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.
David Robinson with Adrian and Bridget Plass on Saturday 13th July, 7.15 pm in St Barnabas Church. Tickets £10 available from the church office or on the door.
The Alpha Course will be running at the Evening Service, starting on Sunday 31st March at 6 pm.
A message from the Bishop of Whitby, the Right Reverend Paul Ferguson
‘I am delighted to announce the appointment of the Revd Dr David Goodhew as vicar of St Barnabas’, Linthorpe. David is currently on the staff of Cranmer Hall Theological College, part of St John’s College, Durham University. David has taught there for the last ten years during which he has helped prepare hundreds of Anglican clergy for parish ministry. Prior to that, David was vicar of two parishes in York. Before that he has held posts in Bristol and Cambridge. David is married to Lindsey, who also ordained. They have two teenage sons — Aidan (19) and Benjamin (17) and a border terrier called Pip.
‘I am also delighted to announce the appointment of the Revd Lindsey Goodhew as Associate Minister (Self-Supporting Ministry) of St Barnabas’ Linthorpe. For the last ten years Lindsey has been Student Worker and Associate Minister at St Nicholas’ Church, Durham. Previous to this she has worked in parishes in York, Cambridge and Bristol.
‘David is originally from Bristol and Lindsey from Goole in East Yorkshire. They met whilst training for ministry at Cranmer Hall, were married 26 years ago in Durham and ordained alongside one another 7 months later in Bristol Cathedral.
‘Cranmer Hall has expressed a strong desire that David remain in post until the end of the academic year — that and Benjamin’s A levels mean that the family are not able to move to Middlesbrough until the end of June. It is expected that David’s collation and Lindsey’s licensing will take place early in July. I realise that this means a little more extension to the vacancy, but I am confident that the people of St Barnabas’ will meet this with energy and confidence now that you know when your time without a vicar will end.’
David writes: ‘I’ve known St Barnabas’ through various Cranmer Hall students who have had connections with the church. I know it has a great record of sharing the good news of Jesus by word and deed. As Middlesbrough changes there are significant opportunities and challenges. I hugely look forward to working with the congregation of St Barnabas’ to sustain all that is good as well as take new opportunities to share and be good news in Linthorpe. Lindsey and I are praying for you in this vacancy period.’
+ Paul Whitby
Join us on Good Friday, 19th April for crafts, activities, a message from the puppets and Billy Bonkers and the Chocolate Factory. 10 am – 12 noon in St Barnabas Church Hall. All children must be accompanied by an adult.
Holy Week Services
Monday 15th April
9.30am – Morning Prayer in church
Tuesday 16th April
7am – Prayer Meeting
7.30pm – Worship Evening
An evening of prayer and worship led by the music group
Wednesday 17th April
9.30am – Holy Communion
Thursday 18th April
7.30pm – Maundy Communion
Join us as we celebrate Jesus’ Last Supper with his disciples
Good Friday 19th April
10am – Easter Crafts
The puppets, Easter crafts and activities for children. Please bring an adult with you.
2pm – Hour at the Cross
A quiet service remembering Jesus’ last hour on the cross
Saturday 20th April
10am – Holy Saturday Reflection
Easter Sunday 21st April
8am Holy Communion
9.30am Holy Communion
11.15am All Age Communion
6.30pm Evening Communion