The Autumn months at St Barnabas are a time to ‘reconnect’, after so much disruption due to COVID.
Here is a season for reconnecting:
- With God
- With other members of the church
- With the wider community
To kick this off, Sunday 5th September will be ‘Reconnect Sunday’. The vicar and wardens have arranged for free ice-creams at the Sunday morning services, from ‘Luxury Vending’. Hopefully, the weather that Sunday will be ice-cream eating weather! On Sunday 5th September the 9am service will return to the normal time of 9.30am. The 11.15am worship will be all-age, with groups for children and young people restarting from 12th September.
Join our two slapstick Park Rangers for an exciting week of crafts, experiments, games and amazing stories from the bible, 23rd-27th August. Explore with them the wonder of God’s creation and His plan to make all things new!
Monday 23rd – Thursday 26th
Parklife video will be released on the St Barnabas YouTube channel at 11am. Accompanying this is a BIG activity box which is available to collect from church on Sunday 22nd August, 4-5pm. Boxes can also be collected after the 11.15am service. Delivery can be arranged if needed.
There are places available to watch the videos and do the craft activities with other families at church, Monday – Thursday starting at 11am. If you’d like to join us in church, please book soon as places are limited. Children attending the in-person session MUST be accompanied by a parent or guardian.
Families are invited to join our Park Rangers in person at Albert Park – starting at 11am. Please bring a picnic!
To book a place in church or a box, email email@example.com or tel. 01642 651818
On Monday 24th May our Annual Parochial Church Meeting will take place on Zoom at 7.30pm. We will elect two churchwardens for one year and three new members of the PCC to serve for 3 years. Please think and pray about who you might nominate.
Zoom link for the meeting and all papers for the meeting can be found here.
Next Sunday is Pentecost, the day when Christians celebrate especially the work of the Holy Spirit. Worship will happen at 9am and 11.15am (both in church and online) and at 6.30pm (on Zoom only). But there are a few additional things:
– At 9 am and 11.15 am there will be communion.
– After 11.15 am worship Mark and Alice Walley are inviting all families to Albert Park for a socially distanced picnic (bring your own food).
– Please remember to tell the church office if you are coming to church in person, so we can ensure there is space for everyone.
Ascension Day is this Thursday, 13th May. There will be a Communion service in church at 7pm.
The St Barnabas electoral roll has been revised in advance of the annual meeting on Monday 24th May 2021. After the revision, a copy of the Roll is published by the Parochial Church Council electronically for at least 14 days and a copy of the Roll will be available for inspection on request to the church office.
The Annual Parochial Church Meeting will be held on Zoom on Monday 24th May at 7.30pm.
After the past year, many carry grief – grief for loved ones who have died, but also grief for the many things that have been disrupted or stopped by COVID. All are welcome to a service of night prayer for those who grieve this evening at 7pm in church. Do make use of this – and invite others who carry burdens of grief, for whatever reason, to come along.
An hour of reflection for Good Friday, 2 – 3pm.
If you wish to come to the service in person please book by following this link. If you haven’t booked you will be not be able to attend in person, though you can of course join online.
Join us live online at 10.30am on Good Friday for an Easter Celebration, with cakes, crafts and puppets, especially suitable for families with younger children.
Holy Week and Easter are the highpoint of the year for Christians. Here we draw close to Jesus on the cross and risen from the grave. Do try to connect with as much of the worship programme as you can. Amidst the strains of the past year, you will feel the benefit of so doing.
Please remember that the church is open for people to worship in person, as indicated, whilst following carefully all guidance regarding the virus. Equally, all worship is available online – either via YouTube or Zoom. For worship in church on Good Friday at 2 pm and on Easter Day at 9 am and 11.15 am you MUST book your place as there are restrictions on how many can come.
Fit for Life’ is the name for St Barnabas’ special programme for Lent. This is ‘Joe Wicks for the soul’, a chance to explore the spiritual practices rooted in scripture that will help us walk with God through COVID. It will do us good and help us do good.
There is a midweek programme for Life Groups. Some groups will be joining together for a central Wednesday evening zoom meeting at 7.30pm and if you are not in a life group or your group is not currently meeting every week, you are very welcome to join.
Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 836 6566 1891
‘Not Alone’ is an event on Zoom on Saturday 20th March looking at how Christian faith helps us make sense of the chaos caused by COVID. This is a time when many are struggling and feel very alone – and this event will offer help and hope in such times.
We have guest speakers and a chance to pose questions and share thoughts. It is hosted by Hazel Murray and Seb Rab, student worker and worship leader from St Barnabas. Come yourself and do invite others to come along.
NOT ALONE: Where is God in COVID chaos?
1:00pm – 1:45pm
NOT ALONE: Lasting hope for better times
7:00 – 7:45pm
Zoom ID 636 804 3587
Clocks go forward one hour this Saturday.
Monday 15th March,
7.30 – 8.30pm on Zoom
This is for anyone new to St Barnabas in the last 6 months. It is online, using ‘Zoom’. ‘New’ very much includes those who have be connecting with St Barnabas online. There will be a chance to talk with church leaders and learn more about ways of making St Barnabas your spiritual home.
Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 858 0688 9378
To start our Fit For Life series, we’re having a 45 minute worship night, live together on Zoom, with singing, prayers and an introduction to the series. You’re very welcome!
Tonight, Wednesday, 17th February at 7.30pm
Meeting ID: 636 804 3587
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 842 3986 4255