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!
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
About Our Facility Closure
Q. Will I be able to attend Saint Barnabas on Easter Day?
A. At this time, we do not yet know when Saint Barnabas will be able once again to open worship to the public. We are optimistic that it will be possible to return to a normal schedule no later than Whitsunday, the Feast of Pentecost. Currently, all parishioners are dispensed from the Sunday obligation of attendance at 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. Please remember that until the Dekalb County stay-at-home order is lifted, Saint Barnabas will have to remain closed. We shall not be able to have any services at Church for Holy Week and Easter.
Q. How will I know when it is time to reopen Saint Barnabas to the public?
A. We are generally following the guidance provided by our local, state, and federal authorities and institutions, the Georgia Department of Health, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and Johns Hopkins University, and also following the guidelines provided by our sister Apostolic Churches in the Atlanta metropolitan area, the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese and the Roman Catholic Archdiocese.
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. DeKalb County Georgia is currently under a stay-at-home order, which prohibits us from observing any public services or rituals. 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 cannot be heard until the stay-at-home orders have been lifted.
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 Office of Morning Prayer 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.
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 Donate from the menu. 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)
Online Billpay - 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.