‘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.
Join the global wave of prayer calling all Christians to pray between Ascension and Pentecost for more people to come to know the love and peace of Jesus Christ. May 21st – May 31st 2020
Thy Kingdom Come will look very different this year, but our prayers remain the same: for people to know the peace, hope and love of Jesus Christ, who is with us always. Join us in prayer over the coming 11 days: https://www.thykingdomcome.global
Kay’s funeral will be on Tuesday 14th April at 1.15pm, but open to only a small number. You can download the order of service here. There will be a thanksgiving and remembrance service for Kay at church once the current restrictions are lifted. Please continue to keep David and all others who grieve for Kay in your prayers
Paul, in Ephesians 3: 20 said this:
‘to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.’
This verse provides the title for a key event in the life of St Barnabas – ‘Immeasurably More: St Barnabas Looks Forward’ – postponed to a later date.
This is a day to gather the church family to listen to God and each other. Out of that day we’ll plan for St Barnabas in the next few years. Please be there if you possibly can.
Letter from the vicar and churchwardens:
The St Barnabas leadership team is monitoring this ongoing situation. We need to encourage one another to cooperate and heed the advice given and take our personal responsibility to others especially ’the vulnerable’ very seriously.
During the current public health emergency with the outbreak of the
coronavirus, we will be monitoring very closely the advice from the
Government, Public Health England and the Church of England.
St Barnabas is a public place of worship, and there are currently no restrictions in place restricting our gathering together. We shall continue to meet for public worship and prayer. That is what we should do as followers of Jesus and keeping going our community life and worship will sustain us and others in the midst of uncertainty.
On the back of advice from the Church of England and the Government we will be taking the following measures to keep people safe at this time:
– Communion will now only be taken in ‘one kind’. This means that the congregation will only receive the bread. It is Anglican teaching that to receive the sacrament in one kind only (i.e. just the bread) is to receive the sacrament in its entirety.
– In communion, when we do ‘the peace’, we need to do it in a non-physical way.
– We will be encouraging everyone that enters St Barnabas to wash their hands for twenty seconds with soap and water.
– We will be extra vigilant when we do offer tea, coffee and other refreshments. When drinks are served, just one or two people, who have carefully washed, will distribute the drinks.
– We will not lay hands on someone when offering prayer ministry
– We will not be passing the collection plate, but taking offerings and financial gifts in other ways.
– We will continually be reviewing and keeping up-to-date with advice from Public Health England and the Church of England.
– To help prevent the spread of infection, please follow general best practice as outlined by Public Health England.
– If you develop a new, continuous cough or a high temperature, let someone in the ministry team know, but do not come to worship and follow all official guidance from the NHS.
– if you are aware of a church member who is unwell or self-isolating, or you have concerns about anyone in other ways, please let one of the clergy or churchwardens know.
– the senior leadership of St Barnabas are putting together a parish plan to ensure we follow health guidance, but also offer good support to those who are most vulnerable, both congregation members and members of the wider community.
We need to be careful about health guidance, but we also believe that God is calling the Church to be a non-anxious presence in the midst of uncertainty, panic and doubt. We remember that Jesus is the Prince of Peace.
We encourage all of the St Barnabas family to set aside time to pray about the Coronavirus outbreak, to pray for the Government, health professionals, carers and that the global spread of this virus will stop.
Here is a prayer that we could use:
Heavenly Father, your Son Jesus Christ brought peace to those he met. Protect and sustain all affected by the coronavirus, both here and across the family of nations. Sustain healthcare workers and all who care for the sick. Give wisdom to all in authority. Deepen our faith, that, whatever troubles we face, we may stand secure on the rock that is Christ. We ask this in Jesus’ name. Amen.
Thank you for being such a great church family!
David, Mel and Graeme
PS Information about coronavirus from the NHS: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/
PPS Church of England guidelines : https://www.churchofengland.org/…/coronavirus-covid-19-guid…
Here is the latest advice from the Church of England https://www.churchofengland.org/more/media-centre/coronavirus-covid-19-guidance-churches
Former TV GLADIATOR, “ACE” (Warren Furman) will be sharing his remarkable story at our 11.15 All Age Worship on Sunday 15th March. All welcome.
