This Sunday, 7th June, at 6.30 pm we are restarting our evening worship with a new sermon series ‘Faith in Anxious Times’, looking at how prayer can help us in challenging times like the present. The service will be on Zoom, which means it will be more interactive than we can manage at our 10.30 worship and the link is below. The service will be an experiment technologically. All welcome, but please be patient with the tech.

Join us with meeting ID 893 7209 4818 and the password ‘toast’.

You can now hear St Barnabas Sunday worship on the phone. Call 01642 130011 to hear our service from Sunday morning each week. Calls cost whatever you pay for a local call. Please share this with friends from church who can’t join us online.

Immeasurably More is the name for a process where St Barnabas is praying over and pondering what God is calling us to in the coming years. It was to have centred on a day on 28th March. After that, the aim was for the church council to formulate a ‘Mission Action Plan’, which would guide the church in the years ahead

The day on 28th March, sadly, had to be cancelled due to coronavirus, but Immeasurably More is continuing. The church council has agreed new plans. During the summer months we will consult as widely as possible across the church, whether that involves actually meeting, or meeting online and via the postal service. The PCC will meet in August to draw together these threads and a ‘Mission Action Plan’ will be in place by September.

Below is a revised programme for Immeasurably More, St Barnabas’ programme for future planning.

The new programme is designed to be run online, via Zoom. It will be led by the church staff team, but with plenty of room for discussion. Questionnaires will be sent out by post to members the church family who have no access to the internet or prefer to contribute on paper,  so that everyone can feed in their thoughts.

The planned programme is as follows:
Weds 17 June, 7.30 to 9 pm  ZOOM SESSION ONE: Who are we ?
Weds 24 June, 7.30 to 9 pm ZOOM SESSION TWO: Where are we ?
Weds 1 July  7.30 to 9 pm ZOOM SESSION THREE: Where are we going ?
Based on these conversations, the PCC, wardens and staff team will oversee the drafting of a Mission Action Plan (MAP), which will be shared with the wider congregation in September.

Please keep this process in your prayers.

The Alpha Course is a great chance to explore the Christian faith and ask questions in a relaxed, informal setting. The time of coronavirus makes us ask spiritual questions.

St Barnabas is running an online Alpha course, starting on Tuesday 2 June, 7pm to 9pm. If you are interested, please contact our administrator Barbara Edwards via office@st-barnabas.net.

Please think over whether anyone you know would like to  do Alpha. Here is a link where you can find out what Alpha is like https://vimeo.com/417956226.

Naomi Smith, the church’s Director of Music, will be stepping down at the end of July. Naomi has given a huge amount to this ministry and in due course we will be thanking her for all she has done.

The PCC has been meeting over recent months to discuss the future. Thank you to everyone who has shared ideas. The PCC met on Monday 4th May and agreed a strategy for music at St Barnabas, going forward.

Church is very different right now, due to lockdown. But we need to take action soon. July is not far away!

The primary aim is to ensure the sustaining and flourishing of all musical traditions across the church – both the choir and the various worship bands  – so that we offer God worship which honours Him and builds church members as disciples of Him.  We have a great team of musicians and singers. This needs to continue, grow and flourish. We are especially concerned that music-making by young people expands at St Barnabas.

The PCC agreed that Naomi has an unusually wide range of gifts and that, in future, we would need a broader range of people to do music ministry and that we will need to seek a paid staff member, as part of that broader mix.

We are planning the following:

–        To bolster the 9.30 am service by creation of a 9.30 am leadership team, led by the vicar, who will oversee music in the service

–        To recruit an ‘organ scholar’ for the 9.30 am service, who will support music in that service as they themselves learn to play the organ

–        To recruit a paid worship leader, who will lead the team of musicians for the 11.15 am and 6.30 pm services. This leader will play at the 9.30 am service, but will not have leadership of the music for that service

Necessarily, what happens will be shaped by the gifts and skills of those appointed. Work on these changes has started and we aim that the above will be in place by September.

Thank you for your ideas and prayers over this matter. Do contact either of us if you have any concerns or questions. And please hold the process and all involved in your prayers in the coming months.

Word of mouth is a great way of making contact. The advert is now out, so please share it with anyone you know, including from people from other churches, near and far and encourage them to pass it on too.

Yours,

David Goodhew, Mel Downs and Graeme Malyon

St Barnabas is looking to recruit an enthusiastic and faith-filled person to join our growing staff team as a worship leader.

St Barnabas Church, Middlesbrough is a lively evangelical Anglican church of 300 people. We are in an exciting chapter of church life, being in the process of setting a new vision for the next 5 years. We are keen to recruit an enthusiastic and faith-filled person to join our growing staff team as a worship leader. Set in a town which includes some of the poorest parts of the UK, we are passionate about Jesus and his good news and sharing God’s love with all. This is a half-time post, but could be full time, if the applicant takes on additional responsibilities within church life, appropriate to the skill-set of the applicant. The salary is £20 000 per annum full time.

