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About St. Barnabas

We are a community with hope and purpose. We seek to serve Jesus Christ, serve one another and serve the communities of Southdown, Whiteway and Kingsway, sharing God's love and encouraging faith. We look forward to welcoming you.

Because our church building is a relatively modern one (1958), we have a stepfree entrance into church which is therefore easily wheelchair accessible.

We play an active part in the Christian life of the city and are part of a benefice with St Peter’s, Englishcombe, as Local Ministry Group with Ascension Church, Oldfield Park and St Michael and All Angels, Twerton as well as part of Bath Deanery within the Diocese of Bath and Wells.

Coming up at St Barnabas.

 New Style Services
     Barnabas Tea Time Service: Next Service is Sunday 25th September 2016 4.30pm for 5pm. Many people find that Sundays are almost as busy nowadays as any other day, making it hard to get to church on Sunday mornings - so we have created an informal  family-friendly service at tea time. Come along from 4.30pm in time for tea and cakes and chat before the service begins at 5pm. We always have children's activities, quizes, bible teaching and songs. We aim to finish promptly by 6pm for those who need to get home, but there is no need to rush, and many stay and chat afterwards too. Look out for the banner on Mount Road to remind you when the service is coming up.

   St Barnabas All-Age Worship: Next Service is Sunday 9th October at 10.30am.
Our informal family friendly service once a month. Coffee, tea, squash and doughnuts will be served after the service. Holy Communion will be available at a short spoken Eucharist after the main family worship event. Do come on in and see. all welcome!

Traditional Services 
If you find the quiet calm and rhythm of a traditional service more suited to you spiritually our Eucharist Services are at 9.30am every Sunday morning (except when we hold an All-Age Worship). We now offer a 'Kids church' where the children will go and have more age appropriate teaching whilst the main sermon and prayers are taking place. They will then join us for communion.
Also on Thursday mornings at 10am, we have our midweek Eucharist. You are always welcome.  

Some of our Community Activities

       Busy Bees Toddler group at St. Barnabas  - Mondays 9-11am in term time in church
Our new group is turning out to be enormous fun, with plenty of tea and hot toast to go round.  We have a brilliant range of toys and books as well and we are also just starting a free 'clothes bank'.  Take a look at recent pictures on Busy Bee's Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/Busy-Bees-Toddler-Group-1499033237052540/

Barney's is a new drop in on a Wednesday morning 10am - 12pm, for all ages. It's a 'coffee morning' style with toys for the children and lots of cake and tea, coffee, cold drinks, including milkshakes! A perfect meeting place for families, friends, neighbours - of all ages!
We will provide a welcoming and relaxing space to meet and chat and play, with cheap but, good quality and yummy refreshments. We also have newspapers and theraputic colouring sheets for grown ups too! And we will continue throughout the summer!

'Busy Praise'
Busy Praise is a short children's service that meets monthly following on from Busy Bee's toddler group.
The service includes stories from the bible, Songs, activities and at the end we share lunch together.

Our next Busy Praise will be on Monday 19th September 2016.

  FoodBank at St Barnabas - Mondays 12 - 2pm
St Barnabas Foodbank is now up and running as a food distribution point. Hot drinks and toast available for those with foodbank vouchers when you come to collect. Assessment centres to collect vouchers in the Southdown area include: Southside Family Project, Bath City Farm and Southdown Methodist Chruch. Use the South porch entrance to come in if the main door is closed.

Youth Work at St Barnabas. 
Chris has now started working as our new youth worker, based in the Roundhill Centre. Thanks to our partnership with Sladebrook Evangelical Church, the YMCA, BCA and Horizon Methodist Church, as well as grant funding from the local police, Crysalis, Medlock, Big Lottery and Bishop Andrew Radford Trust, Chris will be able to work on a full time basis, bringing much needed youth work into the schools, churches and community. Look out for him at the YMCA Roundhill Centre, and watch this space for our new logo which young people will design, and for news of events and activities!

 ​  Breakfast Club.
B​reakfast club - Chris, our youth worker and a team of volunteers have started a breakfast club, every Tuesday morning at the YMCA building opposite church, by the park. They're there from 7.30am giving out toast and offering a friendly face to those on their morning commute to school and work.
  Motus Dance Academy.
Motus is an afterschool group that is run by our youth worker Chris Porter and Youth for Christ worker, Sam Ludwell, who are both experienced dance teachers. The group runs on a friday at 4pm till 6pm in the church hall. They teach the young people to learn street dance, break dancing and hip-hop dance. For more information on what goes on at Motus, including footage of the group, look at their website - http://www.bathyfc.co.uk/motus-dance-academy/

Key People:

Priest in Charge:
Revd Dr Catherine Sourbut

Michael Lewis and Sam Johnson

Peter Romain

Church Hall Manager:
Dawn Wilkins