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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

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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

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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.

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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.


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 office@st-barnabas.net or just turn up.

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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

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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

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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

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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.

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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


Contemporary Carols 2017

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.

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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.


There will be a concert on Saturday 25th November, 7 pm in church in celebration of our 125th anniversary. Various groups from the church will be displaying their musical talents. Admission free, all welcome.


As part of the process of finding a new vicar when Erik retires, we need to create a parish profile and it would be helpful to have some information about the congregation at St Barnabas. We would be grateful if you would fill in this questionnaire and put it in the box in the narthex by 26th November or fill it in online either here, or by using the box below. If there are any questions you prefer not to answer, please just leave them blank. Thank you.


Dr John Sentamu, Archbishop of York, is leading a mission in Middlesbrough Deanery from 10th – 12th November. The Archbishop will be preaching at our family parade service on Sunday 12th November at 9.30 am. There are also various events over the weekend. Come along and bring a friend.

Men’s Breakfast at the Fork in the Road, Linthorpe Road on Saturday 11th November at 8.30 am. Tickets £5.
Women’s Breafast at the Fork in the Road, on Saturday 11th November at 8.30 am. Tickets £5. Speaker: Archdeacon of Cleveland, Sam Rushton.
Tea with the Archbishop, 2.30 pm in St Barnabas Church. Tickets £2.

Tickets are available from St Barnabas Church office or by email office@st-barnabas.net

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