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.

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

Paul, in Ephesians 3: 20 said this:

‘to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.’

This verse provides the title for a key event in the life of St Barnabas – ‘Immeasurably More: St Barnabas Looks Forward’ – Saturday 28 March 2020, 10.30 am to 4 pm.

This is a day to gather the church family to listen to God and each other. Out of that day we’ll plan for St Barnabas in the next few years. Please be there if you possibly can.

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 7th February in church.

Hope to see you there at 5.30 pm!

Come along or email for more details. You’ll be in good company!

The church office will close on Friday 20th December and reopen on Thursday 2nd January 2020. If you need to contact us during that time, please ring the vicar on 01642 817306 or email

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:



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:

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 Information about the other new posts across the diocese is available at


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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