After the past year, many carry grief – grief for loved ones who have died, but also grief for the many things that have been disrupted or stopped by COVID. All are welcome to a service of night prayer for those who grieve this evening at 7pm in church. Do make use of this – and invite others who carry burdens of grief, for whatever reason, to come along.
An hour of reflection for Good Friday, 2 – 3pm.
If you wish to come to the service in person please book by following this link. If you haven’t booked you will be not be able to attend in person, though you can of course join online.
Join us live online at 10.30am on Good Friday for an Easter Celebration, with cakes, crafts and puppets, especially suitable for families with younger children.
Holy Week and Easter are the highpoint of the year for Christians. Here we draw close to Jesus on the cross and risen from the grave. Do try to connect with as much of the worship programme as you can. Amidst the strains of the past year, you will feel the benefit of so doing.
Please remember that the church is open for people to worship in person, as indicated, whilst following carefully all guidance regarding the virus. Equally, all worship is available online – either via YouTube or Zoom. For worship in church on Good Friday at 2 pm and on Easter Day at 9 am and 11.15 am you MUST book your place as there are restrictions on how many can come.
Fit for Life’ is the name for St Barnabas’ special programme for Lent. This is ‘Joe Wicks for the soul’, a chance to explore the spiritual practices rooted in scripture that will help us walk with God through COVID. It will do us good and help us do good.
There is a midweek programme for Life Groups. Some groups will be joining together for a central Wednesday evening zoom meeting at 7.30pm and if you are not in a life group or your group is not currently meeting every week, you are very welcome to join.
Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 836 6566 1891
‘Not Alone’ is an event on Zoom on Saturday 20th March looking at how Christian faith helps us make sense of the chaos caused by COVID. This is a time when many are struggling and feel very alone – and this event will offer help and hope in such times.
We have guest speakers and a chance to pose questions and share thoughts. It is hosted by Hazel Murray and Seb Rab, student worker and worship leader from St Barnabas. Come yourself and do invite others to come along.
NOT ALONE: Where is God in COVID chaos?
1:00pm – 1:45pm
NOT ALONE: Lasting hope for better times
7:00 – 7:45pm
Zoom ID 636 804 3587
Clocks go forward one hour this Saturday.
Monday 15th March,
7.30 – 8.30pm on Zoom
This is for anyone new to St Barnabas in the last 6 months. It is online, using ‘Zoom’. ‘New’ very much includes those who have be connecting with St Barnabas online. There will be a chance to talk with church leaders and learn more about ways of making St Barnabas your spiritual home.
Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 858 0688 9378
To start our Fit For Life series, we’re having a 45 minute worship night, live together on Zoom, with singing, prayers and an introduction to the series. You’re very welcome!
Tonight, Wednesday, 17th February at 7.30pm
Meeting ID: 636 804 3587
To find out about our 2020 Christmas activities please visit our Christmas website at st-barnabas.net/christmas
We look forward to welcoming you to St Barnabas this Christmas. If you want to attend a service in church, you must book. All services will be streamed on Facebook and YouTube. Details here of how to book online or ring 01642 651818,
Sunday 20th December
Carol Service 9am
Carol Service 11.15am
Service of Lessons and Carols 4pm and 6.30pm
Online Crib Service 4pm
Midnight Communion 11.30pm
Holy Communion 9am
Family Worship 11.15am
‘Oh no, not again!’ said Brenda from Bristol. And I am guessing that you felt something similar when the latest lockdown was announced on Saturday. This is tough. So, how do we face it?
The virus is stopping many things, but it can’t stop us coming before God in worship. As of next Sunday, 8 November, there will be worship streamed at 9 am, at 11.15 and our evening worship will continue on Zoom at 6.30 pm as normal. Our brilliant leaders for children and young people are working on a programme for those age-groups. Much of our small group system will continue online. Life is tough, but God is there and He is our rock in these days. Lean into him and make every use of opportunities to pray and worship – you will be the better for it.
Supporting Each Other
In the first lockdown, St Barnabas set in place a system of pastoral care. That system is being reactivated. However, the best form of care is informally, between different members of the congregation. Please think about who you could ring or Zoom or whatever. Don’t forget, the restrictions allow us to meet one person who is not from our household OUTSIDE, socially distanced. The emotional strain of a second lockdown is great. We can really bless each other by supporting one another. Please let me or Lindsey know of anyone about whom you have concerns.
Caring for our Community
Members of St Barnabas are already very active in supporting the wider community through Foodbank and many other ways. New initiatives are being planned. Please get in touch with the church office if you would like to support those initiatives. Do consider neighbours and friends and colleagues who may be struggling. A kind word goes a long way in these times.
Share the Good News
Following Jesus is good news. People sometimes criticise faith as a crutch for the weak. But as we realise how weak we are as a society, it is wisdom to look for support. So sharing the good news that God has come to us in Christ really is good news – and an antidote to the relentless gloom around us.
The good news of Jesus is that God does not abandon us when we face trials. He is by our side as we go through them. And God blesses us by setting us in community. Let’s lean into God and support each other in the face of these new restrictions.
