St. B's is Family

“St. B’s is Family” reflects our understanding of what it means to love, care for, and accept one another - disagreements and all. We strive to own what N. T. Wright calls in Acts, “the new family,” a healthy fellowship that is deeper than the friendships that draw us together, forged not through our own efforts, but because of what God

has done in Christ and continues doing among us through the power of the Holy Spirit. Whether on the porch after services, around a bonfire on Epiphany, with strawberry shortcake at Pentecost, through a garden game on St. B's day, with our pets at the Animal Blessing, or in a pew for the Family Christmas concert, we love to celebrate together.

Feasts

St. B's enjoys partying together, and we often take cues from the church year on how to celebrate. All are always welcome to join in the fun during these "feasts":


  • Advent Wreaths - Using fresh greenery, some candles, and expert guidance, make one of these traditional prayer aids for your household.
  • Family Christmas Concert - Perform or just come enjoy parishioners' performances of Christmassy music, poetry, and jokes from sacred to silly.
  • Epiphany Celebration - Nothing like a chili cook-off, star-shaped cookies, and a Christmas tree bonfire to keep you warm on this January evening.
  • Mardi Gras/Shrove Tuesday - Eat jambalaya and pancakes, make a mask and parade around the hall on this day before the season of Lent begins.
  • Pentecost Party - Red balloons, strawberries, red velvet cake, and garden games help us celebrate the coming of the Holy Spirit.
  • St. B's Day - Picnic after services to honor our patron Saint Bartholomew.
  • Animal Blessing - Bring your pet to church for a priest's blessing to remember St. Francis of Assisi.

Opportunities


  • Life Groups

    Life Groups are small groups of 6-12 people cultivating the values of hospitality, trust, connection, and worship. Life Groups meet weekly for 8-10 weeks, using a simple format that creates space for food, prayer, conversation, and worship. Two new groups are starting mid-October in Bellevue and Forest Hills, and three continuing groups are welcoming new members in West Meade, Forest Hills and Spring Hill.  Learn more about these groups here


    Email Fr. Travis at thines@stbs.net if you would like to join one of these groups, or if you are interested in seeing a Life Group start in your area.



  • Second tuesdays

    All men  are welcome to join an informal gathering of St. B's men at M.L. Rose on 8th Ave every second Tuesday of the month. Join us on the back patio from about 5:30 - 7pm to enjoy a burger, beverage, or just hang out.


    If you want to be added to the reminder list, please email John Andrade.

  • formation classes

    Formation classes and groups also create space to connect and build relationships within the St. B's family. Learn more about Life Groups, the women's Thursday morning study, and Sunday morning offerings here

  • Newcomer lunches

    Three or four times a year, Fr. Sammy and Renee host a luncheon following the second service at the rectory for newcomers. This is an informal opportunity to ask questions and start to get to know Fr. Sammy and St. B's as a whole. Children are welcome.