or your group is interested in using our hall on a one-time, short term, or long-term basis, please speak with Leslie or Mother Lisa (609-886-5960). We'll be happy to help you.

​*** Help Wanted! How about sharing a little time and helping as a greeter, reader, server, singer, or altar guild member on Sundays? Or perhaps visiting our shut-ins, or helping at our thrift store or food pantry during the week? Even if you only can help with a one-time event such as a fundraiser, that will be a big help to us all. We need helpers like YOU! Please think about it and speak with one of our faithful volunteers or Mother Lisa. Thanks very much.

*** We are grateful that several of our members bake the Communion bread we share on Sundays. They need some extra baking hands, please. If you can help, please speak with anyone on our Altar Guild or Mother Lisa. We have a very good recipe! Thank you.

*** Do you enjoy gardening? Our Garden Helpers welcome your green thumb in caring for our church gardens. We’re always in bloom. Please speak with Nicki or Maureen.

​*** Our music team appreciates new singers and musicians. Please join us. Rehearsals are on Thursday evenings from 6 to 7 in the church. We take part in the 10 AM Eucharist on Sundays. (Our choir is "off" for the summer.)

*** New Ideas: Do you have an idea or a talent? Perhaps there is something that tugs at your heart. Is there something that you would like to teach or an activity you might like to start up here at Saint Barnabas? Folks like you are how we start programs for each other and our community. If you have an idea, please don't be shy. Speak to someone on the vestry or Mother Lisa. Your light is too bright to hide!

*** We have a small "honor system" library at Saint Barnabas. Church members and visitors are welcome to borrow books. Bookcases are in the hallway that connects our chapel and hall. There are religious and other types of books. Books for kids, too. Used and new book donations are appreciated.

*** Saint Barnabas Homemade Soup is being served! Vegetable, split pea, chicken noodle, and other varieties from time to time. No salt added. $4 a pint. Available on Sunday mornings or other times by calling the church at 609-886-5960.

*** Please bring your empty ink cartridges to church. There is a box for them in the narthex (church vestibule). Each empty cartridge helps us to offset the cost of office supplies. Thank you.

*** Gently used items always are needed and appreciated for our church yard sales, penny parties, and other fundraisers. Please stop donations off in the parish hall on Sunday mornings, or call the office at 609-886-5960 to arrange for a different time. Thank you.

*** Please and thank you! ... We welcome clean, plastic shopping bags you want to recycle. Our food pantry and thrift store volunteers put them to good use for others all the time.


2019 Calendar: Events at Saint Barnabas by-the-Bay (Please click links for info. Changes may occur.)

January 27, Sunday, Saint Barnabas by-the-Bay Church Annual Parish Meeting

March 1, Friday, World Day of Prayer (The closest interdenominational community service we know of is held at Saint Stephen Episcopal Church, Manchester Township, 2 PM.)

March 2, Saturday, Diocesan Convention at Crowne Plaza in Cherry Hill.

March 6, Ash Wednesday, "Ashes to Go" at Castaway Cafe, 301 Bayshore Road, Villas, 8 to 11:30 AM. Holy Eucharist and Distribution of Ashes: in our church at 12 Noon and 7 PM

Stations of the Cross during Lent at 7 PM on Fridays

Date and time to be announced: Spring Fix Up/Spruce Up Day

Holy Week and Easter Services (April 14 to April 21)

Palm Sunday: Holy Eucharist with Blessing of Palm at 8 and 10 AM
Monday:  Service of Brokenness and Wholeness  at 7 PM

Tuesday: Holy Eucharist at 7 PM

Wednesday PM: Tenebrae at 7 PM

Maundy Thursday AM: Reconciliation (Confession): 10 AM-12 Noon, 2-4 PM (Other times available by appointment.)

Maundy Thursday PM: Holy Eucharist and Washing of Feet at 7 PM

Good Friday Service at 12 Noon

Good Friday Stations of the Cross at 7 PM
Saturday: The Great Vigil of Easter at 7 PM

Easter Sunday: Holy Eucharist at 8 and 10 AM

April 20, Saturday, 1 PM, Easter Egg Hunt for Kids

April 28, Sunday, 3 PM, Concert (Saint Barnabas Concert Series)  Note: This concert has been moved to April 14,
3 PM.
May 2, Thursday, National Day of Prayer (Always the first Thursday in May. No local or community events. )

May 19, Sunday, 3 PM, Musikhaus Studio Recital (in church)

Date and time to be announced: Worship in the Park/Picnic at Zoo, with Saint Mary of Stone Harbor

June 11, Feast of Saint Barnabas the Apostle

 July 6, Saturday, 8:30 AM to 4 PM, Sant Barnabas Witness Table at Whale of a Day festival

July 14, Sunday, Midsummer Parish Meeting and Barbecue  following 10 AM Eucharist.

August 9, 10, and 11, The Saint Barnabas Painters Summer Art Show. Additional informatiuon will be posted when available.

August 17, Saturday, 10 AM, Back Pack Blessing

Date and time to be announced: Fall Fix Up/Spruce Up Day

Date and time to be announced: The Blessing of Animals

November 28, Thursday, 9 AM, Thanksgiving Day Holy Eucharist

Date and time to be announced: Annual Christmas Luncheon with Saint Mary, Stone Harbor
December 22, Sunday, 11 AM, "Greening" (decorating) the  church for Christmas

December 24, Christmas Eve:

4 PM - Holy Eucharist Service for Children and Families

5 to 9:30 PM - Saint Barnabas Christmas Party in our hall

10 PM - Christmas Carols 

10:30 PM - Festive Holy Eucharist

December 25, Christmas Day: 9 AM - Holy Eucharist with Carols