David and Lindsey Goodhew
tel 01642 817306
Our annual church meeting (APCM) takes place on Monday 23rd November, 7.30pm on Zoom. As well as looking back at the last year, we will elect 2 churchwardens, 4 Deanery Synod representative to serve for 3 years and 3 PCC members to service for 3 years. Please be praying about who you might nominate. Nomination forms and details of eligibility can be downloaded here. Nomination forms should be put in the box at the back of church or scanned and emailed to the church office. Unfortunately, the rules do not allow postal or proxy voting. The annual reports presented at the meeting will be circulated by email. Please email or phone 01642 651818 if you would like them to be posted to you.
28th October, 7.30 pm to 8.30 pm
Hosted by David and Lindsey Goodhew at St Barnabas’ vicarage, this is an evening for anyone new to the congregation in the last 6 months. We’d love to welcome you in person, but, because of current restrictions, the evening will happen on Zoom.
The evening is an informal opportunity to get to know more about the
church community, ways in which you are able to dig deeper in Christian
faith and ways people can get involved themselves. If you would like to come,
please email Barbara, the church administrator, via: firstname.lastname@example.org
Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 842 3986 4255
Tuesday 27th October, 7.30 – 8.30pm
These are demanding and
anxious times, and it’s hard to see beyond the bad news. Many of us miss
singing together and being refreshed by the glory of God.
This is an opportunity to gather together on Zoom to focus on the LORD in simple praise and thanks, alongside some teaching on worship.
All are welcome to join at:
Meeting ID: 824 0478 8743
Understanding Poverty in Middlesbrough – online – Thursday 22 October, 7.30 pm
There is poverty in Middlesbrough, but what is its nature and how is it changing? There will be an online seminar on this subject on Thursday 22 October, 7.30 pm via Zoom. It will be led by Kate Jeffels, who is Chief Officer of Together Middlesbrough and Cleveland. This will be a great help as we consider how best to show compassion in this town.
Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 822 8199 9708
St Barnabas Church, Middlesbrough is a lively evangelical Anglican church of 300 people. We are keen to recruit an enthusiastic and faith-filled person to join our growing staff team as a media worker. He/she will have responsibility for streamed worship, for overseeing AV ministry and other work related to IT. Set in a town which includes some of the poorest parts of the UK, we are passionate about Jesus and his good news and sharing God’s love with all. This is a half-time post, for 12 months, in the first instance. The salary is the real living wage, c. £10 000 per annum, half time.
The successful candidate will combine:
- A passion for Jesus and his church
- strong gifts in IT and AV and the ability to work with energy and creativity
- the ability to nurture and release the gifts of people of all ages into IT ministry
- be a strong team player with excellent people skills
For further information and an informal conversation, contact the vicar of St Barnabas, David Goodhew on 01642 817306 or via email@example.com
For a sense of St Barnabas, look us up on the web (http://www.st-barnabas.net/) or facebook (https://www.facebook.com/stbarnabasmiddlesbrough) , but please bear in mind that church life looks somewhat different right now, due to current restrictions
The closing date for applications is 14 October 2020 and the provisional date for interviews (via Zoom) is 19 October 2020.
We are really pleased to be able to announce the re-start of Sunday worship at St Barnabas: on 6th September at 9am and 11.15am. Details are below.
Gathering together is at the heart of Christian faith and is seriously good for us as people. Humans are social beings. It is not good for men and women to be alone.
At the same time, these are unique times and there remain serious risks to health. Our worship must follow government and Church of England guidance to reduce the transmission risk of COVID-19. We have carried out detailed risk assessments. All worship will involve following the relevant social distancing guidance, practising regular hand sanitisation and mitigating all other transmission risks.
We encourage all who feel able to return to worship in person to do so. BUT it is vital that anyone who has symptoms of coronavirus remains at home and worships via the internet/phone-based services. In addition, a range of congregation members have strong reasons why they cannot return to worship at this time. For children, we are creating a ‘Church in a Bag’ – a worship resource created in a Covid-19 secure way, which will be delivered to any child/family who do not feel ready to return to church.
- New service times: 9 am and 11.15. This change is to allow the church to be cleaned and aired in between services. The 9 am service will be like the existing 9.30 am service; the existing 11.15 am service will be like the 11.15 service BUT please note that adults and children will worship together in September. We plan to restart groups for children from 4 October.
- It is important we know who is coming to church to ensure numbers are kept at a safe level. So PLEASE inform the church office via email/phone if you wish to come to a service, stating which service you wish to come to.
- Priority will be given to those with children at the 11.15 am service.
- Online services will continue. The 9 am Sunday service will be streamed live via facebook/youtube and can also be watched later. You don’t need a facebook account to watch it.
- You can also continue to access worship by phone by dialling: 01642 130011.
- The 6.30 pm Sunday service will continue on Zoom for the next few weeks, but we are working to restart it in church in the future.
- It is not yet possible to restart the 8 am Communion service, but we are working towards this.
- And please remember always to wear a facemask when you go inside church, unless you are exempt or have medical reasons for not doing so.
If you have any concerns or would like any more information, please do get in touch.
Revs David and Lindsey Goodhew – vicar and associate minister
Rev Mark Walley – curate
Mel Downs and Graeme Malyon – church wardens
‘Immeasurably More’ is the name for how St Barnabas is praying over and planning for the future.
The final zoom session is this Wednesday, 1st July, 7.30 to 9 pm ZOOM SESSION THREE: Where are we going? All church members are warmly encouraged to participate. Zoom Meeting ID: 822 1886 6971. See below for the password.
If you cannot use Zoom or prefer to contribute on paper, email firstname.lastname@example.org for a questionnaire.