Corona Virus Resources
Official information that impacts our church.
- City of Dunwoody Covid-19 Page [ linked to https://dunwoodyga.gov/index.php?section=COVID-19-Update ]
- Dekalb County Covid-19 Page [ linked to https://www.dekalbcountyga.gov/Covid-19/Response ]
- Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH) [ linked to https://dph.georgia.gov/novelcoronavirus ]
- Centers For Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) [ linked to https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/ ]
We will be updating these Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) as more information about the Covid-19 contagion becomes available. These are real questions from St. Barnabas members just like you. If you have a question that might benefit others, please send it to any of our clergy or to firstname.lastname@example.org. We hope this resource helps you and your family during this time of uncertainty.
To stay informed, please avail yourselves of these important resources, where we will be publishing the latest information on a weekly basis and as-needed.
- Check back here for weekly updates www.stbarnabasatl.org/covid-19
- Subscribe to email updates & provide your best phone number for robocalls.
- Visit the St. Barnabas Anglican Church Facebook page
God bless you!
Safely Reopening for Public Worship
On The Feast of Pentecost, Sunday, May 31st, 2020, St. Barnabas Church will be open for public worship with strict safety protocols in-place.
- (Video) Reopening St Barnabas: Announcement from our Rector
- (Video) What you need to know before returning to St. Barnabas
- (PDF) Assumption of risk
Please note the following, important considerations related to our phased transition back to normal operations.
Holy Communion will be celebrated on Sundays at the usual times of 9am and 11am for the coming weeks. Public celebration of weekday Eucharists has been suspended for the month of June; major weekday Feasts will be celebrated privately. The Sunday Liturgy and the Liturgy for major Feasts will continue to be livestreamed and recorded on YouTube for those unable to attend or are as of yet not ready to return.
Schedule of Online Events
- Livestreams of Sunday morning liturgies (11 AM) and major feast days will continue on YouTube
- Adult Sunday School, Sundays at 1 PM with Creighton McElveen
- Wednesday Bible Study at 11 AM with Bishop Chad Jones
- Philosophy Survey, Thursdays at 7 PM with Canon Robert Bader
- 1928 BCP Evening Prayer on Fridays and Sundays at 7 PM with Seminarian Alex Marlowe
- Occasional gatherings sponsored by our Men’s & Women’s groups.
To receive the Zoom links and passwords, please update your email address on the feature located on the homepage of our website, www.stbarnabasatl.org. Please always consult our parish website for the most updated information and links to events.
On Receiving Holy Communion in One Kind
Our Lord is present fully and entirely under both forms of bread and wine: we receive Our Lord whole and entire and total under each separate sacred kind. Therefore, one can receive the Eucharist in the form of bread only or wine only and receive the whole Christ. This doctrine is called concomitance, 'with-one-ness.' We confess that in the Eucharist, after the consecration, the Body and Blood of Christ are substantially and truly present, and we believe that the entire Christ is present under each form, so that the Blood of Christ is no less present under the form of bread by concomitance than it is under the form of the wine, and the reverse.
On the procedure for receiving Holy Communion
We still encourage the faithful to make an Act of Spiritual Communion rather than approach the Altar. For those who wish to receive the Blessed Sacrament, Holy Communion will be administered in one kind only, the Sacred Host, in the hand only, and at the gate of the Altar rail, without kneeling at the Altar rail. The ushers will assist in guiding communicants toward the Altar while ensuring social distancing is maintained. Masks may be briefly removed in order to consume the Host, once one receives the Host in the hand and walks away from the celebrant, but then masks should be immediately resumed. Clergy will wear masks during the time they are administering Holy Communion to the faithful.
All parishioners remain dispensed from the Sunday obligation of attendance at the Liturgy of Holy Communion until further notice. Please remember that the Church has the authority to dispense from the ecclesiastical requirement to attend Mass on Sunday, and she has done so in this case.
Strict Social Distancing
For Sunday Mass, masks will be required of all who enter the building, and masks must be worn from entering the building until exiting. We urge our people to bring and wear their own masks, and to bring and use their own hand sanitiser, which should be used frequently while inside. Strict six-foot social distancing will be required at all times; the pews and aisles will be clearly marked for allowed seating and movement. Family groups may be seated together, but individuals and groups need to remain separated. There will be no congregational singing or choral music - Low Mass will be celebrated. The alms basins will be stationary at the back of the nave and will not be passed in the pews. There will be no presentation of alms. But please feel free generously to fill the alms basins!
