As part of our 125th anniversary, there will be a performance of Handel’s Messiah on Saturday 28th October in church by a choir of church members and friends. Tickets are £5, available from Alistair Bolton and the church office or on the door.
Mondays from 7.30pm in the Reid Room
11th September – 30th October 2017
This autumn we are running The Prophecy Course. Using a mixture of interactive teaching, group discussion and opportunities to have a go for ourselves, The Prophecy Course is designed to help all people to hear from God and use the gifts of prophecy.
The Prophecy Course seeks to give “a solid, biblical foundation for their understanding of the prophetic” and provide people “with the confidence to step out and use the gift of prophecy.”
The course is open to all, whether or not you have any experience of prophecy, and takes a down-to-earth accessible approach to the following topics:
– Understanding Prophecy
– Tuning In
– Learning to Hear God’s Voice
– The Holy Spirit
– Growing in the Prophetic
– Guidelines and Good Practice
– Weighing Prophecies; Responding to the Prophetic
– Prophetic Ministry
We will be asking for a contribution to cover the costs of the participant booklets (suggested donation £7).
More information is available on the accessible prophecy website: http://accessibleprophecy.com/resources/the-prophecy-course/
To sign-up and for more details contact Sam Tyndall email@example.com
Erik writes in this month’s Outlook:
The preacher and writer Tim Keller recently tweeted:
‘God doesn’t tell Moses, “Tell them, I am what you want.” He says, “Tell them, ‘I am what I am.’”
He also, in a paper outlining the changes that take place as a church grows, noted this:
‘The larger the church – the more planning and organization must go into events. More lead time is necessary to communicate well. A higher quality of production in general is expected in a larger church and therefore events cannot simply be just “thrown together.”’ – ‘The more high quality aesthetics must be present.’ – ‘The larger the church, the more the music becomes an attractor on its own.’
A consequence of this tendency is that the larger the church the more people may be inclined to relate to it as consumers, rather than as worshippers committed to a fellowship. They come along because they like the ambience and the music; they find the experience uplifting – entertaining even. But if they have ‘something better’ to do, or they would rather simply have a lie in, then they will give church a miss for that week. It isn’t commitment that gets them there, but consumer choice.
Such choice may be exercised in other ways too. For example, some may choose to attend services on some Sundays of the month and not others because the services on those other Sundays, ‘don’t suit them’.
And of course, the larger the church, the less those who attend will be missed. Their absence may not even be noticed in the same way as it would be in a smaller church, where everyone knows everyone else.
Statistics and anecdotal evidence would suggest that, in general in the UK, those who habitually attended church twice on a Sunday are more inclined now to attend once; those who attended three or four times a month attend two or three times and so on. This can partly be explained by the fact that more people have family who live in another part of the country and so weekends are spent elsewhere than in our home town. That is understandable. But how many attend church elsewhere when they are out of town on a Sunday?
The real concern here is not just what this makes church – a consumer choice – but what it makes us – consumers. Consumers who may not necessarily seek ‘the God we want’ (because we’re worth it?), but who will seek God when we want; when it suits us, when there is nothing more attractive on offer.
Some will cry that you don’t have to be in church to worship God. Indeed, Romans 12 says the whole of our lives should be an act of spiritual worship. But I would suggest that we are far more likely to worship God with our lives if we make a priority of gathering with his people to worship him on Sundays. Our Sunday priorities may reveal more about our life priorities than we are comfortable to acknowledge.
As sons and daughters of the living, ‘I am what I am’ God, we are called to much more than consumerism. Consumerism is essentially an individual pursuit. We are not isolated individuals, as Archdeacon Sam reminded us so powerfully recently. We are the body of Christ, and each of us is called to play our unique part in building up the body. We belong to one another and have a responsibility to each other. We thrive and flourish, not when we get everything we want, even the god we want, but when we are in right relationship with the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, and with each other.
In his letter to the Ephesians, Paul paints a wonderful picture of what the church should be. The late John Stott entitled his commentary on Ephesians, ‘God’s new Society’. We are God’s new society. Our life together should challenge the consumerism and individualism of Western culture. We do a great disservice to God and to our brothers and sisters in Christ when we make even our worship a consumer choice. That is not why Christ died, nor why he gives gifts to his church.
‘So Christ himself gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the pastors and teachers, to equip his people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ.’ Ephesians 4:11-13
God does not pander to our choices, but calls us to worship and equips us for service.
There will be a family ceilidh in church on Saturday 14th October, 6 p.m. -9 p.m. Music provided by Barney’s Band. Tickets £2 and please bring a contribution to a finger buffet. Tickets available from Fiona Fletcher, Mel Downs or the church office. All ages welcome. Bring your friends.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to attend or bring a friend along.
Our normal morning service pattern resumes this Sunday:
8 a.m. Holy Communion
9.30 a.m. Morning Praise
11.15 a.m. Praise Together (with creche in the Supper Room and groups for children and young people ages 4-14)
Come along and join us!
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.
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.
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: www.24-7prayer.com/signup
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 www.belfrey.org/thykingdomcome.html
Further details about the Thy Kingdom Come prayer week are at https://www.thykingdomcome.global/
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.’
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
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
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. email@example.com
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, firstname.lastname@example.org
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 email@example.com if you are coming.