Feast of fun 2Join us every Friday in August for fun activities for primary school-aged children. Each week we’ll be using a different bible story with a summer theme for our games and crafts. Every event will involve FREE food for the whole family.

Here’s what to expect on a Feast of Fun Day:
When children arrive at the school our hospitality team will get them signed in. If they don’t have a signed consent form, a parent or carer will need to bring them along to sign the forms for us.
Then we will head through to the hall, have a snack and work on a collage together in our teams while we wait for everyone to arrive. This will be a good chance to get to know the children and adults in our teams.
After that we’ll go to the upstairs hall for some fun time together to hear about the theme of the day, including the bible story for the week – they all have a water or sand theme. Expect acting, songs, and team leaders dressing up in silly costumes!
Then it will be time in our groups doing a craft activity, before heading out onto the playground (if the weather is good) for games, and to work up an appetite ready for lunch!
At 12 noon we’re inviting parents and carers, and younger siblings to come and join us for our Community Lunch. Feast of fun 3There will be tasty, healthy food, with a couple of options to cater to different preferences. All food will be vegetarian (although there will be fish). This will be a great chance for us all to get to know each other, and have a good catch-up about what we’ve been upto in the morning.

It would really help us if you could book in advance. Places can be booked online here or by downloading an application form Feast of Fun consent form.
If you have any questions please call the office on 01642 812622
The details;
Feast of Fun at Ayresome School: 10th, 17th & 24th August
10.30am-12pm Activities
12pm Family Lunch

Feast of fun 1PLUS at St Barnabas Church;
3rd August – First Fridays*
Our regular event for families with primary aged children (happens on the First Friday of every month).
5.30-7.30pm including tea

31st August – BiG FEAST*
End of summer celebration with BiG KIDS (http://bigkids.org.uk/)
10.30am-12.30pm including lunch
*children need to be accompanied by an adult at these events

Barney’s Band played outside church on Saturday 14th July. We welcomed passers by to join us for tea, cakes and scones and enjoy the lively music by the band.

Thank you to all those who prayed and gave towards the recent Give Day, it was a great success! A group of about 20 of us spent the afternoon of Sunday 13th May out serving 2 families who live within walking distance of the church. 
At the first house the team decorated a large living/dining room for a mum and her 2 young children. As well as doing a great job of the painting (some of the team stayed till after 9pm to make sure it all got done properly), the team also completed various DIY jobs such as putting up a curtain rail and new curtains, and giving furniture a make over with furniture paint. The end result was a transformed room.
The second house was a family that the Streetlights team had met when they were out knocking on doors in the parish, telling people about the church. At this house, one team tackled the garden, pulling out lots of weeds from the front and back yard, putting down artificial grass, and taking several car loads of rubbish to the tip. Inside, another team decorated the girls’ bedroom, painting and wallpapering to brighten up the room.
In the evening, instead of our usual service, we gathered back at church for a shared meal, and swapped stories about what we’d done in the day. We worshipped God and prayed for the families we’d met that afternoon, and others facing similar challenges across our town.
It was a privilege to be welcomed into two local homes, and to be able to serve them practically for the afternoon. Our hope and prayer is that our small gesture will speak of God’s love and care for the families we met for a long time to come.

I’d love to invite you to join us on Saturday 23rd June for our Encounter Day. We’ll be taking the opportunity to gather as a whole church family, from across our 5 services, for this special day. As we continue in the vacancy, this time of waiting, the Encounter Day offers us the chance to put aside a day to be refreshed and to prepare.

The day will consist of teaching sessions from our guest speaker, times of sung worship and ministry, seminars and time to be together.

Guest Speaker

The Churchwardens and I have invited Matthew Porter, Vicar of The Belfrey Church in York to be our speaker. Matthew is a man of vision, and a gifted and prayerful communicator, who I believe God will use to speak to us as a church at this particular point in our shared life together. Matthew has a passion for God working through His church to bring transformation and revival in the North of England. For more about Matthew have a look at his blog: https://matthewporter.wordpress.com/


Encounter is a chance for us all to have a retreat day, a day set aside to seek God together. To Encounter him through prayer, teaching, sung worship, and each other. Often on Sundays our time is short and we don’t have the chance to dwell in God’s presence and to have extended times of teaching. Encounter is a great opportunity to be refreshed in our walk as disciples of Jesus as we gathe as a community.


We have asked Matthew to focus his teaching sessions around ‘Getting Ready’. As we continue to pray that God will bring the right person to be our next vicar, at the right time, I hope this day will be an important part of us preparing well for the next season of life at St Barnabas. We have the opportunity to put this day aside to seek God, as individuals and as a community, asking him to help us get ready for all he wants to do in and through us.


