Starting on Sunday 30th July, the pattern for our morning services will be:
8 a.m. Holy Communion
9.30 a.m. Morning Praise
11.15 a.m. All Age Praise Together (with creche in the Supper Room)

We go back to our normal service pattern with children’s groups in the hall on Sunday 3rd September.

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Over the past few years Bear Grylls has become the embodiment of adventure and outdoor survival in the public imagination. A former reservist in the SAS, Bear has climbed Everest, navigated the Northwest Passage and Paramotored over the Himalayas.

As well as being an adventurer, writer and television presenter, Bear is a former guest on Alpha and is sharing his story with the world as part of our global invitation to explore faith.

Bear’s is one of millions of different stories of exploration—of asking life’s biggest questions without knowing what will be found. Despite a life characterised by risk, danger and the unknown, it is this exploration that he describes as his ‘greatest adventure’. Watch Bear’s story here.

A new Alpha Course starts on Wednesday 13th September. Email the church office if you would like to attend or bring a friend along.


Building St Barnabas

2017—one year celebrating 125 years of God’s love and faithfulness

During its 125 years of existence St Barnabas Church has been a place where many prayers have been offered up to God, where tears have been shed, laughter shared and the Lord’s name has been honoured. It has been a place of welcome and nurture in the Christian faith and service to the local community.
Our prayer is that worship and service may continue at St Barnabas for generations to come.
Please join us as we celebrate God’s goodness together.

Programme of 125th anniversary events

Flower festival door

‘Our Community in Flowers’
We had a wonderful flower festival at the end of June to celebrate our 125th anniversary. Some of the beautiful arrangements can be seen here
Thank you to all who contributed to the event.


Barney’s Band will be playing at the Albert Park bandstand on Saturday 8th July, 12 noon to 2 pm. Come along, enjoy the music and bring a picnic.

Organ restoration

On Saturday 10th June we celebrated the restoration of the organ with a concert. The organists were Rt Revd Paul Ferguson, Bishop of Whitby, Mrs Diane Wood and Mr Keith Watkinson and there were items by St Barnabas Choir.


Bishop Paul will be leading our Confirmation service on Sunday 18th June at 10.15am. We will have one combined morning service, which will be followed by lunch together in the hall.

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Thy Kingdom Come nine days of prayer at St Barnabas:

Prayer room and prayer stations
Monday 29th May to Sunday 4th June: 9am–9pm daily
With resources and activities for all ages. Sign up to pray at the back of the church after services, or at:

Monday 29th May

9am-12noon: Church open for prayer (drop-in any time)

7pm: Evening of prayer led by the prayer team


Tuesday 30th May

7am: Church prayer meeting

2pm: Service of prayer led by clergy


Thursday 1st June

7pm- 9pm: Worship and prayer event – with other local churches


Saturday 3rd June

9am: Church prayer meeting

10am-12noon: Church open for prayer (drop-in any time)


Sunday 4th June

7.30-9pm: Beacon event at York Minster

Ticket required – see


Further details about the Thy Kingdom Come prayer week are at


Matthew Porter and a team from St Michael-le-Belfrey church in York were with us on Saturday 6th and Sunday 7th of May, an opportunity for us to recharge our batteries and spend time in the Lord’s presence together.

Erik writes about the weekend in May’s Outlook:

‘It was great to have Matthew Porter and the team from St Michael-le-Belfrey in York with us last weekend.  It was a very encouraging time and we saw God at work in our midst.

I think one of the lasting outcomes of the weekend will be a raised sense of expectation amongst us as to what the Lord can do and wants to do in and through us.  Somehow greater expectation seems to open up a wider channel for God’s grace and power to flow.’


Garden tomb

Maundy Thursday, 13th April Holy Communion, 7.30 p.m. in church

Good Friday, 14th April
Easter Crafts and Activities, 10 a.m. – 12 noon in the church hall.
Children, please bring an adult with you
An Hour at the Cross 2 pm in church

Easter Sunday 16th April
8 a.m. Holy Communion
9.30 a.m. Holy Communion
11.15 a.m. Holy Communion
6.30 p.m. Evening Praise


The Great Barneys Bakeoff
Easter Crafts and Puppets
St. Barnabas Church Hall
10 am – 12 noon
Good Friday 14th April
All children must be accompanied by an adult

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Worshipping together in Middlesbrough
– a prayer and worship event on Sunday 2nd April, 6 – 8 p.m. at Macmillan Academy, TS5 4AG

The evening will include a panel interview slot, with panel members Edward Kunonga, Head of Public Health for Middlesbrough, Barry Coppinger, Police and Crime Commissioner for Cleveland and Andy McDonald, MP for Middlesbrough.

