Services this Sunday

8 am Holy Communion

9.30 am Morning Praise

11.15 am Praise Together with groups for children and young people

6.30 pm Evening Praise


Join us for our Christmas celebrations at St Barnabas

16th Dec 6.30pm Evening Service Carols

An informal, contemporary service to start our celebrations


23rd Dec 10.30am Family Carols

All age celebration of Christmas

23rd Dec 6.30pm Nine Lessons and Carols

A traditional service with readings and carols


24th Dec 2.00pm Christmas Crafts

Join us for craft activities for the whole family

24th Dec 4.00pm Crib Service

Stay on after the crafts for an all age service with puppets!

24th Dec 11.15pm Midnight Communion

Welcome in Christmas with this traditional service


25th Dec 9.30am Holy Communion

A quiet beginning to Christmas Day

25th Dec 10.30am Family Service

All ages celebrate Christmas together, led by Archdeacon Sam Rushton


30th Dec 8.00am Holy Communion (in the Dales Vestry)

30th Dec 10.30am All Age Holy Communion

Join us for crafts on Christmas Eve from 2 pm, followed by carols round the crib and the puppets at 4 pm. Children, please bring an adult with you.

Put on the party clothes and join us for evening of fun, food and music on Saturday 8th December, 6.45 pm in the church hall, including disco and hot food. Tickets £7 from the church office,, Dawn Howitt or Hazel Hutchings.

This year’s Craft Aid is on Saturday 17th 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, a member of St Barnabas Church, who died last year.  Money raised at Craft Aid will be used 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

We started our new morning sermon series, ‘Everyday Faith’ on 9th September, with Blessing the backpacks.

We were invited to bring a bag that represented what we do during the week. It could be a school bag, a nappy changing bag, a briefcase, handbag etc…
We were reminded that God is with us wherever we go.


Did you know that St Barnabas IS ALREADY a Dementia Friendly Church?  What does this mean?  Would you like to become a Dementia Friend?  What will it involve and do you need to invest a lot of time?  All these questions and more will be answered at the awareness session on Wednesday, 24th October at 7.30pm in the narthex.
Watch this wonderful film of a member of our congregation, Hal.

Dementia is EVERYBODY’S business!  And together we can make a difference.


The Alpha Course begins on Monday 17th September, with an introductory supper in the Reid Room.

It continues on Monday 24th, 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 if you want to come along.

There will be a ceilidh for ages 11+ in the church hall on Saturday 13th October, 7 p.m. – 10 p.m. Music provided by Barney’s Band. Tickets £5, including pie and peas. Tickets available from Fiona Fletcher, Mel Downs or the church office. Bring your friends.

This ceilidh is held in memory of Adrian Bull, founder member of the band, who died earlier this year. There will be an opportunity to contribute to a collection for the Bible Society in memory of Adrian.

This time of vacancy is a demanding time for many people in the church, but it is also an opportunity, to take hold of God’s purpose for our church going forward. But we cannot take the opportunity unless God helps us. “Unless the Lord builds the house, those who build it labour in vain”. God’s help is not necessarily automatic, we need to ask Him. And God wants us to ask Him for what we need.

In such a circumstance, the most important thing we can do is to pray. Although many people are praying for the vacancy, when lots of us take time to pray together, in the same place, at the same time, it can have a powerful effect. With this in mind, the prayer team have organised a meeting at the start of the week in which the next round of applications will close.  Each hour will start with organised prayer and worship, followed by free time for prayer. Come for however long you have time.

The prayer team would love to invite you to join with us in prayer on Monday 1st October, 6 – 9 pm in the Reid Room.

St Barnabas is looking for a new vicar.

This post is an opportunity for someone who will love the people for whom St Barnabas’ is — or will be — their spiritual home; one who will appreciate the community of the parish and understand what makes Middlesbrough a great place to be; and one who is, first and foremost, a friend of Jesus who deeply desires to see others grow in faith and whose daily prayer is that God’s Kingdom may be a reality for the people of the parish.

Full details of the post can be found here

As most people will be aware by now, unfortunately the interviews on 19th July did not lead to an appointment. Excellent though they were, none of the candidates demonstrated at this time, the ability to meet the criteria we had agreed in the parish profile were necessary to take St Barnabas into the future. Of course we are all disappointed, but the interview panel, chaired by Bishop Paul, were unanimous in its decision not to appoint.
It is planned that we re-advertise in September and in the meantime senior clergy will also be networking in the hope that a further round of interviews will be held in October.
At this important time in our life as the St Barnabas Church family we would like to encourage all of us to continue to:
pray regularly and earnestly that the person of God’s choice will be moved by the Holy Spirit to offer him or herself as a candidate
fulfil the roles that each of us has in the practical and spiritual life of the church
remain committed in our encouragement of one another by acknowledging that the different styles of worship across our services enable us all to continue to encounter the one true and living God and to glorify His name by our life and witness.
It is essential that we continue to move forward together in unity, so the three of us ask for your prayers that we and all in positions of leadership, may fulfil our roles with humility, vision and trust in each other and in God.
The epistle for the last Sunday in July could not be more appropriate as Paul writes (Eph3:20,21) “Now to him who by the power at work within us is able to accomplish more than all we can ask or imagine, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus to all generations for ever and ever. Amen”
Alistair, Graeme and Sam

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 (
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:


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 £13.69 (inc fees)

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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.

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