Transitions at St. Barnabas
Eternal God, the heaven of heavens cannot contain you, much less the walls of temples made with hands. Graciously receive our thanks for this place, and accept the work of our hands, offered to your honor and glory.
- BCP, p. 578
The Rt. Rev. Deon K. Johnson will join the congregation of St. Barnabas Episcopal Church on Sunday, May 22, 2022, to mark a transition in the worship life of the Florissant parish.
The bishop will deconsecrate the original sanctuary at St. Barnabas and then consecrate a new worship space in their parish hall.
The old sanctuary was constructed in 1959 and has served as holy space for baptisms, weddings, funerals, and weekly worship services. In the fall of 2021, inspectors found flaws in the sanctuary's support beams and declared the space structurally unsound.
Since that inspection, the congregation has been removing precious items from the space and worshiping in their parish hall, which was built in 1992. The bishop will consecrate the parish hall as the new worship space. The congregation is working with Kuhn Construction to determine the next steps for the old sanctuary.
The service begins Sunday, May 22 at 4 p.m. Everyone is invited to attend to share prayers and memories of the old sanctuary and undercroft. Following the consecration, we'll enjoy refreshments and share stories. Where did you experience God in a special way in the worship spaces of St. Barnabas? Who do you want to remember?
The Deconsecration and Consecration of Worship Space at St. Barnabas
Sunday, May 22
St. Barnabas Episcopal Church
2900 Saint Catherine Street
Left: The original sanctuary and altar to be deconsecrated May 22.
Right: The new altar and worship space in the parish hall to be consecrated May 22.
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