A worship event for the whole church in Middlesbrough
One town
One church
One God
One mission
One night


Free to Be

– A day for women of all ages to be inspired and challenged through worship, testimonies, teaching and ministry.
Speaker: Laura Ryder
Laura is the Executive Director of Development at Mercy UK – a Christian charity committed to educating leaders, equipping individuals and empowering churches. Mercy UK provides effective discipleship resources, delivers pastoral leadership training days for church leaders and ‘people helpers’ and runs free of charge residential homes for young women with life controlling issues.
Introducing the day will be Revd Hannah Boyd, curate at St Mark’s Layton and St Luke’s Staining.
Worship band led by Dave Dixon from The Vine, Thornaby.

Buffet lunch and drinks provided. Cost £5

When: Saturday 1st April 2017, 9.30 am—3 pm
Where: St Barnabas Church, 1a St Barnabas Road, Linthorpe, Middlesbrough TS5 6JR

To book: contact St Barnabas Church Office tel. 01642 812622 email.

John Archer

The first man to fool Penn & Teller on ITV’s “Penn & Teller – Fool Us”, comedian, magician, actor, singer, musician, writer, didgeridoist… and all round modest guy.

John Archer is making a return visit to St Barnabas on Friday 10th March, doors open 7 pm for 7.30 pm start. Tickets are £7, available from the church office,

Communion 2

Ash Wednesday is this Wednesday. There will be an agape supper, an informal Communion service in the context of a meal, in church at 7 pm. Numbers are needed for catering, so please email if you are coming.



MEGSON bring their award winning folk music to the Boro!

Three times nominated in the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards and double winners of the Spiral Earth Awards Megson draw heavily on their Teesside heritage to create a truly unique brand of folk music.

The husband & wife duo bring an infectious mix of heavenly vocals, lush harmonies and driving rhythmic guitars. Comprising Debs Hanna (Vocals, Whistle, Piano Accordion) and Stu Hanna (Guitar, Mandola, Banjo) Megson have gained fame on the British folk scene, not only for their arresting & intelligent songwriting, but for their exquisite musicianship and northern humour. As fRoots Magazine puts it ‘if you don’t like the music here then you have a problem.

Summer 2016 saw the release of their much anticipated new studio album GOOD TIMES WILL COME AGAIN gaining them much critical acclaim. “One of the most original political folk sets of the year. Ewan MacColl would have been impressed.” said The Guardian. “Relevant, thought-provoking songs that would make Woody Guthrie proud” said Acoustic Magazine. While folk broadcasting legend Mike Harding described it as “One of the top albums of 2016.”.

Saturday 18th February
Doors 7:00pm – Music Starts 7:30pm

Tickets available from the church office.


There will be a ceilidh in church on Saturday 4th February, 7 p.m. – 10 p.m. Music provided by Barney’s Band. Tickets £5 including pie and peas (vegetarian option available) from Fiona Fletcher, Mel Downs or the church office.


Bookings are now being taken for the 2017 Step Forward event which will take place on Saturday 4th February 2017 at Bishopthorpe in York. Hosted by Archbishop Sentamu, this exciting free event is for anyone aged 18 – 30 who is considering ordained ministry in the Anglican Church and has been a real help in encouraging vocations.

Anyone who would like to book a place can do so via the ‘Step Forward’ website

Step forward 2017 conference leaflet


There will be a new Start Course starting on Sunday 8th January at 3.30 pm in St Barnabas Church. You’re invited to join us. We will try and create a safe space to explore some of life’s big questions that often get pushed to one side, and look together at the the basics of the Christian faith. Everyone is welcome, whether you’ve been to church before or not, we won’t make any assumptions.

Each session will start with refreshments, then we will watch some short DVD clips, followed by time to discuss in small groups. You won’t have to say anything, but all opinions are welcome.

The Start Course begins on Sunday 8th January, at 3.30 p.m. in the cafe area at the back of St Barnabas church. The course will run for 6 weeks, but why not come along to the first week and see what you make of it, we’d love to see you there! For more information contact Erik or the church office


Come and celebrate the beginning of the new year, the start of our 125th anniversary year, at church on Saturday 31st December, 11.30 pm – 12.15 am.

© 2014 St Barnabas, Middlesbrough
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