25th January 2020
This is a walk from church, along the Tees, to the sea, starting with coffee and bacon butties at church at 9 am. The walk is about 10 miles. Walkers will need to make own way back from coast (bus, train or arrange lift). The route will be as follows: down the Linthorpe Road to the Transporter Bridge, then along the Teesdale Way, ending at the Redcar Seafront car park at the northernmost end of the sea front. Here is the route of the Teesdale Way (https://www.walkingenglishman.com/ldp/teesdaleway.html ). It is possible to just do part of the walk, which passes various bus and train stops en route. Walkers need to bring their own lunch. The walk will end with prayers at 3 pm beside the sea, next to the car park. Although this is an urban walk, stout footwear is a good idea!
Sunday 22nd December
10.30 am Family carol service
6.30 pm Service of Nine Lessons and Carols
Christmas Eve Tuesday 24th December
2 pm Christmas crafts in church for all the family
4 pm Carols round the crib
11.15 pm Midnight Communion
9.30 am Holy Communion
10.30 am Family service
Sunday 29th December
8 am Holy Communion
10.30 am All Age Holy Communion
No evening service
Join us on Christmas Eve
2 pm Christmas crafts
4 pm Crib service with the puppets
All children must be accompanied by an adult
There will be hustings for the forthcoming parliamentary election on Wednesday 4th December, 7 pm in the church. Please arrive at 6.30 pm if you want to submit a question.
There will be a series on the book of Daniel in our morning services starting on 3rd November, looking at Daniel – daring to be different.
This year’s Craft Aid is on Saturday 16th November, 10.15 am – 2 pm. There will be stalls, coffee, lunches, crafts, music and trains. All welcome.
All the money raised will be put to good use in the work of the Eye Clinic in Jachie, a village close to the city of Kumasi in Ghana. The building was partly funded by St Barnabas Church and opened in 2002, the work of Dr Rowland Cowley, who was a member of St Barnabas Church. Money raised at Craft Aid will be used by Sister Aba, who runs the clinic, for medication, treatment and updating equipment.
All are welcome to join us for a short Act of Remembrance between our two main morning services at 10.50 am on Sunday in church.
Photo by Oscar Nord on Unsplash
Join us on Sunday for our harvest services at 9.30 and 11.15 am.
We will be collecting for the Foodbank at our Harvest Thanksgiving services on Sunday 13th October at 9.30 and 11.15 a.m., Here is a list of items needed for the Foodbank:
TINNED MEAT (E.G CHICKEN CASSEROLE, CHICKEN IN SAUCE, SPAGHETTI BOLOGNAISE, RAVIOLI)
TINNED MEAT (HAM/CORNEDBEEF/SPAM)
Sunday 22nd September is Try Church Sunday. If you haven’t been to church for a while or you’ve never tried it, we’d love to welcome you to St Barnabas.
Services are at 8 am, 9.30 am 11.15 am and 6.30 pm.
At 9.30 am and 11.15 am we will start a new series ‘God Big Picture – the Bible in 6 weeks’. Come along and find out about the world’s best-selling book.
We are looking at the book of Psalms during August and the first part of September, exploring songs for the journey of faith.
Whether you know the psalms already or they are new to you, they are a great support for the journey of faith and the journey of life. Psalms are songs that have been sung for thousands of years. But they also speak to us right now and give us words when we, ourselves, have no words.
25th August am Psalm 73 Near God is good
pm Psalm 34 Taste and see
1st September am Psalm 48 City of God
pm Psalm 19 The heavens declare the glory of God
8th September am Psalm 27 The Lord is my light
pm Psalm 10 King and judge
15th September am and pm Psalm 150
8 am Holy Communion
9.15 am Holy Communion
11.15 am Holy Communion
6.30 pm Evening Praise
This year in St Barnabas Church Hall, Monday 12th – Friday 16th August. Join us for fun activities for primary school-aged children. We’ll be looking at the Bible story of Noah, with an animal theme for our games and crafts. Each day will involve free food for the whole family. More details here.