The following ministries that serve the larger Cortez
community are available for you to participate in:

Tuesdays and Thursdays Grace's Kitchen serves a sit-down
meal. On Saturdays sack lunches are prepared and distributed. 
Between 45 and 140 persons avail themselves of these
services each day. You may participate by helping deliver food
from donors to the church, preparing food for cooking, cooking,
serving, providing hospitality to our patrons, or cleaning up. 
Call the church at 970-565-7865 to let us know you'd like to



Lunch groups for LGBTQ+ students meet weekly at Southwest Open School, Montezuma-Cortez High School, and Cortez Middle School for conversation, support, and community projects. St. Barnabas trains and coordinates adult facilitators for the program. If you are interested in being part of the planning committee, becoming a facilitator, or you or your child would like to know more about the groups, please call us at 970-565-7865.

This is just what it sounds like - a giant community meal open to anyone. You may participate by helping prepare food, cooking, serving, or cleaning up.  

The following ministries are more internal. They are ways to serve the St. Barnabas church family:

Acolytes carry torches or the processional cross and help the priest at the altar.  Following training, anyone over the age of 8 may serve.  If you are interested, talk with the Rector.

Lectors read the scripture lessons during Sunday worship. They may also lead the Prayers of the People. All ages are welcome. Because this is such a visible ministry, it is expected that the lectors will have good reading skills and will practice during the week preceding the Sundays they are scheduled. To participate call the office at 970-565-7865.

The Altar Guild prepares the sanctuary for worship. They work in teams as they take turns setting up for Holy Communion, caring for the linens, and overseeing the decorations for special occasions. Some members enjoy baking the altar bread. Everyone is invited to be trained. Call the office if you are interested


Those in the nursery care for our children who are toddlers up to age three. It is hoped that every person in the congregation will take a turn in this most important ministry. Training consists of completing Safeguarding God's Children.

Our Sunday School teachers work with children ages three to sixth grade using Catechesis of the Good Shepherd, a Montessori based form of Christian Formation for children and Holy Moly (but not together). They have been certified in Safeguarding God's Children.

The Youth Group is for our kids from fifth grade through high school.  Planning is done as a team.  Training includes completing Safeguarding God's Children.


Serving Christ in all persons at St Barnabas

COVID-19 UPDATE: Grace's Kitchen will continue to serve the community through takeout meals at our normal times. Visit our COVID-19 page under "Connect" for current practices, statements, and photos. If you would like to donate to Grace's to support us during this time, visit the Support St. B's page.