Clergy and parishioners from St. Barnabas minister at three different prisons, two in Marion, and one in London, Ohio. This ministry began around the start of Great Lent in 2011. There are currently a total of 7 Orthodox prisoners, most of whom we baptized and/or chrismated after they were already in prison. We had a total of 8, but one man has been released from the prison. We currently have one catechumen who is ready to be received into the Church. There are several other men who come to our classes and services, some of whom are very interested in the Orthodox Faith.
There are prison visits usually twice a month at two of the prisons, and we have even celebrated the Divine Liturgy in one of them three times over the years. There is a more irregular visiting schedule at the third prison. The visits involve prayer, the daily Scripture readings, discussion and teaching related to the readings or other topics that are needed, sometimes a video series, and when the clergy visit, the reception of the Holy Mysteries (Confession, Holy Communion, Holy Unction, and Baptism/Chrismation when needed) by the Orthodox who are present there.
St. Barnabas actively supports select programs which help families who are in need. One of the programs supported is the Big Walnut Friends Who Share located in Sunbury. St. Barnabas provides needed item donations as well as monetary support to this charitable organization.
Members of St. Barnabas also participate in support of a food pantry and soup kitchen operated by St. Gregory of Nyssa Orthodox Church. This program provides meals and support to families in the Columbus, Ohio area.