Community

The Outreach Committee

Our Outreach Committee opens our eyes to the needs of our community and world. The Committee organizes a sandwich-making day to provide 200 sandwiches to children in need during the summer months.  Each year it helps the church decide where to direct special contributions.  Contributions last year went to the Vermont Food Bank, Good Neighbor Health Clinic & Red Logan Dental Clinic, LISTEN (a second-hand store) and Cover (re-use center for home supplies). By encouraging contributions from the congregation that were matched by others we were able to send a check for $6,545 to the Haiti Project, which was a highlighted project of the Episcopal Relief & Development.

 
 

Shining our Light in the World

Members of the congregation serve the community with different talents.  They give their time to the community by volunteering at the Haven homeless shelter, Meals on Wheels, Norwich Women's Club, the Grange. Every year, five Norwich churches hold a rummage sale to raise money for the churches.  This gives the community a central place to donate items for reuse.  Many hours go into collecting, organizing, and selling.  St. Barnabas members participate in this annual event.  Several members of the parish perform music in the community, with Northern Revels, the Handel Society, Shape Note singers and baroque and Renaissance music ensembles.

 

United Valley Interfaith Project

Our church supports the UVIP, where religious organizations work to bring about economic and social justice, in our community.  Encouraging voting, opposing consumer fraud, and improving living conditions for the elderly are all part of our work in the community.