Also for Sunday Mass: coffee hour, in-person classes, nursery care, and gathering of groups within the building have all been suspended. The Rector will greet people outside the building after each Eucharist, masked and observing social distancing. We shall ask everyone to be patient and careful when using the bathroom facilities, which will be limited to two people at a time.
It is strongly advised that the elderly, the immunocompromised, and those with underlying health conditions refrain from attending public worship for the time being. No one with fever, cough, shortness of breath, or other cold or influenza-like symptoms should come to Church. If you have been in recent close proximity to someone known or suspected to have COVID-19, please follow federal and state recommendations for self-isolation and testing. We ask that you not attend public worship during this time. Everyone should please check temperatures for fever before venturing out to Church on a Sunday morning.
Your Assumption of Risk
Please note also that any risk incurred by coming to Church is completely assumed by the participants, especially in the case of those who may choose to disregard active state or local mandates.
Please read and understand the following before coming to church (Download as PDF)
Our Church is open for public worship and is now and shall continue until further notice publicly operating and functioning during a global pandemic under strict and mandatory safety protocols to reduce the spread or transmission of infection. By and whenever entering any Church-owned and -operated facility and being given the opportunity to attend or participate in our services, functions, and/or to use our facilities, you and members of your household shall immediately and automatically:
- accept and assume all potential risk of illness, disability, death, and/or loss of or damage to property;
- irrevocably waive and discharge your right to sue, or seek any monetary compensation or other relief from, the Church in the event of illness, disability, death, and/or loss of or damage to property;
- affirm and announce that you are feeling well;
- affirm and announce that you have not been diagnosed with COVID-19 and/or are not sick and/or exhibiting or experiencing COVID-19 symptoms or influenza of any kind;
- affirm and announce you have not been in close, unprotected contact or physically or socially interacted with any person(s) exhibiting COVID-19 symptoms or with any person(s) whom you on information or belief has been diagnosed with COVID-19 during the past fourteen (14) days;
- affirm and announce you have not traveled outside the United States during any of the past fourteen (14) days; and
- cooperate, state, affirm, and announce your agreement and willingness to, cooperate with (1) enforcement of all Church COVID-19 safety protocols and related instructions in effect whenever you may from time to time enter the Church and (2) any social tracing if the Church, in its sole discretion, deems social tracing necessary.
Pastoral Care & The Sacraments
Q. What do I do now that I cannot receive Holy Communion until the Church is reopened?
A. Our Faith teaches us that we can make an act of Spiritual Communion frequently if we are unable to receive Our Lord in the Holy Eucharist sacramentally.
Q. What do I do about making my Easter Communion?
Please remember one is never obliged to receive Holy Communion every Sunday, and one can make one's Easter Communion in fulfillment of the Easter Feast anytime from the beginning of Lent to Trinity Sunday.
Q. What are we doing about Baptisms, Confirmations, weddings, and funerals while Saint Barnabas is closed to the public?
A. Baptisms, Confirmations, funerals, and weddings will be postponed and rescheduled to times after the reopening of the Church to the public.
Q. Should I call a priest if I am sick?
A. Hospitals are generally prohibiting clergy from visiting patients in hospital. Those who are ill are asked to self-isolate at home if not in hospital. We encourage anyone who is feeling ill to telephone the clergy for prayer and personal conversation.
Q. What do I do if I want to make a Sacramental Confession?
A. Sacramental Confessions may be heard in person by appointment only and may be heard at the Church building if proper social distancing is maintained. In urgent cases, Sacramental Confessions may now be heard by telephone or video application.
Q. What if I need pastoral care and want to meet with a priest?
A. Pastoral counseling can be provided over the telephone until the stay-at-home orders have been lifted.
Supporting our Church Family
Q. What can I do to help those impacted?
A. Please pray. Please give. Please make a point to telephone the people one knows at Saint Barnabas. Understandably, we are all feeling a little lonely and anxious. Please consider making a commitment to contact the people in your social and ministry groups, and find out how one might pray for them and their families during this difficult time.
Q. How can I best stay in touch with my Saint Barnabas family?
A. While the Church is closed to public worship, we shall record the Mass with Sermon for viewing on Sundays. Each Wednesday and as-needed, we shall update this FAQ page and also post an important weekly video message from our Rector. To receive notifications of these messages, please ensure that one's email address is updated in our email system.
