Our Sunday Sermon series at 9.30am, 11:15am & 6:30pm in May, and June will work through Mark, picking out highlights that help us explore some key aspects of discipleship. But this will be an accompaniment to the main event, which is us committing to read Mark together over the coming weeks, starting on Easter Sunday. Pick up a bookmark at church or follow the weekly readings on the St Barnabas Facebook page each Monday. If you use social media use #StBarnabasreadsMark to share reflections and photos so that we can create online discussion too. Together we will explore what it means to be a disciple of Jesus.
This year we are going to hold another Encounter renewal day, on Saturday 23rd June. Encounter gives us the chance as a church to set aside a day to retreat, to learn and to pray. The theme this year will focus around getting ready for the arrival of our new Vicar; how as individuals and as a church can we prepare well for the new season that will begin when our new Vicar arrives.
The Churchwardens and I have invited Matthew Porter (Vicar of The Belfrey, York), to lead us through the day, which he has generously agreed to. We look forward to hearing how Matthew will speak into our church at this very particular time.
This is a great opportunity for us to gather as a whole church from across our 5 services, to seek God together as a family. Particular consideration will be given to our times of sung worship to ensure they are as inclusive as possible for all the church. We are looking into the best way to provide a programme for children alongside the main sessions. The day is likely to run from 10-4pm,
Please put the date in your diary, because we would love to have as many people as possible there, from right across the whole church family. Full details about the day and how to sign up will be available nearer the time.
In 2016, the Archbishops of Canterbury and York invited Jesus’ 21st-century disciples to use the time between Ascension Day and Pentecost Sunday to rededicate themselves to prayer. What began as a Church of England initiative has quickly grown into a global and ecumenical call to prayer.
Here at St Barnabas, we want to be part of this event again this year and to join in both as a church and as individuals. We believe that prayer is a vital element in protecting and building us up both individually and as a church and that it is also a key factor in the growth of the Kingdom of God.
On Sunday 13th May the Evening Service will be holding a Give Day, where we will spend the afternoon serving the community. We will begin with lunch, briefing and prayer at 1pm. We will then set out from the church to serve local families through practical projects. We are working with Safe Families for Children to identify a couple of specific families that we can work with. We are likely to be doing painting, cleaning, gardening, and DIY, but it depends on what would be most helpful to the families we are linked up with. In the evening, instead of the usual service, we will gather together to share a meal, and to pray and reflect on the day.
To sign-up please join the event on our Facebook page, or contact Sam Tyndall. Please bring a packed lunch, and a few quid for the evening meal. Please to wear clothes you don’t mind getting mucky and bring any painting, cleaning or gardening equipment you’d be happy for us to use.
On Sunday 6th we will be taking a financial offering at the back of church to cover the basic costs of the day, such as decorating and cleaning materials. However, we would also love to be able to bless the families we are working with by buying them other items they might need if we raise enough money; perhaps new curtains, a toaster or storage for the childrens’ bedroom.
If you are not taking part but would like to support the Give Day, your prayerful and financial support would be much appreciated. For more information about the Give Day speak to a member of the Evening Service leadership team; Hannah Jeal, Hazel Murray, Linda Peacock, Miriam Swaffield, Pauline Barwick, Sam Tyndall and Simon Honeysett.
Philippa Hanna – Live at St Barnabas
Friday 8th June 2018 7:30pm
We’re so pleased to have Philippa Hanna stopping off at St Barnabas as part of her current UK tour – Come Back Fighting.
Philippa is an acclaimed British singer-songwriter currently splitting her time between Sheffield, Nashville and a hectic international touring schedule… and is coming to Middlesbrough as part of her UK tour on Friday June 8th, bringing her full band with her.
As well as becoming a leading light in the Christian & Gospel scene in Europe, the Barnsley-born singer has been invited to open tours for household names including Lionel Richie, Little Mix, Leona Lewis, Wet Wet Wet and Anastacia and Collabro.
Here’s Philippa talking about her new album
Tickets available online at eventbrite.co.uk £13.69 (inc fees)
See more at www.philippahanna.com
The Alpha Course begins on Monday 9th April, 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or just turn up.