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: email@example.com
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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 email@example.com 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
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.