Q. What is going to happen to Building in Christ, our building plan?
A. Our building project continues apace! In fact, one of the silver linings of the economic downturn is the potential for more favorable lending terms and pricing of labor and materials. In order to secure these benefits, however, we must be able to satisfy increased standards for demonstration of income, so please consider maintaining your regular giving during this crucial time.
Q. In the meantime, how should I pray?
A. We encourage all the faithful to pray with the Universal Church each and every day by reciting the Divine Office, the Order of Daily Morning Prayer and the Order of Daily Evening Prayer, found in the Book of Common Prayer on pages 3 and 21, respectively.
Download How To Pray the 1928 American Prayer Book Divine Offices for use in your home. Or, visit http://commonprayer.org/ for an online version of the 1928 Daily Office, updated daily.
Q. How do I continue to support Saint Barnabas financially?
A. Saint Barnabas depends entirely upon your offerings to meet its obligations, provide for your worship, and extend its outreach. Please be generous. We hope that all of you will come to know the great blessing of following the biblical tithe as the standard for your stewardship of time, talent, and money.
To give online or set up a recurring gift, go to www.stbarnabasatl.org and choose “Giving” from the menu. Click the Donate Online button at the top of the page and you will be redirected to our online giving page.
Donate by Text (SMS)
Give using text message: Send a text message to 762-444-6623 with the amount you want to contribute (example: $25).
Mail a Physical Check
Physical checks may be made out to “St. Barnabas Anglican Church” and mailed to:
4514 Chamblee-Dunwoody Rd. Ste 262
Dunwoody, GA 30338
(please do not mail checks to the church's physical address)
Many banks offer online billpay, which can be used for recurring giving. Simply set St. barnabas Anglican Church as a payee using the mailing address above. Please use your email address or a phone number in place of an account id.
About Our Live and Recorded Videos of the Mass
Q. Why are we live streaming and broadcasting the Liturgy of the Church on the internet?
A. At this unprecedented time, Churches are employing digital technology and video broadcasting in order to make the Liturgy available to the faithful who are sheltering in place at home. 'Virtual' liturgy is not ideal, of course, but it is certainly the best option we have during this unparalleled situation. The broadcast of the Liturgy enables us to unite our hearts, minds, and souls with the offering of the Church's Sacrifice and invites us into an active and engaged participation in the worship of the Church, in union with our fellow Christians, our Church family. We can draw together with our fellow parishioners in a spiritual way and feel that we are with them as the Church's Liturgy is celebrated. We are able to join our own prayers, intentions, and sacrifices, our own adoration, confession, thanksgiving, and supplication, with the whole Catholic and Apostolic Church across time and around the world - in a virtual format. We are able through prayer to 'plug into' the Action of Christ in His Mystical Body, the Church.
The virtual liturgy also allows us to witness, both live and in recording, the actual Sacrifice of the Mass, the Consecration of the Precious Body and Blood of Christ, and the offering of the Eternal Sacrifice of Calvary made present on our Altars. The Church extends us the opportunity to make our own intentions and to offer them in spirit with Our Lord in the offering of the Eucharist. One may feel free to cross oneself, kneel, stand, and sit as one would usually do in Church. In beholding the Mass, we may say with Blessed Lancelot Andrewes, 'It is finished and done, so far as in our power, Christ our God, the Mystery of thy dispensation. For we have held remembrance of thy Death, we have seen the figure of thy Resurrection, whereof graciously vouchsafe to make us all partakers in the world to come.'
Additionally, one may make the Act of Spiritual Communion during the Holy Communion of the Celebrant, using the form provided on the website. As the Book of Common Prayer teaches, 'But if a man, either by reason of extremity of sickness, or for want of warning in due time to the Minister, or by any other just impediment, do not receive the Sacrament of Christ's Body and Blood, the Minister shall instruct him, that if he do truly repent him of his sins, and steadfastly believe that Jesus Christ hath suffered death upon the Cross for him, and shed his Blood for his redemption, earnestly remembering the benefits he hath thereby, and giving him hearty thanks therefor, he doth eat and drink the Body and Blood of our Saviour Christ profitably to his soul's health, although he do not receive the Sacrament with his mouth' (Page 323).