Advent & Christmas 2017

Come and celebrate with us! The start of December is also the start of Advent, the four week season when the church prepares for the coming of Christmas. Despite the busyness and bustle of Christmas preparations, the church encourages us to slow down and reflect on the many meanings of the season: on the coming of Christ as a baby in the manger, on the coming of Christ at the end of time, and on the coming of Christ into our own hearts.

This year an Advent Quiet Morning at the start of the season and Evensongs each Sunday night help us focus and reflect on what the coming of Christ means for us and those we love.

December 2nd  – Advent Quiet Morning 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
December 3rd  – First Sunday of Advent 5:00 p.m. Evensong
December 10th  – Second Sunday of Advent 10:00 a.m. Advent Lessons and Carols 5:00 p.m. Evensong
December 17th – Third Sunday of Advent 8:00 a.m. Rite I 9:00 a.m. Church Sunday School and Forum 10:00 a.m. Rite II, Followed by Greening of the Church 5:00 p.m. Evensong
December 24th – Fourth Sunday of Advent/Christmas Eve 8:00 a.m. Rite I 10:00 a.m. Rite II 5:00 p.m.

Christmas Eve Family Mass and Pageant 8:00 p.m. Carol Sing and Midnight Mass
December 31st First Sunday after Christmas 10:00 a.m. Christmas Lessons and Carols


Welcome to St. Barnabas Episcopal Church located in Sykesville, MD! We are a parish of the Episcopal Church’s Diocese of Maryland and are part of the world-wide Anglican Communion. Our Sunday services are the Holy Eucharist, where we celebrate weekly Jesus’ own gift of himself to us through bread and wine. We loving having visitors–children are always welcome here–and we would be delighted to see you on Sunday morning! Our 8 AM service uses the traditional language services from the Book of Common Prayer (Rite I). This language is majestic, transcendent, yet still easy to understand. Our 10 AM service uses the contemporary language services from the Book of Common Prayer (Rite II). It is modern and updated yet has deep ties to our past. Read more about worship at St. Barnabas here.

We are located just off Route 32 on Forsythe Road, just a short way from downtown Sykesville. You can get directions from the map on the sidebar to your right.

Live Streaming of Services has come to St. Barnabas.  Please join us for Holy Eucharist Rite II at 10am (or later) on our St. Barnabas You Tube Channel (if you cannot make it in person).