The successful candidate will combine:

  • A passion for Jesus and his church and a readiness to give a spiritual lead as part of the wider staff team
  • strong musical gifts and the ability to lead worship with energy, heart and creativity
  • the ability to discern, nurture and release the gifts of a large group of musicians of varying abilities and backgrounds

For further information and an informal conversation, contact the vicar of St Barnabas, David Goodhew on 01642 817306 or via david@st-barnabas.net

For a sense of St Barnabas, look us up on the web (http://www.st-barnabas.net/) or facebook (https://www.facebook.com/stbarnabasmiddlesbrough) , but please bear in mind that church life looks somewhat different right now, due to current restrictions

Job specification and application form

Caring for one another as a church family is core to being a Christian. Here are arrangements for how we support one another as a church family during the coronavirus outbreak.
 
First, we’ve seen a great deal of care shown since we came to St Barnabas. Please keep it up! Phoning people, emailing, skype, sending a card – this really matters. Please think if there is someone you could contact.
 
Second, the church leadership have created a network of ‘pastoral contacts’. The ‘pastoral contacts’ will be looking out for members of the congregation. They include Life Group leaders and designated members of groups within the church – namely the choir, the music group, Lydia, Beta, Prayer Ministry Team, Cleaning Team, Gardening Team, Footloose Ladies, Welcomers, Home Communicants. They will offer support.
 
Third, children and families have particular needs. Mark Walley is heading up a ‘Children & Families Taskgroup’ who will be supporting children and families during this period.
 
Fourth, we have formed a ‘Senior Pastoral Team’. This consists of myself, Lindsey, Mark Walley, Allison Ward, Ann Watson, Kate and Ray Morris, Ken Whiteway and John Ravalde. The ‘Senior Pastoral Team’ will support the team of pastoral contacts and offer whatever pastoral support is needed beyond that.
 
Fifth (!), if you have concerns about anyone – especially those not connected with the groups named previously – please get in touch with us.
 
These are difficult days, but Christian community is a great thing and we all have a part to play in making that community a reality. 
 
We are praying for you. Please pray for us.
 
David and Lindsey Goodhew
 
Tel 01642 817306
david@st-barnabas.net
lindsey@st-barnabas.net

These are difficult, unprecedented days. Psalm 55 says ‘Cast your cares on the Lord and he will sustain you.’ We need to take this to heart especially when we feel overwhelmed. We may feel unsure, but we have hope in Christ.

Following new guidance from the government and the Church of England, as vicar and churchwardens of St Barnabas, we met this morning and agreed for following:

  • With great regret, all public worship and church activities are suspended until further notice. You can find more details from this letter from Archbishops Justin and Sentamu here: https://www.churchofengland.org/more/media-centre/news/archbishops-call-church-england-become-radically-different-public-worship) This means there will NOT be communion on Wednesdays, starting from tomorrow, 18th March, nor will there be public worship on Sundays, starting from 22 March.
  • ‘Immeasurably More’ on 28 March has been postponed. It will still happen, but we cannot yet give a date.
  • However prayer and worship will continue and are crucial in these days. Daily prayer will be taking place in St Barnabas. You will not be able physically to attend the daily prayer.
  • A short act of worship will be live-streamed from church this coming Sunday. We plan to offer a growing diet of worship online. You will not be able physically to attend the live-streamed worship.

In addition, we are creating four ‘taskgroups’:

  • Pastoral Taskgroup, led by David and Lindsey Goodhew, to oversee care for all members of the church, especially the most vulnerable
  • Children, Young People & Families Taskgroup, led by Mark Walley, to oversee the support and Christian nurture of children and families who are part of St Barnabas
  • Social Action Taskgroup, led by Lindsey Goodhew, to oversee support for vulnerable people in the wider community via Foodbank and other agencies
  • IT Taskgroup, led by David Goodhew and Mark Walley, to oversee enhanced use of IT in church life in coming months

Church life will be overseen in the immediate future by the churchwardens and vicar meeting regularly together. If you have any concerns, whether about the church or specific individuals, please get in touch with us – details below.

You are much in our prayers, please keep us in yours.

