Focus Ministries

Ashes to Go – This ministry began in 2018 out of an effort to make the Ash Wednesday service accessible to more people throughout the city.  This is a drive- through service in which members of the congregation read a brief service and prayer to those who pull up to receive ashes.  Last year, the church set up operations in the parking lot of a local mall and dispensed ashes to roughly 5,000 people from 6 AM through 7 PM.

Bubba Bees– The men of the church started this ministry in 1999 and meet monthly.  The “Bubbas” hold a major fundraiser – barbeque with a raffle and auction – in October.  Monies from this event help provide support and donations to community organizations, such as Timon’s Ministry, Mother Teresa Shelter, and other women’s and children’s shelters.  Additionally, each Christmas, the group sponsors an Angel Tree and invites members of the church to provide gifts for families in need.  Each Angel Tree family is also provided with a Christmas dinner.

Compline – This prayer service is streamed on week nights over Facebook and YouTube since 2019.   Currently, three parishioners, led by Robin Vahle, alternate leading the prayer service at 9 PM, Monday through Thursday, from their homes.

Daughters of the King – The Enduring Grace Chapter was formed at St. Bartholomew’s Church in 2002.  There are currently thirteen ladies participating in this group that focus on prayer, evangelism, and service.

Pastoral Care Team – This group was started in 2022 to assist the Interim Priest.  Team members provided one-to-one Christ-centered care by listening, encouraging, offering emotional and spiritual support, and when requested, serving as lay eucharistic ministers to those who are ill, trouble, or unable to attend church services.

Queen Bees – The women of the church started this group in 2017.  In addition to performing services to support the congregation, the ladies conduct three major fundraisers each year; the Fall Bake Sale, the Christmas Cookie Exchange, and a Style Show and Luncheon.  Monies from these events support a variety of community charitable organizations including a large donation to the Coastal Bend Day of Giving.

Vestry– Most of the current vestry members have agreed to serve an extended term through the transition of a new rector.