Welcome and Fellowship
St. Barnabas' Episcopal Church sits on Main Street in Norwich, directly on the Appalachian Trail and just a minute from Exit 13 on Interstate 91. We are happy to welcome you to our 100 year old sanctuary to worship, to pray, to meditate. Maybe you are a traveler passing through town; maybe you are a new neighbor. Whether you are clear about your spiritual journey or wavering in doubt, we welcome you. Our message is "God is Love." Our services use liturgies that connect us to our past . . . and to the church around the globe. The prayers and music are sometimes 400 hundred years old and are spoken and sung in churches around the world.
After the 10 AM worship service we gather to share coffee in our Parish Hall. This is a chance to find out who gathered the flowers on the altar, what someone read recently, or who traveled to Palestine. We'll listen to your story and help you feel at home.
The Altar Guild at St. Barnabas attends to the many details behind the scenes that make our church a welcoming and beautiful place. From the flowers on the altar, to the care and placement of liturgical paraments on the altar, lectern and pulpit, the volunteers transform our building into a holy place for all.
Soup on Wednesday
On the first and third Wednesdays of each month at noon, a number of us gather for soup and bread to take a break from our busy week and chat with friends in the Parish Hall. One brings homemade soup, others bring bread and cheese. The conversation doesn't often to go far from "How's your week?" or "Nice soup." But sometimes we talk about church.
Sharing our Stories
About once a month we have a potluck dinner where one of our members is invited to talk about a personal experience or interest. Sometimes we ask folks in the community who are not attending our church to talk. Everyone brings a dish or drinks or a pizza to share, and at the end of the talk we enjoy conversation with our meal.
Appalachian Trail Hikers
Our location on the Trail allows us to share our church with hikers. Over the course of the summer, more than 250 hikers have stayed the night in our rectory or parish hall. Their journey can be a metaphor for our spiritual journey. And like St. Barnabas, the Apostle, we can become known for our encouragement.
We would love to have more children with us. It's a joy to know that a new generation is being nurtured in the wisdom and understanding of God. Children can stay during the worship service or they can attend a story time called Godly Play during a portion of the service. There they learn the stories of the Bible. When children are old enough to undertake a task as part of the service, they are encouraged. They can learn about sacred space; and adults can appreciate that a sacred space is not always a quiet space.