Yours,

David Goodhew – 01642 817306 or david@st-barnabas.net

Mel Downs – mel@st-barnabas.net

Graeme Malyon – gmalyon2001@yahoo.com

The church office will be closed for the present. If you need to contact the administrator tel 01642 651818 or email office@st-barnabas.net

The vicar can be contacted on 01642 817306 or email david@st-barnabas.net

For those pondering the historical reliability of the New Testament, a great place to start is this lecture by Dr Simon Gathercole, a senior academic at Cambridge University. in a lecture entitled, ‘Did we Get Jesus Right? Jesus in the Canonical & the Apocryphal Gospels’, Gathercole tackles the so-called ‘gospels’ which promoted by the media in recent years and how they contrast with the four gospels of the New Testament. The lecture is both informative and shows the far greater historical value of the New Testament gospels. It is dated 8 September 2012 and can be accessed here

Mini Praise is a baby and toddler group run by St Barnabas Church. You and your child can expect a warm welcome, space to play with toys, an altogether time of toddler-friendly Bible stories, singing and prayer, tasty snacks and fun craft.

It runs every Friday during the school term from 10 – 11.30. It costs £2 for each child.

First Friday is our monthly event for families on the first Friday of every month, 5.30 pm – 7.30 pm. We always have a meal together and lots of fun activities.

The first First Friday of 2020 is on Friday 3rd April in church.

Hope to see you there at 5.30 pm!

Come along or email office@st-barnabas.net for more details. You’ll be in good company!

The new Alpha Course begins on Wednesday 2nd October, 7.30 pm – 9 pm at the Start Studio, 2 Park Road South, Linthorpe, TS5 6HB. If you’d like to come along email the church office: office@st-barnabas.net

 

 

What comes to mind with the word “Theology?” Boring? Academic? Dry? Elitist?

But “theology” is about God, the dynamic, surprising, and thrilling Creator who became flesh but will not sit still in a university library or in an academic classroom. “Theology” is rigorous thinking about the God who reveals himself not just to theologians, but to everyone who would seek him out.

Theology is for everyone.

We invite you to join a new venture sponsored by churches in Teesside and in partnership with Cranmer Hall, St John’s College at Durham University. Theology for Everyone is a series of lively presentations with interactive discussion about the exciting God who is revealed to us in Scripture. It is time for theology to explode out of the libraries and classrooms and spill out onto our city streets. Join us as we meet God afresh and seek to follow him in his mission.

Theology for Everyone: Teesside is back with six sessions, taking place monthly in Stockton-on-Tees, and starting Wednesday 18 September 2019.

Timings: 7 – 9.15pm (doors open 6.45)

Venue: Stockton Baptist Church

Cost: per session £10/£5 (online £8/£4) | all 6 sessions £45/£23 (online £40/£20)

Keep up to date via our Facebook page:

https://www.facebook.com/theologyforeveryone/

More details here

Revd Mark Whalley, who is going to be our new curate, was ordained at York Minster on 30th June. We look forward to Mark, Alice and the family joining us at St Barnabas later in the summer.

We are pleased to announce that Bishop Paul has appointed Sam Tyndall as 20-40s Minister for Coulby Newham. Sam will be based at St Cuthbert’s, Marton with the specific aim of starting a new worshipping community in Coulby Newham. The focus of Sam’s work will be young adults and families who don’t currently attend church.

Sam’s new post in Coulby Newham is part of the Diocese of York’s strategy to reach people in their 20s-40s. To read more about this work visit bit.ly/York20-40sStory. Information about the other new posts across the diocese is available at bit.ly/York20-40sMinisters.

 

Sam writes ‘I’m so pleased to have been given this exciting opportunity to seek to reach new people in Coulby Newham. I believe that God longs for more people to know him, and that the Church needs to do everything we can to share God’s transforming love with as many people as possible. I am so pleased that St Cuthbert’s is taking this call seriously by being willing to host me as a 20-40s minister, and send me out onto Coulby Newham to start this new work. Please pray for me as I finish my curacy at St Barnabas, that God will prepare me for the difficult role he has called me to. Pray too that God will be preparing the ground, that this work will be fruitful, not through my efforts, but through God working in wonderful ways in the lives of people who don’t yet know him’.

Bishop Paul commented, ‘Sam has a deep love of God and his people, in particular those in their 20s – 40s.  I am delighted that he is moving within the deanery.  I know that Sam will help the people of the parish to grow in faith and will be a friend to all who live, work, pray and learn in this community.’

Sam is married to Becky, and they have two young daughters. Sam and family will be moving over the summer, once Sam his curacy has come to an end. Sam’s final Sunday at St Barnabas will be Sunday 28th July. He will be licensed to his new role at St Cuthbert’s on Monday 29th July at 7.30pm.

Our new morning sermon series is on the 12 prophets in the Old Testament who are known as the minor prophets, because their books are small, not because they don’t have lots of important things to teach us! We started on Sunday 17th February with Hosea and continue with Joel, Amos, Jonah, Obadiah and Micah.

Transforming Teesside Together is a relational network of Churches, Christians and Christian Charities across the Teesside area, existing to promote unity, partnership and collaboration across the amazing spectrum of Jesus’ Church here in Teesside.

We are ONE Church, we have ONE King, and we are on ONE Mission.

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