Join us for crafts on Christmas Eve from 2 pm, followed by carols round the crib and the puppets at 4 pm. Children, please bring an adult with you.

Put on the party clothes and join us for evening of fun, food and music on Saturday 8th December, 6.45 pm in the church hall, including disco and hot food. Tickets £7 from the church office, office@st-barnabas.net, Dawn Howitt or Hazel Hutchings.

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.

On Sunday 25th November there will be no evening service at St Barnabas. We will be joining with other churches across Teesside at The Oakwood Centre at 6 pm. Over 60 churches and charities will be represented as hundreds gather to worship Jesus under one roof!

This year’s Craft Aid is on Saturday 17th November, 10.15 am – 2 pm. There will be stalls, coffee, lunches, crafts, music and trains. All welcome.
All the money raised will be put to good use in the work of the Eye Clinic in Jachie, a village close to the city of Kumasi in Ghana. The building was partly funded by St Barnabas Church and opened in 2002, the work of Dr Rowland Cowley, a member of St Barnabas Church, who died last year.  Money raised at Craft Aid will be used for medication, treatment and updating equipment.

All are welcome to join us for a short Act of Remembrance between our two main morning services at 10.50 am on Sunday in church.

Photo by Oscar Nord on Unsplash

We started our new morning sermon series, ‘Everyday Faith’ on 9th September, with Blessing the backpacks.

We were invited to bring a bag that represented what we do during the week. It could be a school bag, a nappy changing bag, a briefcase, handbag etc…
We were reminded that God is with us wherever we go.

 

Did you know that St Barnabas IS ALREADY a Dementia Friendly Church?  What does this mean?  Would you like to become a Dementia Friend?  What will it involve and do you need to invest a lot of time?  All these questions and more will be answered at the awareness session on Wednesday, 24th October at 7.30pm in the narthex.
Watch this wonderful film of a member of our congregation, Hal.

Dementia is EVERYBODY’S business!  And together we can make a difference.

 

The Alpha Course begins on Monday 17th September, with an introductory supper in the Reid Room.

It continues on Monday 24th, 7.30 – 9 pm at the Start Studio, Park Road South.

Alpha is an opportunity for anyone to explore the Christian faith in a non-threatening, low key, friendly and fun environment. Alpha is a place where no question is too simple or too hostile. Why not come along?

Email office@st-barnabas.net if you want to come along.

As most people will be aware by now, unfortunately the interviews on 19th July did not lead to an appointment. Excellent though they were, none of the candidates demonstrated at this time, the ability to meet the criteria we had agreed in the parish profile were necessary to take St Barnabas into the future. Of course we are all disappointed, but the interview panel, chaired by Bishop Paul, were unanimous in its decision not to appoint.
It is planned that we re-advertise in September and in the meantime senior clergy will also be networking in the hope that a further round of interviews will be held in October.
At this important time in our life as the St Barnabas Church family we would like to encourage all of us to continue to:
pray regularly and earnestly that the person of God’s choice will be moved by the Holy Spirit to offer him or herself as a candidate
fulfil the roles that each of us has in the practical and spiritual life of the church
remain committed in our encouragement of one another by acknowledging that the different styles of worship across our services enable us all to continue to encounter the one true and living God and to glorify His name by our life and witness.
It is essential that we continue to move forward together in unity, so the three of us ask for your prayers that we and all in positions of leadership, may fulfil our roles with humility, vision and trust in each other and in God.
The epistle for the last Sunday in July could not be more appropriate as Paul writes (Eph3:20,21) “Now to him who by the power at work within us is able to accomplish more than all we can ask or imagine, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus to all generations for ever and ever. Amen”
Alistair, Graeme and Sam

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