‘Explore!’ is a new club for children aged 8 to 11. It will be run by the charity Big Kids, in partnership with St Barnabas. It’s like a holiday club every week. Explore’s launch will be on Tuesday 19th October at 6pm in church and the club itself will start every week during school term from Tuesday 2nd November.
On Sunday 3rd October we will welcome Bishop Paul Ferguson to both 9.30 and 11.15 services and he will be baptising and confirming at 11.15 am. Please pray for those preparing to make this great step.
Unfortunately, tonight’s Middlesbrough seminar has had to be postponed. It will be rearranged for a later date.
Groups for children and young people restart on Sunday 12th September at the 11.15 am service. It will be great to see those groups begin again. If you would like to know more about the coming term, contact Mark Walley via firstname.lastname@example.org
From Sunday 12th September our Sunday teaching will focus on St Paul’s letter to the Romans. In the mornings we’ll look at Romans 1 to 8. In the evenings we’ll zoom in to focus just on chapter 8 of Romans. Romans has been called the Himalayas of the New Testament, with chapter 8 as Everest!
Plans are progressing to open a Community Grocery at St Barnabas, working with The Message Trust. This is a really valuable project, supporting the local community. As part of this, we are looking to recruit a salaried full-time manager and part-time assistant manager for the grocery. These are exciting roles for the right people. Please pray for great appointments to be made. Is there someone you could nudge to apply for these roles? For more details of these posts and how to apply, see the website of the Message Trust (The Message | UK Christian Charity) or contact the church office on email@example.com.
From Sunday 5th September the 9am service will return to its normal 9.30am time.
In the light of the changes in Covid regulations from 19th July, there are new procedures in place for worship at St Barnabas from Sunday 25th July.
It is good to see a growing return to normality, but the high rates of infection remain a serious concern. This is a fluid situation in which people have differing views and it is crucial that we all act and speak gracefully and respectfully towards one another, whatever we think.
You can see more details below of the plans, which have been formulated by the staff team and church wardens. They will be in force until the end of the summer holidays, with a review in late August to decide the next steps.
From 4th July the 6.30 pm service will be in the church car park and church building. Please note that the 6.30 pm service will NOT be on Zoom from 4th July onwards.
There is now a new single link for coffee after both morning services, at 10am and 12.15pm.
Do make use of this opportunity for fellowship.
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Meeting ID: 844 4309 6879
Digging into scripture matters, but the Bible can feel a daunting book. One good resource is Step by Step by Cliff Keeys. Here’s some thoughts from Mel Downs, our churchwarden, on why this book helps us mine scripture.
On Sunday 25th April we begin a new series, ‘How to Read the Bible’.
The series continues as follows:
April 25th How to Read the Bible
May 2nd The Old Testament: the Bible Jesus Read
May 9th What Did Jesus Mean by That?
May 16th How the First Christians Read Scripture
May 23rd How the First Christians Shared the Good News
|St Barnabas is enacting its ‘Mission Action Plan’ which we adopted last autumn. As part of that we will be reviewing our financial giving. Sunday 14th March will be our ‘Giving for Mission Sunday’. All church members will receive information about it, by post and online, in coming weeks.|
You can read David’s letter to the congregation and more information here.
‘Walking with God through COVID’ is the title of a series of sermons from St Barnabas. On Sunday mornings from 10th January, we have explored how Christian faith helps us make sense of COVID . The series starts with the Old Testament book of Job which unflinchingly asks where God is in the face of great suffering. We then move on to the gospels and finish with 1 Peter, a letter written to a church facing much suffering, yet a letter full of hope. If you would like to access the series, there are links below or to download our sermons as a podcast see out sermons download page:
10 January Job: What not to Say
17 January Job: Walking through the Valley
24 January Job: the God who is There
31 January Jesus: the Crucified God
7 February Jesus: the Power of an Unquenchable Life
14 February 1 Peter: Never Walking Alone – a Community of Hope
Join Seb Rab, St Barnabas’ worship leader to praise God during the week via Zoom. Seb will be leading ‘Morning Prayer’ on Wednesday, 8am to 8.20am via Zoom. This is an opportunity to sing God’s praise, hear scripture and pray.
To join Seb, use the following link:
Meeting ID: 839 8814 0527
What a year it has been! Here is a chance to bring to God both the year that is past and the year that is about to start. We may feel weak, but in Christ we are strong. So come and worship God and know that strength at the turn of the New Year. The worship night is available to connect with from New Year’s Eve at 7 pm and any time after that.
Premiering on YouTube here
7:00 – 8:00 pm, 31st December.
Jesus Christ is Lord, for all people, whether we speak English or Urdu. Members of St Barnabas Church have developed materials in Urdu to nourish faith in Christ and help people live life according to Christian principles.
These materials are produced by Simon and Lubna John. Born and raised in Pakistan, Simon and Lubna have lived in Middlesbrough in the North East of England for ten years. They have two sons and are members of St Barnabas Church, Middlesbrough.
Find out more here.
At its most recent meeting the PCC agreed to recruit a half-time ‘Media Worker’ for 12 months, in the first instance, to support and develop St Barnabas’ online ministries and AV. This has long been a key aspect of church life. Often little recognised, IT and AV are key to our ministry and mission – and have become much more so since Coronavirus. Interviews took place on Monday 19th October and I am pleased to announce that Phil Hale has been offered the post. Phil currently works for the charity Tearfund and has wide experience of IT. Phil will start with St Barnabas in December.