Sung worship will play a key part in the day. Musicians from across our Sunday services have kindly agreed to lead our sung worship. This will allow us to reflect the diversity of our worshipping life at St Barnabas, as we gather together as a church for the Encounter Day.


The day will run from 10am-4pm. A full timetable will be available soon. We will eat lunch together, please bring a packed lunch.

We are planning to provide a crèche area and children’s activities during the day. Details will be made available as soon as plans have been finalised.

I believe Encounter is going to be a significant day in the life of our church, so please make every effort to join us if you can.


Book up at church or online at eventbrite

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.

We’re looking forward to a great evening of music, and the chance to hear more of Philippa’s story, and the difference having faith in Jesus makes in her life. This will be a great event to bring friends to.
For a flavour of Philippa’s music, check out these videos:

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

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.

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.

Join us for our services this Easter Sunday
8 am Holy Communion
9.30 am Holy Communion
11.15 am All Age Communion, with creche available
6.30 pm Evening Praise

Holy Saturday is in many ways a mystery – a day of grief, questions and silence. Join us at 10 am in church for a reflective time, with simple liturgy, music and readings prepared to help us all make space and hold the silence of this holy day. 

Maundy Thursday 29th April, 7.30 pm Holy Communion
Good Friday, 30th March, 2—3pm An Hour at the Cross
Holy Saturday, 31st March, 10 am Reflective service
Easter Sunday, 1st April 8 am Holy Communion
9.30 am Holy Communion
11.15 am All Age Communion
6.30 pm Evening Praise

Easter Crafts and Puppets
We’re going on an Egg Hunt!
St. Barnabas Church Hall
10 am – 12 noon
Good Friday 30th March
All children must be accompanied by an adult

“Serving God is one of the best things you can do with your life and there are many ways to carry out this calling. If you are a Christian aged between 18 and 30, might God be encouraging you to consider ordained ministry in the Church of England?”
Dr. John Sentamu, Archbishop of York

What is Step Forward?

A day for anyone aged 18 to 30 considering ordained ministry in the Church of England. There will be:
Time for worship, prayer and Bible study
An opportunity to find out what being ordained is really like – its highs and lows
Space to look at your own experience and what God might be calling you to in the future
The chance to discover how the selection process and ordination training programmes work

Who is it for?
Step Forward is for anyone aged 18 to 30 who is wondering whether God might be calling them to ordained ministry in the Church of England.

You may have already taken some steps down this route – or you may never have thought about it until now! Either way, the day will help you think, talk and pray through this question.

Booking at www.stepforwardanglican.org.uk

Join us in Lent to seek God’s guidance for the coming season
Wednesday 15th March, 8 – 9pm in church

The funeral of Mr Rowland Cowley OBE MBBS DO FRCS(Ed) FRCOphth will take place in St Barnabas Church on Friday 29th December at 2.30 pm. Family flowers only please. Donations for The Anglican Eye Clinic Jachie, if desired, in lieu of flowers. A collection box will be available at the church.

There will Christmas crafts in the church on Christmas Eve, from 2 pm, ending with carols round the crib at 4 pm with the puppets. All welcome, children please bring an adult with you.

Our service of nine lessons and carols is next Sunday at 6.30 pm

We warmly welcome you to our services over Christmas.


Sunday 10th December

6.30 pm Contemporary Carol Service


Sunday 17th December

9.30 am Morning Praise

11.15 am Praise Together with children’s groups as usual

12.45 pm Lunch Together in the church hall

6.30 pm Service of Nine Lessons and Carols


Christmas Eve Sunday 24th December

10.30 am Family Carol Service

2 pm Christmas crafts in church for all the family – children, please bring an adult with you

4 pm Carols round the crib

11.15 pm Midnight Communion


Christmas Day

9.30 am Holy Communion

10.30 am Family Service


Sunday 31st December

9.30 am Holy Communion

11.15 am All Age Communion

No evening service


Join us for our contemporary carol service on Sunday 10th December at 6.30 pm. An informal service, with music, nibbles and something to think about. This is usually very popular, so come in good time to get a seat.

If you’ve never been to one of our family events in church before here’s what to expect;

You’ll greeted by our friendly team on the door, who will  take you to you table, and get you signed in. Each table will have a host, who will let you know what’s happening when. We’ll share a small Christmas dinner together (the first one of 2017?!) till about 6:15pm.

After that, we will continue sitting with the other families round the tables. We will do a Christmas craft together, as some leaders talk from the front about why taking the time to get ready for Christmas is important. Then we’ll make up christingles (oranges with candles, sweets and other goodies on), before all moving into the middle of the church to light them together.

We’ll finish at about 7:15pm with refreshments, with the evening ending at 7.30pm.

It’s going to be a great evening, we really hope you’ll be able to come along and join us.

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