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Our first class of Lay Chaplains was commissioned on May 14, 2017. Hear Rev. Elizabeth’s sermon and see the commissioning here:

Do you feel God calling you into a new ministry to be the hands, feet, and listening ears for a broken world?

Are you ready for a new commitment to your faith and in service to others?

In February, Saint Barnabas launched a new program called Community of Hope.

Community of Hope is a pastoral care model based on Benedictine Spirituality. The program builds a community of caregivers who are united in prayer and worship and shaped by the common practices and ethos of the Rule of Benedict. Parishes all over the country have implemented this program to equip and deploy lay ministers to meet the varied pastoral needs in their communities: loss, grief, aging, life transitions, loneliness…to name a few.

The training modules are a rich time of exploration and team building and will be led by parishioners, clergy, and experts in the field alike. If you’ve been looking for a way to serve at Saint Barnabas, maybe Community of Hope is for you.

Contact Steve Bartlett at or Rev. Elizabeth at to learn more about getting involved in the Fall 2017 training!

Some History:

The introduction of Community of Hope at Saint Barnabas grows out of the work of a fantastic group of people who have been dreaming about the future of pastoral care at Saint Barnabas during 2016.

One thing on which we are clear: Saint Barnabas already has a great team of committed lay pastoral ministers – from healing prayer ministry to lay Eucharistic ministers! Community of Hope will not replace this fabulous work! Rather, through Community of Hope, we seek to deepen and broaden our scope of ministry in the parish and in the community.

The Community of Hope Leadership Team at Saint Barnabas is Steve Bartlett, Kelly Parker, Samantha Steider, Susan Tuttle, and the Rev. Elizabeth Roles.

Training to be a Community of Hope Lay Chaplain

The next training sessions will be Thursdays 6pm – 8pm October 5, 12,19, 26 and November 2 and 9, 2017.  The session will then reconvene after the holidays, January 11, 18, 25 and February 1, 8 and 15.