The congregation at St. Barnabas Episcopal Church in Eagle Rock will hold its last service on Sunday, June 10 at 2:30 p.m. The congregation, now at about 15 members, is being disbanded because it is too small to shoulder the church’s rising expenses, said Karen Morgan, the senior warden and parish administrator at St. Barnabas. Ms. Morgan also said that severe parking problems had effectively made the church inaccessible.
St. Barnabas started as a mission in Eagle Rock in 1906. The current church, on the corner of Chickasaw and Caspar avenues, was built in 1924. Over the decades, activities at the church have been a mix of the religious and secular. In addition to Sunday services, there have been Christmas bazaars and meetings of Alcoholics Anonymous, Bible study and Scottish dance performances, Loaves and Fishes dinners for the homeless and Basta Pasta fundraising dinners, organ recitals and art exhibits, youth meetings and Girl Scouts. And it seems safe to say that St. Barnabas was the only place in town for pancake feasts on Shrove Tuesday, the day before Ash Wednesday, when English tradition calls for consuming pancakes in preparation for fasting during Lent.
Ms. Morgan said that the church building, which seats 70 people, will remain the property of the Episcopal Diocese of Los Angeles and will continue to be used for church-related activities, including Bible study. She also expects it to be used to support new ministries as the Diocese decides how to best use the property. Current members of the congregation have been informed about nearby Episcopal churches to choose from where they can continue to worship.