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Making Christ's Love Known

St. Barnabas' believes that God has blessed us with spiritual and financial resources to do God's work within the parish and beyond. Our ministries of service to the community and within the church are almost too many to number! Here are some examples of outreach programs we support and participate in:

Annandale Christian Community for Action (ACCA)

ACCA is a group of 26 churches working together to help those in need in our community. St. Barnabas' supports ACCA both financially and with volunteer energy. ACCA provides financial assistance and food, distributes donated furniture, gives rides to medical appointments, and provides scholarships to students with special challenges. St. Barnabas' participates enthusiastically in the annual Rebuilding Together project and the Annandale CROP Walk, which raises funds for Church World Service's hunger and refugee relief programs and the ACCA food pantry.


 Annandale Safe Youth Project (ASYP)

This after-school program is housed at St. Barnabas', in partnership with Fairfax County and Second Story. It may have 10 - 15 children on any given day. It provides the children a safe environment after school, offering homework help and tender loving care. It gives them a chance to become part of a stable group, grow and develop their personalities, and have caring adult mentors. Second Story (formerly Alternative House) provides a professional program coordinator and assistant, while St. Barnabas' provides most of the volunteers. New volunteers are always welcome.


Annandale Neighborhood Food Program

Volunteers distribute groceries to hungry families every Thursday evening at Immanuel United Methodist Church. Food prepared by a variety of local groups and churches is given to people in need without asking questions or requiring a referral. See this local blog article.


Fairfax Area Christian Emergency and Transitional Services (FACETS)

This hot meals program, in cooperation with 20 other Fairfax County churches, gives St. Barnabas' the opportunity to engage in direct, hands-on outreach to those challenged by homelessness. On the first Sunday of each month, volunteers prepare and deliver complete hot meals for homeless families temporarily housed in motels by Fairfax County. Over 30 parish members shop, cook and deliver for this program--"We love our work!"


These are just some of the many outreach activities of St. Barnabas'. We seek to live out our call to be Christ's servants in the world though word and action.